The Legendary Beverly House is sited on approximately 3.7 flat acres atop a private knoll three blocks from Sunset Boulevard, with original landscaping by Paul Thiene. Entrance gates adjacent a two-story gate house open to a long private driveway ascending one of the city’s longest private drives to a courtyard fountain.
Architect Gordon Kaufmann was commissioned by one of Los Angeles’ most important families to create his legendary masterpiece. Built of terra-cotta stucco, the H-shaped residence exhibits a perfect combination of Spanish and Italian style, with intricately carved ceilings and panelled walls, French doors, balconies, arched ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows, which overlook the famous cascading waterfalls to the pool and the Venetian columns beyond the pool house.
The Beverly House was built by banking executive Milton Getz. Marion Davies bought the property in 1946 for William Randolph Hearst, historical figure and most powerful publishing magnate of the 20th Century, who moved there from San Simeon and lived at Beverly House where he spent the remainder of his life.
The main level includes a 50-foot entry hall with loggia, a living room with 22-foot-high arched and detailed ceilings, and the famed library with hand carved woodwork and a staircase leading to second-story wraparound balcony and bookshelves. The billiards room contains herringbone parquet floors and a massive carved stone fireplace mantle from San Simeon.
There is also a formal dining room, breakfast room, and family room with outdoor terrace accommodating up to 400 for sit-down dining. A garden level contains an Art Deco night club, wine cellar, and one of two projection rooms in the residence. Another level contains spa facilities with a gym and massage room. The second story contains double masters, guest suites, and staff accommodations.
Additional features of Beverly House include a commercial kitchen, owner’s and staff offices, outside staff accommodations, lighted tennis court with indoor bar and media center, guest house above eight-car garage, separate security cottage, separate two bedroom apartment and two story gate lodge with kitchenette and four bedrooms.
The Beverly House in the Spotlight
In addition to hosting John and Jacqueline Kennedy during their honeymoon, Beverly House also played a character in the classic movies “The Godfather” and “The Bodyguard.”