Taylor Swift Buys A Piece Of Old-School Hollywood History For $25MAuthor:Philip Ferrato
With multiple platinum albums, music awards and an immense media presence (64.5M Twitter followers, almost 50M on Instagram) pop superstar Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with. Swift also makes something like $80M a year, and she’s been stashing some of her hard-earned cash in blue-chip real estate.
Late this past September, she closed escrow on the Goldwyn estate, home to the great Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn. Eventually becoming the “G” in MGM, Goldwyn produced a number of classic films, won an Academy Award for “The Best Years of Our Lives” and built the house in 1934 on two lush Beverly Hills acres. It’s where his son, Samuel, Jr., a notable producer in his own right, lived until his death earlier this year. Sam Goldwyn, Sr. was famous for giving great parties at this house, around the pool, on the tennis court, and in the screening room, and with events populated by such guests as Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich, and Clark Gable, it’s a case of “if these wall could talk.”
Designed by the little-known but influential architect Douglas Honnold, it’s a restrained, graceful blend of Art Deco and Georgian, a style that would later morph into Hollywood Regency. These are the listing photographs.
Swift reportedly paid $25M in cash for the 7-bed, 10-bath property (a room count that includes a separate guest apartment plus an apartment over the garage) in an offer that must have made the Goldwyn heirs think fast, they had initially listed it for $39M in March.
Great Bones. Needs Work: Honnold gave his clients beautifully proportioned spaces with rooms that are simultaneously grand and simple. But there’s no air conditioning, and while the place is apparently in good “estate” condition, we predict a lot of “updating” in its future. Along with more great parties. Below, the aerial view gives a sense of scale. In other words, we’d be happy with that pool house in the upper left corner.
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