Update, March 12: Huell Howser's desert getaway has been sold for $650,000 in cash after about 130 came to an open house in February. Jeff Wysard, the real estate agent handling the property, said that the house and the adjoining Autry parcel received multiple offers.
The buyers are staying anonymous for now. Proceeds go to Chapman University to benefit Huell's endowed scholarship and archives. Chapman unveils a permanent Huell Howser exhibit at the end of the month.
Previously: Huell Howser 's desert hideaway could be yours for just under $400,000. And you could film a decent Western movie on the 70 adjacent acres that are also for sale.
During travels for his show, Huell passed through the desert burg of Twentynine Palms and loved it instantly; in 1997, when this house there, on nearly 12 acres, went up for sale, he bought it in a day and got to work on remodeling, intent on updating the circa-1953 house while preserving its character.
After seeing that post about the sale, I called Jeff Wysard, the real estate agent who's handling the sale, and he told me it's priced a little above the comps for that area because, after all, it was Huell's. But it's still a deal if you're used to L.A.'s home prices.
Huell bought the adjacent land (to preserve the view) from Jackie Autry, Gene Autry 's widow.
Wysard says the proceeds of the sale go to Chapman University, to which Huell left just about everything.
Tempting. There's an open house Sunday afternoon.