A new signed order ensures the mansion stays protected regardless of future owners.
Per an agreement between its new owner and the city of Los Angeles, the Playboy Mansion will not be destroyed but, instead, restored to its former glamour despite not receiving landmark status.
Daren Metropoulos, the mansion’s owner and heir to the Hostess fortune, has signed a permanent protection covenant in early February with council member Paul Koretz. The agreement with the city makes good on his claims to not tear down the mansion and will protect it from destruction by future owners.
Kortez has proposed designating the mansion a cultural monument last year, but the red tape surrounding the designation would have held up basic repairs to the home’s interior.
Playboy Mansion requires “substantial renovations and repairs following a long period of deferred maintenance.” Metropoulos plans to restore the gothic-tudor estate to its former glory “while modernizing and replacing important mechanical systems in the structure,” he said in a statement.
Built in 1927, Hefner purchased the home in 1971, after which followed decades of debauchery, celebrity parties, and house bunnies trailed by reality TV cameras.
Holly Madison, who appeared as Hefner’s girlfriend in the reality show ‘The Girls Next Door,’ wrote later in her tell-all book that the carpet was stained in urine from Hefner’s nine dogs while the rooms were all outdated in ‘70s decor.
Metropoulos said he had discussed the renovations with Hefner, who paid an annual $1 million rent to live in the mansion after Metropoulos purchased it from Playboy in 2016 for $100 million.