Is Brittany Murphy's Former Home Jinxed?
Whoever purchases the stigmatized property may also have to pay back taxes. Currently, Los Angeles County has the 1997 home assessed at about $3.93 million, with more than $50,000 in property taxes due, a clerk at the assessor's office told AOL Real Estate. The first installment of $27,775 that was due in December has not been paid, while installment two, in the amount of $25,250, is due mid-April.
The cul de sac home, pictured below, is currently on the market for $4.995 million, down 31.1 percent from the $7.25 million list price it had when it went on the market in March 2010. It quickly went off the market in April, right around the time Murphy's grandmother Elizabeth passed away.
Mom Sharon Murphy certainly had a lot of emotional turmoil to face dealing with three deaths in under half a year. Her 32-year-old daughter, who collapsed in the master bathroom on December 20, 2009, died of pneumonia with other contributing factors, including anemia and intoxication from multiple drugs. Just five months later, in May 2010, her widower, Simon Monjack, died of similar causes in the 5-bedroom, 5-bath home that he continued to share with his mother-in-law.
Video footage from a 2003 MTV Diary with Brittany Murphy reportedly shows the bathroom where the Clueless star was found unconscious by her mom, as well as her bedroom (pictured left) and closet with massive show collection.
Murphy always shared the home with her mother, even throughout her short-term marriage that began May 2007. The elder Murphy and her son-in-law had spoken of moving and sharing a home together in New York. Whether or not Sharon Murphy is still living in the Hollywood Hills home is uncertain, as efforts to reach the listing agent, Aitan Segal of Rodeo Realty, did not pan
out by publication time.
Segal wrote in the listing details that this Mediterranean-style home on a cul-de-sac has soaring ceilings, French doors that lead to the pool, a gym, an office, a four-car garage, and gardens
There was speculation that Murphy's and Monjack's deaths were caused by toxic mold in the house, but Sharon Murphy, dispelled those rumors as "absurd" in a People magazine article. "I have never been personally asked by the coroner or anyone from the Health Department to come and inspect my home for mold," the starlet's mom told the weekly.
The Girl Interrupted actress is said to have died with a mountain of debt, including a $500,000 second mortgage. She purchased the home in 2003 for about $3.85 million from Britney Spears, who shared it with Justin Timberlake. (Spears purchased it in 2001 for $2.97 million, reported RadarOnline.)
Sharon Murphy might be better off if she heeds the advice foreclosure guru Alexis McGee had to take for herself: Negotiate a short sale.
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