The villa, called ‘Il Sogno’ (the dream), is one of the great ’true’ Bel Air estates, and dates back to the late 1920s. See: World’s best homes – step inside the globe’s most spectacular houses  It’s a grand, classic villa featuring high-beamed hand-painted ceilings, plaster walls, stone-carved fireplaces, and an array of incredible world-class details.  It boasts grand rooms with beautiful scale overlooking spectacular views and gardens throughout the estate.

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Designed by Kalef Alaton, who was also the creative behind the interiors of the Hotel Bel Air, it tapped artisans and craftsmen from the Amalfi coast to create an authentic Italian villa. Situated on an acre of stunning grounds on one of Bel Air’s finest streets, the home features 12,000 square-feet of living space, including a stunning living room with hand-painted beamed ceilings, a ballroom-sized party room and formal dining room. There’s also  a hand-lacquered library, a luxurious master suite with dual baths and walk-in closets, an intimate wine cellar, and a gourmet kitchen with commercial appliances. See: Bedroom ideas – designs and inspiration for beautiful bedrooms The gardens, which include a sparkling tiled swimming pool idea, fountains, enormous lawns, formal gardens, and specimen trees, were designed by David Jones, the personal florist of Nancy Reagan, Jackie Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor.  The property is listed with the Westside Estate Agency (opens in new tab) at $45,000,000.

Who is Howard Ruby?

Howard Ruby is the founder of Oakwood Worldwide, a provider of serviced apartments, who is said to be worth around $200 million. He currently lives on a yacht in the Marina Del Rey area. His wife Yvette Mimieux Ruby is an actress who was nominated for three Golden Globe awards, including for her work on TV series Dr. Kildare.