Once the most expensive residence in California, the stately Greystone Mansion is now owned by the City of Beverly Hills. Though the 55-room home is typically closed to visitors, you can still stroll the well-tended grounds and admire the mansion’s marvelous exterior.
The storied history of the Greystone Mansion dates to 1928, when oil magnate Edward Doheny gifted the home to his son Ned. From there, the story veers from murder to proposed demolition, making this LA landmark a true piece of city history. Today, Greystone Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
You can visit the grounds of Greystone independently or take a movie locations tour, some of which stop at Greystone due to it being featured in numerous films. Though the mansion itself is not open regularly, ticketed tours are periodically offered, as are concerts and fundraisers. Sightseeing and celebrity home tours typically take you into the hills and stop at Greystone, while Hollywood scandals tours tend to reveal more about the infamous Greystone murder.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Theater fans should try to see the Manor: Murder and Madness, staged in Doheny Greystone Mansion.
- Some areas of the garden offer limited access for guests with disabilities.
- The mansion offers limited amenities, including a public restrooms and water fountain.
How to Get There
Greystone Mansion and Park is located in Beverly Hills, just north of Sunset Boulevard. The most convenient way to get to the property is to drive and take advantage of free on-site parking. From Beverly Hills, take Santa Monica Boulevard to North Hillcrest Road, and find the mansion off of Loma Vista Drive.
When to Get There
Since the grounds are open daily, there's no bad time to visit Greystone. The Beverly Hills Flower and Garden Festival, and an annual antique car show are held on the property periodically. Since movie shoots, events, and weddings are often held on weekends, operating hours may vary. Check the website for up-to-date schedules.
How to Make More of Your Time in Beverly Hills
Since Greystone Mansion and Park is in the heart of Beverly Hills, it's worth spending a few hours exploring this glitzy part of LA. Highlights include the high-end boutiques on Rodeo Drive; the Beverly Hills sign in Beverly Gardens Park; and the palms at Virginia Robinson Gardens. Round-out your sightseeing with an artsy outing at the Wallis Annenberg Center, where you can enjoy theater, live music, and cultural events.