The Hearst Estate Is Back on the Market for $89.75 Million
Los Angeles has no shortage of properties with fascinating connections to famous people. In particular, a Beverly Hills property that recently (again - more on that later) went on sale for a whopping $ 89.75 million appears to be particularly well connected. Known as the Hearst Estate, this eight bedroom, 15 bathroom property was built by architect Gordon Kaufman in 1927 and purchased by Marion Davies for her partner William Randolph Hearst in 1946. You may recall these two being at the center of the 2020 film Mank, which shows how they lived at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California in the late 1930s.
When they moved to the house where Hearst lived until his death in 1951, they took away a ceiling fan, ceiling details, and fireplace from Hearst Castle, and those decorations are still in the property's pool room today. The 29,000 square meter main house on the property offers numerous amenities such as a two-story library, an Art Deco nightclub, a screening room, two separate apartments for employees or guests, as well as a five-bedroom gatehouse, an Olympic swimming pool and a tennis court.
The property is 3.5 hectares.
Photo: Jim Bartsch
These opulent features could explain why the home has drawn so many notable people over the years. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy spent their honeymoon at home. Years later, scenes from hit films The Godfather and The Bodyguard were filmed on the premises. In 2019 Adele held her 31st birthday party here. And just last year, Beyoncé shot part of their groundbreaking visual album Black Is King on the premises.
The formal living room has 22 foot high hand-painted vaulted ceilings.
Photo: Jim Bartsch
This bar is one of many Art Deco touches in the house.
Photo: Berlyn Photography 2016
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This is not the first time the residence has been for sale. It was launched as part of bankruptcy proceedings and had been in and out of the market before. In 2016, it was listed for a staggering $ 195 million.
Originally published on Architectural Digest
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