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America's 'most expensive home' on the market for $119m

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Lucy Harley-McKeown
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The Beverly Hills home. Photo: Beauchamp Estates
The Beverly Hills home. Photo: Beauchamp Estates

A Beverly Hills property that has been dubbed America's 'most expensive home' has gone on sale for £90m ($119m).

Brought to market by The Agency in the US, and Beauchamp Estates in the UK for international buyers, the former private palace and estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and his partner, famed actress Marion Davies, is being advertised to the world's super-rich.

The Beverly House is the most expensive American listing and instruction to be given to a London estate agent to market and sell in many years.

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Beauchamp Estates said that potential buyers could include the Saudi Royal family, the Abu Dhabi Royal family, Chinese and Hong Kong billionaires, the Thai Royal family or a Nigerian, Russian or South African commodities billionaire.

As seen in The Godfather and The Bodyguard, and used by John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy, the Beverly House is an 18-bedroom, 25-bathroom, 28,975 sq ft private palace, located on 3.5 acres of landscaped grounds.

The cocktail bar. Photo: Beauchamp Estates
The cocktail bar. Photo: Beauchamp Estates

The mega-mansion was originally designed by Architect Gordon Kaufmann and built in 1926 for banking tycoon Milton Getz.

The lower ground floor contains an Art Deco-style nightclub a wine cellar, one of two projection/cinema rooms and a spa with gymnasium and massage room.

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In 1946 the Beverly House was acquired by Hollywood actress Marion Davies (1897-1961) who bought it for her lover media mogul William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951).

With the couple using the estate as their Beverly Hills residence until Hearst’s death in 1951, the property owned by the Marion Davies estate up until 1967.

Accessed by high security gates and approached via an 800-foot driveway, The Beverly House is built in pink terracotta stucco, with the H-shaped and designed in classic Italian and Spanish palatial styles.

Photo: Beauchamp Estates
Photo: Beauchamp Estates

With features including long colonnades, wide balconies, several grand entertaining rooms, panelled walls, intricately carved ceilings, French doors and arched floor-to-ceiling windows, the house opens onto the magnificent gardens – designed by landscape architect Paul Thiene and inspired by the Emperor Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli.

It also has an 82-ft long entry hall with a loggia, a state room with a 22-ft high, hand-painted arched ceiling and a two-storey library with hand-carved panelling and a wraparound galleried walkway.

Photo: Beauchamp Estates
Photo: Beauchamp Estates

Mauricio Umansky, founder & CEO of The Agency says: “Beyond its fantastic Hollywood mystique, and finishes and details steeped in its own architectural history, the Beverly House is one of the most expansive estates located in the heart of Beverly Hills with access to the best amenities and conveniences in Los Angeles.”

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