Robin Williams’ death in 2014 saddened millions of adoring fans and brought a comedy empire to its end. It’s only recently, however, that the final piece of his beloved legacy was sold: his magnificent Napa Valley mansion. Take a tour of the magnificent estate that this comedic genius once called home.
Situated in the heart of the Mayacamas Mountains, Williams’ Mediterranean-themed villa is the jewel in Napa Valley’s crown. Indeed, guests can guess as much when they notice the pristine white brick work that greets them on arrival.
But while its timeless visage makes it appear like a historic landmark, the property is actually more modern than it looks. In fact, Williams himself commissioned its construction as recently as 2003.
Nicknamed the Villa of Smiles, the estate was home to Williams, his wife Marsha – at least, until their 2010 divorce – and their children Zelda and Cody. Following Williams’ tragic passing, however, the family has since moved on.
While Williams may be gone, the house still exudes its previous owner’s characteristic joy and charm. Indeed, warm and comforting Portuguese limestone is a fixture across the property’s 20,000 square feet of living space.
This estate has more than enough room to keep a family living in the lap of the luxury. Indeed, the Villa of Smiles has five bedrooms, six full-size bathrooms and five more half bathrooms.
If that wasn’t enough, the mansion also features a separate guesthouse for up to four visitors. There’s even a seven-stall stable on the grounds for any equine guests that might take a fancy to the ranch.
Furthermore, the main property boasts three stories and includes a library, a fully stocked kitchen and an elevator. And to complement its exquisite features, a state-of-the-art automation system ensures that its occupants rarely have to lift a finger.
Though teetotal for most of his life, Williams wasn’t averse to his guests enjoying the odd tipple. And so he decided to install a wine cellar, which once accommodated his more salubrious guests and still creates an air of class that few homes can replicate.
Besides boosting the home’s elegance, the underground space serves an ulterior purpose. Indeed, beyond the villa is an 18-acre vineyard which stretches further than the eye can see. And no doubt it adds to Napa Valley’s status as one of America’s biggest wine-producing regions.
In addition to the sprawling vineyard, the estate includes hiking and riding trails for those wishing to explore the surrounding natural beauty. Indeed, guests are free to frolic among the estate’s olive grove of 100 trees.
Fitness freaks can take advantage of the 65-foot swimming pool and a tennis court that’s a stone’s throw from the back door. Meanwhile, the adjoining garden and its playful structures provide ample opportunity for peaceful meditation.
The villa also caters for those who are more inclined to spend time indoors. There is, for example, a 12-seat movie room where Williams and co. no doubt spent many nights watching classics like Jumanji.
But while it’s natural to assume that Williams’ tragic 2014 death triggered the sale of the house, this actually isn’t the case. In fact, the Hollywood star made the decision to list it two years before his passing.
Williams – who made his name in Mork & Mindy and Good Morning, Vietnam – was then in the throes of domestic change. Thanks to a divorce and subsequent remarriage, the star no longer found the house fitting for his lifestyle.
“There are bills to pay,” the star explained to Parade magazine at the time. “My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can’t afford it anymore.”
After marrying wife number three Susan Schneider in 2011, Williams relocated to San Francisco and listed Villa of Smiles for $35 million. However, the estate received little interest, which caused the actor to slash its price by more than $5 million.
And following Williams’ death, the house’s value was further reduced to $22.9 million. Eventually, a family of French winemakers submitted an $18.1 million offer, which was accepted in January 2016.
Though the final value was far below the original asking price, the amount was still high – even by Napa Valley’s standards. According to Beverly Hills realtor Joyce Rey, in fact, its $18.1 million transaction is one of the biggest in the area’s history.
The property is the first Alfred and Melanie Tesseron have bought outside of their native France. And while the two purchased the villa for its vineyards, Melanie couldn’t help admitting to The Wall Street Journal that she’s “a massive fan of Robin Williams.” This property, then, appears to be in safe hands.