Listing of the Week: John DeLorean's former home
The 17.36-acre spread in California features multiple houses, expansive mountain and valley views, stables and a marble DeLorean phone.
If you’re a car buff, you undoubtedly remember the DeLorean – the low-slung, Space Age-looking car that starred in the “Back to The Future” films.
The California home where John Z. DeLorean, the car’s creator, once lived is on the market for $1.89 million to $2.18 million. Located in Pauma, about 50 miles northeast of San Diego, the 7,000-square-foot home has a bit of a '70s look to parts of it, though the kitchen and other elements have been been updated.
DeLorean left the home in the mid-1980s -- he gave it as payment to the lawyer who defended him against charges of drug trafficking and fraud -- but some of his touches are still there. That includes a personalized marble phone in the master bedroom. DeLorean died in New Jersey in 2005 at age 80.
The single-story home, built in 1960, also still has several bathrooms from DeLorean’s era, one with orange fixtures and lots of marble, and one with blue fixtures. Several rooms have vaulted ceilings with wood beams, and many have expansive mountain and valley views.
The home is in the gated Pauma Valley Country Club, which has a private airport with hangars for planes. The area also has been home to actor John Wayne and evangelist Billy Graham.
The Spanish-style ranch house has four bedrooms and five baths and is on 17.36 acres. The property also has four rental houses plus quarters and a workshop for a live-in groundskeeper. There also are stables for horses and an in-ground pool, which the listing says needs work.
The current owner, Rita Hoffman, is downsizing, after her husband died last year. "I’m happy with it," she told KFMB-TV in San Diego. "It’s just a lot of house." You can see the marble phone and the bathrooms, as well as other parts of the house, in the KFMB video and in a virtual tour. The listing website also has lots of photos.
The Hoffmans bought the house from DeLorean’s attorney, Howard L. Weitzman, in the mid-1980s, paying less than $1.5 million, according to an article in the San Diego Union.
tHe same year Delorean walked for his drug crime, I was convicted of the same thing. First offender, first arrest. I do time and Mr. Money walks !
Good ol USA
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.