UPDATE: After 17 months on and off the market, the Mediterranean-style mansion where “Scarface” left its bloody mark on cinematic history has sold for a whopping $22.7 million less than its original asking price. The buyer said, “Say hello to my $12.3 million!” And the seller said, alrighty then.
ORIGINAL POST 5/9/14: Famed plastic surgeon Lenny Hochstein and “Real Housewives of Miami” star Lisa Hochstein threw acontroversial “Scarface”-theme partyat their historic white Miami Beach mansion before they tore it down recently. Tour boats routinelyclaimthe 1983 Al Pacino gangsterfilmwas made in the white waterfront manse.
In fact, the movie was filmed across the country, in this 1906 mansion in Santa Barbara. The real “Scarface House” is for sale for $35 million.
The Mediterranean estate, surrounded by fountains and Persian gardens, is memorable as the site of the Pacino character’s most famous line, shouted over the blast of his machine gun: “Say hello to my little friend!”
The Roman-style mansion at631 Para Grande Ln was designed by architect Bertram Goodhue. Its name, “El Fureidis,” means “Tropical Paradise,” according to the listing. The 4-bedroom, 9-bath home sits on 10 acres, and its rooms are artistically detailed, with painted and gold-leaf ceilings, tiled rooms, woodwork and carvings, and a unique pool with fountains.
Always ahead of the highly competitive RGV real estate market, Marilyn Cortez is a Spanish speaking native of the Rio Grande Valley. Born and raised in Mission, Marilyn is committed to her clients, and is recognized as a Top Agent in the Greater McAllen Real Estate area, and within Keller Williams Realty. Since the start of her Real Estate career in 2007, she has sold over 40 million dollars of real estate. Known by her fellow real estate agents to be hardworking, honest, dedicated and motivated, Marilyn is knowledgeable in all areas of Real Estate and has built her business on results, with more than 70% of her clients being repeat clients.
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