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New aerial photos show the renovation of the Playboy mansion in progress


New aerial photos have captured the massive scope of the renovation work on the former Playboy villa.

The 29-room Holmby Hills mansion owned by Playboy Enterprises was sold to billionaire Daren Metropoulos in 2016 for $ 100 million, but Hefner was allowed to stay in the house until his death in 2017.

Renovation work on the former Playboy mansion began last year when Metropoulos submitted approval to work on the property.

New aerial photographs show the tremendous amount of work being done on the Playboy mansion site in Beverly Hills when a new roof is installed and an excavator and pickup truck are working to clear some land on the side of the house

A picture on the back of the property shows new foundations being dug behind the mansion, which sold for $ 100 million in 2016

A picture on the back of the property shows new foundations being dug behind the mansion, which sold for $ 100 million in 2016

The 29-room mansion in Holmby Hills was owned by Playboy Enterprises before it was sold in 2016. Pictured: Hugh Hefner and model Crystal Hefner in 2014

The 29-room mansion in Holmby Hills was owned by Playboy Enterprises before it was sold in 2016. Pictured: Hugh Hefner and model Crystal Hefner in 2014

Who owns the billionaire Daren Metropoulos, who owns the Playboy mansion?

Billionaire Daren Metropoulos is a principal at the private equity firm Metropoulos and Co.

The company is co-owner of Hostess Brands, the maker of Twinkies, a legendary American snack.

Metropoulos bought Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion in 2016 for $ 100 million.

Hefner could live in the house until his death.

After Hefner's death, Daren said: “Hugh Hefner was a business visionary, a media giant and a pop culture icon whose legacy will leave a lasting impression.

Billionaire Daren Metropoulos is a principal at the private equity firm Metropoulos and Co.

Billionaire Daren Metropoulos is a principal at the private equity firm Metropoulos and Co.

"I was fortunate to have known him as a neighbor and friend, and I express my deepest condolences to his family."

He previously said he intended to combine the two lands into one 7.3 acre property after Hefner's death, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Metropoulos said the mansion's legacy "exceeds its notoriety" and that "being able to serve as steward would be a real privilege".

When Metropoulos took over the building, it promised to keep its iconic exterior, but new images have shown the scale of the work being done on the property.

In one picture, a roof was started to be installed in the central part of the property, while wooden beams provide support along other parts of the roof.

The entire mansion is now surrounded by scaffolding, while an excavator and flatbed truck can also be seen on the site.

A snapshot behind the manor shows that foundations have been dug into the ground and the infamous grotto has been cleared of water.

There are also temporary offices at the front end of the property for the staff doing the renovations.

The Playboy Mansion was built in 1927 and bought by Hefner for $ 1 million in 1971.

It symbolized Hollywood's excess of having parties with a lingerie-only dress code for the female guests who cavorted in the cave grotto.

In 2011, health officials confirmed that the bacteria that cause Legionnaires' disease were found in a hot tub at the Playboy Mansion, where more than 100 people became ill.

The Los Angeles County Health Department presented its findings at an annual conference at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Legionella bacteria also cause a milder disease called Pontiac fever.

Symptoms, which include a fever and headache, are the same as those of the Playboy Mansion party goers.

Hefner's widow Crystal, 31, was the third of his wives to marry him in 2012.

He was previously married to Mildred Williams, with whom he had two children, from 1949 to 1959, and to Kimberley Conrad, the 27-year-old Playmate of 1989, from 1989 to 2010.

Cooper, Hefner and Conrad's older son, said he and his brother Marston grew up indoors with a framed photo of his mother's bare middle fold.

"Yeah, that was weird," he admitted. "It was like the elephant in the room."

Hefner also had a bevy of "girlfriends" who lived with him – usually several at once – in his famous Playboy mansion in Los Angeles.

Although Hefner said he had slept with more than a thousand women, he spent much of his life "looking for love in the wrong places," as he tearfully told the New York Times in 1992.

Hefner married Crystal – and took up a monogamous life in 2012 – after briefly breaking off the engagement. "Maybe I should be single," he said a few months later.

“But I know I need a lasting romantic relationship. In other words, I am essentially a very romantic person, and all I honestly really looked for with the concept of marriage was continuity and something that lets the girl know that I really care. & # 39;

The year before their wedding he had thought: "I never really found my soulmate."

Pictures taken earlier this year showed that work on the iconic Playboy mansion had begun, with plastic sheeting over part of the roof

Pictures taken earlier this year showed that work on the iconic Playboy mansion had begun, with plastic sheeting over part of the roof

Three workers wearing face masks can be seen in front of the Playboy mansion. The landmark of the super house in Holmby Hills

Three workers wearing face masks can be seen in front of the Playboy mansion. The landmark of the super house in Holmby Hills

When Metropoulos took over the building in 2016, it promised to keep its iconic exterior. Hefner was allowed to stay on the property until his death in 2017

When Metropoulos took over the building in 2016, it promised to keep its iconic exterior. Hefner was allowed to stay on the property until his death in 2017