(WMBF) – The 109-year-old mansion and fictional home of Al Pacino's character, Tony Montana, in the 1983 film Scarface, sold for close to $23 million.
Although the movie portrayed the location of the mansion to be in Miami, Florida, it is actually located in Montecito, California. The mansion sold after being on the market for 17 months and a drop in price from its original asking price of $35 million.
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Known locally as El Fureidis (Tropical Paradise), the estate with its exotic Mediterranean-style villa and Persian gardens was a favorite Southern California postcard souvenir in the early 1900s, and home to several species of rare palm trees. It was designed by Bertram Goodhue. He and the owner, James Waldron Gillespie, a wealthy New Yorker, traveled to the Middle East and Europe for a year looking for inspiration. They added Persian touches of gardens, fountains and accents including a Byzantine-style sitting room with an 18-foot domed ceiling 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 barreled dining room ceiling is also finished in gold leaf and depicts a scene of Alexander the Great conquering Persepolis. The mansion has four bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a library, sitting room and a lounge. A large rooftop terrace provides 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, mountains and Channel Islands and makes an excellent venue for large scale entertaining. Due to the mild climate, the multiple terraces of the estate can be used year-round.
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