Inside the $115 Million L.A. Mansion from ‘The Godfather’

Simply referred to as The Hearst Estate, this “one of ten” Beverley Hills mansion is back on the market after two decades thanks to realtor Hilton & Hyland. The property was once owned by American businessman, newspaper publisher, and politician William Rudolph Hearst who once spearheaded the United States largest newspaper chain and media company, Hearst Communications. Few Hollywood mansions tell as many stories as this famous residence.

  • Bought in 1919 by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
  • The same mansion that Hearst and actress Marion Davies lived during their 30-plus-year affair.
  • The same mansion where Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy spent their honeymoon in 1953.
  • As seen in the 1972 filming of ‘The Godfather’.
  • Designed by Gordon Kaufmann (of L.A. Time’s Building, and Hover Dam Fame).
  • The estate evokes themes of William Randolph Hearst’s other trophy home: Hearst Castle

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The mansion is currently owned by attorney-businessman Leonard Ross, who previously attempted to sell the estate for as much as USD$165 million. Those who are in the market can grab themselves a bargain and save over USD$70 million with the reduced price of USD$89.75 million (AUD$117 million).

“It’s a great opportunity for someone interested in owning one of the greatest estates in Los Angeles,” said agent Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland.

Designed by Gordon Kaufmann and originally built for LA banker Milton Getz, the traditional H-shaped mansion is set on a 37,000 square feet estate and features 24 bedrooms across the main house, guest house and staff residences.

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Internally you’ll find period-correct details such as palladian-style french doors, a two-story library/den, carved and arched ceilings, an art deco-style speakeasy bar, panelled walls and pillars throughout. At the centre of the home is a billiard room that holds an antique fireplace sourced from Hearst’s most famous trophy home, Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif.

“There are ten legendary mansions on the Westside of Los Angeles – the most historic mansions that still exist – that are part of the same category as the Hearst Estate… You rarely have the chance to buy something like this,” said Gold.

Properties with this much history rarely go up for sale, and the Hearst mansion is a stand-out amongst the Beverly Hills rich and famous. It’s not often you find a property with such a colourful backstory, and few tell as many legendary tales as the Hearst Estate in Beverly Hills.

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The Hearst Estate

Size: 37,000 square feet, 3.7 acres
Bedrooms: 24
Pool: Yes (3)
Features: Palladian-style french doors, carved and arched ceilings, art deco-style speakeasy bar, panelled walls and pillars, billiard room, antique fireplace, two-story library/den, three swimming pools.

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William randolph hearsts l a mansion fireplace

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William randolph hearsts l a mansion courtyard

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General FAQs

How big is the mansion from The Godfather?

The mansion from The Godfather is 37,000 square feet in size, or 3.7 acres.

How expensive is the mansion from The Godfather?

The LA mansion from the 1972 filming of The Godfather is currently listed for $89.75 million USD. It was previously listed for $165 million USD.

Where is the LA mansion from the Godfather located?

The LA mansion from The Godfather is located at 1011 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. This is inside a gated community with armed guards and is not accessible by the public.

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