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Presto! Penn Jillette Ditches the ‘Slammer’ and Buys Vegas Home for $3.3M

Presto! Penn Jillette Ditches the ‘Slammer’ and Buys Vegas Home for .3M

Penn Jillette

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Magician Penn Jillette, the outspoken half of Penn & Teller, has purchased and moved into a 7,808-square-foot home in The Ridges, an upscale Las Vegas community, his buying agent tells realtor.com®.

The magic man closed the deal on April 30 for $ 3.3 million. The home was originally listed in September 2014 for $ 3,675,000 and last sold in February 2010 for $ 2.6 million.

Jillette will soon be listing his former Vegas residence, a home he built for himself 20 years ago and nicknamed “The Slammer,” says his agent Zar Zanganeh.

The agent’s Luxe Estates team will handle the eventual listing of the Slammer for an as-yet undisclosed price.

Indoor-outdoor lifestyle

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Jillette house pool

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Indoor-outdoor lifestyle

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The main attraction of the new home for the Jillette family was the opportunity it presented for indoor-outdoor living, Zanganeh explains. “It has disappearing pocket doors everywhere, so it really opens up” to the outdoors, he says. It’s also closer to schools and other children, qualities the isolated Slammer didn’t have, he adds. Jillette purchased the home furnished, facilitating a quick move-in, Zanganeh says.

Ivan Sher, a partner in Shapiro & Sher Group, which had listed the home, says it has six-and-a-half baths and five bedrooms and is “stunning, very contemporary, well-appointed, with beautiful mountain views.” Homes in The Ridges range in price from $ 1.5 million to $ 30 million, he says.

Mountain views

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Mountain views

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Mountain views

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Jillette, in an April interview with People magazine, explained that the Slammer had been his bachelor pad. But since they started a family in 2005, he and his wife had tried with mixed success to childproof the home. They now have two children, ages 9 and 10.

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With the children growing older, “now the very pluses of The Slammer become minuses — they’re not close to other children, they’re not close to their families, they’re a long way from schools — all the stuff I really loved about it,” said Jillette. “We may be actually getting rid of this home and move into a place much more traditional.”

Well, his new home is more contemporary than traditional, but it isn’t as isolated as The Slammer. The Ridges has a golf course, clubhouse, and fitness center, Sher says. The area where the Jillette home sits is double-gated, ensuring privacy, Zanganeh says.

The living area

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Living area

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The living area

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The house features a media room, a gourmet kitchen with oversize islands and granite countertops, a wet bar, and a wine cellar. There’s also a pool and spa.

Perhaps Jillette and his silent partner, Raymond Teller, can come up with a new finale to their Vegas show that transports Jillette straight from the stage to the luxurious walk-out balcony outside his new home’s master suite.

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