The backdrop of the film’s horse head scene was also JFK’s West Coast headquarters during his presidential campaign.
Spanning a sumptuous 50,000 square feet, The Beverly House features 18 bedrooms, 25 baths, a near Olympic-size swimming pool, two screening rooms—and if that weren’t enough, an art deco nightclub and terraces large enough to accommodate more than 400 guests. (The nightclub and terraces at Rancho Desperado only accommodate 100 drunks.)
Perched on a coveted lot just three blocks from the Beverly Hills Hotel and Sunset Boulevard, The Beverly House is an emblem of Hollywood’s Golden Era. And unsurprisingly, it comes with a storied history—including presidential stays and celebrity owners.
The Beverly House is famed for its palatial details and H-form architecture. The iconic property was once the home of William Randolph Hearst, as well as late actress Marion Davies. In the 1990s, the property was substantially expanded by the current owner, financier Leonard Ross.
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- The legendary residence was designed in 1927 by Gordon Kauffmann, the acclaimed architect behind the Hoover Dam and other Beverly Hills estates. It was a destination on Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy’s honeymoon and later served as JFK’s West Coast presidential election headquarters. Perhaps most notably though, it served as the backdrop for one of The Godfather’s most infamous scenes, when—spoiler alert—movie producer Jack Woltz wakes up to see the head of his priced racehorse bloodying the foot of his bed.
A 32-foot billiards room is lined with herringbone parquet floors. The intricately designed ceiling and carved fireplace are from the Hearst Castle in San Simeon.Photo courtesy of The Agency