Whether you call them mysterious, alluring, the stuff of legend, or another descriptor that comes to mind, there’s no debating that secret rooms in homes are a talking point that keeps even the most jaded party guests engaged.
“People love to talk about properties with hidden rooms,” says Branden Williams, the cofounder of luxury real estate company the Beverly Hills Estates. “They have a very James Bond–esque notion to them and are a conversation piece when it comes to resales.”
Wealthy homeowners often discuss installing a hidden space in their properties, Williams says, but rarely do. “A house with a secret room is definitely an anomaly,” he says.
Williams’s statement means that the seven listings with secret rooms that we’ve rounded up below are examples of rarities that usually aren’t offered for sale.
The sweeping façade at the Azria Estate.
The Azria Estate, Los Angeles
The renowned Californian architect Paul R. Williams built this estate in 1939, and writer and producer Sidney Sheldon once called it home. Now, owner Lubov Azria, the widow of Max Azria, founder of Hervé Léger and BCBG Max Azria, is selling the historic property. It features a host of secret spaces including hidden tunnels, a poker room, and an underground bomb shelter.
Other standouts include the five private gardens; a glass-wall tennis court with a stadium viewing box; a game room with a gold leaf ceiling; a movie theater; and a Moroccan-style pool house with a hammam that has heated floors and walls.
Price: $85 million
Beds/Baths: 17 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms
Square Footage: 30,000
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Outside of 1301 Collingwood Place, overlooking Los Angeles.