According to the article, it was a subject of negotiation, but;
Playboy will pay Metropoulos $1 million a year for upkeep of the property while Hefner is living there, people with knowledge of the deal told The Hollywood Reporter. According to a source, one sticking point in the negotiations was the leaseback deal and the access that Metropoulos would have to the property while Hefner lived there. The parties agreed that Metropoulos would give Hefner ample notice before coming to the property.
In 2009, 33-year old Metropoulos acquired the house next to the Playboy Mansion, which includes the original gate that connects to the Playboy Mansion.
His intended goal was;
Metropoulos said he will combine the two properties after Mr. Hefner’s tenancy ends.
So what does that phrase “combine the two properties” mean? Keep both houses? Or clear the huge area that both estates now make, and build on it?
Preservation has never been a priority in LA real estate.