home of Football star Jim Houston in Palm Springs, California, sells for $ 6.5 million

    The long-time Palm Springs, California, home to the late Jim Houston, an athlete, businessman and philanthropist, sold for $6.495 million after it was restaged and relisted with a price reduction.
    The 11,080-square-foot residence, including eight bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, has been on and off the market since April 2015, once asking as much as $11 million, listing records show.
    Eric Lavey of Sotheby’s International Realty relisted the property for $6.495 million on Jan. 21 after being staged by the New York-based ASH Staging, part of the hotel design and development firm ASH NYC. It went into contract with the full asking price within 10 days, and the sale closed last Friday, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
    The deal has yet to appear on public records.

    The home, sitting on 1.5 acres surrounded by palms, is designed for entertaining, according to the listing. It has living and dining areas where glass pocket doors blur the line between indoors and out, a climate-controlled wine cellar and a bar. Outdoors, there are patios, water fountains, fruit trees, manicured lawns, a Koi pond, and a pool and spa.

    Mr. Lavey was not immediately available for comment.

    Houston, who died in March 2018 at age 84, purchased the property for an undisclosed amount in 2009, property records show.
    Houston played 13 seasons in the National Football League with the Cleveland Browns. He later became a successful businessman, developing real estate and owning an excursion train, a solar panel company and a gold mine.
    He and his late wife, Jackie Lee, were philanthropists who might be best known for helping save the McCallum Theatre, a venue on the campus of College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, where a plaza was named in honor of the couple.

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