The Bea Arthur estate is now on sale, and anyone with $16 million that they are willing to spend can buy it. According to Curbed LA, the house is on the market for the first time in 35 years. Bea Arthur bought the property in 1980 for less than $600,000. The actress added onto the home and made several improvements to the property before her death in 2009. She lived in the home that is located in Sullivan Canyon until her death at the age of 86 in 2009.
This house is selling for $16 million, and the listing reveals that the home contains “five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a dining room, media room, gourmet kitchen/great room, plus a pool, spa, tennis court, hiking trails, and waterfalls on nearly four acres.”
After her death in 2009, the property was available for rental for $60,000 a month, but it is now listed for sale with Kurt Rappaport of Westside Estate Agency, according to Yahoo! Homes. Curbed LA has more photos of the home.
Be a reportedly loved living at the property because she could hide away and do what she wanted. She revealed some details about living at the home, which was built in 1924 by Cliff May, in an interview with A&U Magazine in 1998.
“This is country out here. I tend to be lazy and I don’t have to put shoes on, or do anything here. I can walk around without anything on and nobody cares, and it’s just lovely.”
Bea Arthur is one of the iconic comedic actresses of the television era. She starred in Maude in the 1970s, and she added to her popularity with the Golden Girls. She starred on that series for six years, and she left in 1992.
She struck a chord with an entire generation, and she has remained loved by fans after her death. In 2014, Mike Denison started a mission to do 365 sketches of Bea Arthur – one sketch a day. According to TheDaily Beast, he called the project Bea A Day. The artist remembered growing up watching the Golden Girls every Saturday night with his grandmother.
After a nude panting of the actress sold for $1.9 million, Denison decided to do his own art featuring Bea and her co-stars.
“When you get older, you get other things from the show. I love it now for its escapism. Whatever has happened in your day you can watch ‘The Golden Girls’ and forget about it. It never gets old. You can watch the same episodes repeatedly and still laugh at them.”
Denison is also behind a video game app featuring Bea Arthur for iPhone. The app is called Busy Bea. Denison spoke about the decision to create an app featuring in an interview, according to NewNowNext.
“To me, Bea and her works, from Maude to The Golden Girls have always represented a push for change. Those shows were insanely progressive, especially for the times that they were on, tackling such issues as abortion and gay marriage. I would say that that sort of television helped plant the seeds for the progress we are seeing today.”
Bea Arthur was an actress, a comedian, and a former Marine. When she was asked about her life and how she lived it, she said the following, according to USA Today.
“I believe that you’re here on Earth for a short time, and while you’re here, you shouldn’t forget it. I always remember that line from Mame: ‘Life’s a banquet, and most poor sons of b**ches are starving to death.’ Do I look like I’m hungry? Or thirsty?”
Bea Arthur is not the only former Golden Girl to make news this month. After the fifth anniversary of her death passed on June 3, Rue McClanahan began to trend on social media after an old news report of her death went viral. People mistakenly thought Rue had died just this year, and not five years ago, according to a previous Inquisitr report.
What do you think of Bea Arthur’s estate going on sale? Would you pay $16 million for the property?
[Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images]