Rent the “Scarface” Mansion

Say hello to one of Santa Barbara’s most recognizable estates! Got an extra $30k per month? Now is the chance to rent this mansion starred as the home of Cuban drug dealer Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) in the 1983 gangster film Scarface.

Though the movie is set in Miami, exterior shots of Montana’s Coral Gables estate were filmed at this 10-acre property in the exclusive enclave of Montecito. Known as “El Fureidis” (which loosely translates to “Little Paradise”), the estate was built by J. Waldron Gillespie, the scion of a wealthy New York banking family. In 1890, Gillespie began transforming the property into a plush, Persian-inspired garden, complete with cascading pools, tiered terraces and more than 125 varieties of palm trees. Thanks to his design, later California estates were inspired to break away from the eastern U.S. style of landscaping traditionally used in the area.

After more than a decade of developing the grounds, Gillespie hired architect Bertram Goodhue to build a Mediterranean villa on the property — the first of this style in Santa Barbara. Spread over more than 9,000 square feet, the grandiose mansion features a dining room with a dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling, a living room with gleaming herringbone floors and a conversation room topped with a gold-leaf-adorned dome.

Though living like a Miami kingpin will cost you a pretty penny, $30,000 sounds like a downright steal compared to the home’s former rate: an unbelievable $150,000 per month. Take a peak at the pics and see if you believe it’s worth it!

The kitchen contrasts with the rest of the house

The palatial dining room

The majestic bath

The “conversation room”

Incredible detail in the ceiling is guaranteed to start conversation

The Persian Garden, as viewed from the terrace

Interested in renting the home? Contact Emily McBride of Village Properties for more information.

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