Las Vegas home of late comic Jerry Lewis goes to auction

Mid-century house in the historic Scotch 80s has a starting bid of $1M

Las Vegas Home of Late Comic Jerry Lewis Goes to Auction
Jerry Lewis and 701 Waldman Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)

The Las Vegas home of the late funnyman Jerry Lewis is up for auction, with a starting bid price of $1 million.

Brumbies Capital, a private lender based in Australia, is selling the home of the Rat Pack entertainer known as “The King of Comedy” at 1701 Waldman Avenue, in the historic Scotch 80s neighborhood, the Las Vegas-Review Journal reported.

Brumbies bought the 7,900-square-foot Mid-century home in September for $2 million. The seller was Nevada Trust Deed Services, a non-judicial foreclosure firm.

Lewis, who died in 2017 at 91, lived in the six-bedroom, six-bathroom house for 35 years.

The two-story brick home is up for sale at an offer presentation and open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 29. The formal opening bid is set at $999,999, according to the Review-Journal.

Those who want to attend and bid at the home off Charleston Boulevard and Shadow Lane must pre-qualify or provide proof of funds. The seller has an undisclosed reserve price and can reject any offer that doesn’t meet that price. 

The reserve price will be made public only if it’s reached during the auction.

Lewis bought the three-quarter acre property in 1982 as his primary home until his death in August 2017. His widow, Sam Lewis, and daughter Danielle Lewis moved out in the summer of 2018 as the family auctioned almost all of Lewis’ personal items.

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The home has white Corinthian columns, an outdoor fountain, swimming pool and a gated driveway leading into a motor court with a three-door garage.

The house, built in 1964, has a petrified wood fireplace and a newly renovated kitchen. A winding staircase leads to the master bedroom where Lewis slept, with a terrace.

Lewis’ widow sold the home in 2011 to investor Jane Popple for $1.2 million.  Popple, in turn, sold the home to Blooming Desert, a limited liability company, in 2021 for $1.4 million. The company lost control of the property through a foreclosure in September. 

Nate Strager of Luxury Estates International is the listing agent, working on behalf of owner Brumbies Capital.

In January, Brumbies listed the home for $2.5 million, dropping it to $1.5 million in May, but it went unsold. 

“Hopefully we’ll be able to put it in contract, and put somebody in the property who is going to live in it long-term,” Strager told the Review-Journal. “We hope it’s somebody who loves the home and appreciates its history.”

— Dana Bartholomew

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