The home of Playboy magazine and its founder Hugh Hefner will be listed within the next month. The nearly 20,000-square-foot mansion is on five acres in Holmby Hills, a neighborhood that together with Bel Air and Beverly Hills form what is known as Los Angeles’ Platinum Triangle. The Playboy property features 29 rooms and an additional four-bedroom guest house. It is one of only a handful of Los Angeles homes with its own zoo license. Drew Fenton and Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland and Mauricio Umansky of The Agency are the listing agents.
Playboy Enterprises is seeking upwards of $200 million, but TMZ, citing real-estate sources in the area of Holmby Hills — close to Beverly Hills — said the mansion was more likely to go for between $80 million and $90 million.
Prospective buyers can tour the sprawling property, reputedly host to some of America’s most raucous parties, but Mr. Hefner’s bedroom is off-limits.
It was also said that the sale comes with a major catch — whoever buys it must give Hefner a life estate, meaning he can continue to live in the mansion until he dies.
Forbes magazine describes the mansion as “Gothic/Tudor” and said its amenities include a zoo and in addition to “bunnies,” the estate is currently home to monkeys, cockatoos, peacocks, African cranes, parrots, toucans and pelicans. And the new owner could keep them – thanks to a rare zoo license and aviary buildings, a pet cemetery, a tennis court, waterfall, pool and basketball court.
The backyard is also the backdrop for the mansion’s annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Party, which is always held on the first Saturday of August, as well as blowouts on Halloween, New Year’s Eve and for Hef’s birthday.
In addition to its own parties, the Playboy Mansion is frequently rented out for movie screenings, corporate parties and charity events.
The house has also been featured in a number of music videos, television shows and movies, including Anna Faris’ The House Bunny.
In addition to 29 rooms, a wine cellar, movie theater and several tennis courts, the Playboy Mansion, which Hefner purchased for $1 million in 1971 from chessmaster and engineer Louis D. Statham, comes with a whole lot of history.
It is rumored that John Lennon once put out a cigarette on one of Hefner’s original Matisse paintings, where it still stands today.
There is also believed to be an off-limits bedroom dubbed the ‘Elvis’ room, where the legendary singer once repeatedly slept with eight Playmates at one time.
But recently, the headlines dedicated to the Playboy Mansion are a far cry from its most glamorous days as the place to play in the last decades of the twentieth century.
Hefner is reportedly “so frail he goes everywhere with a group of nurses.”
One cannot believe that this is the same man who had every woman at his feet, it is now only a far memory.