Once upon a time, the Playboy Mansion was one of the most desirable party venues in Hollywood. Everyone wanted to get an invite to that private paradise tucked away in the Holmby Hills, and only the most beautiful women and A-List celebrities seemed to be able to get in the door. It was exclusive, and because of its exclusivity, shrouded in mystery.
In the mid 2000s, the interest around the spot got so high that E! created a reality series involving the three live-in girlfriends that Hugh Hefner had at the time – Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson. While the women were the reason the show was so popular, the mansion itself served as an intriguing backdrop for all the activities.
With Holly Madison’s recent memoir, Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny, more and more questions have been asked about the infamous mansion, how it runs, and what truly goes on behind closed doors.
Sure, the scandals and sex-a-thons that have gone on within the mansion’s walls for decade have earned their fair share of publicity and speculation. However, at the end of the day, one of the things that most people are curious about is the mansion itself. It’s become as much of an icon in the Playboy brand as the rabbit or the gorgeous playmates themselves.
Here are 10 things you may not have known about the Playboy mansion.
10 It is one of the only private homes in Los Angeles with a zoo license
9 Hef doesn’t own it
8 Fireworks are permitted - anytime
7 The mansion was formerly owned by a Chessmaster
6 It has a staff of 70 (bunnies not included!)
5 The Lacey Chandelier
4 It’s over 20,000 square feet
3 It's the subject of a coffee table book
2 It has appeared in several television shows and movies
1 It’s apparently really dirty
When you have staff to maintain a property, one would assume that it was constantly kept sparkling clean, right? It’s only us mere mortals without household help that have houses which sometimes get a bit messy between cleaning days, right? Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Several former Playmates have spoken out about the conditions in the house, which include animals that have never been house-trained relieving themselves within the Mansion walls instead of on the grounds, dust from the clutter and antiques, and just an overall strange and not entirely pleasant smell. Most of the big parties, such as the Midsummer Night’s bash, are held in big tents on the grounds – now we know why!
Sources: supercompressor.com, forbes.com, amazon.ca
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