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You read that right. The house once owned by Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory actor, Gene Wilder, in Los Angeles is now owned by Elon Musk. But, he’s looking to change that and put the house up for sale in May of 2020 after a series of mystifying tweets, one of which was that he would rid himself of all property in order to achieve “freedom”.

Elon Musk in 2019
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The house has 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and has an asking price of $9.5M. The property also has a pool and some green space. The home was built in 1951 and has quite a few whimsical features like a spiral chimney, rounded turret-like window features, and circular brick beds for hedges.

2020 listing of the house once owned by Gene Wilder in Bel-Air

The house had previously been used as a private school for Musk’s older children. The Tesla mogul and Space X founder recently welcomed another child with electronic music artist, Grimes (Claire Boucher).

The house was purchased by Musk in 2012, making it one of many he owns in the area, 4 of which are all within the same neighborhood of Bel-Air. In selling the house, Musk tweeted that there was “Just one stipulation on sale: I own Gene Wilder’s old house. It cannot be torn down or lose any its soul.”

It might be hard to find a buyer who doesn’t want to make changes to the house and of course, whether a remodel has made a home “lose its soul” comes down to a matter of opinion in the end.

publicity photo of Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner for the film, Haunted Honeymoon
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Musk is also selling 4 other homes in the area, one of which was first for listed $29M, then the price was raised to $30M. All homes are listed as “for sale by owner” on Zillow.

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