Truly a part of Americana, the iconic Playboy Mansion is now for sale with the most expensive price tag in America—a grand $200 million. Should the legendary estate sell anywhere near its asking price, it will be the most expensive home in the history of the United States.
This will be the second time the mansion made real estate history: It was the largest real estate transaction in Los Angeles history when Hugh Hefner and his growing company, Playboy Enterprises, purchased it for $1.01 million in 1971.
In addition to owning this historic and unique property, the buyer will also have access to “every amenity imaginable,” according to the press release: “A catering kitchen, wine cellar, home theater, separate game house, gym, tennis court and freeform swimming pool” as well as a four-bedroom guest house and a zoo license—and of course, the infamous grotto.
There is a catch, however. The new buyer is expected to receive a new roommate—Hugh Hefner himself! The buyer will have to rent the home to the nearly 90-year-old until his death, as part of a “life estate” contingency.
The mansion, along with Hefner, has been central to the Playboy brand for over 40 years. Much of the estate’s value is derived from its legendary history. Locals who have visited it note its state of disrepair; however it’s agreed that it’s this state of untouched preservation of the Playboy Mansion’s glory days that make it so cherished.
The mansion also boasts an enviable address, situated on a rare five acres in one of the best neighborhoods of LA in luxurious Holmby Hills.
Photos: Jim Bartsch