Actress Marlee Matlin’s home is not on the water. Nor is it on a sprawling several-acre estate. For an award-winning actress it’s remarkably normal and for sale for under a million.
Matlin recently confirmed in People Magazine that she owes the IRS $50,000 in back taxes.
To help pay off her debt, the Oscar winner has put her suburban home on the Pasadena real estate market for $899,000. According to property records, she and her Los Angeles police officer husband purchased the home in 1999 for $437,000. Current median Pasadena home values are $506,100.
Best known for her feature film debut and Academy Award winning role in “Children of a Lesser God,” Matlin is currently competing on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, which airs on Sunday nights. Although she often finds herself in the spotlight as a well-known advocate for the hearing-impaired, she said that she, like many Americans, have not been immune to the economy’s downfall. She stated in People:
“I’m paying it back. I’m not shying away from it and I’m certainly not ashamed of it. It doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It’s reality. It’s the reality that a lot of people in America are facing.”
And despite her Hollywood status, Matlin emphasized that the debt was not accrued through a lavish lifestyle: “Living modestly in a suburban neighborhood while trying to support four children through private school is not extravagant or living large,” she explained.
Matlin’s home in Los Angeles is a cute English-style house in a “great neighborhood.” The home has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, just enough for her husband and four children. Constructed in 1937, the house retains much of its charm with original hardwood floors and beautiful cabinetry. Outside, the hedged and private backyard has a small lawn, swing set and covered patio with built-in barbecue — perfect for the kids and family.
The listing is held by Tamara Fredrickson of Sotheby’s International Realty.