On the Market: “The Godfather” Estate

One of the movie industry’s most famous scenes, with a horse head or otherwise, is now tied to a Beverly Hills estate for a $195 million price tag. Beverly House, the grand mansion once shared by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies, is on the market for that aforementioned jaw dropping asking price with an extensive resume of history and celebrity, including the horse head scene in The Godfather.


Attorney-businessman Leonard M. Ross is the man with the plan…and that plan is to unload this stunning property whose celebrity checklist is comprised of  visits from honeymooners Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy and royals, as well as scenes from movies that also include Fletch and The Bodyguard.


The H-shaped mansion was designed by Gordon Kaufmann back in the 1920s, connected by a long private drive with a motor court and a fountain marking the front entrance. More than 50,000 square feet of interior space includes incomparable details like carved and arched ceilings, paneled walls and period furnishings. The living room, which was designed by Davies and Hearst, also doubles as a theater, complete with a drop-down screen and projection portals.


Other features of note include a 50-foot entry hall with a loggia, a garden-view bar and a two-story library with hand-carved woodwork. A separate billiard room retains its original herringbone parquet floors and a fireplace moved down from Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California

Upstairs, a central hallway connects bedroom wings for family as well as staff quarters. There are 30 bedrooms and 40 bathrooms in all.

A lighted tennis court, a swimming pool, two ponds, loggias, fountains and formal landscaping fill the grounds. A separate two-bedroom apartment and a one-bedroom security cottage also reside on the property.

Ross is the property’s fourth owner and, during his nearly four decades residence, he has restored, maintained and expanded the house by about 20,000 square feet to its current footprint. A wet bar salvaged from Hugh Hefner’s now-defunct club Touch resides in one of his additions.

Mauricio Umansky of the Agency holds the listing.

Photos courtesy of Zillow.