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Former property owner confirms Saudi prince purchased Benedict Canyon site

Photo: Architect's rendering of main house of Tower Lane project. Credit: Landry Design Group
Hair-dresser turned movie producer Jon Peters confirmed that he sold 5.2 acres of land in Benedict Canyon to a Saudi prince who now plans to construct an 85,000-square-foot compound on the site.

Prince Abdulaziz ibn Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud, a son of Saudi King Abdullah,  purchased three adjacent parcels in 2009, Peters said. Property records list the sale price at $12 million.

The Times reported Tuesday that the proposal had stirred heated opposition among neighbors, who include Bruce Springsteen and Michael Ovitz. Project opponents say they have gathered the support of about 500 residents, who contend the project would harm the canyon's environment. They have urged the city to require a full environmental review of the project, and the matter is slated to be discussed at a Los Angeles Planning Commission meeting April 14.

Prince Abdulaziz has gone to great lengths to shield his identity, creating a special corporation for the project and requiring all project representatives and contractors to sign agreements saying they will not disclose his identity.  One project representative described the owner as a single man with three children whose family would use the property only occasionally. Prince Abdulaziz is divorced and has two sons and a daughter. He owns additional residences in Riyadh and Jedda in Saudi Arabia and Paris.

Jarrett Hedborg, a Los Angeles interior designer, said he worked on those three residences as well as one in Beverly Park. He said he was also consulted by Prince Abdulaziz on the Benedict Canyon project on private Tower Lane.

"I warned the prince that he was surrounded by very powerful neighbors and that he should be extremely careful in what he proposes to build," Hedborg said.

"Working for the prince for 20 years, I knew his taste," Hedborg added. "He had expressed to me that he wanted a house that evoked old classic California Spanish architecture."

The proposal calls for a 42,681-square-foot main house, a double-winged "son's villa" of more than 27,000 square feet, a 4,400-square-foot guest house, a 5,300-square-foot staff quarters and a 2,700-square-foot gatehouse. Renderings provided by architect Richard Landry show a palatial main house and son's villa that would be a hybrid of Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival styles.

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Photo: Architect's rendering of main house of Tower Lane project. Credit: Landry Design Group

 
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Sounds like a racial thing. I'd sue and take some neighbors house. Call the Arab League.

Hmmm...rich Saudi Prince vs rich environmentalist neighbors.

This could get very interesting...

Those that live by the almighty dollar, suffer and die by the almighty dollar.

Can you imagine how any of the rich neighbors who object to the new project would squawk if the city denied their right to build on their own property?

And how many of them are against a "nanny state" that regulates the excesses of capitalism?

This gigantic project is the wrong development for Benedict Canyon. Please join hundreds of neighbors working to stop it! Visit www.savebenedictcanyon.com.

Nice, like we really need a Saudi Prince to build a 85,000 foot compound here. This is what zoning regulations are for. It's bad enough the US deals with this repressive regime in the first place...

Looks more tasteful than that Saudi prince's mansion on Sunset that got burned down on New Year's Eve 1979.

Wonder if he'll put up statues and paint the genitals blue like another of his crowd did on a Sunset Blvd. property...

And remember, "we" (America and the Western world) have given this despot every bit of his wealth and power.

How old is the Saudi monarchy? From whence does it come? Before the world needed oil, that is, before the industrial revolution, was the Saudi monarchy in existence?

Hopefully, these thieves will soon be swept from power and can return to living in tents and drinking goat juice. You can blame the Britsh for annointing these losers as people in charge.

Keep buying those gasoline-guzzling, pollution-spewing, personal transportation vehicles, Americans.

PRINCE ABDULLAZIZ, WOULD YOU PLEASE SEND SOME OF YOUR WEALTH TO THESE POOR PLACES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? I AM SURE ALLAH WOULD BE PLEASED. ALL WE CAN HEAR IS HOW DEEPLY IN DEBT THE UNITED STATES ARE AND HOW MUCH MONEY IS OWED BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. WHAT A SHAME. IT IS LIKE THE COUNTRY IS BANKRUPT. ALL WE CAN HEAR IS DEBT, DEBT, POVERTY, POVERTY, NEED, NEED, WANT, WANT. WE HAVE UNIVERSITIES RUNNING OUT OF OUR EARS, BUT NO MONEY.

Gee, I wonder how he earned the money to pay for this mansion.......stealing oil from the rightful owners, the people of Saudi Arabia?

What a waste of funds to build such a massive home for just four people!

Instead of selling corrupt Saudi monarch's American land, when will the U.S. invade and topple this corrupt regime like we have in Libya, Iraq, etc?

dammmm Saudi Prince if you are reading this i want to go to your parties !!! please !!!!!!! i live minutes from that area

Barf.

Damn Saudi's coming over here and wanting to build palaces on our land. Have most people forgotten that it was Saudi's who attacked us on 9/11? Way to sell out your neighbors and country Peters.


IS SYRIA NEXT AFTER LYBYA ?
STUPID ARAB COCKROACHES FIGHTING EACHOTHER IN LYBYA, BAHRAIN WHILE ISRAEL ANJOYING IT TO SEE PALESTINIANS ARE DEAD FOR 2 STATE SOLUTION SINCE UN RESOLUTION VETOED BY ZIONIST US.
ARAB COCKROACHES BRING THEIR OWN DEMISE, ALL MUSLIM NATIONS SUCH AS INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, BRUNEI, PAKISTAN, SRILANGKA ETC. SHALL CONVERT NOW BEFORE TOO LATE
ISLAM IS A BAD RELIGION EVEN IN ISLAM ITSELF SHIITE VS. SUNNI, OUTSIDE ISLAM, THERE IS ISLAMAPHOBIA !!!!
AS A RESULT, OPEC IS ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE.

83,000 square-feet is a lot of space to maintain for occasional use.
By the time it's done the property will probably cost more than $50M.
I am not so sure that would be the best way to invest money.

Not in my back yard,yours is ok with me.

ha ha, all the money in the world & moving to the most remote peak of a mountain cannot spare you the common aggravation of "the neighbors"

I don't pity the big-shot neighbors who are whining one bit, do hope they enjoy this serving of humble pie.

hello special people who live higher up:

when you sit on the toilet, the same funk splashes into the water as everyone else, sometimes worse depending on the cleanliness of the fancy restaurant where you dined

you are no better, you do not "deserve" better than everyone else, you are human and no more

so, just get over yourselves

Middle East despots and their extended family are not that welcome. I guess the good ol'times are coming to an end.
This pad must be readied in case there are hitherto unforeseen events in Saudi, such as a coup or mass slaughter of local demonstrators and the private jet is readied for a flight into exile.

If this prince can work his way through the inviornment impact reports - let him build what he wants. While I see this 'home' as over the top, who am I to judge? Saudi's are a tribal people with huge, deep, strong family ties. Dozens of Saudi families have 737 jets to haul around their extened families.
Just because many of us cannot relate to this kind of living, does not make it wrong.

 
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