In a Bel Air prime spot, the ex-wife of Los Angeles mega-mansion developer Nile Niami, probably best known for selling his infamous “The One” trophy at auction for $126 million last March, amid a process bankruptcy, he has also completed a real estate deal on his own. As first reported the royal dealYvonne Niami finally got rid of her old mansion for $27 million.
Niami first put her home inside the neighborhood’s East Gate up for sale in October 2020 for $42.5 million, though she had a hard time getting rid of the place. After slashing the price to less than $30 million and barely avoiding foreclosure, Niami finally found a buyer in early 2022. But that too proved problematic, and in April the buyer sued Niami’s holding company for not closing the escrow on the house in a timely manner. Eventually, however, that ugliness was resolved and the new owner finally got the keys from him.
That new owner in question is Brad Brooks, founder and CEO of Tiger Connect, a Santa Monica-based healthcare technology communications platform provider. Established in 2010, the company received a $300 million investment from New York-based private equity firm Vista Equity Partners Management in January, moving it to the annual listing. Inc 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the US
Built and designed by Oakland architect Claude B. Barton in the 1930s for Floyd R. Bekins, heir to the Bekins Van and Storage Co. fortune, Niami bought the house in 2016 for nearly $17 million. He then extensively remodeled the facility in collaboration with architect richard manion. A mix of Georgian and Colonial Revival styles, with a hint of French Normandy thrown in for good measure, the brick structure and dormer roof sits on a walled and gated parcel that spans nearly an acre, and fronts an attached garage. for three cars. flanked by a large motor track.
Inside, seven bedrooms and 10 baths are spread across nearly 12,000 square feet of living space highlighted by dramatic black and white interiors accented by original trim, colonial and bay windows, herringbone hardwood floors and mirrored walls. Of special note is a double-height foyer that sports a floor-to-ceiling Swarovski crystal chandelier and an iron-railed staircase, leading to a fireside library and formal living and dining rooms.
Other highlights include an updated kitchen designed by William Ohs, which is outfitted with a spacious dining island, high-end appliances, and an adjoining wet bar. An adjacent family room is lined with walls of French doors that extend out onto a covered terrace for alfresco dining.
Four en-suite bedrooms can be found on the upper floor, including an elegant master retreat with a private balcony, walk-in closet and spa-inspired double baths. There is also an optional office space on this floor, while the lower level has a cinema room, a gym and a guest suite with its own kitchen; and outdoors, the fully covered, sycamore-adorned grounds are home to a large saltwater pool, kitchen, and lounge area with a fire pit.
In addition to their new digs in Bel Air, Brooks and his wife Nicole still own their old house in the mountains above Beverly Hills, which they bought in 2001 for less than $1.5 million.