The biggest difference between his old Mediterranean villa and his new Mediterranean villa is size, which apparently does matter after all to Dr. Phil.
Does he have a solid head on his shoulders about this purchase?
The new home is a newer construction and sits on three acres, whereas the old place was kind of scrunched on less than an acre. The new digs include a 14,000-square-foot main house with five bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The old place is smaller, at 11,000 square feet, and has eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Actually, a Dr. Phil spokesman said that the couple had been in the market for something larger than their 11,000-square-foot home because they wanted to better accommodate the needs of their growing family. Last we checked, they have two grown sons -- one single and one married to a woman who graced the pages of Playboy. More likely, wife Robin -- a decorator -- was getting itchy fingers and needed a new canvas to work on.
Dr. Phil's new home, which was listed a few years ago at $29.5 million and removed from the market when it didn't sell, was described at the time as "a romantic European villa." It has a two-story entryway with sweeping staircase, formal living and dining rooms, a library/game/media room, and a second-floor master suite with a private sitting room and balcony. There are city-lights views, a detached guest house, a flat lawn, a swimming pool and a lighted tennis court. There is a large motor court with a fountain in the center, sitting at the end of a long gated driveway. Is it me or do all these expensive Mediterraneans start to look alike after a while?
Anyway, Dr. Phil clearly knows what he wants and what he can afford -- and isn't that the most important part?
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