The grand Goldwyn family estate in Beverly Hills, commissioned by film producer Samuel Goldwyn (the "G" in MGM) in 1934, hit the market this March and was reported as sold earlier this month. The mystery buyer? Variety hears from multiple sources that it was none other than pop superstar Taylor Swift, who supposedly paid $25 million in cash—cash!—for the place. The property, just under two acres, has a sweet location behind the Beverly Hills Hotel and a history of entertaining Hollywood royalty.
The Goldwyn estate, designed by architect Douglas Honnold, has hosted the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, and Frank Capra. The place was handed down from Goldwyn Sr. to his son, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. (also a producer). Goldwyn Jr. died in January, and apparently his family doesn't want to continue the Goldwyn tradition of living there.
Ms. Swift's new property has six bedrooms and five bathrooms, a library, a card room, a theater with 35mm projection, a guest suite with a private entrance, staff lodging above the garage, terraces, gardens, lawns, a lighted tennis court, and a pool with pool house. The whole Goldwyn package—which had previously been on the market in late 2008 and early 2009, asking $24 million—was listed in March for $39 million. It appears that Ms. Swift, paying only $25 million, got quite the deal.