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“$50 Million Mansion With Speakeasy – Once Home To Fleetwood Mac”

One of Santa Monica’s most historic homes – secluded behind antique iron gates, hand-painted ceilings, and includes a secret speakeasy – is for sale at $50 million. Built-in 1932, Villa Ruchello’s owner, Shane Smith, executive chairman of Vice Media, has poured millions into the mansion to preserve its Old World craftsmanship.

Reminiscent of the best mansions on the French Riviera or Amalfi Coast, Villa Ruchello is nestled behind a three-acre jungle of palm and fruit trees, ferns, and lush gardens. It has been the background setting for Beverly Hills Cop and Entourage and was once the home for several members of Fleetwood Mac.

Structures on Villa Ruchello include the Mediterranean-style mansion with eight bedrooms, two guest houses, and a 74-foot pool and pool house.  The gardens include an orchard of lemon, lime, orange, and avocado trees, herb and vegetables as well as a vineyard. Between two guest homes and the main mansion, there are 12 bedrooms and 13 baths – all together measuring a total of 14,000 square feet of living space. Built during the time of the U.S. ban on alcohol, the main house displays its Spanish/Moroccan design history starting in the open two-story entrance with stairs of Moroccan ceramic tile and white oak. There are formal living and dining rooms with hand-painted beamed ceilings, hand-blown glass chandeliers from Venice, chef’s kitchen, music room, and a master suite with dressing rooms, custom mosaic floors in the bathrooms, a hammam, and private patios. The spacious library holds the house’s secret: behind the books is the onyx-walled speakeasy. There is also a secret staircase that descends to the mansion’s wine cellar.

Located in one of L.A.’s most sought-after locations, Santa Monica is well known for its three-mile coastline and ocean views, Muscle Beach, and the historic Santa Monica Pier that is routinely featured in movies and television. Santa Monica is a hot spot for celebrities, getting them away from the noise and work-a-day world of Los Angeles, but close enough to the studios for convenience.

Currently the most expensive home in the area, Villa Ruchello is listed by Santiago Arana of The Agency, Beverly Hills.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at The Hollywood Times, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily in DC, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International in NYC. Valerie works closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), LAMBDA Legal, NCLR, and Outfest. She is also a member of the LA Press Club. She is a lay minister and parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hollywood. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her getaway home in Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs Center and DAP Health (Partners for Life member). For years Valerie Milano had volunteered as a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.