Though he bought it in 2003 for less than its final sale price of $5.5 million, a sales record in the Hailey, Idaho area, it was an excruciating drop from its original list price of $15 million. In the last 15 years, Willis rebuilt the main house, added a guest house, gym, streams and ponds and paid years of property taxes, so whether he made profit, broke even or took a loss is not known. For Willis, no longer having to worry about finding a buyer or upkeep is likely worth the outcome.
No stranger to collecting exceptional real estate, Willis has been buying and selling homes for years. He has owned a number of homes in the Los Angeles area, Idaho, apartments in Manhattan and most recently purchased a mansion in Bedford, New York. As more and more of Hollywood’s actors segue into buying and flipping real estate, Willis is near the top of the list. In recent years, he has been gravitating towards more real estate activity on the East Coast.
Sited on 20 acres between Hailey and Ketchum on Flying Heart Lake, the compound is completely private with thick woodlands with multiple ponds and streams. The 8,403-square-foot home is a six-bedroom, seven-bath log house with heated terraces, balconies and driveway. Inside there are vaulted ceilings, views of Flying Heart Lake and the mountains, three fireplaces, and large gourmet kitchen. The 2,200-square-foot master suite has a fireplace and sitting area with jetted soaking tub, granite steam shower and large walk-in closet and dressing room with built-in dressers and shelving. Outside is a resort-size heated swimming pool with waterfalls and slides. Skiing, hiking, biking, live music and theater are only minutes away from the gated, secure property.
Since gaining his spot as one of America’s favorite actors with the five television seasons of Moonlighting, Willis has continued making popular box office films, acted on Broadway and branched into singing and recorded an album. His Die Hard trilogy of films gained him the moniker “action hero,” which will likely stay with him forever. Never slowing down with four new films this year and three in various stages of production for 2019 with an additional one rumored, one wonders if he ever has a chance to visit any of his lovely collection of homes.
After a decade on the market, Bruce Willis’s Idaho nature retreat has finally sold, thanks to his new hero, listing agent, Travis Jones of Engel & Volkers, Ketchum, Idaho. Originally listed in 2011 for $15 million, with brokerage changes and price changes through the years, the final list price was $5.895 million and it sold for $5.495 million.
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