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Wealthy home buyers demand bathrooms — lots of bathrooms

Lauren Beale Los Angeles Times
The Bradbury home of professional baseball player Adrian Beltre has 16 bathrooms, including the master bath, above. (Chris Considine, Crispix / August 16, 2010)

The Bradbury home of professional baseball player Adrian Beltre has 16 bathrooms, including the master bath, above. (Chris Considine, Crispix / August 16, 2010)


Here's another way the rich are different: They have more bathrooms. Real estate brokers who cater to the moneyed say their clients typically want homes that have at least two bathrooms for every bedroom. And with spacious tubs, floor lamps, dressing areas and seating, some bathrooms rival bedrooms in size.



"The bathroom has become the dressing room," said Bob Ray Offenhauser, a Studio City-based residential architect who routinely encloses the shower and toilet in their own rooms within a room. "They really don't look much like bathrooms anymore."

Some mansions have nearly as many commodes as entire blocks in less regal neighborhoods.

Pickfair, the Beverly Hills estate of Mary Pickford andDouglas Fairbanks, was outfitted with 30 bathrooms in a later overhaul. But the record locally may be the 41 bathrooms boasted by an 18,400-square-foot Mediterranean-style home in Bel-Air that was recently on the market for $40 million, real estate agents say.

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