Playboy mansion to be protected under deal with new owner

Playboy mansion to be protected under deal with new owner

But under the permanent protection convent signed by Metropoulos and Koretz on behalf of the city, it will not be designated a landmark.

The mansion's new billionaire owner, Daren Metropoulos, struck a deal with city officials in which the property will be permanently protected - regardless of future owners - but will not be subject to some of the normal restrictions attached to historic landmarks or monuments.

The house, at 10236 Charing Cross Road, was built in 1927 for the son of department store magnate Arthur Letts. In a motion initiating the landmarking process, Koretz called the home "an excellent example of a Gothic-Tudor architectural style residence", with nary a mention of its most well-known owner.

Daren Metropoulos entered into a permanent protection covenant for the 5-acre property he bought for $100 million.

Metropoulos had hoped to connect the estate to his next door when he initially purchased the mansion in 2016 for $100million.

The councilmember expressed confidence that the covenant would ensure that the mansion "will permanently remain to benefit all lovers of Los Angeles history for years to come". The agreement says that even though the owner has no plans to level the main residence, he will notify the district's council member if he ever applies for a demolition permit.

Koretz proposed a year ago that the city designate the home a historic cultural monument.

'I'm extremely passionate about its architecture and look forward to this momentous opportunity to transform one of the finest estates in the country, ' Metropoulos said in a statement. "As Mr. Hefner was aware, I plan to meticulously refurbish the property with the highest quality and standards in mind", Metropoulos said in a statement.

Hefner was constantly criticized for misogyny, sexism and overall his treatment of women.

Hugh Hefner, who died past year, bought the estate in 1971 and made it into the epicenter of his Playboy brand and one of the world's most famous homes. Metropoulos will also fix the facade of the Gothic-Tudor-style home, and plans to renovate its stately interiors.

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