The Greystone Mansion sits near Sunset Strip in Beverly Hills California. The Mansion was constructed in 1928 by Edward Doheny as a gift to his son. Doheny was an oil entrepreneur infamous for his involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal. The Mansion cost 3 million dollars when it was built, making it the most expensive home in California at the time. The Mansion has now been surpassed in price by a number of more recently constructed homes (and the Teapot Dome scandal has been surpassed by additional scandalous scandals).
The Mansion was purchased by the city in 1965 and became a park half a decade later. Individuals are currently encouraged to stroll the grounds and peer into the windows. You can start your visit by parking at the top of the estate, were you can find nice views of Beverly Hills and surrounding areas. The Mansion is surrounded by well groomed gardens, a few fountains, and a stone courtyard. I was especially excited by the large number of turtles that were present in the ponds. They instigated mind-wandering toward the moral/philosophical underpinnings of my childhood book “Yertle the Turtle”. My wife’s mind was wondering more toward what it would have been like to get married at a place like this.
The Greystone Mansion has been featured in an impressive list of film and television series and its staircase is one of the most popular filming sets in the area. The Mansions two lane downstairs bowling alley appeared in the movie “There Will be Blood”. The Mansion was also featured as the home of the Green Golbin’s father in Spider Man. The outdoor courtyard appeared as the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning in the movie X-Man, and the interior of the Mansion served as the interior of the Lebowski house. Joel Cohen reluctantly included the black and white checkered floor in the film. He didn’t like it very much, but, “that was just like, his opinion, man”.
The Greystone Mansion is a nice little 30/45 minute weekend retreat. Individuals are not allowed to picnic on the Mansion grounds. They don’t want to attract those crazy “picnic folks”. You can find plenty of eating opportunities on Sunset Strip nearby.