Yet another storied mansion has hit the market. For $95 million, you can pick up the Beverly House, the Gordon Kaufmann-designed Beverly Hills home of William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies. Located above the Beverly Hills Hotel, the home is owned by attorney and investor Leonard M. Ross, who filed for bankruptcy protection last week, according to the Los Angeles Times. There's even an official press release announcing its listing. "Perhaps the most famous property in Beverly Hills, the 50,000 plus square foot estate is perched on its very own hilltop above the Beverly Hills Hotel."
According to the press release, "unusual circumstances" led to the listing. Sounds like someone's angry at the banks. Get in line. More from the release: "Four years before the Goldman Sachs improprieties surfaced, Ross sued the leviathan Bank of America for what he claimed to be "alleged fraud involving a Goldman Sachs-type swap transaction with huge hidden, undisclosed, mark ups and fees." Read more.
According to the Times, the 1920s mansion was owned by Ross for more than 30 years. The official web site has more information, including the fact that the estate has one of city’s longest private drives.
And more via the official site: "Built of terra-cotta stucco, the H-shaped residence exhibits a perfect combination of Spanish and Italian style, with intricately carved ceilings and paneled walls, French doors, balconies, arched ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the famous cascading waterfalls to the pool and the Venetian columns beyond the pool house." The Beverly House was built by banking executive Milton Getz, the Kennedys (John and Jackie) honeymooned here, and the famous horse-head-on-a bed scene from “The Godfather" was filmed on the site. Additionally, the less acclaimed but entirely satisfying film "The Bodyguard" was also shot here.
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