Phil Collins’ ex-wife buys the house next door to her for $4million MORE than asking price because she was worried it would be torn down and replaced by a mega-mansion


  • Jill Tavelman Collins paid $12.4m to buy the house next door to her home in Sunset area of Beverly Hills 
  • The ex-wife of musician Phil shelled out $4million more than the asking price and paid more than $12million
  • She bought the home over fears it would be torn down, demolished and replaced with a mega-mansion 
  • Ms Tavelman Collins, a self described architecture buff, said of new house: ‘Preservation is important to me’

The ex-wife of Phil Collins has bought the house next door to hers for $4million more than the asking price to ensure it wouldn’t be torn down and replaced with a ‘mega mansion’.

Jill Tavelman Collins, the musician’s second wife and the mother of actress and model Lily Collins, shelled out $12.4million in a bidding war for the property in Beverly Hills.

Ms Collins already lives in the neighboring residence, a mock-Tudor house built by Hollywood film makers Alfred and Charles Christie and commonly known as Waverly Mansion, after buying it with her then husband in 1992.

Ms Collins new house, circled right, is next door to her original home Waverly Mansion, circled left. Now she owns both of the houses 

Ms Collins new house, circled right, is next door to her original home Waverly Mansion, circled left. Now she owns both of the houses

But when she heard that the Hollywood-Regency style property next door had gone on the market, she was eager to snap it up to ensure it wouldn’t be demolished.

She told the Wall Street Journal: ‘Preservation is very important to me. My fear was that someone would buy it and tear it down.’

This prompted Ms Collins, who describes herself as an architecture buff, to buy the property for over $12million, despite the sellers only asking for $8.85million.

Her new single-story home boasts four bedrooms and measures in at around 5,100 square feet.

The front entrance of the new property bought by Ms Collins for $12.4million, more than $4million over the asking price 

The front entrance of the new property bought by Ms Collins for $12.4million, more than $4million over the asking price

Ms Collins' new property boast a championship tennis court as well as an outdoor terrace complete with flood lights 

Ms Collins’ new property boast a championship tennis court as well as an outdoor terrace complete with flood lights

The single-story home boasts four bedrooms and measures in at around 5,100 square feet as well as having a swimming pool outside 

The single-story home boasts four bedrooms and measures in at around 5,100 square feet as well as having a swimming pool outside

The listing describes the home next door to Ms Collins as perfect for a couple with a chic sense of style and luxury thanks to its high ceilings, tall windows and skylights

The listing describes the home next door to Ms Collins as perfect for a couple with a chic sense of style and luxury thanks to its high ceilings, tall windows and skylights

The house, which has now been snapped up, is said to have attracted considerable interest due to its desirable location 'north of Sunset' and its original architecture

The house, which has now been snapped up, is said to have attracted considerable interest due to its desirable location ‘north of Sunset’ and its original architecture

The agents who had been selling the home, also described it as perfect for a couple with a chic sense of style and luxury thanks to its high ceilings, tall windows and skylights.

It also has a library, bar and lounge and outside boasts a terrace, swimming pool and a championship tennis court.

The listing said: ‘This is for the person, whose perfect home acquisition is a distinctive work of art and the life that is lived in it.’

The house is said to have attracted considerable interest due to its desirable location ‘north of Sunset’ and its original architecture before its sale.

Ms Collins already lives in the neighboring property, an English Tudor house built by Hollywood film makers Alfred and Charles Christie and commonly known as Waverly Mansion

Ms Collins already lives in the neighboring property, an English Tudor house built by Hollywood film makers Alfred and Charles Christie and commonly known as Waverly Mansion

Ms Collins restored all of Waverly Mansion, pictured, after she bought the property with her then husband, the musician Phil Collins 

Ms Collins restored all of Waverly Mansion, pictured, after she bought the property with her then husband, the musician Phil Collins

Waverly Mansion, Ms Collins' original home, decorated in the garden before a benefit for the Los Angeles Conservancy 

Waverly Mansion, Ms Collins’ original home, decorated in the garden before a benefit for the Los Angeles Conservancy

Ms Collins, left, with her daughter Lily, pictured at the party last year that they hosted at their mansion in Beverly Hills 

Ms Collins, left, with her daughter Lily, pictured at the party last year that they hosted at their mansion in Beverly Hills

Ms Collins says she is unsure what she is going to do with the house and is contemplating renting it out, but adds she will make sure it ‘stays as it is’.

She married musician Phil Collins in 1984 and the pair remained together until 1996 when they divorced.

It was Collins’ second marriage after having previously wed childhood sweetheart Andrea Bertorelli before they split in 1980.

Collins and Tavelman had a daughter Lily, born in 1989, who has modeled for the likes of Chanel and starred in several films.

After the split, Collins later met Swiss woman Orianne Cevey and they too wed in 1999, with the couple having two sons Nicholas and Matthew.

The family lived together in Switzerland but they split in 2006 and two years later Orianne and her sons moved to Miami.

Jill Tavelman Collins, mother of actress and model Lily Collins, shelled out $12.4million in a bidding war for the property in Beverly Hills. She is pictured with her daughter and ex-husband 

Jill Tavelman Collins, mother of actress and model Lily Collins, shelled out $12.4million in a bidding war for the property in Beverly Hills. She is pictured with her daughter and ex-husband

Collins married Swiss national Orianne Cevey in 1999 but split in 2006. However, it was revealed earlier this year they have reconciled 

Collins married Swiss national Orianne Cevey in 1999 but split in 2006. However, it was revealed earlier this year they have reconciled

She then went on to marry construction boss Charles Mejjati and Collins reportedly dated TV news anchor Dana Tyler.

However, it was revealed that earlier this year, the singer had given up alcohol and rekindled his relationship with his ex-wife Orianne.

She told the Mail on Sunday: ‘It’s different this time. When you first fall in love there is passion and excitement. But the second time around it’s more thoughtful, more mature.

‘You’ve both thought about it for so many years, you’ve missed each other, you’ve come to the realisation that this is the right place to be and this is the person you truly love. It’s more profound, a deeper connection.’

FROM FILM STUDIO OWNERS TO RESTORATION: THE HISTORY OF WAVERLY MANSION

Mary Christie (mother), Al Christie, sister Anne, and Mr and Mrs Charles Christie in  1926 outside Waverly mansion soon after it was built 

Mary Christie (mother), Al Christie, sister Anne, and Mr and Mrs Charles Christie in  1926 outside Waverly mansion soon after it was built

The Waverly Mansion was first planned in 1924 to be built in Beverly Hills by brothers Alfred and Charles Christie.

The Canadian-born pair had earlier moved to Los Angeles to pursue a business in the fledgling motion picture industry, setting up the Christie Film Company, which specialised in comedy films.

After earning enough money to build the property, they hired contractors Sterling Jeffers of Beverly Hills to build the property, which was designed by architect Leland Fuller.

When it was completed in 1926, the finishing result was a Tudor-style two-story residence set in five acres of land.

The two brothers lived in the house along with their mother Mary and older sister Anne.

The family lived there until the early 1930s when it was sold after the Christie fell on hard times and filed for bankruptcy.

It was then passed between subsequent owners who included silent screen actor Richard Barthelmess, film producer Benjamin Bogeaus and talent agent Arthur S. Lyons.

By the early 1970s it was purchased by Mr Jay Herbert and his wife, who remodelled the home and added a sauna bath before it was sold off at an estate sale with all of the interior furnishings in 1984.

Waverly Mansion then stood almost empty until 1992 when Mr Collins and his wife Jill bought the estate for $8.5million.

Ms Tavelman Collins then oversaw a year-long restoration of the mansion and continues to own and live in the residence.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3963752/Phil-Collins-ex-wife-buys-house-door-4million-asking-price-worried-torn-replaced-mega-mansion.html#ixzz5A0BnCavQ
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