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Celebrity Home News: Debbie Reynolds, David Rockefeller & Picasso Homes For Sale

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“Debbie’s Ranch & Dance Studio”

Debbie Reynolds was involved in one of the largest scandals in Hollywood history when her husband (Carrie Fisher’s father), Eddie Fisher, left Debbie for Elizabeth Taylor – who in turn left Eddie Fisher for Richard Burton. When Carrie died last year from a cardiac arrest at the age of 60, Debbie died from the complications of a stroke the day after Carrie’s death. In October, Debbie’s ranch, dance studio and both mother’s and daughter’s personal property will be going up for auction.

Debbie’s 44-acre ranch in Creston, California was not her primary home but was where the family gathered on many occasions. It includes a main residence with custom home theater, library and gym. a guest house, caretaker’s house, art studio, barn as well as a professional film and television production facility. There are irrigated pastures, abundant wildlife, a spring-fed pond and panoramic views. It is estimated to sell between $4 million and $8 million.

The dance studio was designed as a rehearsal facility with perks not normally available in similar structures. It is an 18,000-square-foot building with lounge area, dressing rooms, showers and six large studios. Some of the celebrities who have rehearsed there include Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Cher, Usher and Mariah Carey. It is expected to sell between $6 million and $8 million. The auctions will be held by Profiles In History Auction House.

“Tour a Rockefeller Country Home”

David Rockefeller died in March at the age of 101. He and his late wife, Peggy, who died in 1996, had been married 56 years and raised six children. David was the youngest and last of the six children of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and grandson of the oil magnate John D. Rockefeller. During the years when he and Peggy were raising their family they spent their time between their 1924 Georgian-style townhouse  in Manhattan and their country home they called Hudson Pines in Westchester County, New York. At the beginning of summer, his Manhattan home was put on the market for $32.5 million. David’s 75-acre Hudson Pines Farm is now also available at $22 million.

An important part of the family history, the farm abuts the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and has been a family retreat and a breeding operation for Simmental cattle for decades with its many walking and riding trails. Perfectly positioned to take in a long view of the Hudson River, the mansion was designed in 1938 by architect Mott B. Schmidt. At 11,000 square feet, it includes 11 bedrooms and 15 baths. The entry is adorned with a floating staircase and formal rooms are large with high ceilings and tall windows that feature river, woodland and distant mountain views.

The Hudson Pines grounds include extensive gardens with orchards, Jeffersonian-style kitchen vegetables, greenhouses with rolling lawns, lush pastures, barns and outbuildings, and a large garage that has housed Rockefeller’s extensive collection of horse-drawn carriages.

“Picasso’s French Riviera Home”

When Pablo Picasso died in 1973, he was 91 years old and had made his mark on the world as perhaps the most important artist of the 20th century. He and his wife, Jacqueline Roque, lived in an antique French country house privately ensconced within its eight acres of lush grounds that Picasso designed. This was where he slept during the day and worked in the evenings and at night to avoid distractions. He craved privacy and space to work and found both here below the old chapel of Notre-Dame de Vie in Mougins with views of the Bay of Cannes, the Mediterranean, the Esterel Massif and the town of Mougins. After his death, his wife left his things exactly the way he had left them and after her death in 1986, the house sat vacant for 30 years until a Dutch investor bought it and hired a well-known Belgian architect to restore the property – without any changes to the original building.

Structures on the Picasso property include the main house, a guest house, a caretaker’s house and a pool house with a professional summer kitchen, gym, spa, steam room and massage room. The entire property has 15 bedrooms and 12 baths. The main house has two large living rooms with large fireplaces, the studio, breakfast room and gallery, spacious garden room with open arches to the terrace, another professional kitchen, a prep kitchen, two cold storage areas, and a wine cellar for 5,000 bottles. The five bedrooms in the main house all have ensuite dressing rooms and bathrooms.

Pablo Picasso’s last home on the French Riviera that has undergone a two year restoration will be placed on the auction block on October 12th with a starting bid of $24 million.

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