The historic Beverly House—where JFK honeymooned in 1953 and the Godfatherhorse-head scene was shot—has hit the market for a staggering $135,000,000. The record-breaking sale of the long on-the-market Fleur de Lys ($102 million?!) must have inspired the Beverly House to test the waters again (It was most recently up for rent for $600,000 per month.) Built in 1926 for banking exec Milton Getz, the Gordon Kaufmann-designed home was purchased in 1946 by actress/mistress Marion Davies for her lover, newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. (It’s changed hands since then.) The expansive residence sits on 3.7 acres in Beverly Hills and despite its stuffy, old-money interior, contains a multitude of modern conveniences, including two projections rooms, a tennis court that has its own media center (and bar!), and a commercial kitchen.
So many amenities! Those arriving at the home are welcomed into a 50-foot entry hall, 22-foot arched ceilings in the living room, a two-story library, a “massive carved stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon,” (light fires where W.R. Hearst lit fires!), a family room with outdoor terrace that can comfortably seat “up to 400 for sit-down dining.” In the gardens, there are waterfalls that flow into the pool, Venetian columns, and, in the “garden level,” there’s a night club, wine cellar, and a projection room (the other is inside the home).
The house was first up for sale in 2007, when it was asking an outrageous $165 million. There weren’t any takers, and it was relisted in 2010 for $95 million. It came back on the market for rent ($600,000), but for $115 million, it was also up for sale. That number has made a confident, upward leap: The property’s currently listed for$135 million.