Richard Pryor’s Infamous L.A. Mansion, Where the Iconic Comedian Set Himself on Fire in 1980, Sells for $3.6 Million

Richard Pryor’s infamous former mansion in Los Angeles recently sold for $3,619,000. It’s the home where the iconic comedian accidentally set himself on fire while doing drugs in 1980.

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Initially listed in March for $4,236,000, the property, now known as Hacienda de los Sueños (Ranch of Dreams), features six buildings with a total of 9,000 square feet of living space on a sprawling 2.2-acre lot in the exclusive Sherwood Forest neighborhood.

About the House

The main house features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a great room, a formal dining room, a luxurious kitchen, and a library, according to James Edition.

The master suite boasts beamed ceilings, a private deck, a soaking tub, and large windows, as shown in images published by Luxury Portfolio.

Additional structures on the property include a guest house, a pool house, a dance studio/gym, an office, a children’s playhouse, and a kennel.

Outdoor amenities enhance the estate with a large pool featuring a spa and waterfall, a grill station, a tennis court, a putting green, and citrus trees. The property also includes a three-car garage and ample parking for up to 25 vehicles.

TMZ reports that the estate offers an array of high-end amenities, such as a tennis court, and it is also designated as a legal horse property.

The late comedian purchased the estate in 1976 and threw lavish parties inviting guests such as Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, and Robin Williams. 

Richard Pryor and the Fire Incident

In 1980, high while freebasing cocaine inside his home, Pryor set himself on fire. He managed to survive the ordeal, but the incident led to burns over 50 percent of his body.

According to his widow, Jennifer Lee, the incident, which Pryor went on to joke about onstage, was actually a suicide attempt. In a 2019 interview with People, she said Pryor didn’t tell the truth about the fire incident. “He lied,” she said. “And people still say, ‘No, it was an accident.’ No, it was a suicide attempt. It was self-immolation. He apparently had seen some Buddhists on television doing this thing too.”

She was married to Pryor from 1981 to 1982 and remarried him in 2001, and stayed married to him until his death in 2005. ​Lee oversees and manages Pryor’s estate.

He sold the property in 1989 for $940,000, Finurah reported.

Rashard Mendenhall, a former NFL running back who transitioned into a career as a TV writer after retiring from football, bought the Ranch of Dreams for $2.5 million in 2017.

Known for his contributions as a writer and editor on the popular HBO comedy “Ballers,” Mendenhall was the recent seller of the property, receiving a notional profit of $1,119,000. 

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