Euphoria writer and director Sam Levinson scooped up a little slice of old Hollywood history with his Beverly Hills home. The LA native, whose new HBO series, The Idol, premiered yesterday, was revealed as the owner of a historic $8.3 million Spanish hacienda-style house, according to Dirt. The circa-1930 stucco-sided structure is famous for being the former estate of publishing heir David Whitmire Hearst, who moved in around 1940 with his wife, former child star Hope Chandler. Hearst was the son of William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate founder of his namesake Hearst Communications empire. David and his wife owned the gated property until 1953 when it changed hands to genre filmmaker Samuel Fuller.
After about a decade of ownership, Fuller sold the mountaintop property to horror filmmaker Larry Cohen. Following his 2019 death, the 7,280-square-foot residence was listed for $13.5 million and sat on the market until it finally sold in the spring of 2021 at its more palatable reduced price. Until now, the buyer remained a mystery.
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Spanning roughly 1.5 acres, the five-bedroom, seven-bathroom property boasts lush landscaping and a swimming pool bordered by a red brick patio. Along the edges of the turquoise-trimmed abode, covered patios and balconies provide plenty of opportunities to lounge and dine al fresco among colorful Spanish tilework.
Inside, a double-height foyer features original tile floors and a twisting marble staircase with a wrought iron railing. The home’s main living spaces boast coffered and beamed ceilings, intricately carved marble fireplaces, and original hardwood flooring. Upstairs, the primary suite enjoys views of the surrounding hills and far-off city lights. Listing photos also show a formal dining room with a large arched wooden door and a sprawling primary bath clad in lavender and peach mosaic tiles.