The Playboy Mansion is the kind of listing that pops up once in a broker's career. And for Mauricio Umansky, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has finally come his way. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills husband and CEO and co-founder of The Agency is opening up about taking on the property, and trying to find just the right seller who's willing to drop a cool $200 million on an iconic home.
"It's an amazing property to have the opportunity to sell. I mean, winning that mandate was a great, great, great kudos," Mauricio told The Daily Dish. "It's pretty simple: the right buyer is a billionaire. There's 2,800 billionaires out there in the world, so it's not that difficult to go find and reach the 2,800 people. And then you have a property, as you said, that speaks for itself. I think it's probably the best property in Los Angeles, probably one of the best properties in the world. And then it's just the question of it being the right guy, or the right person, to know how to speak about it, negotiate it, and present it in its best light. But the property does definitely speak for itself."
For the listing, Mauricio has teamed up with agents Gary Gold and Drew Fenton of Hilton & Hyland, which was co-founded by Mauricio's brother-in-law Rick Hilton. "It's an endeavor that makes a lot of sense. I think that Gary and Drew are phenomenal agents and together we make a great team," he said of the partnership.
He's not lying. The Holmby Hills estate boasts five acres, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a wine cellar, home theater, a gym, and a zoo license (how else do you think it can house all those bunnies?). Oh, and, it also comes with Hugh Hefner. One condition of the sale is that the Playboy founder must be allowed to live at the 20,000-square foot mansion for the remainder of his life as a tenant of the property. "I don't necessarily think it's a challenge. With trophy properties of this nature, it's not something that's uncommon," Mauricio said. "We've done it before. We've seen it before when somebody owns one of these properties — the reality is they intend to stay there for the rest of their lives."
And who could blame Hugh for wanting to stick around? Even if Mauricio has previously said that the home is in need of some repairs, it's still a stellar place to reside. "It's one of the most famous homes on the planet. When you think of famous homes, you're going to think of the White House, the Playboy Mansion, Graceland," Mauricio said. "I think the difference between this particular property and some of those I just mentioned is that this just so happens to be on an A-plus location where the other ones are not. I think what people forget and don't realize about the Playboy Mansion is it is architecturally one of the nicest homes in L.A." But that's not all. "It is without question the best lot in Los Angeles, the best piece of land," he continued. "So the house, if it wasn't the Playboy Mansion, it would still be the best house in Los Angeles. It's got a little bit of panache. It's got a little bit of history and it will only grow in time."
Of course, it also has the famous Playboy grotto, which has been home to many, many legendary parties. "It's amazing. It's absolutely beautiful and it's a great place to see. It's epic. It's gorgeous," Mauricio said of the famed pool area. But it's also how he described the home in general. "It was my first time [going there when I got the listing]. Well, that's what's incredible about it — it's almost more epic than you would imagine it to be. It's stunning to walk into this property."
The famed Playboy Mansion grotto.
Not that Mauricio is a stranger when it comes to selling amazing properties. The real estate veteran sold the 18,000-square foot Holmby Hills mansion at 100 N Carolwood Dr — the place where Michael Jackson was living at the time of his death — for $18.1 million in 2012, and is currently working with NBA legend Michael Jordan on selling his Chicago-area home. "It's amazing as a real estate agent to have the opportunity to work on these types of estates and properties," he said. "I don't know what else I'd like to work on... I don't know; I think at this point it's the White House."
Check out some photos of Maurico below.