William Randolph Hearst’s son lived here: Beverly Hills Post Office manse lists

The home is now owned by a trust associated with the late filmmaker Larry Cohen

Los Angeles /
Jun.June 21, 2019 11:00 AM
David Whitmire Hearst and the home in BHPO
David Whitmire Hearst and the home in BHPO

A Beverly Hills Post Office home once owned by the son of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst has hit the market.

The home that had belonged to David Whitmire Hearst — who was himself a publisher — is listed for $13.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s the first time the 7,300-square-foot pad has been on the market since 1966, when it was sold to filmmaker Larry Cohen. A trust associated with Cohen, who died in March, now owns the property.

The hacienda-style pad sits at the end of a gated driveway and has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It has large arched doorways and exposed wood ceiling beams.

The property totals 1.5 acres, most of which is manicured lawns.

The backyard includes a pool is not quite as grand as the elder Hearst’s Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland has the listing.

David Hearst sold the home to screenwriter Samuel M. Fuller in 1953 for $57,500, according to the Times.

The younger Hearst was also a newspaper publisher. He led the Los Angeles Evening Herald-Express for a decade and was a vice president with the Hearst Corp. until his death in 1986.

The home is near the sprawling estate William Randolph Hearst owned in Beverly Hills, commonly called the Beverly House. The home has been on the market for more than a decade and last fall got a multimillion-dollar price chop. Its list price: $135 million. [LAT]Dennis Lynch 


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