Report: Investment banker buys Simpson's mansion
The Brentwood estate
'No house...ever had more notoriety'
November 26, 1997
Web posted at: 7:28 p.m. EST (0028 GMT)
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- An investment banker has reportedly
purchased the 6,200-square-foot mansion formerly owned by
O.J. Simpson at slightly less than the $3.95 million asking
A spokeswoman for Fred Sands Realtors confirmed that the
house in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles has been sold,
but declined to give the buyer's name or the price.
But the Los Angeles Times said the buyer was an East Coast
investment banker and that the sale is to be completed in the
next three weeks. The paper quoted sources as saying the bid
was only the second that Hawthorne Savings, a local bank
selling the house, had received. The other, which was
rejected, was for $3.25 million.
Sands' spokeswoman said she believed the buyer intends to
live on the estate.
Simpson purchased the estate for $650,000 in 1977. He was
living there in June 1994 when his former wife, Nicole Brown
Simpson, and a friend, Ronald Goldman, were stabbed to death
outside her house two miles away.
A police detective said he found a bloody glove matching
one found at the murder scene in a dark alleyway on Simpson's
property next to a room occupied by Simpson's house guest,
'No house ... ever had more notoriety'
Kaelin testified that he heard a loud thud on the night of
the murders, as if someone had bumped into an air conditioner
that jutted into the alley.
There was also testimony about bloodstains on carpets in the
house and in a sink in the master bathroom. Simpson said he
was practicing golf strokes in a sand pit on the grounds when
the murders occurred.
Simpson was found not guilty of the murders by a criminal
court jury but was found responsible for their deaths by a
civil court panel this year and ordered to pay $33.5 million
to the families of the victims.
Hawthorne Savings foreclosed on Simpson's mortgage this year
when he failed to make payments, and then bought it at
auction for $2.63 million.
"No house in the history of houses ever had more notoriety,"
Fred Sands said at the time it was put up for sale. Sands
said he did not consider the house "stigmatized" because the
grizzly killings occurred elsewhere.
Simpson is now living in a rental property in nearby Pacific
Reuters contributed to this report.