Far out Friday: Acting legend’s estate sells for nearly $28 million

by NZ Adviser29 Jan 2016
Villa Sorriso, or "Villa of Smiles", the Napa estate of the late acting legend and comedian Robin Williams, has sold for US$18.1 million cash, (NZ$27.8m), according to stuff.co.nz.

Set amongst 256 hectares, the property recently dropped its price to US$22.9 million, from the higher price of US$29.9 million two years ago. 

The estate includes a 19m-long swimming pool with an infinity edge, a producing vineyard covering seven hectares and climate-controlled cellars that provide storage for artworks and wine.

Further outdoor  features include a nine-stall horse barn, tennis court, rolling lawns and gardens as well as hiking and horse riding trails, mature olive trees and a spring-fed pond. 

The exterior has a traditional Italianate style and the entrance is two-stories high with a rotunda.

The centrepiece is the 1860-square-metre limestone-clad Italian-style mansion that Williams had built more than a decade ago.

There are five bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in the main house with the kitchen exuding a light, natural material palette. 

An elevator links the three floor house which also includes a bell tower, a billiards room, oak-panelled library, 12-seat home theatre and three safe rooms.
A separate caretaker's cottage with four more bedrooms is also situated on the grounds.

Williams passed away two years ago at the age of 63 and rose to fame on the sitcom Mork & Mindy (1977-82). Memorably movies include Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989) and Good Will Hunting (1997), for which he won an Oscar for his supporting role.

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