Holmby Hills, California, United States
Hugh Hefner has passed away at the age of 91, leaving behind the iconic Playboy Mansion. The 5-acre estate had sold in 2016 to neighbour Daren Metropolis, who reportedly paid over $100,000,000 for the historic home. Hefner put a clause in the sale that he would retain a life estate in the property allowing him to live out his days within the mansion. At the time of the sale, Metropolis had said he planned on connecting his neighbouring estate to create a palatial 7.3-acre compound. He also told Wall Street Journal that he planned on preserving the historic home. The property had originally been listed for $200-million before selling to Metropolis. The iconic Gothic-Tudor style residence was originally designed by Arthur R. Kelly in 1927 for Arthur Letts, Junior. Playboy purchased the home in 1971 from Louis D. Statham for $1.1-million. The residence is described as the crown jewel of Los Angeles’ “Platinum Triangle” and is one of the select few private properties in Los Angeles with a zoo licence. The Playboy Mansion is 22,000 square feet with 29 rooms, 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a catering kitchen, wine cellar, home theatre, separate game house, gym, tennis court, and of course the infamous freeform swimming pool with cave-like grotto. Just a short walk down the street is Spelling Manor, former home of Candy & Aaron Spelling, which was listed for $150,000,000 before selling for $85,000,000 to British heiress Petra Ecclestone. Ecclestone put it on the market for $200,000,000 and has since sold it for $120,000,000.