Best known for the original Scarface and Hell’s Angels, Howard Hughes’ historic L.A. mansion is on the market for $23 million. This is the same mansion where you produced the above two iconic films.
Photos of Legendary Howard Hughes Hollywood Mansion
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Although Hughes died in 1976, he will live in infamy as a billionaire and forward-thinking film director. The mansion was also featured in The Aviator, a 2004 biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Hughes during the golden era of film.
Designed by Roland E. Coate in 1926, Hughes’s mansion was initially constructed for Eva K. Fudger, a wealthy socialite. Over the past century, the home has changed hands several times, including the current owners, Ash Shah, a former film producer, and their wife, Niroupa Shah.
In 2011, Shah purchased the home for $6.3 million and listed the 10,179-square-foot property for $23 million in August 2023 using David Berg and F. Ron Smith of Smith & Berg Partners. Over the past decade, the Shahs have expanded, updated, and restored the home by adding over 1,000 square feet.
When the couple updated this sprawling Spanish Colonial, they attempted to make subtle changes without sacrificing the charm and ode to the Hollywood golden film era. The couple aimed to make it a little brighter and more modern.
This 12-bathroom, eight-bedroom estate sits on a private, half-acre property that delivers beautiful 8th-green Wilshire Country Club views and glimpses of the Hollywood sign, another subtle nod to Hollywood roots. The residence also includes several lounge areas, a stone pizza oven, and a swimming pool, all surrounded by several citrus tree varieties and other local greenery.
This lively home also features a premier area for entertaining guests – an old-world cobblestone courtyard without an outdoor fireplace. Hughes’ residence also boasts a three-car garage, guest parking, a workshop, and an attached guest residence with a private entrance, bath, and full kitchen.
The floor plan is much more open than when the producer-owned it, which is part of the modernization efforts by the current owners. One of the most important aspects the Shahs highlight is they wanted to feel close to their children, not closed off. They also entertain a lot, so they wanted to ensure the common spaces were more open and had a community feeling.
This open floor plan is most noticeable in the main living area, where the well-outfitted chef’s kitchen opens to a room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and plenty of natural light. Additionally, this space features a 1970s-style rec room, currently utilized as a pool room, and Hughes’ study, which had wood paneling that the Shahs decided to cover with a black lacquer during their modernization efforts.
Additionally, this incredible property has a temperature-controlled wine vault and an intimate screening room.
About Howard Hughes
Born in 1905 in Houston, Texas, Howard Hughes was an American philanthropist, engineer, pilot, business magnate, and, most famously, a film producer. During his lifetime, he became one of the wealthiest and most influential people on Earth. He earned fame through film and became a critical figure in the aviation industry. His film career began in the late 1920s when he first produced The Racket, Hells Angels, and Scarface.