Hillsborough Heights, Hillsborough, California, United States

Patty Hearst childhood home

In 1974, reporters camped outside 233 West Santa Inez Ave in the exclusive Hillsborough (CA) community, just south of San Francisco.

This was the home of a kidnapped Patty Hearst's parents Randolph Apperson Hearst (birthday today) and Catherine Hearst.

Randolph, later the last surviving son of William Randolph Hearst, worked for Hearst Corporation, managing the San Francisco Examiner.

But at the time, he did not have as much disposable income as her kidnappers believed. This house was for sale but had no takers. Reporters camped outside here and on Feb 13, 1974, they listened to Patty Hearst on a recording, being heard for the first time since her kidnapping:


It was recorded Feb 8, 1974. She was kidnapped Feb 4.

Patty is pictured in 1979 outside the home with her fiance and bodyguard Bernard Shaw after an executive grant of clemency. Bill Clinton would later pardon her.

Nearby is the Western White House (401 El Cerrito Avenue) commissioned by Randolph's oldest brother George Hearst.

Patty Hearst childhood home