Nation’s most expensive rental may be most famous for ‘Godfather’ horse head

Nation’s most expensive rental may be most famous for ‘Godfather’ horse head

Update, May 2015: We thought we'd check in on the Beverly House, because it's now one of two homes from "The Bodyguard" that's on the market. The Beverly House is indeed still for sale -- now at $135 million, UP from the $115 million that it was asking at the time that the blog post below was published in March 2013.

Last month, we brought you the nation's most expensive home for sale, Dallas' $135 million (or so the owner hopes!) Crespi-Hicks estate.

Not to be outdone, the Beverly House in Beverly Hills, Calif., is muscling its way into the stratosphere with what is believed to be the most expensive rental home in the nation: a staggering $600,000 a month.

You probably know the house without even realizing it: Remember the scene from "The Godfather" where a Hollywood mogul finds a horse head in his bed? That was filmed at the Beverly House. But the home has an illustrious history beyond that, too: William Randolph Hearst left San Simeon -- the California setting of his never-finished Hearst Castle -- to move into the Beverly House, which paramour Marion Davies bought for him in 1946. And John F. Kennedy honeymooned at the Beverly House with Jackie.

Plus, the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston vehicle "The Bodyguard" was filmed there.

Some vital statistics: The 50,000-square-foot estate, at 1011 North Beverly Drive a few blocks above Sunset Boulevard, has 17 bedrooms and 29 bathrooms on 3.7 acres. The compound includes a guesthouse over an eight-car garage, a security cottage, a separate two-bedroom apartment, a four-bedroom gate lodge, two projection rooms, spa facilities and even an Art Deco nightclub. An outdoor terrace seats up to 400. The billiard room contains a massive stone fireplace mantle brought from San Simeon.

Curbed recently mapped the 10 most expensive rentals on the market, and the next closest competitor appears to be Pierce Brosnan's Malibu spread at less than half the price -- a mere quarter-million a month.

We've included more pictures below from the official Beverly House listing. (By the way, you can also buy the home; the current asking price is $115 million, down from $165 million a few years ago.) How do you think it stacks up to the Crespi-Hicks estate?

Click here or on a photo for a slideshow of the Beverly House.