Terry McMillan: Single and Selling at $3.3M

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Many divorced women in their fifties look forward to starting a new chapter in their lives. Terry McMillan is one of them. The famous author of über-chick books and the film adaptations, "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," is starting her new life by listing her Danville, Calif. home for sale at $3.3 million.

Danville is an affluent neighborhood on the eastern (and sunniest) edge of the Bay Area. McMillan moved there 15 years ago to raise her son, and she enjoyed her time there but now, as McMillan recently told the Contra Costa Times, "for a 58-year-old single black woman, Danville's not exactly a rockin' place."
Another reason McMillan might be selling is because the home is where McMillan lived for six years with her now ex-husband -- a Jamaican 23 years her junior who inspired "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" -- until he announced that he was gay. That started a long, bitter and public divorce (the two appeared on Oprah for a rancorous he-said, she-said debate), though the two reportedly remain friends.

McMillan made another appearance just last month to describe how she was handling it five years later. Now McMillan plans to move to either New York or Los Angeles. She's currently adapting her "Waiting to Exhale" sequel, "Getting to Happy," into a screenplay that will start shooting next year with the four "Exhale" actresses, including Angela Bassett and Whitney Houston.

McMillan is leaving behind the 7,070-square-foot home (pictured below) that she built in 1995 on a private cul-de-sac at the foot of Mount Diablo.. With four-bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, the house features vaulted ceilings, custom concrete interiors, and a 52-foot black-bottom pool and spa lined with slate. Listing agent Taso Tsakos of J. Rockliff Realtors told us the home is notable for its concrete interiors -- McMillan worked with Berkeley architect/interior designer Fu-Tung Cheng, noted for his concrete creations -- and its walls painted in a rainbow of colors.

"I wanted it to look like an art gallery," she told Architectural Digest when she the house was photographed for the magazine in 1999. McMillan said that her favorite room has been the game room because "it represents me more than any other -- rambunctious, colorful, a little wild but sedate."

While the kitchen and bathrooms still show off McMillan's flair for color, other rooms have been toned down to shades of beiges and creams. That seems more suited for the families who typically move to Danville, because it's not such a rockin' place.

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