Playboy Mansion Will Not Become a Landmark, But It Will Be Protected
In 2017, 5th District Council Member Paul Koretz proposed that the iconic Playboy Mansion become a Los Angeles city landmark, but that has not come to fruition. Instead, an agreement with the new owner, billionaire Daren Metropoulos, has been reached that will protect the structure even if the property changes hands. The late Hugh Hefner was alive when Metropoulos, who co-owns the Hostess food brand, purchased the infamous estate for $100 million in 2016 and can hopefully rest easy knowing that the permanent protection covenant states that the businessman has no intention of demolishing the 14,000-square-foot manse. If that sentiment changes, a district council member must be notified.
Other exact specificities of the agreement have not been released, but we know it outlines that the 1927-built home is in need of renovations and modernizations and permits the current owner, who also possesses an estate next door, to make appropriate upgrades without altering the architectural integrity.
The Gothic-Tudor-style manse is hopping into a new chapter of it's 91-year-long existence. In a statement to the LA Times, Metropoulos shared “I'm extremely passionate about its architecture and look forward to this momentous opportunity to transform one of the finest estates in the country. As Mr. Hefner was aware, I plan to meticulously refurbish the property with the highest quality and standards in mind.”