If the grand halls, Venetian-style arches, and San Simeon statuary of Beverly House call to mind another, rather notorious, California estate, it is no coincidence. Beverly House was purchased in 1946 by actress Marion Davies as a gift for the publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, the man behind Hearst Castle. Davies paid $120,000 for the 50,000-square-foot pink-stucco mansion on nearly 4 acres above the Sunset Strip in Beverly Hills. Originally built in 1927 by Milton Getz, the vice president of the Union Bank and Trust Company, the estate was designed by architect Gordon B. Kaufmann, known for his work on the Hoover Dam.
According to Jeffrey Hyland, author of The Legendary Estates of Beverly Hills, Davies invested $1 million in the property. She furnished and landscaped the home and added the arches, reflecting pools, and statuary specifically to please Hearst. Thirty-four years her senior, Hearst never married the silent-film actress, and even after he publicly mismanaged her career, the two continued to live at Beverly House—a moniker they created together—until his death in 1951. Two months later, Davies married a former marine, Horace Brown, to whom she left the estate upon her death in 1961.
Beverly House is also known as a honeymoon destination of President John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, and as the location for The Godfather’s legendary severed-horse-head scene. This fall, it will make an exciting and historically rich setting for chef Katie Button and Robb Report’s first annual Culinary Masters competition.
1011 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills 90210
|Architect:||Gordon B. Kaufmann|
|Landscape Architect:||Paul G. Thiene|
|Bedrooms/bathrooms:||17 bedrooms/25 bathrooms|
|Square Footage:||50,000 square feet|
|Lot Size:||3.7 acres|
|Kitchen square footage:||1,000 square feet|
|Listing Price:||$95 million; lease for $20,000 per day or $600,000 per month|
|View:||Secluded, with some views of Beverly Hills and Century City|
|Contact:||Jeffrey Hyland, 310.278.3311, firstname.lastname@example.org|