William Randolph Hearst’s Beverly Hills Mansion Lowers Price to $70 Million
The sprawling 1926 compound is where The Godfather was filmed
Having listed two years ago for a staggering $135 million, the storied Beverly Hills house where The Godfather was filmed has lowered its asking price to $69.95 million, down from a previously chopped price of $125 million.
The 18-bedroom estate sits on 3.5 acres in the heart of Beverly Hills, behind wrought-iron gates. Designed by Gordon Kaufmann in 1926 for a banker named Milton Getz, the sprawling Mediterranean-style house was later purchased by publisher William Randolph Hearst and Hollywood star Marion Davies. At the request of the couple, herringbone parquet floors and a fireplace were removed from Hearst Castle and installed at the house.
Another boon to the history of the property: Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy spent their honeymoon at the grand estate in 1953.
Movie buffs will recognize the house from one of the most memorable scenes in The Godfather, when a film executive crosses Don Corleone and winds up with a horse’s head in his bed. Scenes from the Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard were also shot on the property.
At more than 50,000 square feet, the residence contains a vast entry hall with a loggia, a garden-view bar, a billiard room, a ballroom, a home theater, and a two-story library with hand-carved millwork.
In addition to the stunning interiors, the house boasts a lit tennis court, a swimming pool, two ponds, a spa, fountains, an 800-foot-long driveway, and expertly manicured grounds. A separate two-bedroom apartment and a one-bedroom security cottage round out the property.
The architectural gem is listed with Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland.