The fashion designer Tom Ford purchased the Brown-Sidney House for just over $2 million in 1997


Tom Ford has accumulated quite the impressive real estate portfolio over the years, but earlier this month the fashion designer opted to let go of one very iconic home. According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the sale, Ford recently parted ways with his Richard Neutra–designed house in L.A.’s Bel Air neighborhood for $20 million.

Built by the famed modernist architect in 1955, the 3,795-square-foot property includes three bedrooms and six bathrooms, all imagined in Neutra’s signature style: geometric, with clean lines made of steel and glass, and open-plan layouts throughout. The home is known in architectural circles as the Brown-Sidney house, and scant images found online reveal plenty of outdoor living spaces and entire walls of glass that flood the space with natural light.

Several years after purchasing the dwelling in 1997, Ford hired architect John Betram and the firm Marmot Radziner & Associates to restore and update it so he could use it as his primary residence, though details of what the Nocturnal Animals director had done are not readily available.

Presently, Ford calls a sprawling estate in L.A.’s Holmby Hills area his home. He purchased what is known as the Bloomingale Estate three years ago for $38.75 million, and has been in the process of restoring and updating the nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence ever since.
Among the upgrades he has in the works: converting the porch into a habitable space, turning the existing pool house into a guest house, adding two rec rooms to the first floor, remodeling the second floor, installing an elevator, renovating the tennis court, and remodeling the swimming pool. Ford also currently owns a 20,662-acre ranch in New Mexico (it is technically larger than Manhattan), which has been on the market since 2016. (It was initially listed for $75 million and is now priced at $48 million.)
The property features a modernist home designed by Tadao Ando, the architect who built the Ground Zero Project at Memorial Park in New York City and the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Among its many impressive features are an entire Western movie town built for the film Silverado in 1985; an airstrip; a horse barn with indoor-outdoor riding rings; and a part of the Galisteo River, which runs through the expanse of the property.