Monty Python’s Eric Idle Lists Los Angeles Home for $6.495 Million

Famed British actor and Broadway musical writer, Eric Idle, has put his Los Angeles home up for sale at a staggering price of $6.495 million, according to reports from his listing agent, Juliette Hohnen of Douglas Elliman. The five-bedroom, 7,000 square-foot property, situated in the iconic Hollywood Hills, was purchased by Idle and his wife, Tania Kosevich, for a modest $1.5 million back in 1995.

During their 26-year residency, the couple regularly entertained an array of high-profile guests at dinner parties, including legendary Beatles members Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison. Idle expressed his love for post-dinner guitar sessions with his guests. This star-studded history of the property is sure to make it a hot topic among fans and enthusiasts of the entertainment industry.

The luxurious Spanish Revival-style residence, which is being sold by Eric Idle for $6.495 million, is fully equipped with three offices, a wine cellar, a den, and two cozy fireplaces. Idle revealed that he utilized one of the offices next to his bedroom to pen the 2012 movie “What About Dick?” and had a substantial collection of around 4,000 books stored throughout the house. Additionally, he adorned the property with Monty Python memorabilia, which he acquired over the years.

The house sits on a roughly 0.7-acre lot and features a wide range of outdoor amenities, including a large swimming pool, a bocce court, a Koi pond, and a fountain adorned with colorful tiles. Idle shared that he was particularly fond of the beautifully landscaped gardens that he and his wife dubbed the “enchanted forest.” The combination of luxurious interiors, stunning outdoor features, and personalized touches is sure to entice potential buyers seeking an exquisite and unique home in the heart of Hollywood Hills.

Eric Idle expressed his fondness for the tranquil and serene garden of the property, which was a significant selling point for him. During their stay, Idle and his wife carried out various renovations, including repairing the roof and upgrading the bathrooms. However, Idle was uncertain about the amount spent on the renovations.

The couple is now looking to sell the property as they plan to downsize, but they hope to stay in the same area. Idle and his wife have been married for over 40 years and have an adult daughter together, while Idle also has a son from his first marriage. Idle jokingly referred to the spacious property as “Downsize Abbey,” stating that he and his wife have been rattling around in the large house long before the pandemic.

Eric Idle is a renowned comedian and a founding member of Monty Python, a comedy troupe that gained popularity with its BBC television series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” in 1969. In 1975, the group released the film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Mr. Idle wrote the hit song “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” for the 1979 film “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.” His musical “Spamalot” won a Tony Award in 2004.

The surviving members of the original cast of the Monty Python comedy team (L-R) Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese.

According to data from Douglas Elliman, the average selling price of a single-family home in the Los Angeles area in the fourth quarter of 2022 was $4.86 million, showing a 7.7% increase from the same period in 2021. However, the number of sales during that period dropped by about half.

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