Tony Montana's Scarface Estate Is Back On The Market
If you've ever dreamed of living the dangerously high life like Tony Montana in Scarface, now's the time to consider cashing out your IRA early and transitioning careers to cocaine kingpin: the estate showcased in the film is back on the market for a staggering $35 million. But don't get ahead of yourself by researching moving truck prices down to Coral Gables. It's actually nowhere near Miami — but rather, Montecito, California.
Perhaps most famous for its role in the 1983 drug epic, the 10,000-square-foot pad was built back in 1906 and has quite a rich history in its own right. Known formally as El Fureidis, which translates to Little Paradise or Pleasure Gardens, it's the handiwork of American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, who, among other things, has been touted by some as helping popularize Art Deco in the States. This is just one of three homes he designed.
Renowned for its greenery, it sits on a lush 10 acres that were originally intended as a botanic garden. In fact, Goodhue and the man who originally commissioned the house — a mysterious New Yorker by the name of James Waldron Gillespie — embarked on a yearlong trip through Europe and the Mediterranean to gain inspiration for the look and feel.
The place is scattered with such exotic plants and trees that Walt Disney insisted on sourcing rare palms from here to adorn Disneyland's Adventureland. However, Brian De Palma saw something else entirely...
Look familiar? The exterior may have convincingly passed for Montana's Miami mansion, but inside's another story altogether.
Looks a little different, huh? That's because none of the interiors from the film were shot here.
A smart move; it doesn't quite convey the violent drug world underbelly vibe they were going for.
Though this huge laundry room sure would have been convenient for washing all the blood stained, uh, everything.
But the whirlpool tub is a little small...
But whatever, this place still rocks. Here's one of its four bedrooms.
And holy crap, the dining room. It's like eating in a miniature Grand Central terminal.
And this room. It's like a Roman emperor's smoking lounge, or the Playboy Mansion grotto if it weren't a total sh*thole.
The study, now with 100% less piles of cocaine. Still looks nice, though!
It's been reported that the current owner is serial entrepreneur/Mavericks owner/Sharktank master Mark Cuban, so really, you'd be taking it off the hands of a real-life kingpin.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor, and fan of whirlpool tubs of any size.