Newspaper publisher and politician William Randolph Hearst will be remembered not only for his entrepreneurial abilities, but also for his luxurious homes, including Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California and the Beverly House in Beverly Hills.
This house, inspired by the Mediterranean style of the 1920s, where he lived with actress Marion Davies, was offered for sale two years ago for about $195 million. However, it failed to secure the buyer, so it returned to the real estate market after a price drop of as much as $60 million.
Designed in 1927 by Gordon Kaufmann, the house is a great example of the old Hollywood glamor, it has colonnades, arched large windows and furniture from the epoch.
It is located on a plot of 3.5 hectares, has a courtyard in the form of a Latin letter H, while it covers almost 5000 square meters. The house has all the luxury that can be imagined, including a tennis court, a business center, a parking lot, a swimming pool, a spa center and a wine cellar. The long hallway leads to a formal room with a billiard table with oak wood floors and a carved fireplace.
The large library on the floor is characterized by wooden panels while the gigantic living room has a painted ceiling.
In the sumptuous green courtyards of the estate there are landscaped lawns, fountains, waterfalls and a swimming pool. Terraces can accommodate up to 400 guests for dinner or party, and a huge lawn can accommodate more than 1,000 people.
Herst and Davies were not the only famous people who walked the corridors of this indescribably luxurious home.
John and Jackie Kennedy spent their honeymoon here and the house is also well known for its memorable movie scenes in “The Godfather”, where the uncooperative movie producer Jack Woltz woke up to a horse head in his bed, and the glamorous estate where Whitney Houston’s character lived in “The Bodyguard”.
If the house is sold at the desired price, it would crash the record as the most expensive house sold in Los Angeles. That honor currently belongs to Peter Morton’s home in Malibu, which earlier this year sold for $110 million.