It’s supposed to be a hot day today, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids when you’re out touring Open Houses! Here are a couple of articles about dead people you could discuss once you’ve submitted your overbids.
Thomas Kinkade is back in the news. It seems that his widow and his girlfriend are fighting over not just money and the art kitsch business but over ownership of his Monte Sereno home that uses two different addresses (16342 doesn’t show up in any property databases). Thus far the girlfriend failed to get the open trial she wanted and it will be arbitrated.
This is a really juicy tale complete with a handwritten will with an illegible signature, along with allegations of mixing alcohol with Valium causing death of the beloved Painter of Light.
Steve Jobs is also under discussion, due to the movie crew that has been filming at his old house in Los Altos. We can personally attest to the crowds as we drove by the street (on a completely unrelated errand which we swear we are not making up).
This Murky News article has a good quote from his adopted sister Patty that they got many of the period details right but brought in the wrong kind of furniture. Steve Jobs’ dad remarried, and second wife Marilyn much fussier and frillier taste in interior decor than first wife Clara, who was more minimalist.
Some of the fuss was over actor Ashton Kutcher who was playing Jobs. Another Aaron Sorken movie is in the works, based on the Walter Isaacson biography.
Feel free to discuss some live people or houses actually for sale in this Open Thread.