The Home Where Robin Williams Took His Life Goes Up for Sale

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Real Estate Agent with Davidson Home Group | Keller Williams Portland Central

By Clare Trapasso

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The Northern California estate where actor and comedian Robin Williams took his own life has gone up for sale for $7.25 million.

The six-bedroom, 6.5 bathroom home sits a double lot in Tiburon, CA, a wealthy enclave just 15 minutes north of San Francisco. The Mediterranean-style residence features stunning views of the San Francisco Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the home; direct access to the bay with a deck, pool, spa, and stone patio overlooking the water; and a spacious eat-in kitchen.

But still, this gorgeous property is also the site where one of the most beloved entertainers of our time died. The A-List actor, known for his charming, wacky, and lovable characters in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Good Morning, Vietnam,” killed himself in the bedroom on Aug. 11, 2014. He was 63.

When a murder takes place in a home, that can drag down its price by 10% to 25%. The more high-profile the victim is, the greater that markdown can be. Suicides, however, are a different matter.

“Typically, a suicide does not have an effect on property values in California, because unfortunately, they’re relatively common,” says real estate appraiser Randall Bell of Landmark Research based in Dana Point, CA.

He assesses properties where tragedies have occurred, such as the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide site, JonBenét Ramsay‘s house, and the home of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter. “But Robin Williams’ property is not typical.”

The 1987 home also features a wood-paneled library with a fireplace; and a master bath with amazing views of the bay from the tub.

Most of his biggest fans wouldn’t be able to afford the late actor’s home. Still, some folks won’t want to buy a property where he died.

“The fond memories of Robin Williams will probably offset the negative aspects of the suicide,” says Bell. “I think it will ultimately sell at full value. But it may take longer, because it’s a tricky situation.”

Williams’ career spanned decades in television and film classics like Disney’s “Aladdin,” “Mork & Mindy,” and “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

He purchased the home in 2008 for just over $4 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. After his death, his widow, Susan Williams, inherited the estate.

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Interesting.  It's a shame he had to go out that way, as he was a very funny man and should have been happier.

Dec 01, 2019 02:19 PM #1
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Hey, you're very close to making the 1,000,000 points mark!  Hope you get there soon.

Dec 01, 2019 02:20 PM #2
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His death was tragic.  I can't imagine someone as successful as he was to be so sad to take his own life.  The home may be a hard sell  Only time will tell.

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Rose Mary Justice Tragic Indeed.  It will be interesting to see how many days the property will be on the market.

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