El Fureidis

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El Fureidis
El Fureidis
A shot looking at El Fureidis from the gardens
Alternative names Gillespie Palace, James Waldron Gillespie Estate
General information
Location Montecito, California, United States
Address 631 Para Grande Lane
Coordinates 34°26′24″N 119°38′47″W / 34.44000°N 119.64639°W / 34.44000; -119.64639Coordinates: 34°26′24″N 119°38′47″W / 34.44000°N 119.64639°W / 34.44000; -119.64639
Construction started 1906
Technical details
Floor area More than 10,000 sq ft (930 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue

El Fureidis (Little Paradise or Pleasure Gardens) is a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) historic estate built in 1906 on 10 acres in Montecito, California.[1] Originally called the James Waldron Gillespie Estate or Gillespie Palace[2] after its original owner, the Roman, Persian, Arabic and Spanish-styled architecture[3] is one of only five houses designed by the American architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue.[4]

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.[5]

El Fureidis is most famous for being the source of rare palm trees now found in Disneyland's Adventureland and Jungle Cruise ride. It was also used in the main outside location shots for Tony Montana's Coral Gables mansion in the 1983 film Scarface.[6]

The El Fureidis estate was last on the market in 2006 for $37,500,000.[7] It has been reported that Mark Cuban is the current owner of the estate.[8]

Official Tour[edit]

In 2014, an interactive tour of El Fureidis was built for potential buyers to tour the estate remotely.[9]

A slide show, of images of the property, sketches, and interior can be found here.



  1. ^ Santa Barbara Estate Homes. "El Fureidis". Archived from the original on January 15, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Bricker, Lauren Weiss (2008) The Mediterranean House in America. Abrams. ISBN 978-0-8109-7285-8 p. 11.
  3. ^ Wade Graham. Santa Barbara Independent (March 5, 2009). "Santa Barbara and the Search for an American Eden". Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Wyllie, Romy ( 2007) Bertram Goodhue, His Life and Residential Architecture (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007). ISBN 978-0-393-73219-1 pp. 42–51.
  5. ^ "El Fureidis from UCSB Digital Library". Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ Wikimapia. "El Fureidis Historic Estate Scarface film site". Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Lucy Maher. Forbes.com (November 11, 2006). "Movie Mansion". Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.supercompressor.com/home/the-real-scarface-movie-mansion-is-for-sale-in-california
  9. ^ http://www.nerdist.com/2014/05/scarface-house-hits-the-market/