Move over Harry and Meghan, another handsome young prince and his wife have bought an even bigger estate (in terms of acreage) than the ex-royal couple. Andrew Lee, a tech entrepreneur and royal heir to the Joseon dynasty of South Korea, and his wife, princess Nana Lee, recently purchased a palatial storybook castle on more than 20 acres in Hidden Valley, an equestrian community just north of Los Angeles. The $12.6 million dollar mansion was the priciest real estate transaction in Thousand Oaks this year.
The property is part of the White Stallion Ranch, a collection of extravagantly themed luxury homes developed in 2006 by Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis. The opulent 14,000-square-foot house, inspired by the palace at Versailles, has seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, a wine tasting room, gym, movie theater, and custom-made chandeliers and fountains. The acreage is dotted with formal gardens and limestone walkways that lead to an infinity pool.
Lee, who describes himself as a “regular dude,” was born in Indiana and has sold several tech startups. He marketed fancy cigars, sports shoulder-length locks and favors hip-hop gear, and is a longtime Bitcoin promoter.
At a 2018 “Passing of the sword” ceremony inside Crustacean restaurant in Beverly Hills, Lee was named successor to the throne by His Imperial Highness King Yi Seok, the only remaining heir living in Korea to the Joseon dynasty. The family ruled Korea from 1392 to 1897.