MasterClass founder David Rogier buys Beverly Hills home for $ 6 million – DIRT
Because it’s sandwiched between $ 25 million estates in one of Beverly Hills’ most upscale pockets, meeting this gingerbread house is a pleasant surprise. The traditional 1930s storybook, much smaller and less ostentatious than the other neighboring houses, appears to belong to a Thomas Kincade painting, or perhaps to the pages of “Grimms’ Fairy Tales.” Certainly not in the land of Ferrari gilding and botox parties, but that’s where it stays.
Last sold in 2009 for $ 3.1 million, the house has long been owned by Hilary Tisch, the late daughter of billionaire New York Giants owner Steve Tisch. In August 2020, Hilary committed suicide, apparently after years of battling depression.
Despite this darkness, the property seems to be able to be very happy. Surrounded by century-old redwoods, the park-like land features secluded brick patios and a swimming pool with built-in spa. The sun filters through the canopy of leaves. Inside, the loft-style living spaces are bathed in natural light and there are white oak floors throughout.
The house went on sale for the first time during the summer. Buyers were won over by the property, and it sold in just one month for exactly $ 6 million, or $ 1 million more the asking price. The new owner is a tech entrepreneur David Rogier, native of Los Angeles, Founder and CEO of San Francisco-based MasterClass, the only premier education subscription platform for famous instructors like Jodie Foster, Shonda Rhimes, Steph Curry, Helen Mirren, Usher, Serena Williams and Gordon Ramsay.
Rogier, 39, will enjoy 3,400 square feet of whitewashed interiors that have been updated but remain loaded with charm. The dining room features original leaded windows and dark wood paneling, while the breakfast room sits behind patio doors and features floral wallpaper. Upstairs, the main retreat has a sitting area and fireplace, as well as a spa-style bathroom. An adjoining guest bedroom has been converted into a boutique style walk-in closet / closet, while another of the three additional bedrooms is currently converted into an office.
Although MasterClass remains based in the San Francisco Tech Hub, Rogier was born and raised in the affluent Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the grandson of Holocaust survivors. On his own, he struggled in school as a child, but eventually graduated from Stanford GSB, one of the best business schools in the world. MasterClass was founded in 2015 by Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen and has since raised nearly $ 500 million in venture capital. Today, the company offers more than 100 courses from dozens of famous instructors, thousands of lessons – and a huge Valuation of $ 2.75 billion.