Playboy Mansion: Hugh Hefner’s Once-Lavish House ‘Decaying’ As Health Declines, Says Model Carla Howe

To men all across the world, the Playboy mansion is considered a house of fantasies, but according to one woman, it’s no longer living up to its notorious reputation. According to the Daily Mail, British glamour model Carla Howe recently revealed a number of shocking details about the famous mansion. Apparently, it’s not all about glitz and glam — at least not anymore. It has been reported that Hugh Hefner’s iconic Playboy mansion, located in the affluent Holmby Hills subdivision in Los Angeles, California, now resembles a retirement home.

HOLMBY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 16: Guests attend the Annual Midsummer Night's Dream Party at the Playboy Mansion hosted by Hugh Hefner on August 16, 2014 in Holmby Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Playboy)

At 89, the adult magazine publisher requires a substantial amount of medical assistance. So, it’s rumored that there are now more nurses than Playboy bunnies. In fact, the stature of the Playboy mansion is reportedly declining just as Hugh Hefner’s health.

Earlier this month, Hugh Hefner made headlines when Playboy magazine announced it would be barring photos of full nudity as of March, 2016. Now, it appears the Playboy mansion will also take on the same modest appeal. During an interview with the Sun, Carla Howe described how the “pleasure palace” has transformed into a nursing home.

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According to the current Playboy “playmate,” gone are the highly publicized, wild parties that exude the luxurious Hollywood lifestyle. There are reportedly more nurses than lingerie and bikini-clad Playboy bunnies. However, that’s not all. The ambiance of the house isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Howe has also revealed that the house itself is “decaying,” as the upkeep has declined drastically. She insists the home has a 1980s appeal that doesn’t exactly correlate with the new millennium.

“Hef is so frail he goes everywhere with a group of nurses… Most of the time all he wants is to play chess with his friends and watch old films. He almost never leaves home and refuses to change anything in the mansion the whole place feels like it’s stuck in the 1980s.”

Former Playboy mansion resident Izabella St. James also echoed a similar opinion in her tell-all book, Bunny Tales. She shared details about her living experience at the mansion. “Each ­bedroom had mismatched, random pieces of furniture,” St. James wrote in her book. “It was as if someone had gone to a charity shop and bought the basics for each room. Although we all did our best to decorate our rooms and make them homely, the mattresses on our beds were ­disgusting — old, worn and stained. The sheets were past their best, too.”

Carla has also spoken with Mirror Online, revealing more shocking details about the Playboy mansion. The publication released a report documenting real life stories about life inside the Playboy mansion. Howe, along with a number of other Playboy bunnies, revealed that life inside the mansion isn’t as it is perceived in the public eye. Although Hugh Hefner is known for lavish parties and extravagance, the Playboy bunnies are actually required to adhere to a strict set of rules. Many of them claim the ailing editor-in-chief no longer finds pleasure in debauchery. Howe insists all the rules reflect a form of imprisonment as opposed to a privileged lifestyle.

“When you’re here you have to be in by the 9pm curfew. You’re not allowed to invite any friends up to see you. You’re definitely not allowed male visitors. If you break the rules you get banned. Once you’re out, you’re out, you can’t come back. Hef’s wife, Crystal, went to do a DJ set miles away, so she had to stay overnight. But she was still back by 2pm the next day.”


In addition to the drastic changes around the Playboy mansion, Howe has also revealed the playmate perks aren’t what they used to be, either. Playmates residing in the 22-bedroom mansion used to receive weekly allowances. Now, they’ve been reduced to just room and board.

According to Howe, the “Playmate of the Year” award also leaves much to be desired. “The Playmate of the Year used to get a Porsche,” Howe said. “Now she gets a Mini Cooper that she has to return after a year!” At this rate, it’s hard to determine whether or not the Playboy mansion will ever be the same. Based on the accounts of the playmates, the Playboy era may be coming to an end.

Do you think the Hugh Hefner’s declining health will lead to the demise of the Playboy brand? Will the Playboy mansion survive? Share your thoughts.

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