Despite claims that she would receive nothing from his fortune, Hugh Hefner’s widow, Crystal Harris, 31, will keep a stunning home worth $7 million and a $5 million lump sum, it has emerged.
A watertight prenup had apparently blocked Harris from receiving a penny of the 91-year-old’s $43 million fortune on his death. Instead, it was divided between his four children, the University of Southern California and a list of charities.
But that same prenup in fact promised Harris a substantial package of money, as well as the four-bedroom Hollywood Hills house that Hefner bought her in 2013, TMZ reported.
This stunning home was bought in 2013 for Crystal Harris, now 31, by then-new husband Hugh Hefner for $4,995,000
She has kept the home – which features this stunning infinity pool – plus $5 million after his death on Wednesday, per a prenup agreement
Crystal did not inherit any of Hefner’s other money, which was valued at $43 million in 2009 – a figure not including the $100 million he made from selling the Playboy Mansion before he died
The incredible home features this large opening between the plush interior and the outdoor area. The windows are specially coated to let in light while keeping heat out
The plush pad has plenty of space for hosting guests, and is decked out in a smooth white-and-wood combination that brings both modern style and old-time warmth
Hefner bought the 5,900-square-foot home for $4,995,000 and placed the deed in a trust for Harris in 2012, the year before they married.
Hefner married Harris (both seen here in 2011, after their engagement was announced) in 2012 – at which point she agreed to be cut out of his will
As well as its four bedrooms, it has five bathrooms and a gorgeous outdoor infinity pool surrounded by decking and is now worth around $7 million, according to Zillow.
The interiors are kitted out in a sleek, modern style composed of hard geometric angles, with bright white and white oak wood as the primary colors in the scheme.
That’s a sharp contrast to the classical stone-and-mahogany style of Hefner’s famous 21,987-square-foot Playboy Mansion.
Vast glass windows ensure that there is always light streaming in when desired, especially in the multiple living areas ideal for entertaining.
They’ve also been tempered with a low emissivity – or ‘Low-E’ – coating that absorbs infrared radiation, to stop the home from heating up too much in the LA sun – though of course there’s AC in case of a particularly hot day.
The home contains this home cinema with two stretch sofas and a pair of comfy armchairs – as well as some old-timey posters
The kitchen is furnished in Italian walnut and stainless steel, and has room for three at the central island
It also has a smattering of ovens and hobs for cooking, as well as cheerful views of the swimming pool
Connected to the kitchen is this dining area, with a table that seats eight as well as a television set and sofa
The home was built in 2011 and features white oak, Brazilian walnut, and Caesarstone tiling on its floors to add warmth and elegance.
The kitchen is based around a central island area, with seating for three – but space for eight more diners can be found at the beautifully appointed table in the combined dining area, which also features a sofa and TV.
For truly spectacular viewing, however, square-eyed show watchers should turn to the screening room, where two wide sofas and two plush armchairs face a huge TV.
Meanwhile, the adjoining games room has a poker table, pool table and a low table ideal for a post-game glass of wine.
As well as the four bathrooms – the master bathroom featuring his-and-hers sinks – there’s a walk-in wardrobe the size of some New York apartments, which should provide more than enough space for Harris’ clothes.
The games room, which connects to the home cinema, has a pool table, space for a casual poker game, and chairs to recline in
This massive walk-in wardrobe has plenty of space for anyone’s clothing – and for a bed and TV, for that matter
The upstairs walkway is connected to the ground level by a ‘floating stairway’ while the hillside views on the other side of the house overlook the Sunset Strip
The master bathroom has a Gessi steam shower with nine shower heads for an all-over wash, as well as his-and-hers sinks
The master bathroom also includes a Gessi steam shower with nine shower heads for an all-over wash.
Also inside the building are ‘floating staircases’ and cantilevered terraces that overlook the Sunset Strip.
The home is wired up to smart technology, has an inbuilt garage and is generally a pretty stunning place for a 31-year-old to inhabit – albeit under sad circumstances.
However, it doesn’t come cheap, even with ownership; the property tax was $62,348 in 2015 and 2016 alike.
Perhaps that’s why the property was up for rent in August at a cool $25,000 per month.
That listing was then closed on September 9, according to Zillow.
There are four other bathrooms in the building, so that visitors occupying the three guest bedrooms don’t have to double up
A substantial bath and exterior decking are visible in this photo of a stunning pearl-white bathroom
Even the smaller bathrooms are chic, with this one featuring a ‘floating’ glass since and some cool modern art
And of course, there’s a garage – with stainless steel door – for the owner to park her (no doubt impressive) car in
At his peak, Hefner was worth upwards of $200million, but as the magazine’s popularity tanked, he lost millions.
He was worth an estimated $43 million in 2009 – a figure that did not include his Playboy Mansion, which he sold in June for $100 million; half its asking price.
By the time of his death, he held 35 per cent of the Playboy brand and still completely owned the magazine. He had $36million worth of stocks and bonds and $6million in a joint account with an unnamed person.
His monthly earnings from the magazine only totaled $100,000, with the rest coming from his pension.
The rest of his estate has been divided between his children: Marston and now-Penthouse-boss Cooper, who were born to second wife Kimberley Conrad; and Christie and David, whom he had with first wife Mildred Williams.
Harris’s home stands in sharp contrast to the stone Playboy Mansion (pictured), which was sold last year for $100 million – half the asking price