Actor Gene Wilder has sold his longtime, 2,756-square-foot ranch-style house in Los Angeles’ Bel-Air area for an undisclosed amount.
In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on Wilder’s sale of his home on a 0.79-acre parcel at 10930 Chalon Road in Bel-Air to a company called Bristol Capital LLC. The sale closed on September 12 and was recorded a week ago today, on September 25, according to public records.
We assume that Bristol Capital, whose owners are a couple named Paul Kessler and Diana Derycz Kessler, intends either to demolish or gut-rehab Wilder’s home, which he had owned since buying it for $314,000 in 1976. This is all the more likely given that the listing agent even called the home an “extraordinary remodel opportunity” or that a buyer could “build your dream.”
Built in 1951, Wilder’s house has four and a half baths and had been on the market for $2,750,000. We wrote about Wilder’s listing in late August, just a day after our friends over at the Real Estalker broke the story of Wilder’s listing.
When we learn the exact sale price of Wilder’s Bel-Air home, we’ll of course publish it here.
Where does Wilder live? Back in August, we mentioned that Wilder is at least a part-owner of a 1,388-square-foot condo unit in nearby Santa Monica. However, we didn’t tell our readers “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey likes to say. Wilder long has spent much of his time at four-bedroom, 5,377-square-foot house on 2.89 acres in Stamford, Conn., according to public records. Wilder has owned that three-story, 11-room, 18th-century Colonial-style home since his late wife, actress Gilda Radner, bequeathed it to him on her death in 1989. That house, which Radner purchased just two weeks before she met Wilder, has a pool and tennis court, according to past news accounts.
“I liked visiting the house, but I didn’t know if I could live there,” Wilder told the Associated Press in 1994 about the Stamford house. “After I buried her (Radner), I decided to stay and face the ghosts. After a while, it was just like planting seeds in the ground; the roots start to grow. Now I’m uncomfortable if I go almost anywhere for very long. I love it there. It’s where I want to grow old.”
Wilder also noted the wildlife just outside his house in Stamford in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1990. “I…have a family of deer who live just at the edge of the land. I wake up every morning and there’s mama and the two babies.”