A 29-bedroom estate in Beverly Hills, Calif. that has four houses on 6.25 acres has just been listed for an all-time U.S. listing record of $165 million.
The staggering amount is for the "Beverly House Compound" at 1011 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, which has been owned by hotel and real estate investor/financier Leonard M. Ross, who purchased the first part of the property in June 1976, according to public records. The main parcel is 3.53 acres, and contains a mansion that was built in 1926 and designed by architect Gordon Kaufman, according to public records. The square footage of the main house is 20,570 square feet, according to public records, although listing information states that the entire property has 75,000 square feet of living space (a press release helpfully states that a 20,000-square-foot addition to the mansion was completed in 1992). Oddly, an MLS listing sheet also states that the estate has a total of 29 bedrooms but just five baths, while public records state that the mansion itself has nine bedrooms and 15 baths. The press release states that the main mansion has nine bedrooms (five of which are considered to be "major bedrooms"), eight fireplaces, a Dennis Abbey-inspired art deco club/disco and a long entry hall gallery. Other features in the mansion include 22-foot arched ceilings in the living room, a two-story library and a statuary brought from the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif. The estate's second house has more than 7,200 square feet and seven bedrooms, while a third house at the entry gate has another four bedrooms. The fourth house has four bedrooms, a tennis court and a pool, according to the press release. Outside are two tennis courts, three pools, 82 feet of cascading ponds and waterfalls into a pool that is 34 feet by 75 feet, a large tennis pavilion, and a cabana by the pool, according to the press release.
Previous owners of the property have included William Randolph Hearst and his mistress Marion Davies, and the estate also was where John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned, according to listing information. More recently, the mansion was used to film scenes in the movies "The Godfather" and "The Bodyguard."