Jackie and JFK’s Beverly Hills honeymoon home could be yours for £90 million
If there was an architectural equivalent to California’s glitziest exports – from Cameron Diaz to Gwyneth Paltrow – this building would be it. It’s the mansion that has starred in The Godfather, Whitney Houston’s acting debut The Bodyguard and even Beyoncé’s music video for her Black is King album. In real life, it was where JFK and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned and the former private palace of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and his glamorous actress partner, Marion Davies.
It’s Beverly House, an 18 bedroom, 25 bathroom, 28,975 square foot mansion, originally designed by architect Gordon Kaufmann and built in 1926 for the banking tycoon Milton Getz – and it’s currently on sale with London’s Beauchamp Estates for £90 million.
There’s no two ways about it, the place is something quite exceptional: an all-singing, all-dancing orchestra of architectural styles from endless Italianate colonnades to mirror panelled walls via balconies wide enough to host the British Royal Family times two. It is formed of peachy pink terracotta stucco designed in classic Italian and Spanish palatial styles. The house leads out to gardens inspired by Emperor Hadrian’s villa in Tivoli; all cascading waterfalls, theatrical planting and classical busts emerging from the greenery.
It’s current asking price – at £90 million – marks it as the most expensive house currently on the US market (and it was previously listed at $165 million). The Agency, its US agents, have recently roped Mayfair’s boutique property firm, Beauchamp Estates, to seal the deal, as the sole international agent. Perhaps unsurprising for their track record selling the crème de la crème of London’s premiere properties. Last year, their sale of 2-8a Rutland Gate, a 45-room mansion in Knightsbridge, was the most expensive house ever sold by today’s exchange rates (£210 million).
From an Art Deco nightclub to a wraparound galleried walkway and two-storey library, Beverly House has plenty to recommend itself. One honeymoon not enough, it later served as JFK’s West Coast election headquarters. A palace brimming with political and cinematic history – that could be yours.