The Greystone Mansion, aka the Greystone Mansion & Gardens: The Doheny Estate, is an elegant Beverly Hills estate with grounds that are open to the public. I love coming here for the spectacular views and the gardens.
The Greystone Mansion is a Tudor Revival home with English gardens built in 1928 by Architect Gordon Kaufmann. The 55-room, 46,000 sq ft (4,300m2), sits on 18.3 acres of land, and cost over $3 million to build. (Total price with land, house & landscaping: $3,166.578. House alone cost $1,238,378.) (Source: City of Beverly Hills).
More interesting than the lavishness of the estate is the murder/suicide that happened inside. The home was built by oil baron E.L. Doheny as a gift to his only living son Ned. Ned moved in with his wife and five children in December, 1928 and by February, 1929 he was shot and killed inside the home by his secretary. Allegations speculate that the deaths happened as a result of involvement of the Teapot Dome Scandal.
Today, Greystone Mansion & Gardens: The Doheny estate is owned and operated by the City of Beverly Hills. The grounds of the park are open daily and the mansion interior is open for special events including tours and chamber music concerts. The non-profit organization Friends of Greystone, is a separate non-profit organization who raise funds to assist the City in restoration and preservation efforts. The property is popular as a film and television location. Some of the more notable projects filmed here include Spiderman (1, 2, & 3), Austin Powers Goldmember, The Prestige, and many more.