Dec. 19, 2008

Author Anne Rice's former home in New Orleans on market for $3.75M

Author Anne Rice's former house in New Orleans is on the market for $3,750,000.

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The Wall Street Journal today writes about the listing of the Greek Revival-style house, which is at 1239 1st Street in New Orleans' Garden District. Rice owned the five-bedroom house -- which is known as Rosegate -- from 1989 until she sold it in December 2004 for $2,600,000, according to public records. During her years of ownership, Rice would open the home up to the public for tours.

Built in the 1850s (said to be 1857), Rice's onetime house has seven baths, double galleries with large antique beveled mirrors, plated ceilings, millwork, a newly renovated kitchen, antique murals in the dining room, and an elevator, according to listing information. The house measures either 8,910 square feet, according to public records, or 11,287 square feet, according to news accounts. Outdoor features on the 0.81-acre (35,090-square-foot) lot include a heated pool/cabana, a fish pond, a guest house and a staff house, according to public records and listing information.

The three-story house currently is owned by something called Garden Oaks, LLC, according to public records.

Check out an online listing sheet for the house -- complete with photos.

In June 2006, Rice sold another house she owned in New Orleans proper -- at 1515 St. Charles Avenue -- for $750,000, according to public records.

Today, Rice, who famously moved out of New Orleans a few years back, owns two homes in southern California:

--An, 8,953-square-foot house on a 1.08-acre parcel in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which she purchased in December 2005 for $3,600,000, according to public records;

--A 10,064-square-foot mansion on a 0.38-acre (16,553-square-foot) lot in La Jolla, Calif., which she purchased in early 2005 for exactly $8,000,000, according to public records.

Rice also owns an 833-square-foot condominium unit in Dallas, according to public records.

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