There’s no escaping that Beverly House is one of the Los Angeles area’s most spectacular and well-regarded homes. Currently priced at an exorbitant $95 million, the home competes for the title of one of the world’s most expensive properties, and with good cause.
Located atop 6 acres just three blocks from Sunset Boulevard, 50,000-square-foot Gordon Kaufmann-designed home was built originally by banking executive Milton Getz, and was purchased in 1946 for William Randolph Hearst.
John and Jacqueline Kennedy spent part of their honeymoon at the home and the home played a role in films such as ”The Godfather” and ”The Bodyguard.”
Longtime owner Leonard Ross is selling the house under what is deemed “unusual circumstances,” (bankruptcy) and the home has dropped in price several times from its original $165 million asking price.
Visitors enter through gates accented by original Paul Thiene landscaping, passing a two-story gate house and ascending one of the city’s longest private drive to the main home.
Built of terra-cotta stucco, the home mixes Spanish and Italian styles for an indoor-outdoor paradise of floor-to-ceiling windows, cascading waterfalls, and magnificent views.
Highlights include a 50-foot entry hall, a living area with 22-foot high arched and detailed ceilings and the famed library with hand carved woodwork and staircase leading to second story wrap-around balcony and bookshelves. The billiard room contains the original stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon, Hearst’s famous former home.
Seat up to 400 on the outdoor terrace, or explore the art-deco night club wine cellar and one of two projection rooms in the residence. An entire level is dedicated to health and well-being with a gym, spa facilities and a massage room, while additional spaces exist for staff quarters, commercial cooking, and staff offices, inclusive of a separate guest house and security cottage.
Seriously. We’d be just fine with the security cottage.