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Celeb R.E.: Possible Former Richard Pryor Home in Northridge Listed As Short Sale

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According to the deep databases of the Movieland Directory, the late comedian Richard Pryor either owned or lived in a modest (by celebrity standards) Northridge home located at 17425 Marilla Street. For the young folks reading this, Pryor was a living legend who paved the way for other great comedians like Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, George Lopez, and Martin Lawrence to name a few. 

This home should not be confused with the infamous Parthenia St home also located in Northridge where Pryor burned himself almost to death after a night of hardcore drugs and alcohol (the flammable type) in June 1980. You can read more about that incident on this site which also discusses the Parthenia home as well as his last residence in Encino.  

I wasnt able to verify if Pryor truly owned this home as the property records only go back to 1988. The Movieland Directory lists this home as his 80's residence which conflicts with the Parthenia home because he was living there in the 80's as well. So I am thinking that he either lived in the Marilla home prior to acquiring the Parthenia home, or it was an income rental, or used for family, or used as home to getaway from all the madness of parties and constant flow of people visiting the Parthenia home, or simply this was never his home and this is being reported in error. So hopefully the Movieland Directory is correct which they normally are. 

The home measures 5 Beds/3 Beds on 2,904 sqft on a total lot size of 0.37 acres built in 1961. The home is currently listed for sale on April 24, 2014 for $640,000 as a short sale with the last sale on April 26, 2005 for $988,000. The home is listed as a major fixer but the extent is not known. If the home can be upgraded for around $50,000 to $75,000, then this can be a great deal with good profit potential based on comps especially if its marketed as being the former home of Richard Pryor assuming that doesnt bring a negative vibe due to his wild ways. The listing description states:
This beautiful 5 bed/3 bath home is located in desirable Northridge neighborhood. It boasts a large entryway with expansive spaces through out, a cozy fire place in the living room, and double sinks in both upstairs bathrooms. Needs major TLC. This is a Short Sale all terms and conditions subject to lender approval.
You can view more SFV Celeb R.E. here.

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