Cartoonist Charles Schulz passed away 10 years ago this month, but Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang lives on in the hearts of many of Schulz's fans worldwide.
The Santa Rosa, Calif., home
in which Schulz penned many of his comic strips has been on the market since November for $2.9 million. But attention Peanuts fans: the asking price is being dropped to $2.275 million, broker Gus Kyriakos of Pacific Union tells me.
The reason for the price drop is that the home was originally being offered with an adjoining 2-acre buildable lot, but that parcel is now being marketed separately for an additional $600,000, Kyriakos says.
Mr. Schulz purchased the home for around $250,000 in 1973, and lived there in the 1970s, Mr. Kyriakos says. The current owner, who bought the house in 1996, is the second owner after Schulz, he adds.
Some of details original to when Mr. Schulz lived in the Montecito Heights-area house are still present in the home, like the chapel
where Mr. Schulz married second wife Jeannie Clyde in Sept. 1973. (He purchased the home from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa shortly after divorcing his first wife, Joyce, with whom he had five children.) The book, "Schulz and Peanuts, A Biography," says that Schulz converted the chapel into what he called a "combination gym and family room."
Located just a few miles from Santa Rosa and the Charles M. Schulz Museum
, the 7,230-square-foot home, which was built in 1949 and is located at 3699 Montecito Avenue, is on a park-like, gated setting that has hilltop and city views. It sports four bedrooms, including the main- and second-floor master suites; five full baths plus a powder room; a 1,000-square-foot guesthouse with a kitchen and two bedrooms; an in-ground pool; and a cabana with changing rooms and showers.
Dog house, alas, not included.