BENNY'S FORMER HOME SOLD

LA Times, 4/22/01
By RUTH RYON, Times Staff Writer


A former Palm Springs estate of the late Jack Benny and his wife, Mary Livingstone, has been sold for about $1.8 million. 

Built in 1952 for Tom and Anita May of the May Co. department stores, the home was sold to the Bennys in 1964. They used it as their winter home until 1970. 

The 5,700-square-foot compound, listed at about $2 million, has a two- bedroom, 4,000-square-foot main house, a guest house with four one-bedroom suites, each with its own entrance, and a two-bedroom caretaker's house. The home, on nearly an acre, also has a pool, spa and tennis court as well as breezeways, courtyards and many patios.

The buyer is Palos Verdes-based Michael J. Kilroy, a single man in his 30s who has apartment complexes, office buildings and wireless data networks among his business holdings.  

The seller, Andy Linsky, represented the buyer and himself. Linsky is with Alexander Real Estate in Palm Springs.