Silent Movie Star Rudolph Valentino’s Historic L.A. Property Bought for $15 Million

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A four-acre parcel of land in Beverly Hills that after belonged to silent movie star Rudolph Valentino bought earlier this month for $15 million, Forbes stories. The property contains half of the unique property that Valentino christened Falcon Lair in 1925, when he bought it for $175,000 (roughly $2,630,140 at this time).

Underneath Valentino’s possession—which was lower quick by his tragic demise on the age of 31 in 1926—the sprawling property was remodeled utilizing the actor’s native Italy as inspiration. The 11-bedroom Mediterranean-style villa was stuffed with antiques and the grounds had been planted with dozens of Italian cypresses and Italian-style gardens. The property, nestled excessive on the slopes of Benedict Canyon, additionally held stables and a guesthouse.

After Valentino’s demise, the property was damaged up and bought a number of instances, with tobacco heiress Doris Duke finally holding on to the primary parcel for greater than 40 years, till her personal demise there in 1998. In 2006, the unique villa was torn down; all that’s left of the unique property on the remaining four-acre improvement property is the guesthouse, the storage, and the flowery balustrade-lined gated entrance, plus an open-air chapel added after Valentino’s possession.

In accordance with Dust, the property was bought with preapproved plans to construct a 30,000-square-foot “Fashionable Mediterranean residence” spanning 5 tales and that includes a number of thousand sq. ft of yard patios alone. The lot’s new homeowners are movie producer Jenifer Westphal and her businessman husband Jeff, who additionally reportedly bought one other 1.25-acre piece of Falcon Lair final 12 months for $3.75 million, and maybe have grand plans to return the historic property to its former glory.

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