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Famous Houses in Beverly Hills (Self Guided), Los Angeles

Over the years, many Hollywood stars, music legends and other celebrities have called Beverley Hills their home. There are many reasons why the rich and famous continue buying properties in this area, a nearby escape from the busy L.A. Some of these places are still occupied by famous people, while others have been abandoned or sold, but still remain historically important. Take this self-guided walk to see the most gorgeous, luxurious and custom-built mansions that once accommodated the likes of Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and other big names of the past and present.
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Guide Name: Famous Houses in Beverly Hills
Guide Location: USA » Los Angeles (See other walking tours in Los Angeles)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Author: ashley
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Steve Martin’s Home
  • Mia Farrow's Home
  • Michael Jackson's Home
  • Marilyn Monroe & Cher Home
  • Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion
  • The Manor
  • Johnny Weissmuller's Home
  • Nicolas Cage's Foreclosed Home
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Steve Martin’s Home

1) Steve Martin’s Home

Steve Martin's home in Beverly Hills is one of the numerous properties that the comedian actor and banjo player proudly owns throughout the country. This two-story English country-style house Martin purchased in 1997. Relatively small in size, this unobtrusive superstar home was built in 1957. It measures a little more than 8,000 square feet and has only five rooms, but is still worth a peak, giving off a California-casual vibe.

The front door opens onto a double-height foyer. It has a picturesque breakfast room and two walls of large floor-to-ceiling picture windows that allow in ample natural light, three guest bedrooms and other amenities. Outside, most of the backyard is filled out with brick patios and mature landscaping.
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Mia Farrow's Home

2) Mia Farrow's Home

If you're keen on all things Tarzan, you might want to see this former dwelling of actress Maureen O'Sullivan, the one who played Jane in many early Tarzan movies. She also happens to be the mother of Mia Farrow, the star of "Rosemary's Baby" and a slew of Woody Allen films, who used to live in this house as a child.
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Michael Jackson's Home

3) Michael Jackson's Home

This iconic home was the last residence of Michael Jackson. The King of Pops met his premature death here in June 2009 caused by a drug overdose for which his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Upon Jackson's passing, all his paintings, art, furnishings and even his death bed were auctioned.

Attracted by the grandeur of this 17,000-square foot French Chateau-style estate, Jackson rented it for a reported $100,000 a month starting from December 2008. The 7-bedroom, 13-bathroom home is finished with high-end amenities, such as a theater, wine cellar with tasting room, an elevator, 14 fireplaces, a spacious spa with gym and a large swimming pool, set behind high walls, thick hedges and double gates.

Jackson is said to have fallen in love with this property right away. It was here that he was preparing for his comeback tour, "This is It''. For as long as it stands, this mansion will remain part of the story of the King of Pop's demise.
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Marilyn Monroe & Cher Home

4) Marilyn Monroe & Cher Home

Over the years, this Tuscan-style home, known as Owlwood, has been owned by a number of notable movie stars and celebrities, among whom are the likes of Tony Curtis, Burt Reynolds, Cher and, of course, the one and only Marilyn Monroe. And it's clear to see why – with over 12,000 square feet, nine bedrooms, ten bathrooms, an elevator, a guest home, staff quarters, a tennis court, and an Olympic-size swimming pool and cabana (added by the late actress), this sprawling estate is ideal for any movie star and all their friends! When built, the mansion was the largest home in Los Angeles.

Curious fact: in 1967, Cher attended a lavish birthday party here thrown by the then owner, Hollywood legend Tony Curtis, father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Cher fell so much in love with it that she ended up buying it a few years later. In 1974, she and her then husband Sonny Bono dropped a cool $750,000 for this property.
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Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

5) Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion

The Playboy Mansion, also known as the Playboy Mansion West, is the former dwelling of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who lived here from 1974 until his death in 2017. The ultimate Playboy purchased this property back in 1971 for just $1,000,000; recently it sold for $200 million!

The Gothic-Tudor style mansion has 29 rooms including a wine cellar (with a Prohibition-era secret door), a screening room with built-in pipe organ, a game room, three zoo/aviary buildings (and related pet cemetery), a tennis/basketball court, a waterfall and a swimming pool area (including a patio and barbecue area, a grotto, a basement gym with sauna below the bathhouse). Landscaping includes a large koi pond with artificial stream, a small citrus orchard and two well-established forests of tree ferns and redwoods. The west wing houses the Editorial offices of Playboy.

The mansion became famous through media reports of Hefner's lavish parties which were often attended by celebrities and socialites. The mansion next door is a mirror image of the Playboy Mansion layout, only smaller, and was purchased by Hefner in 1996 as the home for his separated wife Kimberley Conrad and their children, Marston and Cooper.
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The Manor

6) The Manor

The Manor, also known as Spelling Manor, is a mansion located in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, across the street from Holmby Park. Constructed in 1988 it was designed as a private residence for Aaron Spelling, widely known as the television producer of series Dynasty, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, 7th Heaven, Melrose Place, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Charmed. At one point, it was owned by British heiress Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One racing magnate Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone purchased the home in 2011 for $85 million after it had been on the market for two years with an asking price of $150 million, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in the U.S. at the time. In June 2019, The Manor sold to an anonymous buyer for $119.7 million, setting a new record as the highest sale in California history.

The Manor is a French chateau-style mansion with 123 rooms and 56,000 square feet (5,200 m2) of space on more than 4.6 acres (1.9 ha). It is the largest home in Los Angeles County.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Johnny Weissmuller's Home

7) Johnny Weissmuller's Home

Johnny Weissmuller's Bel Air home, officially known as the Nicolosi Estate, is a Mediterranean Revival mansion designed by Paul Revere Williams in 1931. It was named in honor of one of its lesser-known residents, sculptor Joseph Nicolosi, who lived on the premises from the 1950s until his death in 1961. According to property records, the mansion still belongs to the Nicolosi family, although it has not been lived in for more than three decades.

Originally, the property was commissioned by Johnny Weissmuller, the Olympic swimmer who portrayed the legendary character Tarzan in twelve of the series’ films. The on-screen Tarzan and originator of the renowned holler (utilized by each subsequent Tarzan ever since), Weissmuller remained a lifelong competitive swimmer in real life and the house reflects his passion.

The grounds resemble a wilderness and include a 301-foot (91 m) long serpentine swimming pool which winds like a snake through exotic landscaping around the dwelling, complete with rock bridges and grotto-style hot tubs. The original owner structured the extreme pools professionally so he could do his laps here. Passers-by can investigate the shrubs spreading the fence to see this intriguing component from various vantage points. You can also see extensive nurseries at this Mediterranean Revival home.

Clearly built as a place for rich people to play, the massive 8,700-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 5-bath abode must have looked quite spectacular in its heyday. Rumors have it that John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned here in 1953, and Mick and Bianca Jagger also rented it once.

Sadly, the abode was completely gutted by a fire sometime in the late 1980s and, for whatever reason, has been left to rot, abandoned ever since, despite the fact that on April 6, 1990, the property was named a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
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Nicolas Cage's Foreclosed Home

8) Nicolas Cage's Foreclosed Home

One of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, Nicolas Cage is just as much known as a “big spender” with problematic habits for splashing out! The latter includes multiple luxurious yachts, a rare collection of outlandish animals, a castle, and other extravagant buys! Compared to these, his Beverly Hills house was one of the less expensive acquisitions, costing a modest circa $20 million dollars.

On top of his evident spending issue and some ill-advised real estate investments, the legendary actor doesn’t know how to timely pay his taxes either. A few years back he was fined heavy for tax evasion and some of his homes, including this one, had to be sold to pay the penalty! Despite massive earnings, Cage eventually has found himself seriously in debt and abandoned this property after being unable to pay up.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Los Angeles, California

Create Your Own Walk in Los Angeles

Create Your Own Walk in Los Angeles

Creating your own self-guided walk in Los Angeles is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
El Pueblo and Little Tokyo Walk

El Pueblo and Little Tokyo Walk

El Pueblo is the oldest district in Los Angeles, centered on the old plaza, once the city's administrative and commercial center under the Spanish (1781–1821), Mexican (1821–1847), and United States (after 1847) rule through most of the 19th century. On this self guided walk, you will have a chance to explore the birthplace of Los Angeles and, with a short detour to the nearby Little...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Beverly Hills Walking Tour

Beverly Hills Walking Tour

Undeniably one of the most famous places in the world, Beverly Hills is widely known as the most fashionable destination in Los Angeles county to shop and have fun at. From luxury hotels and stores to gastronomic restaurants and celebrity homes, it’s easy to fall in love with Beverly Hills. Still, apart from indulging in world-renowned shopping or trying to catch a glimpse of a celebrity, there...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Chinatown Walking Tour

Chinatown Walking Tour

The only planned Chinatown in the U.S., as compared to other cities where neighborhoods were organically formed by Chinese immigrants, the Los Angeles Chinatown is a blend of Chinese and American architecture. Developed as a tourist attraction in the 1930s, it has its own "Central Plaza," a Hollywoodized version of Shanghai, and features names like Bamboo Lane, Gin Ling Way and Chung...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Downtown Architecture Walking Tour

Downtown Architecture Walking Tour

Los Angeles means many things to many people, but it undoubtedly has some of the most significant architecture in the world. The city of LA was one of the centers of the art deco movement and features a great number of amazing historic houses, monuments, as well as modern buildings. Take this self-guided tour to explore the most beautiful buildings in Los Angeles.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Art District Walking Tour

Art District Walking Tour

The Arts District is one of the hottest neighborhoods in downtown L.A., located between Little Tokyo at Alameda to the west and the railroad yards and Los Angeles River to the east. Formerly an industrial area of warehouses and factories, it has been home to art studios and galleries since the 1970s. Having undergone another downturn in the 1990s, it was officially renamed the “Arts District.”...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Movie Studios Tour

Movie Studios Tour

Los Angeles movie studios are truly star factories, where many great movies are filmed. There are many movie studios in Los Angeles. Some of them, such as Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks, are very famous, while others, like Raleigh and Ren-Mar are lesser known, but they all had their moments in the film history. Check out these wonderful movie studios in Los Angeles in this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles

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