When it comes to the hospitality industry, the sky's the limit for Nobu Matsuhisa. The world-renowned chef, known for his Japanese/Peruvian fusion cuisine, owns 31 restaurants worldwide and has two hotels in his name -- one in Las Vegas and a still-developing location in Malibu.
But when it comes to home real estate, it looks like there's still room for him to move on up, and that's exactly what Matsuhisa did this summer. The chef and his wife bought a massive manse in the exclusive Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif. for a staggering $15.625 million in June, according to property records. Real estate blog Real Estalker, who first reported on the purchase, notes that the home was commissioned by Cleon and Betty Knapp, the former owners of Architectural Digest magazine (so you know it's a good one).
The Bel-Air property, designed by famous architect Hugh Newell Jacobson, boasts more than 13,000 square feet of living space, glass corridors, courtyards and a sculpture or two. It makes Matsuhisa's mid-century estate in Beverly Hills looks downright small...
Photos of Matsuhisa's Bel-Air home courtesy of Realtor.com. Story continues below.
Which is perhaps why the chef is also cutting ties with the property he's owned since 1994. The Beverly Hills home was just placed on the market Friday for $3.599 million, according to public records. It has four bedrooms, four bathrooms and city and canyon views. Fans of the chef will also note that this property has a temperature-controlled wine cellar and an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven, as well as a restaurant-caliber sushi bar in one of the rooms (slides 8 and 9). Would you expect anything less from the world-renowned sushi chef?
Photos of Matsuhisa's Beverly Hills home courtesy of Realtor.com.
CORRECTION: This story was updated to reflect Nobu Matsuhisa's 31 restaurants worldwide.