Betty White’s Beloved Home is for Sale
Betty White’s beloved waterfront home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, has been listed for $7.95 million, three months after the star’s death aged 99.
Golden Girls star White—who passed away in December, weeks before her 100th birthday—purchased the land to build the property with her husband, Allen Ludden, back in 1978 for $170,000, according to public records, per the New York Post. Construction on the three-story abode was completed in 1981.
Designed by architect Richard Hicks, the light-filled home, which sits on the Monterey Peninsula, offers views of Point Lobos Nature Reserve, Ribera Beach, and Monastery Beach from almost all of the rooms.
With four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, the charming 3,621-square-foot abode offers plenty of room for entertaining, while the exterior decks and direct access to the beach would suit those wanting to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.
And while Carmel-by-the-Sea sits more than 300 miles away from Hollywood, it still boasts celebrity connections, with Clint Eastwood among the numerous celebrities who have called it home. Eastwood also served as mayor of the ritzy enclave in the 1980s.
White’s former property has been listed by Nicole Truszkowski and Zak Freedman (Truszkowski Freedman & Associates) of Sotheby’s International Realty – Carmel Brokerage.
Truszkowski said of the home: “As revered as Betty White’s public image was in real life, she was a private person. Betty’s home in Carmel was her special sanctuary and it was one of her favorite places to recharge and rejuvenate.
“Betty and her late husband, Allen Ludden, built their Carmel dream vacation home. Sadly, Allen passed away shortly after the home was finished.
“Spending time in Carmel was one of Betty’s favorite things to do. She enjoyed many treasured moments with her family and close friends. The home embodies the spirit of Betty and Allen, it was eloquently understated with the focus on nature and the natural beauty surrounding the home.”
TV personality and game show host Ludden, to whom White was married from 1963, passed away in 1981 after battling stomach cancer. White never married again.
Following White’s death on New Year’s Eve, it was reported by the New York Post that she had passed away at her Los Angeles home, located in upscale Brentwood.
Still, White made no secret of her love for her Carmel home. The star offered a tour of one of her properties in a minute-long mock MTV Cribs-style video shared in 2017.
After allowing the camera to take a sweeping view of her bedroom, the star quipped: “This is where the magic happens,” before the shot panned over to show a magician pulling a string of handkerchiefs from his sleeve.
“What did you think I meant?” White said in her signature comedic style.
White revealed in her book If You Ask Me, published in 2011, that her life-long love of animals had a great impact on how she decorated her homes.
“You won’t be surprised to learn that I love stuffed animals,” she wrote, per the New York Post. “Both at my home in Los Angeles and at my house in Carmel there is a special room devoted to them, filled to capacity.
“I especially love the exotic ones—there is an anteater, a rhinoceros, a beluga whale, an armadillo, a bear—not a Teddy, a grizzly—the list goes on.”
She added: “I never enter that room without speaking to the animals. [I say], ‘Hi guys!’ And I never leave it without saying, ‘See you later. I love you.’ Out loud!”
During the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam segment on Sunday, White’s life was celebrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, who walked out onto the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre carrying a dog called Mac-N-Cheese.
Curtis said of White, per Entertainment Tonight: “She was not only a Golden Girl, she was a legend who brightened every room she walked in and brought a smile to the faces of all who watched her on the screen.
“And day in and day out for almost a century, she was a woman who cared so much for not just her two-legged friends but for animals just like this.
“So the greatest gift you could give Betty White is to open your heart and your home and adopt a rescue dog just like Mac-N-Cheese from Paw Works. So thank you, Betty, thank you for being a friend to us all.”
The call for adoption was answered by John Travolta, who on Monday took to Instagram to reveal that he and his 11-year-old son, Ben, had added Mac-N-Cheese to their family.