Where is the Playboy Mansion, when did Hugh Hefner buy it and do the Playboy bunnies live there?


THE Playboy Mansion is infamous for wild parties populated by playmates and A-list celebrities.

But what really lies behind the iron gates? Here’s everything you need to know.

 Hugh Hefner outside the famous Playboy mansion in LA

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Hugh Hefner outside the famous Playboy mansion in LA

Where is the Playboy Mansion?

The Playboy Mansion – Hugh Hefner’s fantasyland for the rich and famous – is in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.

The sprawling estate became famous in the 1970s for lavish and wild parties filled with the famous Playboy Bunnies and A-list celebrities.

The property is said to include a wine cellar, three zoo buildings, a game house, tennis and basketball courts, a waterfall, pool and the famous grotto where Hefner would entertain.

It was also home to the editorial offices of Playboy Magazine, launched by Hefner in 1953.

The womaniser-in-chief lived in private quarters on the second and third floors of the mansion up to his death aged 91.

 The mansion played host to Hefner's lavish and wild parties

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The mansion played host to Hefner’s lavish and wild parties

When did Hugh Hefner buy the Playboy Mansion?

Hugh Hefner bought the lavish, gothic-style, Playboy Mansion for $1.1million in 1971.

He reportedly spent $15million regenerating the house and 5.3acres of grounds.

He had previously lived in Chicago in the first Playboy Mansion, but left permanently for LA in 1974.

In January 2016 the Playboy Mansion was listed for sale for $200million subject to the condition Hefner could continue living there for the rest of his life

The hefty price-tag was reportedly the most asked for a residential property in LA at the time.

In August 2016 it was bought for a reported sum of $100 million by Daren Metropoulos.

 The lobby of the famous mansion in Beverly Hills

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The lobby of the famous mansion in Beverly Hills

Do the Playboy bunnies live in the Playboy Mansion?

The famous Playboy Bunnies lived in the Playboy Mansion alongside Hefner through the heydays of wild parties and lavish publicity stunts.

But in 2002 Hefner purchased a house opposite the mansion for the use of Playmates known as “the bunny house”.

The Sun revealed that the “bunny house” had been sold in September 2017 for a reported sum of $17.25million.

In interviews and memoirs Playmates have complained about the state of the mansion.

In her memoir Bunny Tales, Izabella St. James wrote: “Everything in the mansion felt old and stale.”

Bunnies living in the mansion also complained of mandatory 9pm curfews and film nights three times a week where Hefner’s favourite 1950s flicks would be played.

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