"Soul Train" creator Don Cornelius has a two-bedroom, post-and-beam house in the Beverly Hills, Calif. postal area -- also known as the BH PO -- on the market for $1,950,000.
In a Big Time Listings exclusive, we can report on Cornelius' listing of the house, which was designed by celebrated architect Edward H. Fickett (1916-1999). Cornelius, 73, has made the news a lot in the last year for reasons that he probably would just as soon would not have gotten in print: allegations of spousal abuse against his estranged wife. Not surprisingly, some real-estate portfolio changes are going on in his life, ostensibly as a result of the discord in the man's personal life.
Built in 1951, the one-story, 1,822-square-foot house is right on Mulholland Drive, according to public records and listing information. It has two baths, an exercise room next to the garage, a pool, a hot tub, an open cabana with a shower, and a separate guest house with a kitchen and bath, according to listing information.
Cornelius took title to the house from his now-former wife in May, according to public records. He first listed it in late May, but none of us real-estate gossips found out about his listing (we don't believe) until now.
Cornelius technically is selling two lots of record: a 0.64-acre (27,778-square-foot), street-to-street parcel that contains the house (which Cornelius' production company purchased in 2001 for an undisclosed price), and an adjoining, 11,400-square-foot vacant lot (PIN # 2385-023-028), meaning his total property is just a hair shy of nine-tenths of an acre, according to public records. The two lots are just west of a tiny, triangular-shaped residential lot at the northwest corner of Mulholland Drive and Coldwater Canyon Avenue. Cornelius does not appear to be selling a 2,977-square-foot house on a 0.48-acre (20,739-square-foot) lot next door to the west, which he has owned for years.
Cornelius purchased the post-and-beam property in 2001 for an undisclosed price.
Special thanks to a tipster -- whose identity we are keeping confidential -- for the tip!