BUGSY SIEGEL DIED HERE ....
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, an infamous mobster and one-man Vegas-casino syndicate, was one of the most notorious figures in organized crime history. A charismatic Jewish New Yorker, and childhood friend of the “Mob’s Accountant” Meyer Lansky, Siegel had an extensive career as a bootlegger, hitman, and hotel owner, which quickly propelled him to fame in the 1920s and 30s – as he associated with politicians, royalty, and Hollywood stars. (He even attempted an arms-deal with Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini.) “Bugsy” was also one of the founding members of Murder Inc., an association of killers tied to almost 1,000 murders.
Nothing lasts forever, though, and after Siegel’s Flamingo Casino deal went belly up and he was accused of stealing from the mob, he was found dead in his mistress’s swanky Beverly Hills home, assassinated by a sniper with an M1 Carbine. It’s a murder which remains unsolved, to this very day. Interestingly, that “murder mansion,” where Siegel was killed, has just hit the market for $16.995 million.
Originally built in 1928, the stunning Spanish Colonial boasts over 7,000-square-feet of living space, with seven beds and seven bathrooms. The imposing tower is the focal point of the residence’s exterior, with the intricate stonework and arched windows providing a beautiful backdrop.
The 2-story grand foyer features a curved staircase, complimented by stained-glass windows, ornate ironwork, marble floors, and hand-painted tiles. The sheer height of the entryway and accompanying 2-story windows, allow an abundance of natural light to greet you as you step through.
Throughout the rest of the first floor, arched door frames allow you to glide from room to room across hardwood floors. Hand-carved coffered ceilings instill Old Hollywood glamour from above, but with a modern interior design offering an updated motif. The living room includes a grand fireplace, the family room has a full wet bar, and the guest bedroom comes with its own private bathroom.
Make your way to the updated chef’s kitchen which includes a center island, stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast nook.
The second floor comes equipped with five bedrooms. But the massive primary suite certainly takes the cake, offering a fireplace, recessed lighting around the deeply-coffered ceiling, and a fully-remodeled bathroom with marble counters and bath. And when you step out onto one of the home’s many balconies, you’ll be able to view the beautifully landscaped yard. (An additional loft bedroom inside the home’s central tower also sports its own balcony.)
Outside, paving stones lead to the heated pool and spa, as well as an outdoor dining area.
This impressive Beverly Hills estate on over a half-acre of park-like grounds equipped with palm trees, shrubs, and meticulously manicured hedges. The private guesthouse comes with its own bathroom, and the mansion is completed by the large three-car garage, situated behind a wrought-iron gate and privacy hedges.
This historically unique residence is just under a mile away from the famous Beverly Hills Hotel and is right down the street from the LA Country Club. Close to the lavish shopping on Rodeo Drive, as well as upscale dining and nightlife, the West End of Beverly Hills has been the home of the “Who’s Who” of real estate since Hollywood got its name, with notable residents including Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adele, and Jack Nicholson, to name just a few.
Myra Nourmand, of Nourmand & Associates, currently holds the listing.
Photos Courtesy Nourmand