Action movie star Bruce Willis, probably best known for the "Die Hard" franchise, won't be living his Beverly Hills mansion much longer, putting the property on the market for $22 million.
The home, which sits on nearly an acre, has 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. In addition to standard features, it comes with maid’s quarters, a media/music room, formal library and tennis court.
It was built in 1928 but has been updated with modern amenities, including a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a steam shower. Outside there’s a large pool with a covered patio, cabana and built-in barbecue.
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One of the reasons for the big price tag is the neighborhood, which is fairly exclusive, says Corina Galen, a Redfin real estate agent in Los Angeles. Past and present resident include screenwriter Michael Leeson, NASCAR owner Ollen Bruton Smith, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Michael Jackson.
“This area of Beverly Hills is known for having houses of celebrities, entertainment executives and CEOs of major companies," Galen said. "It’s not uncommon to see homes priced above $20 million.”
Willis purchased the home in June 2004 for $6.3 million, under his “Ix Nay” investment trust, which he has also used to buy several properties in New York. The former owner was Alan Ladd Jr., a film industry executive and producer who is famous for giving George Lucas the green light to make "Star Wars."
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Willis has recently purchased a Manhattan apartment from U2 bassist Adam Clayton. He also holds quite a few properties in Idaho, some has been trying to sale. His Hailey, Idaho lodge is currently listed for $12 million. A bar and nightclub he once co-owned with his ex-wife Demi Moore was up for sale for $6 million, but was later reduced to $4.5 million.
Willis owns other properties in the Southern California area and New York and is said to split his time between the two coasts, depending on his work schedule. Willis will be starring in "Red 2," which opens later this summer. In March, he is set to start filming "Expiration," a movie in which he plays a poisoned hit man seeking an 11th-hour antidote to save his own life.
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