In the early hours of Monday morning Musk announced on Twitter (via a reply to an earlier tweet of his) that he has now in fact “Decided to sell my last remaining house. Just needs to go to a large family who will live there. It’s a special place.”
The “special” Bay Area home in question is likely this historic 100-year-old mansion in Hillsborough on the San Francisco Peninsula.
The 16,000-square-foot mansion sits on 47-acres of land with lawns, gardens and private hiking trails.
There are 10 bedrooms and nine and a half bathrooms inside, in addition to a ballroom, a grand formal banquet room, a flower-arranging room and a library. Outside, there’s a detached 3-car garage, an 8-car carport and motor court parking.
In May 2020 we reported that Musk listed the property on Zillow, though records show the listing was removed in November 2020. The property was re-listed yesterday for $37.5 million, per Zillow, coinciding with Musk’s tweet. (The previous listing price was $2.5 million short of that, at $35 million. Records show the home was purchased in 2017 for $23.4 million.)
One of the homes sold by Musk last year was a Los Angeles mansion previously owned by legendary comic actor Gene Wilder, to which Musk made a special request when selling. “Just one stipulation on sale: I own Gene Wilder’s old house. It cannot be torn down or lose any of its soul,” Musk tweeted in May 2020. That home eventually sold to Wilder’s nephew for $7 million.
Musk is currently thought to reside in a property in Boca Chica, Texas, rented from his aerospace company SpaceX.
In a recent interview with Mathias Döpfner, Musk said that one of his motivations for selling his possessions is to prove to people that he’s serious about moving humans to Mars.
“I’m also just trying to make clear that I’m serious about this,” Musk said. “And it’s not about personal consumption. Because people will attack me and say, oh, he’s got all these possessions. He’s got all these houses. OK, now I don’t have them anymore.”
According to Forbes, Musk is currently worth around $154 billion.
SFGATE Local Editor Tessa McLean contributed to this story.