UPDATE, AUG. 26, 8:57 A.M.: The Huntington Beach home of Bell's blimpish ex-city administrator Robert Rizzo fell out of escrow mere days after it seemingly found a buyer.
Surf City Realtor Bill Cuppy, the listing agent for the “Jabba the Corrupt” abode at 1935 Lake St., did not confirm the latest twist, Torelli Realty of Costa Mesa did.
The Huntington Beach Independent has the scoop.
The two-story, 3,250-square-foot home had been listed at $949,000.
UPDATE, AUG. 22, 10:29 A.M.: The Huntington Beach home of bloated ex-Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo found a buyer in just over a week–and before listing photos went up for the abode that was offered for $949,000.
Multiple offers poured in for the house at 1935 Lake St., Realtor Bill Cuppy of Pier Realty reportedly said.
The contract with the prevailing buyer was finalized on Saturday, but Cuppy can not provide more details about the transaction–including the buyer's identity–until the home gets out of escrow, reports Orange County Register Huntington Homes blogger Marilyn Kalfus.
Just last week, Kalfus led Register readers on a virtual tour of the home, which includes such custom upgrades as a Wolf range, stained and leaded glass windows
and doors and a living room with a custom library.
Not that Rizzo had trouble affording the rehab as Jabba the Corrupt earned $800,000 in annual salary running tiny Bell, or $1.5 million when benies were factored in.
Kalfus reports the indicted Rizzo and his wife moved out in June.
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 22, 7:31 A.M.: Bloated ex-Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo, who put the “pig” in “pig at the trough,” has put his Huntington Beach home on the market.
According to the Pier Realty listing, “Jabba the Corrupt” wants just shy of $1 million–which is just shy of what he made in yearly salary and benies from tiny Bell–for his four-bedroom, four-bathroom Lake Street pad.
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“We're very proud to be presenting this California classic,” Pier Realty's Bill Cuppy tells the TV station, referring presumably to the house and not the house-sized former municipal leader accused of misappropriating public funds, conflict of interest, falsifying public documents and secreting public documents.
Rizzo, who also owns a horse ranch in Washington state, poured some of gotten gains from Bell's mostly lower class taxpayers into a Surf City house he purchased in 2007 featuring new granite, cherrywood, coffered ceilings,
chandeliers, a re-done kitchen, and new appliances and windows. Surrounding the abode are three private patios, two private balconies, a
courtyard entry and a three-car garage.
The home Rizzo shares with his wife was not yet ready for showing when NBC shot Monday's report. The station notes a moving van was
parked out front on Friday–again, that's presumably for the house's contents and not its tow-ably rotund occupant.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.