This $50m Santa Monica mansion has a secret speakeasy
A Santa Monica mansion that was once home to Fleetwood Mac has gone on sale in California for $50 million.
Built-in 1932, Villa Ruchello was also the background setting for Beverly Hills Cop and Entourage.
The current owner, Shane Smith, is the executive chairman of Vice Media.
Scroll through the gallery below to take a tour of the incredible home.
Villa Ruchello is nestled in three acres of tropical gardens, secluded behind antique iron gates.
The Spanish / Moroccan style home features hand-painted ceilings with glass blown chandeliers from Venice.
The main house has eight bedrooms, a hammam, a music room, formal living and dining areas, a chef’s kitchen and private patios. Each of the home’s 13 bathrooms has custom mosaic floors.
Villa Ruchello’s spacious library holds the home’s greatest secret – an onxy-walled speakeasy. Another secret staircase descends into the home’s private fully-stocked wine cellar.
Smith told Manion Global he had poured millions into the property to “preserve and enhance its Old World craftsmanship while updating the home to today’s standards.”
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Villa Ruchello also has two guest houses, a 22m swimming pool and a pool house and a secret cedar soaking tub.
The guest houses both have two bedrooms, bringing the total number of bedrooms to 12.
“We had a vision of a Chateau Marmont–style escape with the dual ability to throw lavish parties and feel homey and secluded at the same time,” Smith said.
“A sort of mini-resort with the best poolside living in L.A. and a vista from every window.”
Villa Ruchello is listed by Santiago Arana of The Agency, Beverly Hills.