After 45 years overseeing his entertainment empire from the comfortable confines of the opulent playboy Mansion, Hugh Hefner has become a tenant. Last August, the 90-year-old founder of playboy magazine sold the property via his playboy Enterprises to private equity capitalist Daren Metropoulos for $100 million, with the caveat that Hefner can lease it for $1 million a month.

Metropoulos—whose firm owns the Hostess snack company—is buying more than simply a 29-room luxury residence. Throughout the decades, the Mansion has seen as the ultimate destination for decadence and sexualized socializing. Look at 10 facts about its history, the secret tunnels built for celebrities and why Mike Tyson won’t be attending movie night anytime soon.

  1. The playboy Mansion isn’t even own by Hef anymore

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    The mansion is actually own by playboy Enterprises. And Hef just rents out the portions of the home that he wants for he and his girlfriend’s own personal use. Hefner’s annual rent has ranged from $700,000 to $1.4 million over the past many years.

  2. The original playboy Mansion was in Chicago

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Hef bought the brick condo building in 1959 (it was in-built 1899) in Chicago, where playboy Magazine was founded, and dubbed it the first playboy Mansion.
    He even hung a brass plate over the door that said, “If You Don’t Swing, Don’t Ring.” Alas, he settled to the Hollywood space in the middle 1970’s.

  3. Hef has 12 full-time chefs at his command at all times

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner and his mansion have a 24 hour, $1.2 MILLION per year food service operation.
    Since William Bloxsom-Carter, the executive chef and food and beverage director of playboy Enterprises, Inc., is only 1 of twelve regular chefs who are there round the clock.
    Everything is made from scratch, so guests and girlfriends can order literally anything to eat or drink at all hours of the day. Yum!

  4. Christie Hefner was made President of playboy Enterprises at the young age of 30

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Christie Hefner, Hugh’s oldest daughter from his first of three marriages was done President of playboy Enterprises in 1982 at only 30 years old.
    In 1988, she was created CEO and Chairman of the Board where she remained for 21 years before she stepped down in 2009. Christie is currently executive Chairman of canyon Ranch Enterprises, a health resort and spa company.

  5. Hugh Hefner is a celebrated Civil Rights activist

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    The NAACP gave Hugh Hefner an award for the documentary film, “Hugh Hefner: playboy, Activist, and Rebel”. Alex Haley, the famous African- american author of Roots, conducted the first interview for the magazine.
    Hef’s playboy TV shows and playboy Clubs helped to break down the race barriers for legendary black performers in the 1950s and 1960s together with Sammy Davis Junior., and Dizzy Gillespie.

  6. The Mansion is the only house in the entire county of los angeles to own a fireworks permit.

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    The playboy Mansion is the only residence in los angeles that has a “Pyrotechnic License” that enables the place to set off fireworks. Hence every year on the 4th of July there’s a giant fireworks show at the mansion that may be seen for miles around!

  7. They also had a 9:00 PM curfew every night.

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Everyone who lives at the playboy Mansion includes a 9:00 PM curfew every night. Especially the girlfriends, except when they went out partying with Hefner, of course.

  8. Hef’s girlfriends each paid an allowance of $1,000 a week.

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Hef’s (many) girlfriends who lived at the mansion with him paid with $1,000 per week. Because they weren’t “allowed” to own different jobs, except paid playboy appearances.

  9. Hugh Hefner bought the crypt next to Marilyn Monroe’s in 1992 for $75,000 – which would amount to $127,410 in 2014!

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Hef has continually been dependent on Marilyn Monroe, although he never met her. Hence the very first issue of playboy Magazine in 1953 had Norma Jean Baker on the cover.
    The burial vault he bought next to Marilyn found at the Westwood memorial park in los angeles.

  10. Selling playboy Magazine is banned in many major parts of Asia & most Muslim counties.

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Selling and distributing playboy Magazine is prohibited in India, China (not Hong Kong), Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

    Bonus:

  11. Hugh Hefner holds the Guinness world record for being the longest-serving Editor in Chief of a magazine, now for over 60+ years

    Hugh Hefner

    Hugh Hefner

    Playboy was founded in Chicago in 1953 by Hugh Hefner. And 61 years later it’s a circulation of over 1.8 million subscribers!

This year, playboy celebrates its 63th anniversary. Although countless aspects define the magazine’s endurance, none is therefore important as its founder, 87-year-old Hugh Hefner. Coming from humble beginnings, the man simply exudes cool with his mansion, smoking jacket and set of gorgeous playmate girlfriends. Every young enough to be his great-granddaughter. Playboy isn’t just a periodical—it is ultimately an embodiment of the American Dream.