Hearst mansion in Beverly Hills re-listed for $195M


William Randolph Hearst’s old mansion in Beverly Hills (not to be confused with his much more famous castle in San Simeon) is on the market once again for $195 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The mansion is currently owned by real estate investor Leonard Ross, who tried to sell the property in 2007 for $165 million (the most expensive listing in the country at the time), and then took it off the market in 2008. He declared bankruptcy in 2010, owing $40 million in mortgages on the estate. Since then, Ross has leased the property at a monthly rate of $600,000, and says he has had many high-profile renters including royalty. Now, he tells the Journal he is once again listing the property because “he’s getting up there” in age.


Hearst lived in the mansion in the 1920’s and it was later owned by the actress Marion Davies. President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis vacationed there during their honeymoon, and it was featured in scenes in “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard.”

The estate has over 5 acres with six structures, which have a total of 28 bedrooms and 38 bathrooms (Hearst’s building alone is 50,000 square feet). Ross bought the property over 40 years ago for less than $2 million, and added 20,000 square feet. It features a 725-foot driveway, a tennis court and two ponds. [WSJ]