The Hearst Estate Is Back on the Market for $89.75 Million

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Rachel Wallace
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Los Angeles has no shortage of homes with fascinating ties to famous people. But one Beverly Hills estate in particular that recently hit the market (again—more on that later) for a whopping $89.75 million seems to be particularly well connected. Known as the Hearst Estate, this eight-bedroom, 15-bathroom property was built in 1927 by architect Gordon Kaufman and was purchased by Marion Davies for her partner, William Randolph Hearst, in 1946. You may recall that these two are at the center of the 2020 film Mank, which shows them living at Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, in the late 1930s.

When they moved to this home, where Hearst would live until his death in 1951, they took a ceiling fan, ceiling detailing, and a fireplace with them from Hearst Castle, and these decorations still remain in the billiards room of the estate today. At 29,000 square feet, the main house on the property is rife with over-the-top amenities like a two-story library, an Art Deco nightclub, a screening room, two separate apartments for staff or guests, a five-bedroom gate house, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and a tennis court.

The property is 3.5 acres.
The property is 3.5 acres.
Photo: Jim Bartsch

These opulent features could explain why the home has attracted so many notable people over the years. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy spent their honeymoon at the home. Years later, scenes of hit films The Godfather and The Bodyguard were filmed on the premises. In 2019, Adele held her 31st birthday party here. And just last year, Beyoncé filmed part of her groundbreaking visual album Black Is King on the grounds.

The formal living room features 22-foot-high hand-painted arched ceilings.
The formal living room features 22-foot-high hand-painted arched ceilings.
Photo: Jim Bartsch
This bar is one of many Art Deco details in the home.
This bar is one of many Art Deco details in the home.
Photo: Berlyn Photography 2016
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This is not the first time the residence has been up for sale. It came to market as part of a bankruptcy case, and had been on and off the market even before that. In 2016, it was listed for a staggering $195 million.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest