The iconic mansion from ‘The Godfather’ is back on the market at a $105 million discount. Look inside the Beverly Hills estate.

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  • The iconic mansion seen in 1972 classic film “The Godfather” is back on the market for $89.75 million.
  • That’s a roughly $105 million discount from its $195 million asking price in 2016.
  • In the movie, the mansion was the home of movie producer Jack Woltz, who woke up with a severed horse head in his bed after crossing the Corleone family.
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The historic Los Angeles mansion where the classic 1972 film “The Godfather” filmed scenes is back on the market for $89.75 million – a $105 million discount from its original asking price – after the owner declared bankruptcy on the property.

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The estate’s owner, attorney and real-estate investor Leonard Ross, put the property on the market in 2016 for $195 million. Over the past several years, it’s seen price cut after price cut, down to $135 million in 2018 and $125 million in 2020

Now, the Mediterranean-inspired estate is listed at a 54% discount from its original asking price.

The new price comes after Ross was recently ordered to sell the property by a bankruptcy court following a petition from Fortress Investment Group, which said it’s owed more than $52 million in unpaid loans and interest, according to the Wall Street Journal. Ross had placed the LLC that owns the estate into chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2019.

Ross and his attorney did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment for this story.

The nearly 30,000-square-foot mansion, built in 1927, sits on 3.5 acres of prime Los Angeles real estate in Beverly Hills.

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Once owned by media titan William Randolph Hearst, the property was formerly known as “the Beverly House” but is now being rebranded as “the Hearst Estate,” according to a spokesperson for colisting agent Marguleas of Amalfi Estates.

In 2013, the property was available for rent for $600,000 a month, per The New York Daily News.

With its latest foray onto the market, the estate is now colisted by three brokers: Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates, Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland, and Zizi Pak of Rodeo Realty.

The Hearst Estate was used in several scenes from “The Godfather,” where it portrayed the home of the character Jack Woltz, a movie producer who makes the mistake of crossing the Corleone family.

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It’s been widely reported that the mansion was the setting for one of the film’s most iconic scenes in which Woltz wakes up to a bloody, severed horse head in his bed.

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But Marguleas’ spokesperson told Insider that scene was in fact filmed inside an estate on Long Island in New York.

Paramount Pictures, which produced the movie, did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for confirmation on the filming location of the scene.

The mansion was also seen in Beyonce’s 2020 visual album “Black Is King.”

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The Hearst Estate is first shown when Jay-Z rolls up in a vintage Rolls Royce, and the film features multiple additional shots of the interior and exterior of the property.

Visitors to the estate will have to go through a wrought-iron gate and up the 800-foot driveway.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The home was designed by Gordon Kaufmann, an architect who designed many other lavish mansions in the Beverly Hills area.

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Several additions were made to the home in the 1990s, expanding it significantly, according to a former listing.

Source: Amalfi Estates

The home, which has two swimming pools, once belonged to publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst.

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In addition to the pools, the home also has a private tennis court.

Source: Amalfi Estates

It’s surrounded by pristine, manicured gardens and hedges. Landscape architect Paul Thiene designed the gardens.

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Source: The Beverly House

Before it was listed for $195 million in 2016, the property was up for rent for $600,000 a month in 2013.

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Source: New York Daily News

The interior of the mansion is just as impressive as the exterior. Like the outside, it’s mostly decorated in warm, natural tones.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

It includes a two-story library with hand-carved paneling and a detailed ceiling.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The furnishings are opulent, with gold tones and touches throughout many of the rooms.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The living room, with its 22-foot-high arched ceiling, was sometimes used as a ballroom.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The mansion was well known even before its appearance in “The Godfather” – Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy spent part of their honeymoon there in 1953.

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SourceNew York Daily News

A stroll through the house would take you through its grand hallways, one of which is 82 feet long and the other more than 102 feet with a 40-foot wide mural.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The 32-foot billiards room is open to the main hallway.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The pool area was also used in scenes from “The Godfather.”

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Source: IMDb

In the film, it doesn’t look too different from today.

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Source: IMDb

If the 19 bedrooms in the main house aren’t enough, there’s also a separate five-bedroom house on the property near the entry gate.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The terrace can reportedly seat up to 400 guests.

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Source: Amalfi Estates

The Hearst Estate is not the only sprawling Los Angeles estate that’s gotten a massive price chop recently.

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Another Beverly Hills estate, known as Villa Firenze, once listed for $165 million, just sold at auction for roughly $60 million.

And in December, a contemporary Bel Air home that was once asking $180 million dropped its price to $99 million. 

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Rihanna has just dropped $13.8 million on a sprawling Beverly Hills property

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The mansion is nestled behind lush hedges and gates in the mountains above Beverly Hills.

  • Rihanna dropped $13.8 million on her new Beverly Hills mansion.
  • She will be neighbours with other Hollywood stars including Sir Paul McCartney and Madonna.
  • Key features include a Balinese style master ensuite, a spa, and several al fresco terraces.
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Singer and business mogul Rihanna has splashed out $13.8 million on a 7,600 square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills.

It could be her most expensive property purchase to date, according to The Real Deal. Apparently, it was originally listed for $15 million last year. The seller of the luxury abode is investor Daniel Starr, who bought it in 2016.

The listing said the Heather Road property was designed and executed as an elevated living experience.

It’s nestled behind lush hedges and gates in the mountains above Beverly Hills, close to the properties of other Hollywood stars including Mariah Carey, Madonna, and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” collaborator Sir Paul McCartney, Dirt reported.

The house was constructed in 1938 and has undergone significant changes, according to The New York Post. It features a “sophisticated design” that “blends both contemporary and traditional elements,” the listing said. It has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

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The seller of the luxury home is investor Daniel Starr, who bought it in 2016.

Other eye-catching features include a glossy black bull sculpture, a spa, a cabana terrace, a custom pool, and interior and exterior fireplaces scattered throughout.

Upstairs, the master suite captures the essence of Bali, with a five-star bedroom that faces Coldwater Canyon, and a custom closet with black lacquer cabinetry. Its marble-heavy ensuite master bath opens to an outdoor lounge area.

The “Diamonds” singer grew her estimated net worth from $210 million to $600 million from 2018 to 2019, according to Forbes.

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Jeff Bezos appears to be creating a massive Beverly Hills estate worth as much as $175 million. Here’s everything we know about his record-breaking Southern California compound.

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  • Back in February, Bezos became the new owner of the Warner estate, a sprawling compound in Beverly Hills, California, that he purchased for $165 million, according to The Wall Street Journal
  • The estate features a 13,600-square-foot mansion, two guesthouses, a pool, and a tennis court. 
  • Then, in August, both Variety and Daily Mail reported that Bezos had become the new owner of an adjacent house, which he is said to have purchased for $10 million in July. 
  • The three bedroom, five bathroom house is directly next door to the Warner estate and shares a hedge with the compound. 
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Jeff Bezos appears to be compiling a massive Beverly Hills compound. 

Back in February, the Amazon CEO purchased the Warner estate, a piece of Hollywood history belonging to billionaire David Geffen. The $165 million sale broke a record for the most expensive home sale in California state history. 

Then, in July, Bezos appeared to make another purchase, this time right next door: a $10 million home that shares a hedge line with the Warner estate. According to property records viewed by both Variety and Daily Mail, Bezos is the new owner of the 1930s-era home on a side street in Beverly Hills’ Benedict Canyon neighborhood. 

A spokesperson for Amazon did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on the sale. 

While there are few photos of the estate and the adjacent home, Los Angeles County has plenty of aerial views of the property that give us our best look yet at Bezos’ rumored purchases. 

Jack Warner, the cofounder and onetime president of Warner Bros., built his estate in 1937.

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From left: former Warner Bros. CEO Ted Ashley, Jack Warner, and Frank Sinatra in 1969.

Warner started constructing the property in 1926, beginning with three acres of what used to be farmland in Beverly Hills, California. Slowly but surely, Warner started adding parcels of adjacent land and building out the grounds of the estate, adding a golf course and two ponds. 

Source: Architectural Digest

Warner liked to throw extravagant parties that were attended by stars like Olivia de Havilland and Jimmy Stewart and moguls like Howard Hughes. An invitation to a party at the estate was apparently one of the most sought-after in Hollywood in the late 1930s and early ’40s.

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From left: Warner, Audrey Hepburn, and director George Cukor.

Warner filled the estate with expensive art, including a portrait of his wife, Ann, painted by Salvador Dali, according to Architectural Digest.

Source: Architectural Digest

Warner died in 1978, and Ann Warner owned the house until she died in 1990. That same year, the music and movie tycoon David Geffen bought the whole estate, including the art, for $47.5 million, according to Forbes. The sale set a record at the time.

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Source: Forbes, The Wall Street Journal

Geffen, who is worth an estimated $9 billion, has a multimillion-dollar real-estate portfolio that includes homes in Malibu, California, and in New York’s East Hampton, and Manhattan.

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A man on the beach outside David Geffen’s Malibu, California, home.

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Geffen is also the owner of a $590 million superyacht called the Rising Sun, where he frequently hosts fellow moguls and celebrities – including Jeff Bezos.

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Bezos has vacationed aboard the yacht near the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain. Last year, he was pictured on the deck of the yacht alongside former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, model Karlie Kloss, and investor Josh Kushner.

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Geffen frequently hosts high-powered celebrities on the 400-foot-plus Rising Sun. Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, and Barack and Michelle Obama have all been spotted on board. 

Source: Business Insider

In February, Bezos became the new owner of the Warner estate, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal reported that Bezos purchased the property for $165 million, making it the most expensive home sale in California history. No brokers were involved in the sale, according to The Journal.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, had been house hunting in Los Angeles and touring mansions throughout the area in previous weeks, the New York Post reported.

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Source: New York Post

The Warner estate spans eight acres and is situated in the Benedict Canyon neighborhood of Beverly Hills.

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Source: Los Angeles County

The estate promises the utmost privacy. It’s surrounded by tall hedges, blocked off by a large gate, and completely hidden from view from the street.

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The Warner estate when viewed from Angelo Drive.

Source: Google Maps

The compound is home to multiple dwellings, including two guesthouses and a 13,600-square-foot mansion.

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The Georgian-style home has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It includes a floor that was once owned by Napoleon, according to The Journal.

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Source: Los Angeles County, Architectural Digest, The Wall Street Journal

Photos shot of the interior of the estate by Architectural Digest in the early ’90s show a screening room, an expansive bar, and a dining room that could easily fit 14 guests.

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Source: Architectural Digest

The grounds also include a tennis court and manicured gardens. Geffen spent $45 million renovating the property, including $20 million on landscaping alone, The Journal reported.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal

There’s a large pool and what appears to be an adjacent hot tub outside one of the large guesthouses.

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Source: Los Angeles County

At one point, the property also included a nine-hole golf course and a “motor court” with a garage and gas pumps, according to Architectural Digest, though it’s not clear if those amenities are still on the property.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest

Bezos reportedly bought an adjacent property in July for $10 million. That property is on Tropical Avenue, which is perpendicular to the Warner estate. It shares a hedge with the compound, though it is currently accessed from a different street.

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Source: Variety

That adjacent property was built in 1930 and was last sold for $5.45 million, according to Variety. It features three bedrooms and five bathrooms, six fireplaces, a rear patio, and rose and vegetable gardens.

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Source: Variety, Zillow

It’s not clear what Bezos would want with an adjacent property, but he has a history of snatching up homes near his larger estates. In 2017, he bought the house next door to his previous Beverly Hills mansion for $12.9 million. His ex-wife, McKenzie Scott, was granted both homes in the couple’s divorce.

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Source: Business Insider, Variety

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