Bing Crosby’s former estate hits the market for $13.75 million

The 3 acre Northern California estate where “White Xmas” crooner Bing Crosby and his spouse and children once lived has just strike the market for $13.75 million.

Exterior of 101 Robin Road, Hillsborough, CA

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Built in 1930, the English Tudor-style residence is just under 10,000 sq. toes with 10 bedrooms and 10.5 bogs and a heated swimming pool out again.

The mega-residence is located in the affluent San Francisco suburb of Hillsborough. In accordance to OMarshall Genuine Estate listing agent Joey Oliva, Crosby and his household owned the dwelling from 1963 to 1966.

Bing Crosby in Hillsborough by Norton Pearl, 1965

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“As the story goes, Bing had just concluded a round of golf in Hillsborough when he was approached by the first owners and spontaneously invited to see the house,” Oliva told CNBC. “As soon as Bing saw the grand lobby with the vast oak staircase and glass lead photograph window … he purchased it on the place.”

Get a seem within


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In accordance to the listing agent, Crosby bought the house from its first homeowners — the Dyer household — a single of the first buyers in Eastman Kodak Co. At the time, Crosby reportedly paid out $175,000 for the residence (just below $1.5 million in present day bucks.) Right after Crosby, the Millers (Folgers family members) owned the house and later on sold it to the Roche household for $8 million in 2014, according to general public information.


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“It was a visceral reaction,” current owner Suzanne Roche stated, recalling the time she initially stepped inside of the 9,875 square foot home. “I walked in (the very same as Bing seemingly did) and stood in the lobby and fell in love with it instantly.”

The dwelling home is a ballroom with a grand piano, fire and a few sets of French doors that open up to a terrace.

Dwelling space

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Roche is government director of the nonprofit Jazz at the Ballroom, which according to the organization’s web page, operates “with the world’s most talented jazz musicians in personal and exclusive options and emphasis[es] on the Fantastic American Songbook.”

“Ms. Roche felt bringing the American songbook back again to her ballroom and grounds was critical in paying homage to the spirit of Bing Crosby,” the home’s listing agent claims.

Dwelling area

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A person of the partitions in the ballroom has a magic formula door that blends in into the wood paneling.

Solution door in dwelling room blends in with the wooden paneling

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It opens to expose what the entrepreneurs refer to as a “speakeasy” — a room with a bench, windows and a bar cart.

A solution doorway in the residing space opens into a bar area.

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“Website visitors are surprised to come across these a solution alcove wherever 1 can appreciate scotch in non-public,” Oliva stated.

Eating space

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Measures away is the home’s formal dining space, which opens to a terrace and lawn.

Kitchen area

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According to the listing, there was a significant transform in 2014, which includes the kitchen area, pantry, mud home, laundry area and bogs.

Primary bedroom

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The home’s principal bed room suite is found on the 2nd ground.

Rest room

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It has two complete bathrooms, a wander-in closet and home windows that forget about the gardens.

Wander-in closet

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Remnants of the previous

There ended up even some goods the Crosby spouse and children left powering when the current operator moved in.


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“Plenty of minor domestic points,” Roche mentioned. “But the very best had been aged documents in a hidden cupboard and the framed picture of the home that the Crosbys’ mate drew for them. They utilised it as a Christmas card that year.”

Crosby family Xmas card

Suzanne Roche

The linen closet nevertheless has the labels for Mr. & Mrs. Crosby’s blankets.

The home’s linen closet reveals labels for Mr. & Mrs. Crosby’s blankets

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“The yard is where Bing applied to take it easy, and the primary house owners explained to me it was in which anyone met each evening for a cocktail before meal,” Roche stated.

It’s also the current owner’s most loved spot of the dwelling, the place she has hosted massive gatherings and non-public concerts.

Why they’re advertising

“Article-divorce, the property is just too much for one man or woman,” Roche explained. “It necessitates a whole lot of interest, time and upkeep.”

As for who she hopes will obtain the property: “An individual innovative, quirky, and provocative … who will transform it into an artists’ colony!”

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