When it comes to finding a beautiful mansion in California, you're spoiled for choice. The home of movie stars and the people who spend their colossal fortunes on the movies mean that when it comes to grandeur and splendor, you can take your pick.
But nothing comes remotely close to Hearst Castle.
Designed by Julia Morgan, California's first female architect, as a private home for William Randolph Hearst, it is a 165 room castle with 127 acres of gardens, and wraparound views of the incredible Central Coast.
Does anybody need 165 rooms? Of course not, but then this entire building is about wants, not needs. William Randolph Hearst was the kind of man who didn't do things by halves. Hearst was the patriarch of the publishing family and even introduced the world to tabloid journalism as we now know it.
The castle is known as "La Cuesta Encantada," or The Enchanted Hill, although Hearst used to refer to it simply as the "Ranch." The property is built within a 40, 000 estate owned by Hearst's family, and was where they would go on family camping trips when he was young. The castle was constructed between 1919 and 1947.
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