Jennifer Nicholson Lists Southern California Home – Rob’s Report
Jack Nicholson may have starred in a few Westerns during his long career, but his eldest daughter Jennifer outdid him a few years ago when the former actress and fashion designer shelled out about $525,000 for a 10-acre property sprawling across a pristine Old West town. In the unincorporated community of Pioneertown, Southern California. Now this contemporary residence is available for purchase, asking $3.7 million.
Located in the middle of the Morongo Basin in the high desert region of eastern San Bernardino County, near the Mojave Desert and Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown was born in the 1940s when actor Dick Curtis teamed up with fellow actor Roy Rogers and other investors to purchase 32,000 acres of land to put to work. Create an authentic city in the style of the nineteenth century. Purpose: To serve as a filming location and tourist destination, as well as permanent residence for entertainers, ranchers, and desert lovers alike.
Over 50 films and television shows were filmed in Pioneertown during the 1940s and 1950s, including Cisco kid And Annie Oakley. And though production has waned in the following years—and plans for a 40-acre lake, golf course, shopping center, and airport never came to fruition—the place is still alive and well, complete with the Pioneertown Motel, as well as the famous Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown mansion, known for hosting music. Live by famous artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Lizzo.
As for the Nicholson House, the rustic structure with wood siding and a metal roof was custom built in 1990 and is located down a driveway guarded by double log gates. Inside, two bedrooms and three bathrooms are filtered across nearly 2,000 square feet of two-level living space and feature high ceilings, casement windows, decorative light fixtures, and a unique circular stained glass window, as well as a passive solar design.
The centerpiece is a spacious living room by the fireplace, which flows into the wood paneled dining room and kitchen fitted with stainless appliances. The master bedroom has a loft, built-in shelving, walk-in closet and bathtub fitted with a claw-foot bathtub and large shower; Outdoors, the landscaped grounds include a swimming pool surrounded by a sundeck, as well as an attached two-car garage and separate storage barn.
According to the listing, maintained by Frank Sullivan and Jamie Coyle of Coldwell Banker Realty, there is also a 1,000-year-old Joshua Tree on the property.
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