The former title holder for the most expensive home for sale in America is back on the market. The former home of William Randolph Hearst, which is located in Beverly Hills, CA, was hauled onto the market back in 2007 for a whopping $165 million. It is now listed at $95,000,000, which is a significant $70 million price cut. The estate is currently owned by financier Leonard Ross who recently filed for bankruptcy and claimed $40,000,000 in mortgages on the home. The estate includes four houses with a total of 72,000 square feet of living space and 29 bedrooms. It was built for Milton Getz of Union Bank and Trust in the late 1920’s.

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  • James

    $70M reduction…heck, I’ll take two then. Lol




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  • KEV

    It’s huge and the grounds are impressive, although it looks more like a hotel from the outside than a home, just because of the repetition of window, window, window, not a whole lot of imagination going on there.

    As far as the interior, I’m sure it was incredible back in the day, but today it just looks incredibly dated and tired, also like an old hotel. I know this house had its time with JFK and Jackie, but that time is long gone. Teardown seems most likely, but the lot isn’t worth 95 million, so I’d expect another price drop in the future. Much like The Manor, it’s woefully overpriced.




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  • Daniel

    I do like some elements of the home, especially the entrance hall. Something tells me this home needs a minimum of $10-$15 million in renovating/retailoring. I still think $95 million is too much. High 50’s, low 60’s is what I see it going for.

    Does Beverly Hills have a landmarks commission, a la Palm Beach? I hope the home is preserved, and not foolishly subdivided.




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  • j

    This is one of my favorite homes….it is worth 95 million because of the square footage




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  • Jason

    this is a really lovely, elegant and restrained house. of course it’s grossly overpriced even by BH standards. it would be a shame if anyone tore it down since it’s one of the “old dames” of BH. the land has already been subdivided and I don’t think the rolling hillock it sits on is suitable if it were to be subdivided again. if your a fan of great early 20th century Mediteranean architecture then you should find a copy of Homes of Los Angeles part I & II from Acanthus press. they are great books with clear black and white pics of grand old houses and most have the floorplan illustrated including this home. Greystone Manor is also featured in the book. it’s LA’s largest house and was featured in Mariah Carey’s We Belong Together and It’s Like That videos among many other Hollywood cameos.




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  • Grrrowler

    I think this is an amazing house, partly because of its history, but partly because I love these grand and outrageous houses built in the 1920’s. They were over the top for their time but the craftsmanship was akin to art. This house does look dated both inside and out and I hope any new owner restores it. It could be truly amazing with the period details restored but the decor brought up to modern standards.

    Looking at the scene from the Godfather with this house used as Jack Woltz’s estate, it was more of an ochre color. That color looked much better than the salmon color it’s painted now.




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  • kieran

    I am in Beverly Hills as I write this…
    This home is simply what beverly hills is all about…
    Enough said




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  • Iemand

    I think it’s quite nice. The outside color is not that pretty, maybe that needs a slightly different color. But for instance, the library doesn’t look very dated or tacky. It looks kinda nice.




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  • Stewie

    It’s a beautiful estate. Legendary BH estates have to be preserved, it should be protected for sure. As others here have said, it will definitely need at least 10m in renovations, but its a spectacular estate with great history. I think it could well sell in the 70m’s.




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  • Barney

    Hey Guys! Been gone for a while, but I did comment a couple of pages back on the sale of the Candy brothers Giga-Penthouse in Monaco, but no one responded! 🙁

    I love this house, and think that the exterior color is perfect for the genre and location. It is, however, VERY unfortunately a TRUE masterpiece AND at the same time, an antiquated fossil from a bygone era of psychotically unimaginable excess. I think the house looks pretty darn good on the inside, albeit dated interiors & furniture. But for a “house” THIS enormous, not bad at all. I shudder to think though, of how many KINGS RANSOMS it’d take to update EVERRRRRRRRY thing that needs to be. It’d make the PERFECT boutique hotel, though…..but I think its too-small lot would preclude that, not too mention, of course, trying to get it re-zoned would be like lookin’ for BRAINS in George Bushs’ SKULL………it’s AIN’T gonna’ happen. But still beautiful, definitely. Hope it sells….at whatever price that’s gonna’ be, I haven’t a clue anymore….not in the deconomy we’re in now.




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