Oscar winner and American treasure Julia Roberts has just expressed her longstanding love for San Francisco in the most tangible way possible: real estate.
It's long been known that Roberts returns to San Francisco nearly every year — if not every year, perhaps she isn't always spotted — to celebrate her birthday in late October. The first documented spotting was at Quince, where Roberts was seen celebrating her 44th birthday in 2011. And it's possible her love for the Bay Area dates back to the previous year, when the cast of Eat, Pray, Love celebrated together at The French Laundry just before the film's release.
Roberts has been back for her birthday other years, notably in 2017 for her 50th, when she said husband Daniel Moder planned a weekend trip to San Francisco for her that included a shopping spree in the Mission, dinner at Little Star, and a visit to the Irving Street Fish Fest. She was spotted again just last fall, here for her 52nd birthday, as Eater reported, dining at Outerlands and possibly attending that fish fest again.
And now, she's treated herself to her own $8.3 million pied-a-terre in Presidio Heights. As the Los Angeles Times reports, having followed Roberts' real estate-buying habits for a while now, the SF home was bought by the same trust that purchased her other homes across the country, " including a scenic ranch in Malibu’s Point Dume and a West Village co-op in New York City."
It's not clear of course how much time Roberts plans to spend in the Bay Area, but this at least points to the likelihood of seeing a lot more of her around town than just in October.
The Pretty Woman and Notting Hill star got the house for a nice price given its original listing price of $10.25 million last summer. It was later reduced to $9.65 million in September. The five-bedroom, five-floor home boasts a 1,000+-bottle wine room, a fully remodeled kitchen and views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The listing was handled by Caroline Kahn Werboff of Sotheby’s International Realty.
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