Eric Schmidt, the billionaire executive chairman of Google, has bought the Veronique and Gregory Peck estate on L.A.'s Westside for $22 million.

Set on 1.3 acres, the 1930s French chateau sits at the end of a long driveway and is surrounded by a flat lawn, mature trees and lush gardens. The neighbors include heiress Petra Ecclestone, White House interior designer Michael Smith and the Playboy Mansion.

Designed for grand-scale entertaining, the 9,182 square feet of living space features the original marble-walled foyer, vaulted ceilings, formal dining and living rooms, an office, a bar, four fireplaces, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

French doors throughout the house open to patio space and a swimming pool.

Schmidt, 58, had an estimated wealth of $8.3 billion last year, according to Forbes, making him the 138th-wealthiest person in the world.

Gregory Peck, who died in 2003 at 87, won an acting Oscar for his starring role as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962). Among his other memorable films are "Roman Holiday" (1953), "The Guns of Navarone" (1961) and "MacArthur" (1977).



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