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Inside Robin Williams' $30M Estate Which He Called 'Villa of Smiles' & Enjoyed for 11 Years before His Death

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May 10, 2022
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Robin Williams was known to be full of life before his health began to depreciate after doctors diagnosed him with Lewy Body disease. He was later found dead in his $30 million estate. Let's look at the massive property the actor lived in before his death.

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Before his demise, Robin Williams was one of Hollywood's funniest and most respected actors. He enjoyed a career in show business that lasted for years and won many accolades, including four Oscar Award nominations.

The icon was best known for his roles in "Aladdin," "Jumanji," "Good Will Hunting," and "Mrs. Doubtfire." Apart from his career achievements, Robin also had quite an exciting love life. He was married thrice and divorced twice.

Robin Williams at the 10th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival Gala in California | Source: Getty Images

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Thankfully, he made a lot of memories with the women, especially his last two wives, whom he enjoyed his $30 million estate with. Here are more details about Robin Williams' relationship and property.

ROBIN WILLIAMS LOVED WOMEN 

Robin Williams and Valerie Williams during Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher Wedding on August 16, 1983 at Paul Simon's Central Park West Apartment in New York City, New York | Source: Getty Images

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Aside from being an entertainment icon, Robin was also known for his love for women, which led to the end of his first marriage to Valerie Velardi.

The actor and his ex-wife first met in 1976 in San Francisco, while the former was working as a bartender. Recalling their first encounter, Velardi explained:

"He was bartending. He had a French accent, offered me a drink, chatted me up, and was absolutely delightful."

Robin Williams dancing with wife Valerie at Studio 54 circa 1979 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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"He asked me for a ride home. He was speaking French, and I was teasing him, and we had a kiss. And I just knew I would see him again," she added.

Indeed, the pair saw each other again, and soon, their romance blossomed. Robin and Velardi tied the knot in 1978, and five years later, they welcomed their son, Zachary "Zak" Williams. 

Robin Williams and Valerie Velardi at the Golden Globe Awards in the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel on January 27, 1979. | Source: Getty Images

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Unfortunately, the former couple's relationship fell apart after the comedian had an affair with another woman. In the 2018 documentary "Robin Williams: Come Into My Mind," Velardi opened up about her husband's affair. In her words:

"He loved women. Absolutely loved women. And I got it. I understood, and I wanted him to have that, but I also wanted him to come home."

ROBIN ENJOYED HIS 30M ESTATE WITH HIS SECOND AND THIRD WIVES 

Robin Williams with his wife Marsha Williams during "Memories of Me" Party at Tavern on the Green in New York City, New York | Source: Getty Images

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Unfortunately, Robin's infidelity led to his divorce from Velardi in 1988, after ten years.  Following their divorce, Robin began a relationship with film producer and philanthropist Marsha Garces.

Born on June 18, 1956, she first met the actor in 1984 when she started working as Zak's nanny. They dated for a while before walking down the aisle on April 30, 1989. 

Robin Willliams and wife Marsha Garces Williams during "Man of the Year" Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

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A few months later, the ex-couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Zelda Rae Williams. In 1991, Robin and Garces celebrated the arrival of their second child, Cody Allan Williams. The couple seemed to have the perfect union and were doting parents to their kids.

Besides being husband and wife, Robin and Garces worked together on several projects like "Vietnam," "Good Morning," and "Dead Poets Society."

Actor Robin Williams and his wife Marsha Garces Williams attend the 2007 U.S. Open Men's Singles Final in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2007 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Garces also produced some of the movies he featured in, such as "Jakob The Liar," "Patch Adams," and "Mrs. Doubtfire." Eventually, the ex-couple would establish a production company called Blue Wolf Productions. Sadly, these could not prevent the pair's marriage from ending. 

In March 2008, Garces filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, and two years later, the pair finalized the divorce. Robin's third wife was Graphic Designer Susan Schneider. The couple first encountered each other at an Apple Store in 2007.

Susan Schneider and Robin Williams attend The Comedy Awards 2012 at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 28, 2012 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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"I walked in and saw this man, and I thought: 'I think that's Robin Williams.' Then on my way out, I happened to look at him again, and he was smiling at me, and something inside me said: 'Oh, just go over and say hi,'" Schneider recalled.

"He was wearing camouflage print, so I said: 'How's that camo working out for you?' And he said: 'Not too good – you found me,'" she added.

Actor Robin Williams and Susan Schneider attend the "Happy Feet Two" Los Angeles premiere held at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 13, 2011 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

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Eventually, the pair became romantically involved, and on October 22, 2011, four years after their first meeting, they exchanged wedding vows in St. Helena, California. Robin and Schneider remained married for a few years before the former's demise in 2014. 

Before he passed away, the "Aladdin" actor lived with Schneider in his $30 million estate. The property was also home to Robin and Garces before their divorce, as it was built in 2003.

Susan Schneider and Robin Williams pose backstage at the hit play "Bengal Tiger at The Baghdad Zoo" on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on June 15, 2011 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Even though the actor is late, his hand can be seen throughout the property. It is commendable as many celebrity mansions are sanitized and staged to keep their owner's identity hidden.

Schneider opened up about her husband's struggle with the illness and how it made him lose his mind.

INSIDE ROBIN WILLIAMS' VILLA OF SMILES

Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

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Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

Robin's Napa Valley property, designed by David Gast, is almost 20,000 square feet and sits on 650 acres of land overlooking the Mayacamas Mountains. 

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Its exterior beams with elegance and comprises tennis courts, stables, hiking and riding trails, a 65-foot-long pool, and multiple olive oil-producing trees.

Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

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Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

It also features a 3200 square foot, four-bedroom guest house and 18.4 acres of vineyards, which produce about $400,000 worth of beers and wines. For the mansion's interior, the palladium design and whimsical structure are second to none. 

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The home boasts five bedrooms, six full and five half bathrooms, a stunning globe chandelier, a movie theatre, a wine cellar, a dining room, a billiards room, and a wood-paneled library.

Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

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Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

The shelves in the library are stocked with books encompassing genres such as travel, film, art, and wine. The inlaid panels of the library include the mother of pearl and famous sayings such as "Carpe Diem" and "Amor Omnia Vincit."

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In 2012, Robin originally put the property up for sale for $35 million after revealing he could not maintain the mansion anymore. Unfortunately, no buyers emerged.

Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

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Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

Picture from the house of actor Robin Williams | Source: youtube.com/CNN Business

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In April 2014, he relisted the house at $29.9 million, and in November 2014, a few months after his death, the price was further slashed to $25.9 million. It is unknown if the house was sold and for how much it was purchased.

She explained that she never knew Robin was suicidal.

ROBIN WILLIAMS'S TRAGIC DEATH

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On August 11, 2014, Robin shocked the world after taking his life in his California home. The actor's autopsy reports revealed that his suicide resulted from his struggle with Lewy Body disease.

Following his demise, Schneider opened up about her husband's struggle with the illness and how it made him lose his mind. In an opinion piece titled "The Terrorist Inside My Husband's Brain," Schneider confessed:

"Robin was losing his mind, and he was aware of it. Can you imagine the pain he felt as he experienced himself disintegrating?"

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So further revealed, "My husband was trapped in the twisted architecture of his neurons, and no matter what I did, I could not pull him out. He kept saying, 'I just want to reboot my brain.'"

Despite the widow's revelations about her husband's illness, she explained that she never knew Robin was suicidal. According to the graphic designer, she and Robin spent time together the day before his demise. In her words:

"We just did what we love to do together. And I know now that he gave me that perfect day, he gave us that perfect day. In hindsight, he knew what he was doing."

Robin Williams appears onstage during MTV's Total Request Live at the MTV Times Square Studios on April 27, 2006 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

His family, friends, colleagues, and fans will always miss Robin, and the world will always remember his impact on the entertainment industry.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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