Weekly Top Ten Real Estate Hot List Tue: 10-02-2012
For all you gals reaching your 40th birthday as a suburban housewife with two moody preteens and a marriage that’s becoming a little boring, don’t feel like your opportunity for an exciting life has passed you by! Instead, see what’s really possible by taking the time to study Phyllis Diller. Yes, that’s right, . . wild wigged, loud mouthed, self-depreciating Phyllis with “Fang” for a husband. Now here was a real housewife from Ohio, who by the age of 40 had given birth to six children and lived an average suburban life - well, as average as life can be with a constant mind-rattling cacophony of whining, begging, temper tantrum kids! Don’t forget that she was a classically trained musician prior to marriage, who many say was talented enough to give Liberace a run for the money. No wonder she thought that life had to have more to offer. But instead of returning to music, she donned a wig and started cutting up. She was the first woman comedienne with a penchant for back-biting humor that opened the door for the likes of Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr and Kathy Griffin. She divorced, moved to LA, and her children grew up in this 9,266 square foot residence from the time they were teenagers - a world away from suburban Lima, Ohio. Phyllis lived in this home from the time she purchased it in 1965 until she died this year at age 95.
The 22-room home was originally built for steel magnate and U.S. Senator Lawrence C. Phipps in 1914 as a vacation getaway. It sits on 1.23 acres and has 8 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Phyllis, in her inimitable fashion, named most of the rooms such as the Bob Hope Room after her mentor, the living room, and a powder room The Edith Head, after the iconic costume designer. It’s a home filled with tons of personality where family life centered around the kitchen providing very happy memories for her children.
Phyllis' family home for sale at $12.9 million.