Richard Pryor’s Former SoCal Estate, Where He Set Himself on Fire, for Sale for $4.2M

A storied estate once owned by Richard Pryor — where he held parties and also set himself on fire — is back on the market. 

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Dubbed the “Hacienda de los Sueños, the Ranch of Dreams,” the home is currently up for sale to the tune of $4.2 million, according to Realtor. The estate’s current owner is former NFL player Rashard Mendenhall, who is now a screenwriter. 

Infamous Richard Pryor Incident

Pryor, who died in 2005, had a net worth of $40 million. He purchased the estate in 1976 and threw lavish parties inviting guests such as Quincy Jones, Diana Ross and Robin Williams. And it’s also the place where Pryor set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine in 1980. He sold the property in 1989 for $940,000. 

Mendenhall has an estimated net worth of $3 million. He purchased the property in 2017 for $2.5 million, according to Mansion Global. But after residing in the home for seven years, Mendenhall is moving his wife and three children to Pittsburgh to be closer to family. 

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“The place served us very well as a young family, and it meant a lot to us,” he said. “I’ve made peace with letting it go, and we want to welcome the next buyer with grace and peace.”

He listed the home at $4,236,000 as an ode to his career rushing yards — 4,236 — an accomplishment earned while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals. Following his retirement from football, Mendenall became a writer and editor for the HBO comedy series “Ballers.” 

“I’m a fan of Richard Pryor,” Mendenhall said. “He’s iconic, and I feel a special connection to him because we’re both from Illinois — I’m from Skokie, and he’s from Peoria. He’s a man of such magnitude that when I saw the property, I thought, ‘What was good enough for him is good enough for me.’”

A Look Inside Hacienda de los Suenos 

The estate sits on 2.2 acres of land in the Sherwood Forest section of Los Angeles. With 9,000 square feet of living space, the estate includes six buildings. 

The main house, which was rebuilt following the Northbridge Earthquake of 1994, includes four bedrooms and bathrooms. The ensuite features a private deck and a bathroom complete with a soaking tub. There are also formal dining and living room areas, a chef’s kitchen and a library.

Also on the property is a guesthouse, poolhouse, gym/dance studio, a children’s playhouse, an office and a kennel. 

Outside, there’s lots of room for entertainment — a pool, spa area, and waterfall are anchored by outdoor seating and a grill station. In addition, a putting green and tennis court are present. Finally, a three-car garage as well as parking for up to 25 cars is also available. 

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