The historic California compound once owned by media-titan William Randolph Hearst is back on the market. This time for $195 million; making it one of the most expensive homes for sale in the country. If you are looking to buy a piece of history, this estate is for you! According to the Los Angeles Times, William Randolph Hearst and Actress Marion Davies once owned the Beverly Hills property. President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis spent a portion of their honeymoon there in 1953 and JFK used it as his West Coast headquarters during the 1960 presidential campaign. If that’s not enough, the Beverly Hills compound was also featured in “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard.”
The Beverly House, as it is technically known, sits on roughly 5-acres, has six structures on it including the 50,000-square-foot main residence. A 725-foot-long driveway leads to the H-shaped mansion. Inside, a two-story library features hand carved wood paneling and a wraparound walkway. A formal living room boasts 22-foot hand painted ceiling. The property also features a near Olympic-size swimming pool, a lighted tennis court and two screening rooms. Terraces can accommodate 400 guests for a seated dinner and the grounds can accommodate more than 1,000 people. There’s also a 6,600-square-foot seven-bedroom guesthouse with its own pool.
Gordon Kaufmann, the architect of the Hoover Dam, designed the mansion back in 1927 for banking executive Milton Getz. Hearst and Davies bought the Mediterranean style mansion in 1946 and the couple shared the home until Hearst’s death in 1951.
The Wall Street Journal reports the current owner bought Beverly House four decades ago for less than $2 million as an investment. He renovated the property in the 1990s, adding 20,000 square-feet and bulletproof windows. The historic property has been on and off the market since at least 2007, when it was listed for $165 million. The price went as low as $95 million in 2010, but when it didn’t sell, the owner started renting out the home for $600,000 a month; making it the most expensive rental in the country at the time.
This historic California compound is just one of the luxury estates for sale in our fine state. If you’re looking to sell one in Sonoma or Napa Valley, I would be honored to add your listing to my comprehensive website. If you’re considering buying in the area, I’m happy to arrange tours for you of any of my amazing properties. Call me at 707-953-9456 or contact me via email. I’m always available to answer any questions you might have regarding luxury properties in the sunshine state!