THE BUYER IS EVAN METROPOULOS, WHOSE BROTHER DAREN BOUGHT THE PLAYBOY MANSION LAST YEAR FOR $100 MILLION.
Evan Metropoulos is in contract to pay roughly $65 million for a Beverly Hills home once owned by comedian Danny Thomas.
Evan Metropoulos is in contract to pay roughly $65 million for the onetime Danny Thomas estate in Beverly Hills, which was listed in 2015 for $135 million, according to people with knowledge of the transaction.
About a year ago Mr. Metropoulos bought a 2-acre Key Biscayne, Fla. estate for $47 million, a spokesperson for Mr. Metropoulos said. The home, which sits on a peninsula with a private harbor, had been listed in 2014 for $60 million with ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. He then purchased the property next door for $11.8 million, the spokesperson said. Mr. Metropoulos, who bought the properties as an investment, plans to combine them, his spokesperson said.
Mr. Metropoulos is the brother of Daren Metropoulos, who purchased the Playboy Mansion last year for $100 million. Both are principals at Metropoulos & Co., the investment firm founded by their father, Dean Metropoulos, who made a fortune building well-known consumer brands including Bumble Bee Tuna and Vlasic Pickles. The company bought Hostess Brands out of liquidation in 2013.
On roughly 2½ acres, the Beverly Hills property is in Trousdale Estates and is listed with Aaron Kirman, president of Aaroe Estates, with John Aaroe Group. The 18,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom home has expansive views from its position atop a promontory.
Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Previews International represented Mr. Metropoulos.
The comedian Mr. Thomas built the house in 1970, according to public records. After his widow died in 2000, the couple’s children, who include actress Marlo Thomas, sold the property for $15 million, according to public records. The current owner, whose identity couldn’t be determined, extensively renovated the house, Mr. Kirman said in a prior interview.