Hot Property: The founder of Legendary Entertainment is selling his 33-plus-acre compound in Thousand Oaks, California, for $85 million.
Thomas Tull — founder and former chief executive of Legendary Entertainment — and wife Alba Tull have listed their 33-plus-acre compound in Thousand Oaks, California, for sale at $85 million.
Tull began assembling the gated hilltop estate in the North Ranch area seven years ago, acquiring three parcels on the same cul-de-sac in separate transactions, according to listing agent Jordan Cohen of RE/Max Olson & Associates. He then privatized the street and embarked on a three-year-long reimagining of the newly formed property.
A fourth parcel was added to accommodate a boutique organic working farm, separate ranch house and glass greenhouse. The estate has seven structures and a stocked lake.
“Having a wealth of land to create an estate on this scale was unique,” says Brian Biglin of Biglin Architectural Group, who designed the property. “Throughout Beverly Hills and Bel-Air, you see these estates, but they don’t have land to them. That’s a very unique point with this property, because you do have a true estate, and you also have the accessory structures.”
The estate centers on a sprawling chateau inspired by 18th-century French romantic architecture. A winding cobblestone driveway leads past formal gardens and stone bridges to reach the home. The idyllic display, which features four cascading pools and natural stone, was designed to evoke the famous Giverny gardens of Impressionist painter Claude Monet, Biglin says.
Clad in stone, the three-story primary residence is awash in rich details such as custom millwork, domed ceilings and wood paneling. There is 32,000 square feet of living space in the main house, including a 5,000-square-foot master retreat, two executive offices, chef’s and commercial prep kitchens and a great room.
Black walnut paneling finished in French wax fills the library, and a wine vault has a tasting room and temperature-controlled walls with storage for 2,500 bottles. A 1,869-square-foot collectible museum is complete with a biometric gas system that removes oxygen from the room in the event of a fire. The sports lounge/viewing room is Pittsburgh Steelers-themed; Tull is a minority owner in the football franchise.
The Dolby Laboratories-certified theater was built inside a second room for soundproofing and optimal acoustics. There are 18 reclining seats centered in front of a 20-foot-wide screen.
A pool house sits beside the main swimming pool and holds a range of spa facilities including a Himalayan salt therapy room. A second, infinity-edge swimming pool sits off the 11,000-square-foot guesthouse, which connects by breezeway to a two-story photo studio/auto museum.
The guesthouse also has its own guesthouse.
There are 12 bedrooms, 32 bathrooms and more than 50,000 square feet of indoor living space across the compound.
Hand-selected trees, formal gardens, a sports court, dog kennels and a Barbara Butler-designed children’s playground fill the grounds.
Two private municipal-quality wells provide water to the property.
The organic farm, used to produce food for Tull and his family, includes 18 in-ground farm beds and roughly 150 fruit trees. The lake has a stone millhouse with a working water wheel.
Tull, as a producer, has scores of credits including such box-office hits as “The Dark Knight,” “Godzilla,” “Jurassic World” and “Kong: Skull Island.” He resigned as chairman and chief executive of Legendary Entertainment last year after the production company was acquired by China’s Dalian Wanda Group in a deal worth $3.5 billion.
The 47-year-old billionaire is selling the estate because he is moving his family and holding company, Tulco, to the Pittsburgh area.