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Following many years of litigation between Tower Park Properties, LLC ("TPP") and the Hughes Family Trust, ownership of The Vineyard Beverly Hills is being transferred to Secured Capital Partners ("SCP"), a California-based LLC which is already in possession of the Grant Deed on the Property, according to Victor F. Noval, General Manager of Secured Capital Partners, and founder of theVictorino Noval Foundation, LLC. 

 

Victorino Noval came to the United States from Cuba to build a real estate empire of shopping complexes which are operated by his family today.

 

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The epic court battle between Tower Park Properties and the Hughes Family Trust (the "Trust") involves the children & grandchildren of one family against the son of another. The litigation ultimately resulted in a signed settlement agreement between the Trust, TPP and SCP, which after being approved by the court was challenged by the Trust. Due to the challenge by the Trust, TPP was forced to default on its obligations to SCP that resulted in TPP losing the property to Secured Capital Partners.

 

Additional Information about the most recent ruling can be found at PACER at http://www.pacer.gov/ in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. CV 13-1518-GHK.

 

In 2003, three years after Mark Hughes passed away, the Trust sold the 157 acres to Tower Park Properties. TPP was unable to complete the infrastructure improvements pursuant to its written agreements with the Hughes Family Trust. To avoid default and pay off the mortgage, TPP borrowed monies in the form of secured loans from Secured Capital Partners. Since 2010, Secured Capital Partners has funded approximately $100 million to pay off all mortgages on the property pursuant to the settlement agreement between the parties, infrastructure improvements, carrying costs and property taxes.

 

The property has been owned by some of the world's wealthiest people, including the Shah of Iran, who planned to build his palace there. The Shah bought the vast acreage in his sister's name and held it until 1987 when he sold it to television tycoon Merv Griffin. Griffin owned it from 1987 to 1997 when the late Mark Hughes, founder of Herbalife and a well-known philanthropist, bought the land from Griffin and started making plans to build his dream compound. The property was then transferred to the Hughes Family Trust benefiting his heir and only son, Alexander, who is now 23 and the sole beneficiary of the Trust assets.

 

According to Victor F. Noval, "Many have come along to try to sensationalize what was nothing more than a real estate transaction by two wealthy families who have helped raised millions of dollars for charitable organizations around the world with a focus on healthcare and cultural exchange programs in arts and entertainment."

 

The property has been the location of numerous events held by the Victorino Noval Foundation, including an Oscar party with James Cameron as the keynote speaker on environmental issues, along with special guests Halle Berry, Sean Penn and Charlize Theron. The Vineyard was also the location for the first ever Diamond Ball for the Clara Lionel Foundation.

 

The ball was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, with Brad Pitt introducing Rihanna as the headline performer. Among the star-studded guests and VIPs were Salma Hayek and her billionaire husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, Kim Kardashian, Big Sean, Kris Jenner, Ellen Pompeo, Cuban-American Steven Bauer, and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The property is estimated to have a value of $1 Billion USD. It is not currently for sale.

 

The 157 acres, now known as The Vineyard Beverly Hills, boasts an unparalleled panoramic view of Los Angeles all the way from Malibu to downtown Los Angeles. The property looks over Beverly Park, which according to an article in Forbes magazine is a "Beverly Hills' Mansion-Packed Billionaire Community."From The Vineyard, one can see the homes of the rich and famous Hollywood elite like Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Nancy Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Seth McFarland and Sylvester Stallone.

 

The Vineyard Beverly Hills is quite possibly the most valuable plot of developed residential land in the United States. Noval continued by promising, "Now that Secured Capital Partners has been crowned 'King of The Mountain,' plans for The Vineyard Beverly Hills will include continuing to use the property as an event site to raise more money for charitable organizations worldwide."

 

 

Scott S. Smith is an internationally-known business journalist with as many as 1,400 articles appearing in over 175 major media. Scott is also the author of Extraordinary People: Real Life Lessons on What It Takes to Achieve Success.

 

 

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Posted Friday, September 18th, 2015

 

By Victoria Talbot

 

 

Victor Noval, General Manager of Secured Capital Partners and founder of the Victorino Noval Foundation, which is known for hosting numerous charitable events at The Vineyard Beverly Hills, went on the record to TheCourier this week with the following statement: “Stories reporting that The Vineyard is for sale, that the price is $1 Billion, and that its ownership is in dispute and other misinformation, are simply untrue.”  Following many years of litigation, Secured Capital Partners, a California-based LLC, reached a settlement agreement with Tower Park Properties, LLC and the Mark Hughes Family Trust in 2013. Noval continued, “There are no plans to sell The Vineyard Beverly Hills in the foreseeable future. The property, at the size of Disneyland in 90210, is simply not replaceable and therefore is not currently for sale. The only plans are to continue to offer The Vineyard as a special event site which we hope will benefit the community and charitable organizations everywhere.”

 

The Vineyard Beverly Hills has been the site for many star-studded events benefiting healthcare, environmental organizations, and cultural exchange programs. Rihanna’s first annual Diamond Ball was emceed by Jimmy Kimmel with Brad Pitt introducing the international music icon, who performed with a 100-piece orchestra to over 1,000 guests.  

 

Celebrity events at The Vineyard have also been attended by Hollywood A-listers and VIPs including James Cameron, Halle Berry, Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, Salma Hayek & her husband, billionaire philanthropist François-Henri Pinault, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Ellen Pompeo, Cuban-American Steven Bauer, Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Steve Wynn, Kris Kardashian, Big Sean, Kris Jenner, and many others.

 

An epic court battle between Tower Park Properties and the Mark Hughes Family Trust, involving tens of millions of dollars in legal fees spent by the children & grandchildren of one family against the son of another, ultimately resulted in a signed settlement agreement between the Mark Hughes Family Trust, Tower Park Properties and Secured Capital Partners.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After being approved by the court, the settlement was challenged by the Hughes Trust. The challenge by the Mark Hughes Family Trust interfered with Tower Park Properties’ ability to meet its obligations to Secured Capital Partners, which resulted in Tower Park Properties losing the property to Secured Capital Partners.  Additional Information can be found at PACER at http://www.pacer.gov/ in the United States District Court, Central District of California, Case No. CV 13-1518-GHK.

 

According to numerous reports in the worldwide press, Tower Park Properties purchased The Vineyard Beverly Hills from the Mark Hughes Family Trust with no down payment. What was omitted from the stories was that since 2010, Secured Capital Partners has funded the approximately $100 million for infrastructure improvements, carrying costs, property taxes, and to pay off all Mark Hughes’ mortgages to the Mark Hughes Family Trust pursuant to the settlement agreement which was deemed valid in court.

 

The property has been owned by some of the world's wealthiest people, including the Shah of Iran, who planned to build his palace there.  The Shah bought the vast acreage in his sister’s name and held it until 1987, when he sold it to television tycoon Merv Griffin. Griffin owned it from 1987 to 1997, when the late Mark Hughes, founder of Herbalife and a well-known philanthropist, bought the land from Griffin and started making plans to build his dream compound.  The property was then transferred to the Mark Hughes Family Trust. The Vineyard Beverly Hills has been in development for the last twelve years and is the only massive piece of undeveloped property in 90210.

 

The Vineyard boasts unparalleled panoramic views of Los Angeles all the way from Malibu to downtown and someday could become the greatest single residential compound in the world.

 

The 157-acre property is located just seven minutes from The Beverly Hills Hotel and has been designated as the most exclusive undeveloped residential land in America.  The property looks over Beverly Park, which according to an article in Forbes magazine is a Beverly Hills' Mansion-Packed Billionaire Community.”  From The Vineyard, one can see the homes of the rich and famous Hollywood elite like Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Nancy Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Seth McFarland and Sylvester Stallone. In comparison to Beverly Park, The Vineyard offers a level of security and privacy heightened by astonishing views that cannot be matched by any other residential land in America.

 

 

Excerpts of this article were contributed by Scott S. Smith, an internationally-known business journalist with as many as 1,400 articles appearing in over 175 major media. Scott is also the author of Extraordinary People: Real Life Lessons on What It Takes to Achieve Success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

News Updated October 16th, 2015

(L to R) Victor Noval, General Manager of Secured Capital Partners, with Hunter Noval & Jake Noval, grandchildren of Victorino Noval