For Sale: Comedian Dennis Miller's Historic Mansion
By Emily Heffter
Dennis Miller, who has made a career out of his trademark political rants as a contributor on The O'Reilly Factor, has made a hobby out of restoring his historic mansion. And now he is trying again to sell it. The restored 1895 mansion at 1735 Glen Oaks Drive in Santa Barbara, Calif., is now listed for $13.9 million after it failed to sell the last three years. In 2011, it was listed at $17.5 million. Now he's hoping a price drop of nearly $4 million will draw a buyer.
The comedian and political commentator and his wife, Canadian former model Carolyn Espley, bought the 10,000-square-foot Montecito home in 1993, when the two had been married for five years and a "Miller Time" reference brought to mind beer-drinking, not conservative politics. According to reports, the couple did a massive renovation in 1994.
The home is a historic example of the American Renaissance style of Stanford White, who designed mansions and some public buildings in the late 1800s. The famous architect was murdered by one of his wealthy clients after an alleged affair with the millionaire's wife. Before all that unpleasantness, White designed Miller's grand, nine-bedroom, 10-bath home, with mountain and ocean views, a grand entrance, covered porches and a stone fireplace.
The home comes with a pool with a fountain and a tennis court, and also includes a second three-bedroom, two-bath separate residence.
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