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Eddie Murphy Buys Cher’s Canyon Estate

December 1, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Entertainer Eddie Murphy has bought Cher’s four-acre Moroccan-style canyon estate for about $6 million.

The Benedict Canyon home has six bedrooms, 7 1/2 bathrooms, two maids quarters, 10 fireplaces, a granite kitchen, pool, spa, gym and atrium with electronic skylight, according to the listing with the Alvarez, Hyland & Young real estate firm.

″He has purchased it,″ confirmed Murphy publicist Terry Williams, who said Wednesday she couldn’t provide any details on the sale.

Cher’s publicist, Lisa Kasteler, also said the house was sold to Murphy, but wouldn’t elaborate.

Ms. Williams said Murphy wanted homes on both coasts. The actor-comedian has a home in New Jersey, and usually stays at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills when in the Los Angeles area, she said.

The two-story Santa Monica Mountains home, 20 miles northwest of downtown, was listed for $6.5 million and reportedly sold for about $6 million.

A few miles away in Holmby Hills, the home owned by actor Burt Reynolds was re-listed with Elaine Young of Alvarez, Hyland & Young. Reynolds and wife Loni Anderson have moved to Florida and he’s ″anxious to sell,″ she said.

The $6 million asking price includes a 15,000-square-foot, three-bedroom Mediterranean-style main house with four bars, a tennis court and two spacious guest houses, said Ms. Young.

Reynolds bought the home from Dan Rowan, who bought it from George Harrison, said Ms. Young. She described the walled estate as ″the perfect bachelor or couple house in the country’s most exclusive neighborhood.″

Neighbors include Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion.

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