In Los Angeles real estate landscape, Beverly House holds a position others envy. This is the place where JFK and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned, where William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies built a love nest, and most importantly place where the Godfather horse-head scene was filmed. All these memories has a value, like the $135 million asking price by its current owner, lawyer Leonard M. Ross.
The 50,000 square feet Beverly House was designed by Gordon Kaufman in a combined Spanish and Italian styles and built of terracotta stucco. It was built in 1926 for banker Milton Getz. The expansive property sits on 3.7 acres and feature gardens with waterfalls that flow into the swim pool. Entrance is via gates near a two-story gatehouse and a long winding driveway that ends up at a motor court and fountain.
Those who arrive at the property are welcomed to a 50-foot entry hall with a verandah, a living room with 22-foot-high arched ceilings, a garden view bar and a two story library with hand-carved woodwork. It also has a billiard room with original herringbone parquet floors and a huge carved stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon.
The endless list of amenities also include floor-to-ceiling windows with views of cascading waterfalls and Venetian columns in the pool house. A gathering of 400 family and friends for dinner is not an issue, it has an outdoor terrace to sit all of them. And most of them can stay overnight after dinner, mansion has 30 rooms and 40 bathrooms.
The property also has two projection rooms, a commercial kitchen and a wine cellar. Located at the garden level is a night club. The tennis court has a fully equipped media center and its own bar.
Since 2007 the mansion was put up either for sale or rent, without any success. At the height of real estate bubble it was listed for an outrageous $165 million. Asking price varied during this period from $95 million to current $135 million. Mr. Ross is hopeful this time around an overseas billionaire might just snatch it for his asking price.
Source: Hilton Hyland