Kim Kardashian’s wedding festivities are taking place this weekend when the reality star will marry professional basketball player Kris Humphries. The extravagant event was first reported to be be taking place on the grounds of an exclusive Montecito, California, estate that is owned by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. However, new reports indicate that it will in fact be taking place in a nearby 10-plus acre estate that is owned by Frank Gaufield, co-founder of a high-powered Silicon Valley-based venture capital concern.
The walled, multi-gated, high-hedged and heavily fortified property (not surprising for such a highly publicized event which will have extensive security) is a George Washington Smith-designed mansion dubbed Sotto Il Monte. The main house reportedly has 15,452 square feet which was completed in 1929 by Kirk Johnson who is one of the founders of the First National Bank of Beverly Hills. Perhaps surprisingly considering it’s size, the home only has two bedrooms with six and a half bathrooms. There are also various barns and outbuildings around the grounds including a guest house, staff quarters, manager’s apartment, greenhouse, shade house, a car collector’s garage, pool house and gym.
The extensive gardens are reminiscent of formal Renaissance gardens in Italy and feature a complex series of interlocking garden rooms. There is also a north/south tennis court, an indoor swilling pool and a 25-meter outdoor pool.
The wedding festivities are currently underway and it is presumed that everything will be kept under wraps to ensure prime exposure on the Kardashian clan’s reality show when it airs the wedding special.
Source and photo: The Real Estalker