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Prince Makes It Rain

Prince Makes It Rain

18.03.20

An eccentric Cold War–era Hollywood Hills mansion that previously housed Prince—and possibly Elizabeth Taylor—has recently come up for sale, with a $29.995 million price tag. The home was originally built in 1953 by contractor Hal B. Hayes, and cost $600,000 to build at the time—or approximately $5.813 million by today’s standards, adjusted for inflation. According to multiple reports, Hayes constructed it with two main priorities in mind: for it to exist as an over-the-top bachelor pad, and for there to be a readily accessible escape route in case of a nuclear attack.

Glamorous features of the bachelor pad included an artificial beach, an orchid grotto, and a unique swimming pool that existed partially outdoors and partially indoors, winding from a tropical lanai through the living room. Hayes reportedly had an underwater tunnel built into one end of the pool, which would lead to a sealed underground cave he could, ostensibly, escape to. His idea was that the pool water would help to decontaminate him from any residual radiation. The six-story home also had voice-activated lighting, a mirrored master suite, and faucets that directly dispensed Scotch, bourbon, and Champagne, according to The Los Angeles Times.

After Hayes fled the United States for Mexico in 1962, the home was expanded into a 14,000-square-foot modern mansion with marble floors, a new motor court, and an all-new grotto. In the early 2000s, it was owned by Utah Jazz player Carlos Boozer, and Prince lived there as a renter during that time. In 2006, Boozer filed a lawsuit claiming that the Purple One had violated his terms of lease by painting the house with purple stripes, installing a purple monogrammed carpet, and adding plumbing and piping “for water transfer for beauty salon chairs,” the Smoking Gun reports. Since then, the home has been expanded yet again—it is now 18,401 square feet—and a tennis court, an indoor sports court, a ballroom, a wine room, and a four-car garage have been added. In images from the listing, it’s clear that the pool remains, though it’s unclear whether the secret underwater tunnel does.

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