Inside Kathie Lee Gifford's Luxury Home That She Moved to after Her Husband's Death
When Kathie Lee Gifford's husband passed away, she felt lonely living in their big home all alone. Thinking she needed a new atmosphere, she purchased a home in 2018 and moved to a gorgeous $3.7 million Nashville home in 2019.
Kathie Lee Gifford often shows up before the camera with a big smile on her face, making her viewers feel engaged with the program she is on. However, behind her smile was a woman who felt immense loneliness following her husband, Frank Gifford's, passing.
Frank passed away in August 2015 from natural causes. He was 84 and in their Connecticut home at his time of death. The tragic event left the television personality devastated, and although she had children, the void in her life could not be filled.
Frank had a brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that led to his death. Years prior, his family noticed that he had begun experiencing memory loss.
His son Cody Gifford revealed in a 2023 interview that on one of their last nights together, “he had forgotten everything I had just said,” in just a few minutes.
AFTER FRANK'S PASSING
Kathie and Frank were married for three decades and raised their children in their Greenwich, Connecticut home. Being together for so long made it difficult for the "Today" star to cope with grief, but she was able to get better with the help of her good friends, Angie Clawson and Greg McCollum. She said:
"The two of them understood what I needed as a new widow alone for the first time in decades. They gave me a place to stay and even made sure I had a piano so I could tap into the culture of creativity I've found here."
McCollum went as far as helping Kathie fix broken things around her home. He and Clawson have since become valuable members of Kathie's family as they continue to care for her and love her back to life.
Two years after losing her beloved spouse, Kathie also lost her mother, who died in her sleep at age 87. At the time, her adult children had already left the nest.
In a March 2019 interview, Kathie said there was nothing keeping her in that part of the country anymore except for her job. Following 11 years at the "Today" show, Kathie bid farewell to her role as the host and relocated.
During an episode of "Kathie Lee & Hoda," Kathie revealed that her crippling loneliness following her husband's death uprooted her move to Nashville. She said:
"This home of mine in Connecticut where Frank and I raised our beautiful children, and we had so many happy years [but] when I was living there alone, dogs can only do so much for you."
"Then it came to feel like a mortuary with me just there alone. And I said I need to make a new life for myself, or this one's gonna kill me. The loneliness was crippling. It was crippling," she added. Kathie knew that she had to make new memories before the old ones got the best of her, so she moved.
KATHIE'S MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR MANSION
In 2018, Kathie purchased a brownstone mansion for $1.25 million. After retiring from her NBC show the following year, Kathie's company, Widows Peak Pictures, LLC, bought another two-story home in the same neighborhood on Emily Court for a whopping $3.7 million.
Kathie now lives in a 9,000 square-foot house that boasts vaulted ceilings and stunning architecture. The gorgeous residence is equipped with a home office, in which she keeps all her accolades, a patio that features a glass table and fantastic landscaping, and a furnished basement.
Visibly noticed in one of her interviews is the elegant staircase and monochrome living area with fresh flowers. It also features a fireplace and impeccable woodwork. The dining room is decorated with art pieces and is fitted with a brick accent wall. Meanwhile, her luxurious kitchen features granite countertops and wooden cabinets.
Kathie previously expressed that she loved hosting her children and their spouses, her son-in-law Ben Wierda and daughter-in-law Erika Gifford, whenever they could come over. She also revealed that her move made her happier than she has been in many years.
During a previous on-screen appearance, she revealed that she was in a relationship with a mystery man, whom she gushed over their fun and healthy romance.
In addition to sharing how sweet life in Nashville has been, Kathie has expressed appreciation for being so content. She explained her gratitude comes from knowing that many find it hard to have a reason to wake up in the morning. Although she moved to her new house, Kathie still owns her first Nashville home.
A DIFFERENT ATMOSPHERE
During a guest appearance on "Today," Kathie shared her new life and the environment in Nashville. She revealed:
"First of all, there is a different culture – completely different down there, and it's a culture of kindness in Nashville."
She also said that people in her new area of residence are authentically and genuinely kind, fun, and joyful. There is also music everywhere as well as barbecues and welcoming neighbors. "Everything is Americana," she said. "Like when I was growing up."
HER FAMILY HOME
While she has moved to greener pastures, Kathie did not let go of her Connecticut family home. Her son, Cody, is currently living in the house with his family, which brings her happiness. On certain occasions, she still visits.
Meanwhile, her daughter Cassidy and her family live nearby in Nashville. With their current set-up, Kathie is overjoyed to have her children in their respective homes and close to her. "One day, the Lord might bless us with little tiny feet running around" — but recognized "that's in God's hands," she said.
Kathie's wish came true as she is now a grandmother of three. Her eldest grandchild is Frankie, whom she gushed about in a May 2023 Instagram post. The broadcaster's second grandchild, Finn Thomas Wierda, was born in June 2023.
After years of being single, Kathie found love once again. During a previous on-screen appearance, she revealed that she was in a relationship with a mystery man, whom she gushed over their fun and healthy romance.
While on the "Today" show, her former co-hosts Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Carson Daly were all dying to know more about her relationship and asked her to share more about her love life. Although Kathie admitted that their relationship was going well, she did not want to jinx things after mentioning it.
However, Kathie gave the co-workers hints about the type of man she was dating. She shared that he keeps her on her toes by challenging her. He is also super intelligent and funny. The former fourth-hour co-host ended by saying that they are having fun together despite not knowing what the future holds.