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Susan Smith presents Hacienda de HearstOctober 22, 2020

Susan Smith presents Hacienda de Hearst

In B.H.P.O, a historic estate once owned by newspaper publisher David Whitmire Hearst has come back on the market for the first time in more than half a century with at $10.25 million.

Hearst, one of five sons of newspaper magnate and media icon William Randolph Hearst, began his media career as a reporter for the New York Journal-American in the 1930s. After joining one of the longest running newspapers in the city, the Los Angeles Evening Herald-Express, in the late 1930s, he was elevated to the role of publisher at the paper in 1950, which he held for a decade.

A media tycoon of his own accord, he remained an executive in the Hearst Corp., serving as vice president and as a member of the board of directors, until his death in 1986 at 70.

Susan Smith presents Hacienda de Hearst

Susan Smith presents Hacienda de Hearst
Susan Smith presents Hacienda de Hearst

The former Hearst estate sits at the end of a gated driveway and centers on a custom hacienda-style home dating to the early 1930s. A grand entry featuring original tile work sets the tone for the classic residence. Farther inside, a step-down living room with an oversize fireplace sits beneath coffered ceilings. Another stunning marble fireplace lies in the storied office/den.

Breathtaking and abound with personality, each room has a soul of its own. Taking on specific purposes and identities, the stately Spanish residence gifts homebuyers unparalleled privacy and a lasting legacy.

Two expansive master suites and two staff rooms are among the five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. An attached guest apartment has a separate kitchen and living room.

Outside, 1.5 spacious acres of park-like grounds contain a grassy field, gardens, mature trees and a brick-surrounded swimming pool. Elsewhere, a serene loggia looks onto a courtyard with a tile fountain/well.

Susan Smith presents Hacienda de Hearst

Susan Smith presents Hacienda de Hearst
Susan Smith presents Hacienda de Hearst

Keeping to the media record of the address, Hearst sold the estate in 1953 to Samuel M. Fuller, a writer and producer at 20th Century-Fox, for $57,500, according to the Los Angeles Times’ archives. More recently, it was owned by late B-movie filmmaker Larry Cohen.

Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland holds the listing.

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