Somehow it’s fitting that a woman known for white fur-lined clothing died just before Christmas. Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Hungarian-American actress best known for her over-the-top lifestyle and many marriages, died Sunday in Los Angeles. The Hollywood legend once famously proclaimed, “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.”
However, Gabor’s (ninth) husband, Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, will have to move out of the ornate Bel Air home where the late actress lived for four decades. For the past three years, the couple lived in the six-bedroom villa even though they no longer owned it.
Strapped for cash, but not wanting to leave the elegant estate, Gabor and Prinz von Anhalt found a buyer who, in 2012, put himself on the note and allowed them to live there for at least four years or until her death. The couple paid $325,000 each year, and the new owner paid the mortgage. Property records show it sold in September 2012 for $9, and in April 2013, Reuters reported that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge authorized the sale in what’s called a deferred transaction. Escrow is expected to close in about 90 days, so Prinz von Anhalt needs to find a new place to live. The new owner will, most likely, renovate or tear down the Bel Air mansion.
The house features a multi-tiered clothes closet that held 5,000 of Gabor’s garments and was built in 1955 by Howard Hughes (he never lived there). Elvis Presley sold the home to Gabor in 1974. It features a circular foyer, a “grand saloon,” formal dining room, and excellent views.
Prinz von Holt tried to sell the home multiple times, at one point for as much as $28 million.
Fittingly, Zsa Zsa—who epitomized 60’s glamour—also owned a home in Palm Springs, which just hit the market. Built in 1958 and well-preserved and updated since then, the 1,784-square-foot two-bed-two-bath features straightforward mid-century elegance.
You can almost picture the Friend-of-Frank’s gliding through the open, linear floor plan dressed in furs and looking out onto the mountainous, desert landscape through walls of sliding glass doors. A separate, glass-enclosed casita sits on the other side of the kidney shaped pool, where Gabor might have spent many hours basking in the sun. The house is attractively priced at $969,000.
Rest in peace, Zsa Zsa. You had marvelous taste in houses, dahhhling.
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