It’s been languishing on the market for seven long years. At long last, the gorgeous Idaho ranch-style retreat of A-list actor Bruce Willis has sold … for the drastically reduced price of $5.5 million.
Which is a sweet deal for a lakefront ranch property that features a 20-plus-acre aspen glade, a large lodge-style home, and a fabulous outdoor pool with waterfalls, a grotto, and several waterslides.
Listing agent Travis Jones of Engel & Völkers told us the lodge ticked all the boxes for the buyers.
“The thing that really sold the home for these buyers was the combination of value and the fact that the property was a perfect fit for their needs,” he says. “Plus, the fact that they are huge Bruce fans didn’t hurt!”
Jones walked us through the property’s history and explained why it had sat on the market for so long. The case of the languishing lodge came down to dollars.
“Bruce’s estate was originally listed for $15 million way back in 2011, which was well above market value at the time,” he says. “It was gradually reduced from there to the mid-$8 millions.”
His team took over the listing in 2016 and took a different tack.
“We were able to negotiate a healthy price drop, and we listed for $6,495,000, and then dropped to $5,895,000. At that price, the home represented a very good value for the right buyer.”
Willis bought the 23-acre property in 2003 and proceeded to rebuild and add on to the main house, which now measures 8,400 square feet and has six bedrooms.
He added a detached guest house and gym, as well as several ponds and streams to the property. He also commissioned the incredible pool area, which is surrounded by heated pavers. The lodge’s decks and driveway are outfitted with the same pavers, so there’s no need to shovel snow during winter months.
The main home has a hunting lodge ambiance, with a cozy (yet spacious) sunken living room with wood pillars, built-in bookshelves, and a rock fireplace flanked by cathedral-style windows that provide views of the surrounding woods.
The home’s kitchen has been totally updated and features dark wood cabinetry, steel-gray countertops, wrought-iron hardware, two glass-front Sub-Zero refrigerators, a Viking six-burner stove with double ovens, and two dishwashers.
Upstairs, there’s a luxurious 2,200-square-foot master suite with built-in bookshelves, a gas fireplace, and two heated balconies.
“The home is large and gracious, and offers room for several generations to come together and enjoy the Sun Valley area together. It’s a true lodge-style home and offers a warm, welcoming vibe,” Jones says.
Willis also has been busy in the New York City real estate market. In January, he listed his spacious Upper West Side duplex for $17.75 million. One month later, he snagged an $8 million condo (also on the Upper West Side), where he’s said to spend a lot of his time when he’s not making movies.