“Say hello to my little friend.” Or, in this case, a not-so-little house. The 4,200-square feet mansion owned by the director behind Al Pacino’s noted portrayal of Cuban mobster Tony Montana has just hit the Santa Monica real estate market. In addition to “Scarface,” Brian De Palma is best known for directing other suspense and crime thriller flicks such as “The Untouchables,” “Dressed to Kill,” and “Mission: Impossible.”
Though not quite as expansive as the opulent 10.39-acre estate that housed Montana in the 1983 cult film, De Palma’s 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom villa emanates Mediterranean luxury upon entry with a spacious first-floor living room and two-story, vaulted ceiling den. A large master suite with a walk-in closet and private balcony, and two additional bedrooms comprise the top floor. Sets of French doors off the living room open to the rest of the meticulously landscaped quarter-acre property, which features an outdoor patio with fireplace, swimming pool, and a detached guest suite. Location is an added bonus to this beautiful property; it sits a block from Santa Monica State Beach Park.
As it turns out, De Palma has the potential to turn a Tony Montana-worthy profit on the sale of his long-time home. Property records show De Palma purchased his Santa Monica home for $968,500 back in 1994. Listed at $4.25 million, the asking price is 339% higher than the original purchase price and well above the median Santa Monica home value of $816,000.
The listing is held by Mark Rutstein of Partners Trust Real Estate Brokerage & Acquisitions.