So maybe that “Purple Rain” house on Snelling Avenue in south Minneapolis is a little too small for you. How would you like to own the Spanish villa in which Prince actually lived?
That “Purple Rain” house, which went on sale earlier this summer at 3420 Snelling Av. S., was used for merely exterior shots in the movie. Prince never lived there. He probably didn’t even set foot in the house.
His Spanish estate, where he lived part-time in the late 1990s with his first wife Mayte Garcia, is not purple anymore because it was sold by Garcia in 2004, four years after their divorce. The Dutch businessman who bought and painted it (and prefers to remain anonymous) has put the mansion on the market for $5.72 million (5.25 million euros), according to the New York Times.
The three-story, 7,500-square foot villa is a 10-minute drive to the city of Marbella and about 3 ½ miles from the Mediterranean Sea. The property is next to the Villa Padierna Palace Hotel.
Although the current owner did some painting and redecorating, the estate still contains some Princely touches such as an eye-grabbing colonial-style staircase made of white Carrara marble. The master bedroom retains its original en suite bathroom with pink marble trim. Other en suite bathrooms have black and red marble, the color scheme of Prince. A first-floor office still features a large wood-and-glass cabinet emblazoned with Prince’s symbol.
Gone, however, are the downstairs recording studio, hair salon and party room. The new owner converted that space into four small bedrooms for his grandchildren.
The property has a swimming pool, tennis court and expansive, terraced garden, which, for Prince, provided privacy.
Augusto Vidal, director of the listing agency Engel & Volkers Estepona, told the New York Times that “a similar-sized property in the Golden Mile — Marbella’s most desirable location — would cost between 10 and 15 million euros and would have a smaller garden.”
Ah, the price of privacy.