When it comes to matters of health, Budapest-born actress/socialite/cop-slapper/Cedars-Sinai mainstay/husband wrangler (with nine she’s got the late Elizabeth Taylor beat by two), Zsa Zsa Gabor just can't seem to catch a break: the once-feisty nonagenarian has pretty much been in and out of hospitals since a 2002 car crash left her partially paralyzed. Most recently, on May 18, 2011, Gabor slipped into a coma and emerged several days later.
Now, to add insult to, umm, illness, Gabor’s ninth husband, professional crazy person Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, has officially put their 6,393-square-foot home (pictured in all of its gilded glory here) in L.A.-area, rich old person enclave Bel Air, on the market. The home is listed for $15 million, a significant drop from the $28 million asking price that von Anhalt mentioned back in January. The reason for the sale is none-too-surprising: von Anhalt, 67, can't afford to maintain the home and keep up with his 94-year-old wife's mounting medical bills. According to von Anhalt, running the estate, including domestic staff and nurses for Gabor, was costing him $35,000 a month. Plus, there's that baby on the way ...
Gabor purchased the Hollywood-Regency-style hillside manse — said to be built for Howard Hughes in 1955 and later occupied by Elvis Presley — in decidedly better times in the 1970s — well before the lawsuits, car crashes, strokes, gangrene infections, leg amputations, blood clots, hip replacements, comas, and cameo appearances in films like “The Naked Gun 2 1/2 : The Smell of Fear” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.” The ornately decorated abode, located on an acre of land on Bel Air Road, boasts a statue-flanked swimming pool, a rooftop terrace, expansive views, a staff wing, and Quincy Jones as a next-door neighbor. The home also sports (or did sport at one time) some rather unique lawn décor: twin porcelain toilet seats, placed there by von Anhalt after a dispute with a neighbor (probably not Quincy Jones).
Lawn toilets and Quincy Jones aside, the home’s listing agent, Christophe Choo, believes that whomever ultimately purchases Chez Zsa Zsa should be prepared to shell out additional funds for some heavy-duty remodeling. The need for extensive rehabbing is one of the reasons that the home dropped in price nearly 50 percent since von Anhult announced his intentions to sell the the home earlier this year.
Choo tells Morgan Brennan over at the Forbes Closing Table blog:
I would say it needs an overhaul, not in terms of the floor plan or structural changes, but it does need a remodel. I think a potential buyer would come in and spend $1 million or so to remodel that house and make it special … and bring it back to its former splendor.