Comedian Bob Newhart wrote in his 2006 book "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This" that a producer once pulled him aside and asked if he could shave some time off his popular weekly TV show by reducing his trademark stammer. Newhart replied, "No, that stammer bought me a house in Beverly Hills."
Technically, that stammer bought him a house in Bel-Air, one that he just listed for sale at $15.5 million. Newhart and his wife, Virginia, bought the Wallace Neff-designed home in 1990 for $4.2 million. Redfin reports that he attempted to sell it in 2006 for $18.9 million, but removed it from the market after it didn't sell for almost a year. Yes, we remember the recession well.
Now, with the housing market off life support, Newhart, 84, hopes to sell his French Country estate home that has more than 9,100 square feet and sits on more than a landscaped acre of prime Bel-Air ZIP code. The property has a large lagoon pool and outdoor kitchen and entertainment area.
Newhart starred in two long-running TV series that bore his name, "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Newhart." The finale of "Newhart," with a surprise ending, was chosen by TV Guide as the best finale in television history.
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