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Patty Hearst’s childhood home on the SF Bay Area peninsula sells for $13.5 million

Patty Hearst’s childhood home on the SF Bay Area peninsula sells for $13.5 million

Andrew Chamings

Aug. 3, 2021

33 West Santa Inez Avenue, Hillsborough, Ca
233 West Santa Inez Avenue, Hillsborough, Calif. MLS / Open Homes Photography

A storied 20-room mansion 15 miles south of San Francisco in the wealthy enclave of Hillsborough just sold for $13.5 million. 

The home, built in 1914, was once owned by the son of media magnate, Citizen Kane inspiration, and progenitor to this publication, William Randolph Hearst.

233 West Santa Inez Ave may be most famous for its repeated appearances in the national news in 1974, during the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).

Patty Hearst's parents, Catherine and Randolph, speak to the press
Patty Hearst’s parents, Catherine and Randolph, speak to the press outside their family mansion on Apr. 3, 1974.Tony Korody/Sygma via Getty Images

During the 19-month ordeal, Patty’s parents, Randolph and Catherine Hearst, made regular appearances on the front steps of Patty’s childhood home under the tall Monterey pines, as a gaggle of reporters from across the world leaned in. 

The press frenzy grew when, two months after she was abducted, Hearst infamously announced on an audiotape that she had joined the SLA and taken the name “Tania.” One of the recordings, which starts “Mom, Dad, I’m OK…,” was played on the steps of the mansion as Randolph, Catherine and reporters listened in. Alongside the press and family, psychics were invited into the house to attempt to locate Patty.

Hearst later repudiated the SLA and claimed she was brainwashed by the organization.

The mansion is located in one of the most expensive ZIP codes in America, 94010, and features a grand dining salon, French doors, a private bedroom wing, a yoga space, a wine cellar, rose gardens, pergolas and a “sparkling swimming pool.”

“The grace of this home has been enjoyed by some of the most influential families in the Bay Area – past, present and now future,” reads the blurb for the listing. 

The mansion, surrounded by press, during the kidnapping in 1974.
The mansion, surrounded by press, during the kidnapping in 1974.Clem Albers/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

While the identity of the buyers are not known, the seller was Adrian Bellamy, a British businessman who served as board chairman of Gucci and later The Body Shop.

Elsewhere in California, the Hearst Estate in Beverly Hills — the giant mansion that was the home of William Randolph Hearst and featured in “The Godfather,” and Beyonce’s “Black is King”  — just hit the market for a whopping $90 million.

Below is some drone footage of the storied Hillsborough mansion. Find the full listing here.