Regis Philbin Reportedly Sold Longtime Connecticut Estate for $4M Weeks Before He Died
In November 2019, PEOPLE reported that the iconic TV personality and host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? had placed the 13,661-square-foot estate on the market for $4.595 million (a 36 percent loss on what he paid for it more than ten years ago, according to the Wall Street Journal). Now, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports the home ended up selling for $4.015 million.
The secluded English manor-inspired property, which had been listed with Joseph Barbieri of Sotheby's International Realty, sits on approximately 2.59 acres, and comes with a pool, tennis court and a guest house.
In a statement to the Journal in November, Philbin's wife Joy said the two were looking to sell so they could spend more time with family in California.
"We've moved around a lot and lived in many houses together but this house will always be our favorite," she said. "We celebrated many birthdays and holidays and never had to worry about inviting too many of our family and friends."
She added: "There was always room for everyone."
Inside, the home is outfitted with six bedrooms and nine full bathrooms.
Built in 1997, the mansion features plenty of space for entertaining, including a billiards room, home theater, pub room with a full bar and a wine cellar. A gym and sauna are also included, as well as a sunroom and mahogany-paneled library that makes for a cozy study.
Guests are welcomed into a two-story foyer that flows into a grand living space featuring one of the home's seven fireplaces.
Outside, covered and open-air terraces look out on the sprawling backyard area, which includes garden-lined walkways branching out from the pool area that's topped off with an elaborate fountain.
A gated driveway leads to garages that can house up to five cars.
In 2011, Philbin retired from Live, which he hosted for nearly 28 years, alongside Kathie Lee Gifford and later, Kelly Ripa. According to ABC News, Philbin set a Guinness World Record for most on-camera hours in 2004 while hosting the show, with a total of 15,188.
He worked on TV for 56 years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
PEOPLE confirmed the news that Philbin died on July 24. "We are deeply saddened to share that our beloved Regis Philbin passed away last night of natural causes, one month shy of his 89th birthday," his family shared with PEOPLE in an exclusive statement.
"His family and friends are forever grateful for the time we got to spend with him – for his warmth, his legendary sense of humor, and his singular ability to make every day into something worth talking about. We thank his fans and admirers for their incredible support over his 60-year career and ask for privacy as we mourn his loss," the Philbin family said.