The Hearst Mansion in Beverly Hills currently ties first place for the most expensive home in the United States. The $195 million dollar property rivals Florida listing, the Gemini home.
The highest priced home belonged to the Playboy Mansion which was listed for $200 million earlier this year. Hugh Hefner’s pad sold for $100 million in August.
The Beverly House was designed in 1927 by architect Gordon Kaufmann. The home was owned from 1946 to 1951 by media legend William Hearst and his mistress, actress Marion Davies. Hearst moved from the Hearst Castle in San Simeon and the pair lived in the estate for 5 years before his death in 1951.
The recent owner of the property, Leonard Ross (who filed for bankruptcy in 2010) has listed the property multiple times and at one point rented out the residence for $600,000 per month.
Famous visitor’s like John F. Kennedy and wife Jacqueline Kennedy vacationed on the compound for their honeymoon in 1953. Hearst Mansion was also a movie backdrop for acclaimed 1972 film The Godfather.
At 50,000 square-feet there is no shortage of room for guests to play with its 19 bedrooms and 30 bathrooms. Hearst Mansion consists of about 5 acres and has multiple dwellings on site.
The home’s history is rich as are its finishes, the living room features a 22 foot high hand painted ceiling and the interior is scattered with other ornate furnishings. Beverly house is an entertainers delight including a tennis court, swimming pool, multiple screening rooms and a terrace that provides sweeping views of the grounds.