A 10-bedroom estate once owned by Eddie Murphy found no buyers at $10 million. Now it’s yours for a mere $6.5 million.
Interested in “Trading Places”? Need a home large enough for “The Nutty Professor” or the bride of “Norbit”?
We may have the answer — the former mansion of actor Eddie Murphy, a palatial Granite Bay residence that has been in default and is now back on the market at a steeply reduced price.
The mansion and adjoining guest home in the exclusive Los Lagos community went on the market two years ago after the divorce of Murphy and Nicole Mitchell Murphy, who ended up with the estate. There weren’t any takers in 2005 at the $10 million asking price.
It’s now being offered again — at $6.5 million.
“It’s priced aggressively,” says local listing agent Nick Sadek, who reports interest from several parties. “My gut feeling is we’ll be in contract (with a buyer) in 30 days.”
Is the lower price the result of a default notice filed last month against Murphy’s ex by lender Bridgelock Capital of Woodland Hills? Not according to Sadek’s Southern California partner, Moe Abourched of RE/MAX On The Boulevard in Sherman Oaks. He says the default was due to “errors by a business manager” and is being “cleared up.”
Whatever the mansion’s legal status, it’s Hollywood and then some.
The 11,200-square-foot main home, built nine years ago, includes a 12-seat movie screening room, video arcade parlor, infinity pool, and six-car garage. In all, the estate has ten bedrooms and 14 baths (including one the size of a small apartment). It’s also got an unbeatable view of nearby Folsom Lake and the Sacramento skyline, 25 miles away.
Special touches? One of the children’s bedrooms has a “Shrek” theme. (Murphy was the voice of the film’s donkey sidekick.) Another kid’s room has a French-village motif.
The guest house, meanwhile, is a mere 5,200 square feet but has a fully-equipped gym and adjoining tennis court. Most of the furnishings (including at least 20 TVs) are part of the package. How about the sleek, black, $200,000 Schimmel Pegasus grand piano, which Sadek says is one of only a few in the world?
Make an offer.
“Everything,” Sadek says, “is negotiable.”
Granite Bay Mansion For Sale Again, By Bob Shallit, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.