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Famous Houses: The Beverly House, a Hollywood Legend in Beverly Hills

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Famous Houses: The Beverly House, a Hollywood Legend in Beverly Hills
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With a rich Hollywood history and appearances in blockbuster movies like “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard,” The Beverly House is truly an American legend. A stunning symbol of Hollywood’s Golden Era, the LA house was designed and built back in 1927 for a banking executive named Milton Getz.

 

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The man responsible for the home’s exquisite Mediterranean Revival style was Gordon Kaufmann, an architect who made a name for himself with projects like the Hoover Dam, the Los Angeles Times building, the Hollywood Palladium, as well as numerous well-known estates in the Beverly Hills area.

The home’s Hollywood glamor began with its sale to actress Marion Davies and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in 1946. It also served as Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy’s honeymoon location in 1953 and the West Coast Presidential Election Headquarters for JFK. More recently, the estate even appeared in one of Beyonce’s music videos and is now on the market for $119 million.

Located just three blocks from Sunset Boulevard and the Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly House offers 50,000 sqft of living space, which includes a significant addition that was completed in 1995. The home has 18 bedrooms and 25 bathrooms, an exquisite entry hall and an impressive upper hallway that stretches far and wide and that showcases a nearly 9-ft-tall Dennis Abbe mural.

 

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What’s more, the formal living room features 22-ft-high arched and detailed hand-painted ceilings. The estate has enough room to accommodate up to 400 guests for a formal sit-down dinner out on the terraces or more than 1,000 guests for more casual occasions. Naturally, it also comes with a commercial-grade kitchen.

And speaking of entertaining guests, some of the other fantastic amenities include two projection/screening rooms, a state-of-the-art spa complete with a gymnasium and massage room, a formal dining room and a wine cellar. An Art Deco-style nightclub can be found on the lower level, and the property also includes an eight-car garage with a guest house above it.

The 32-ft billiard room is definitely a sight to behold, complete with herringbone parquet floors, an impressive hand-carved stone fireplace mantle, a beautifully intricate ceiling and even an original painting of Marion Davies that Hearst had commissioned. Both the fireplace and ceiling are said to have come from Hearst Castle in San Simeon, which offers yet another interesting historical element to an already fascinating estate.

 
The home’s notable H-form architecture and combination of Italian and Spanish styles are highlighted by the grandeur of the arched floor-to-ceiling windows, lengthy colonnades, wide balconies and terraces, French doors and paneled walls. However, with an emphasis on natural light and with large mirrors reflecting throughout the space, the estate successfully incorporates the old Hollywood glitz and glam while also offering the creature comforts of modern-day living.

The Beverly House sits on approximately 3.5 acres, including one of the longest private driveways in the city at 800 ft. The grounds also feature a sculptural fountain, as well as a large swimming pool with waterfalls and a nearby pool house, plus a lighted tennis court. The attractive gardens designed by landscape architect Paul Thiene are also striking.

Located on a private knoll, the home offers complete protection with four wrought-iron security gates and several outbuildings.

The Beverly House remains one of America’s most famous homes and is the epitome of opulence with its seemingly unlimited details and use of rich materials and tasteful design. The home is a testament to Kaufmann’s talents and, to this day, continues to capture the magic and fantasy that has long been Hollywood’s promise.

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