Media Life: Eddie Murphy’s ex-Placer home could be yours

Actor owned Los Lagos mansion starting in 1998
By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Eddie Murphy may be long gone from Placer County but the name of the famous actor still packs gravitus in the effort by a Florida auction house to sell his former Los Lagos home in Granite Bay.

Murphy’s much-ballyhooed presence in Placer County real estate lasted from 1998 until 2009.

He picked up the opulent 11,158 square-foot mansion off Auburn Folsom Road for $3.825 million and added a guest house to the 2.6-acre property a few years later.

While the name on the deed said “Murphy,” his wife, model Nicole, was the long-time resident.

They married in 1993 and had five children by 2005, when the relationship was fizzling and the local real-estate market was sizzling.

It seemed like a good idea at the time to unload the place as divorce proceedings proceeded and the couple-soon-not-to-be put it on the market for $10 million, including the far-from-quaint 5,224 square-foot guest house.

And there it stood - for four years until a buyer could be found - at a selling price of $6 million.

Ensconced in an 18,598 square-foot home in Beverly Hills that he built in 2005 for $20 million on land he paid $10 million for, Murphy said so long to Los Lagos neighbors like basketball star Chris Webber and started rubbing shoulders with new SoCal neighbors like Rod Stewart and Sylvester Stallone.

The Granite Bay house and guest house totals 10 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, with sweeping views of Folsom Lake, a tennis court and room in the garage to park your Tesla and nine other vehicles. Add in a 12-seat theater, arcade parlor stocked with games, commercial quality gym infinity-edge pool and, did we mention, a rare Schimmel Pegasus piano.

Now for the price. In the parlance of the realty world, it’s what a buyer is willing to step up and pay. That means Sunshine State auctioneer Decaro Auctions International will be onsite at 9125 Vista De lago Court in Granite Bay at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 to lower the hammer on a sale that has no reserve bids and will go to the highest bidder - whatever that amount entails. Preshows are taking place on weekends and appointments can be made by calling 702-481-0045 or 801-243-4928.

Media Life’s Gus Thomson can be reached at or 530-852-0232. Thomson is a state and national award-winning reporter who writes for the Auburn Journal.