Always find yourself shopping at Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn or West Elm? If you’re a big fan of this family of brands, how about living in the house of the person that once headed this iconic company?
Howard Lester, the former chairman and CEO of Williams Sonoma passed away in November of 2010 and his estate has just put up his Holmby Hills property down in Southern California up for sale for $29.95 million. He purchased Williams Sonoma in 1978 when it only had 4 stores from Chuck Williams, who started the high end cookware shop up in Sonoma.
Mr. Lester grew the SF based company to more than 600+ stores including launching of the Pottery Barn and West Elm lines. Home products from the Williams Sonoma family of brands have invaded many American households.
The Italian style villia is just down the block from the Manor, which use to belong to Aaron and Candy Spelling but was sold to Petra Eccelstone recently for $85 million. Known as the Mapleton Estate, the grand property was purchased by Mr. Lester and his wife Mary for $17.5 million in 2004. The ~20,000 square foot home has 7 bedrooms and 13 baths spread over 1.4 acres and the couple added on a home theater, a wine cellar and a billiards room. There is also a guesthouse on the estate and the grounds have a pool and rose garden.
– Jenny Pisillo, SFGate.com