The phrase “Loire Valley” doesn’t usually conjure up images of swaying palms, modern amenities and a California ZIP code, yet Seal and Heidi Klum’s home, recently listed on the Beverly Glen real estate market for $6.9 million, is described exactly that way: “a 21st century Loire Valley Chateau.”
The duo snatched up the Beverly Hills mansion in 2005 for $7,600,000. It looks like they’ve priced the property to sell at current market rates. Median Beverly Glen home values are presently valued at $1,193,300 — a decline of 8.7 percent year-over-year.
Perhaps Klum and Seal decided that keeping up two Los Angeles-area mansions is a bit much. They purchased a foreclosure in the gated Brentwood Country Estates in December 2010 for $14.2 million. The Mediterranean mansion sits on 8.5 acres and includes over-the-top features like an imported fireplace from Scotland dating to 1603, an entire formal dining room from the Paris Pierre Hotel shipped and reassembled, as well as a fireplace from Napoleon’s farmhouse in France.
Seal, best known for his chart-topping single “Kiss from a Rose” married supermodel and TV’s “Project Runway” producer and host Heidi Klum in 2005; Klum formally changed her name to Heidi Samuel in 2009.
Their Beverly Hills home, while exquisite, does not have the same kind of luxuries.
The 6,794-sq ft home has 6 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms and occupies a 4-acre parcel in the Beverly Glen neighborhood of Beverly Hills. Situated at the end of a long drive, the home is behind two gates and surrounded by trees and foliage. The home includes a wood-paneled library, “exquisite dining room” with attached glass wine vault, and private stone terraces. The master bedroom has a sitting area flanked by a double-sided fireplace, two large walk-in closets and dual baths. Tennis courts and a large pool round out the rest of the estate.