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Elon Musk isn’t messing about: It appears the maverick billionaire is actually selling at least two of his luxury California homes.
Listings for two multimillion-dollar houses reported to be owned by Musk recently showed up on real estate website Zillow.
[Read: Elon Musk bought $45M in Tesla stock since ‘that weed joke’ — now it’s worth double]
Just three days ago, Tesla’s CEO tweeted that he was selling (almost) all physical possessions and vowed to own no home. When asked why, Musk replied: “Freedom.”
Just one stipulation on sale: I own Gene Wilder’s old house. It cannot be torn down or lose any its soul.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 1, 2020
Around the same time, Musk declared he thought the price of Tesla stock was too high — a tweet that caused a 10% crash and wiped $14 billion from the company’s market value.
Musk forbids you from tearing down Willie Wonka’s home
One of Musk’s apparent listings is the home of Hollywood legend Gene Wilder, who played Willie Wonka in the original film.
That’s listed for $9.5 million, but Musk warned on Friday that whoever buys it cannot tear it down (or lose any of its soul… whatever that means.)
Musk had reportedly used the house as a private school for his kids.
The other listed property is considerably more expensive: A $30 million Lower Bel Air estate on a private knoll that overlooks the Bel Air Country Club, the city, and the ocean.
“Large master suite with separate dual baths and closets, family wing, two-story library, theater, two-room guest suite, lighted championship tennis court, wine cellar, gym, pool, vast grassy yard and fruit orchard. Motor court with five-car garage,” reads the website description.
Hard Fork has reached out to Musk to confirm that these are his listings and will update this piece should we learn more.
These two properties aside, Musk is sitting on an extensive real estate portfolio with an estimated value in excess of $100 million — so if the SpaceX founder means what he says, we can expect a ton more listings in the coming weeks.
[H/T Sam Shead]
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