James McClain | Diversity
He already owns a $ 5.2 million Miami Beach condo in the upscale St. Regis Bal Harbor resort, but Daud Wardak apparently wants to have an outpost on the West Coast as well. To that end, he heads to Beverly Hills – records show that the half-tasked businessman, who is the son of former Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak, bought a $ 20.9 million mansion on the main street of Troughsdale Estates.
Built this year, brand new and designed by local architecture firm Woods + Dangaran, the nearly 9,000-square-foot home has been described in an OTC listing as a blend of “modern and mid-century.” The 0.58-acre property was last sold in 2016 for $ 9.5 million to the Woodbridge Group, a now defunct Ponzi scheme; Woodbridge demolished the original home on the site, and the new building was sold to Wardak on behalf of Woodbridge’s bankruptcy proceedings by Viewpoint Collection, a leading developer of luxury homes in Los Angeles.
The new home replaces a smaller but seductively lush mid-century 1960s modern home long owned by Sally Herschberger, the Kansas heiress who became the infamous “star stylist” from Los Angeles. During her tenure, Hershberger leased the property to Candice Nelson, founder of Sprinkles Cupcakes and Pizzana food chains, and in 2013 sold it for $ 6.9 million to a Florida businessman.
As for the current home, the strikingly angular structure brings together five bedrooms and seven bathrooms within its glass walls, which overlook the downtown Los Angeles skyline. Unpainted wood and other natural materials define the interior in a muted palette of grays and creams. Contemporary minimalism seems to be the theme: a central courtyard with a lonely olive tree, as well as flat ceilings pierced only by recessed LED lights. Even the plantings in the drought-resistant yard are semi-wild and slightly overgrown in their own fashion. At the back, just a few feet from the house, is a rectangular pool.
Little is publicly known about the various business interests or wealth origins of Wardak, an ethnic Pashtun refugee born in Afghanistan in 1977. But government corporate records show he is the president of a Miami-based firm called AD Capital Group. Various reports also noted that his older brother Hamed Wardak, a Georgetown University graduate and former valedictorian, is a successful businessman who runs the military transport company NCL Holdings. NCL, based in Virginia but operating primarily in Afghanistan, has been awarded lucrative contracts with the US government in exchange for protecting US supply routes to Afghanistan; These contracts were reportedly worth a whopping $ 360 million north.