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Site of the Infamous Horse Head Scene From The Godfather Hits the Market

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The Hearst Mansion in Beverly Hills, California boasts two pools, a lighted tennis court, and a memorable appearance in one of the greatest films ever made. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the home, which has been used as the location for scenes in The Godfather (1972), is up for sale with a listing price of $195 million.

The 5-acre property is most recognizable from Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic flick as the home where Jack Woltz awakens to find the head of his prize thoroughbred in bed with him. The Hearst Mansion is also featured in the 1992 drama The Bodyguard.

Named for former owner and publishing heavyweight William Randolph Hearst, the estate was later owned by actress Marion Davies and visited by Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy during their honeymoon.

Forty years ago, the mansion was purchased for $2 million by its current owner, attorney and real estate investor Leonard Ross. He last listed the property for $165 million in 2007. This time around the price has been raised by 18 percent, and he’s enlisted agent Mauricio Umansky of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame to sell it. A 4-acre subsection of the property that includes the mansion is also being sold for $175 million.

The six structures located on the Hearst estate feature 28 bedrooms and 38 bathrooms. Twenty-thousand square feet were added to the property during renovations in the 1990s. Bulletproof windows were also added, a feature that may be of some interest to future owners with enemies in the mob.

[h/t The Wall Street Journal]

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5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings
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When an architect gets commissioned to build a skyscraper or a memorial, they’re usually not the only applicant for the job. Other teams of designers submit their own ideas for how it should look, too, but these are eventually passed over in favor of the final design. This is the case for some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks—in an alternate world, the Arc de Triomphe might have been a three-story-tall elephant statue, and the Lincoln Memorial a step pyramid.

GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of scrapped designs for some of the most famous structures in the world, from Chicago's Tribune Tower to the Sydney Opera House.

Click through the interactive graphic below to explore rejected designs for all five landmarks.

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For Sale: The Safest House in America, Complete With Hidden Command Center
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Paul Wegener

For some people, locking the front door just isn't enough to feel fully safe at home. Maybe they set up a home security system. Maybe they go out and buy a fancy smart home hub with a security camera. Or maybe they spend six years and $30 million to build a veritable fortress mansion, as one guy in Atlanta did. That house, called the Rice House and referred to as one of the safest homes in America, is now up for sale for $14.7 million.

Built by an entrepreneur who hired a security architect with a background designing Justice Department buildings (and his own bunker/house), the Rice House is billed as a "modern fortress" in the real estate listing.

For its owner, creating an impenetrable home was more of a personal challenge than a real security need, according to Bloomberg. But by its features, you'd think it was built for a Bond super-villain or a head of state, not a businessman in a wealthy Atlanta neighborhood.

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It has its own water and power supply, a 5000-square-foot command center hidden behind a waterfall, a vault, and doors capable of withstanding machine gun fire. There’s an indoor gun range, in case you need some target practice. There’s enough room in the garage for 30 cars, in case you have a few dozen Batmobiles—or you want to invite friends to hunker down with you during the apocalypse.

And since anyone who lives there might be more invested in staying safely inside the gates than going out on the weekends, the place has plenty of amenities that make it a standalone mini-community. It’s got its own art gallery, a gym, a bowling alley, a wine cellar, a home theater, and a pool. It has three kitchens and two commercial elevators, with staff quarters so the servants you inevitably need to cater to you never need to leave, either.

But wait, there’s more. If the house lacks something you want, that’s fine! Because according to the listing, “the property purposefully awaits final personalization.” In other words, for your $14.7 million, it’s not finished.

Check it out here.

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