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Ron Howard Owned a $12,5M Central Park Apartment & $27,5M Mansion — Inside His Luxury Lifestyle

Busayo Ogunjimi
Mar 19, 2022
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Ron Howard's career has spanned more than six decades. It began when he was just a boy of five and since gathered considerable wealth, and it shows in the lavish properties he has owned.

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Ron Howard has been in the showbiz since he was a child – that's longer than most, which is why it is unsurprising to find out that he has amassed millions, thanks to his dedication to his career. 

Towards the end of 2021, the talented actor/director was reportedly worth millions of dollars. Naturally, such a significant net worth could make its owner very proud, but Howard is a down-to-earth person whose humility belies his achievements in showbiz.

Ron Howard at the premiere of Lionsgate's 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' at Fox Village Theater on July 25, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.| Source: Getty Images

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Ron is well known for acting and directing, with at least 50 film credits under his belt. So naturally, his net worth grew with his portfolio, which afforded him many luxuries. 

Indeed, the actor has purchased two mansions, each above 10 million dollars in value. The two houses were works of art, and one of them even boasted of a private elevator, among other things; here are details on his past and how he's doing now.

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A FAMILY OF ARTISTS

Ron Howard was introduced to showbiz at an early age; His parents were both into acting, and so were his brother and two of his daughters. 

One of his earliest acquisitions was a house he bought at the beginning of his directing days.

His father, Rance Howard, featured in movies like "Cool Hand Luke," "Apollo 13," and "Independence Day." In addition, he was rewarded with a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program because of his contributions to 1981's "The Time Crystal."

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On the other hand, his mom, Jean Speegle Howard, appeared in sitcoms like "Married... With Children" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." His brother, Clint Howard, has appeared in more than 200 films, many of which were his brother's projects.

Two of Howard's daughters are also actresses; one is Bryce Dallas Howard, who found fame because of her appearance in "The Village" in 2004. She has since starred in many blockbuster movies, including "Spider-Man 3," "Twilight: Eclipse," and "Terminator Salvation."

Paige Howard also chose to follow in her father's footsteps and is known for her guest-starring roles in shows like "Medium" and "90210." But, an amateur still, she has a long way to go before she can hope to match his strides.

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However, Ron has been active for a long time, first in front of the camera, then behind it as a shot caller. His debut role in the industry was as Opie Taylor on "The Andy Griffith Show" in 1960, and he reprised the role until 1968.

In 1974, he landed the "Richie Cunningham" role in the sitcom "Happy Days" and quickly became a household name. However, he left the show In 1980 to focus on showbiz's behind-the-scenes, which includes directing, producing, and writing. 

Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce Howard. | Source: Getty Images

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It had always been his dream to direct, and after seven successful seasons as Richie, Ron decided it was time to face what he really wanted. The talented man has directed more than 25 movies since then. He said on a show in 2015:

"As an actor, I don't think that I ever had that sort of range, like a Bryan Cranston. There's another level of talent, of creativity, and I don't think that I ever had that. So I think this is why I really wanted to be a director."

Ron got into directing films on TV between 1978 and 1982. He later got in touch with Henry, his old co-star from "Happy Days," and they proceeded to work together in "Night Shift," a movie that became a box office hot cake, grossing over $21 million. 

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Thanks to his performance, Henry bagged a Golden Globe nomination, and Ron won some credibility as a full-time director. Using that success as a launchpad, Ron went on to direct many famous faces in the industry who are now worth millions.

According to Closer Weekly, he has directed the likes of Keanu Reeves, Tom Hanks, and even a young Joaquin Phoenix. His movie with Reeves and Phoenix, titled "Parenthood," reportedly grossed more than $10 million.

Ron Howard and Cheryl Howard attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones. | Source: Getty Images

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In 1995, his fame multiplied thanks to his work on "Apollo 13" which grossed $25 million in its opening weekend. Other hit movies he has directed include: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Cinderella Man," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Rush."

Ron's works on film and television have won him nine Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He also has his own entertainment company, which he co-founded with Brian Grazer called Imagine Entertainment. 

Cheryl and Ron Howard at the "Vanity Fair" Oscar Party on February 26, 2017. | Source: Getty Images

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AN APARTMENT FIT FOR A KING 

In 2004, Ron acquired an approximately 3,000-square-foot bedroom that occupied the 26th-floor of the famed Eldorado building for $5.575 and, years later, listed it on the market for about $12 million. 

The apartment boasts between two to three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms was carefully renovated and deliberately maintained over the years. It is equipped with a private elevator landing that opens to a smooth-paneled foyer. 

The living room is spacious, and the occupants will get unobstructed views through multi-paned casement windows that overlook Central Park and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir to the Fifth Avenue skyline. 

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A view of Ron Howard's $27.5m mansion. | Source: YouTube/ Wall Street Journal

The apartment also has a park-view library/office with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a cozy reading atmosphere. There is also a den that can potentially serve as a third room aside from the guest bedroom and master's suite. 

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Ron reportedly keeps a finger or two dipped in real estate, and the beautiful Eldorado apartment is not the only tasteful property linked to him. 

An outside view of Ron Howard's $27.5m mansion. | Source: YouTube/ Wall Street Journal

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A MANSION FOR FAMILY

When Ron settled down with his wife Cheryl to have a family, they both decided to move 3000 miles from the hub of LA to an estate located on the enclave known as Conyers Farm between Greenwich and Westchester, New York.

The home has more than 17,200 square feet of living space, and the whole property sits on 32 acres surrounded by breathtaking woods. 

Unlike his apartment at the Eldorado building, the New York mansion was equipped for family; It consists of seven fireplaces, a beautiful kitchen with granite countertops, and a large butler's pantry.

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The house also boasts a 14-seat theater complete with a popcorn machine and is reportedly where the first screenings of Howard's movies used to take place. 

Ron and Cheryl purchased the home in 1991, and it was where they raised their four kids, among other things. The actor had this to say about the place:

"Our children are grown, so it's time to move on, but the memories of this very special place will never leave us."

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When they sold it, the property was valued at $27.5 million and was bought in 2015 by Netscape co-founder Jim Clark and his fourth wife, model Kristy Hinze. 

HE WAS NEVER A CAR GUY

Ron has admitted in the past that he is not a car person, but that might be because he prefers properties that can make him even more money in the future. 

One of his earliest acquisitions was a house he bought at the beginning of his directing days; It was just above half a million when he purchased it in 1979, but he sold it for $808,000.

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