Perhaps the city of LA’s biggest neighborhood luxury come-up in recent years has been the San Fernando Valley enclave of Encino, where the advent of celebrity buyers and numerous spec-builders has suddenly caused an astronomical price spike. For reference, take this nearly 10,000-square-foot mansion located in a desirable south-of-Ventura Boulevard neighborhood. Originally built in 1998, the house sold for $4,400,000 four years ago (in 2014) to football player Dashon Goldson. And just last month, the same house sold again for a much-increased $6,585,000, an amount that appears to have been paid all in cash.
The new owner, Yolanda discovered, is a 28-year-old man named Douglas “Doug” Delaney Jordan. Our Mr. Jordan is an up-and-coming film producer from Oakland, California who is also the elder son of a philanthropist named Quinn Delaney and her longtime hubby Wayne Jordan, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most successful real estate developers.
The elder Mr. Jordan and Ms. Delaney are two of the most generous Democratic donors in the state of California. Way back in 2015, the couple was ranked #4 on a list of the top givers to political causes in the entire San Francisco area, having donated $2.3 million of their own fortune to further liberal causes.
Anyway, Mr. Jordan and Ms. Delaney have long resided in an 8,000-square-foot mansion in the Oakland suburb of Piedmont — where they have hosted multiple dinners/fundraisers for President Obama and Hillary Clinton. However, they also own a Manhattan pied-à-terre, which they picked up for $5,400,000 in 2014.
The younger Mr. Jordan’s new gated and high-hedged Valley spread sits on a generous 1.09-acre lot. Although the sorta-Traditional, sorta-Mediterranean mansion has a muddled architectural style, it will certainly impress guests with its grand entrance staircase. The glassy double front doors open to an airport hangar-sized foyer facing a (rather cliche) double staircase.
The main floors are equipped with an array of casual yet luxurious entertaining spaces — a fireplace-equipped family room, a formal dining room, and a kitchen sporting dual islands and an astoundingly expensive glass-fronted SubZero refrigerator. Also on the premises (but not pictured) are a large wine cellar and a media room.
According to the listing, the main house sports 6 bedrooms an 7.5 bathrooms, including a master suite outfitted with dark hardwood floors, a fireplace, sitting area, and a master bath with dual vanities and a glassy shower. A spacious covered balcony overlooks the backyard, which includes strips of well-watered lawn, a pool w/ inset spa, and a raised tennis court.
Also in the backyard is a guesthouse above the three-car garage. Within this 720-square-foot space are two bedrooms and one bathroom, plus a large open living space outfitted with trendy ebonized hardwood floors. Also off the guest house is a built-in jungle gym, although we don’t think Mr. Jordan has kids of his own yet.
Despite his relatively young age, records reveal that this Encino pad is not the first-ever LA mansion purchased by Mr. Jordan. Back in 2016, when he was just 26 years old, he forked out $7,230,000 for a Mediterranean pad in the hills above Beverly Hills, in an area known as the Beverly Hills Post Office. That house is currently for sale with an asking price of $9,249,000, recently reduced from $9,995,000.
The 8,000-square-foot 90210 pad has 6 beds and 7 baths, a three-car garage, formal dining and living rooms plus a high-ceilinged kitchen. The entryway also features a dramatic staircase accentuated by a one-of-a-kind Chihuly chandelier overhead. For those of y’all who don’t know, anything by Chilhuly can easily cost more than a new Toyota Corolla.
And for whatever it’s worth, Mr. Jordan’s unwanted B.H.P.O. house sits next door to a far larger estate owned and occupied by British pop star Robbie Williams and his American actress wife Ayda Field.