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Iconic LA Mansion From ‘The Godfather’ on the Market for $135 Million

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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 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 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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Jade Mills, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage


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

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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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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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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

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