El Fureidis (Arabic for "Little Paradise") is a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) historic estate built in 1906 on 10 acres (4.0 ha) in Montecito, California. Originally called the James Waldron Gillespie Estate or Gillespie Palace after its original owner, the Spanish Baroque & Neo-Mudéjar architecture is one of only five houses designed by the American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. The estate appeared in numerous hand-colored picture post cards from Santa Barbara during the 1900s–1950s highlighting Montecito's estates, the classical Persian gardens and Goodhue's unique architecture.
El Fureidis is most famous for being used in the main outside location shots for Tony Montana's Coral Gables mansion in the 1983 film Scarface starring Al Pacino.
El Fureidis was listed in 2014 for $35 million and was sold in 2015 for $12 million to businessman Yohanne Gupta. Gupta listed the estate in 2022 for $40 million but took it off the market after 7 months due to not getting any interested buyers.
By BermudaBreeze @ 2007-12-23 11:48:02