After multiple ownership changes, Jerry Lewis’ Las Vegas home is on the market again for $2.7 million after some touch-up renovations designed to modernize the property.
The home in which the comedy icon lived for nearly 35 years has struggled to find a buyer. After Lewis’ death in August 2017, the house was sold to Jane Popple in 2019 for $1.2 million, was put on the auction block and got a $2.5 million bid that ultimately fell through and was then listed for $1.8 million.
The home, located in Las Vegas’ historic Scotch 80s neighborhood, was sold to Iddo Gavish of Century 21 Gavish Real Estate for about $1.4 million. He said the property came to his attention because a part of his real estate company monitors the housing market for homes that need rehab and renovation and the Lewis house fit the bill.
The nearly 7,230-square-foot home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms is expected to be officially listed on the market sometime this week for $2.7 million, according to Gavish.
Gavish said home renovations were designed to update the house to modern standards but not take away from the nostalgia or the history of the house. The renovations included a complete renovation of the landscaping, gates and pool and retouched the master bathroom and kitchen.
“There’s a fine line with modernizing the home, and keeping that nostalgia value and that Jerry Lewis icon behind it was a tightrope I want to make sure that happened correctly,” said Gavish.
Other renovations included adding a new security system, a new sound system, replacing all the electrical outlets and making the lighting LED-friendly, Gavish said.
Some unique features will stay, such as an elaborate chandelier and a petrified wood bar that have been in the home for a long time.
The real estate firm isn’t focused solely on preserving the house, it also hopes to help preserve Lewis’ legacy with this home sale by hosting several charity events inspired by Lewis’ legacy. The events include Century 21’s national day of giving and party with a purpose, which will help raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Lewis held many telethons for decades to raise money for this association. Gavish said Century 21 was inspired by these events and will host a “socialthon” which can be accessed on multiple social media platforms to help raise funds.
Gavish said he expects the home will sell quickly with the attention gained by Lewis’ previous ownership. He said he is hoping for a bidding war and initially thought about listing it at $2.9 million but then decided to set it at $2.7 million.
“We have a feeling that it’s with the name attached to it and with the media attention that’s been getting that it will move fairly quickly,” said Gavish. “But you never know about these things.”
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