Early film producer Samuel Goldwyn—founder of one of the precursors to Paramount Pictures and the "G" in MGM—commissioned this estate in Beverly Hills in 1934, from architect Douglas Honnold, who is known just as well for his irreverent Googie-style work as for his grand mansions. Goldwyn Senior "frequently used the property as collateral to finance his films," according to Variety, and of course hosted all the Old Hollywood luminaries, including Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, etc. etc. He passed the place on to his son, producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr., who died this past January, and while here is another generation of film royalty Goldwyns, they apparently don't want to live in this house—it's up for sale now for $39 million.
The Samuel Goldwyn estate sits on 1.94 acres behind the Beverly Hills Hotel and includes six bedrooms and five bathrooms, a guest suite with private entrance, a staff apartment above the garage, a library, a card room, and a theater with 35mm projection, plus terraces, gardens, lawns, a lighted tennis court, and a pool with pool house. The house briefly came up for sale in late 2008 and early 2009, asking $24 million, but it's a different market here in 2015—asking price once again is $39 million.
· The BevHills Estate of Samuel Goldwyn Back Up For Sale [Variety]
· Goldwyn Estate Hits Market For First Time [Curbed LA]