The exquisite mansion where Tony Montana was shot down in the movie Scarface in 1983 has gone on the real estate market for $35 million. Although in the film it is in a Miami, Florida location, the home in reality is at 631 Para Grande Lane, Montecito, California 93108.
The home was sold in 2009 for $6.23 million to a Russian billionaire and was renting in 2012 for $30,000 a month. It has recently undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation preserving the historic details while upgrading the home to the most modern standards. Radiant floor heating, a steam shower, and top-end appliances have all been added and the second floor re-configured with three guest suites.
Do not expect to find any bullet holes in the walls of the 9,816-square-foot mansion founded in 1906 by by James Waldron Gillespie from New York. Remember Al Pacino's lines, "You wanna play rough? OK. Say hello to my little friend." His friend is his blasting machine gun that appears to tear the place apart.
Architect Bertram Goodhue designed the home which is known as "El Fureidis" or Tropical Paradise. It has 4 bedrooms, 4 full and 5 half baths with tiled walls, lots of woodwork and carvings. The highlight of the home is the conversation room, "a Byzantine-style alcove crowned with an 18-foot-high central dome that is decorated with a floral hand painted, gold and blue design in 24k gold-leaf modeled after the church of St. John Lateran in Rome."
The home is a rectangle around an atrium terrace. Bright naturally-lit rooms open out onto the courtyard and patios through many double doors. The barreled ceiling of the formal dining room, also painted in 24k gold leaf and bearing the original artist Henry Wadsworth Moore's signature, depicts Alexander the Great conquering Persepolis. The room is overlooked by a musician's balcony for live music. The formal living room's ceilings are blue paneled to represent the heavens. Other rooms include a library, sitting room and lounge, modern kitchen, and utility room.
From three rooftop access points, 360-degree views of the 10.39 acres, Pacific Ocean, and the Channel Islands are provided. The grounds were originally a botanic garden filled with palm trees and a wide variety of other trees, many over 100 years old including a massive Chilean wine palm. The garden is Persian design with unique reflecting pools with fountains.
For more information telephone listing agent Emily Kellenberger McBride with Village Properties - Montecito at 805.252.2773. Visit this website for a complete, room by room tour of El Fureidis.