Suzanne was a beloved celebrity in America since 1973 when she starred as the “Blonde in the white Thunderbird” in American Graffiti. She embodied the perfect combination of the girl next door, a sexy blonde bombshell, and a successful businesswoman. Her career took off with her first major role as the ditzy Chrissy Snow in Three’s Company, followed by her portrayal of the motherly entrepreneur Carol Lambert in Step by Step. Along the way, she posed for Playboy, served as a spokeswoman for Thighmaster, battled and survived breast cancer, and launched her line of healthcare products. Suzanne and Alan Hamel were married from 1977 until her passing on October 15, 2023.
Modeled after a Michelin-starred restaurant
Suzanne owned one of the most fascinating properties in California – a home modeled after L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence, France. In addition to the primary residence, the property features individual cottages designated for guests. Speaking to PEOPLE in a 2016 interview, Somers described the home’s layout as unique, making it ideal for hosting guests. Each guest can retreat to their cottage at the end of the day for privacy, as several bedroom buildings and common buildings are scattered throughout the estate. The overall effect is reminiscent of a charming French village.
She lived here for 40 years
She and her husband, Alan, also a TV game show host, resided in the Palm Springs house from the 1970s until they sold it in 2021 for $8.5 million.
Nestled in stone
Nestled into the rugged mountainside above Mesa Canyon, Suzanne and Alan infused their world travels and love of contrasts into the design of their home.
Private Funicular Train
Adding to the allure, the home was accessible only by a private funicular that ascended a hillside of stone steps.
Estate with five buildings
The estate comprises five buildings spanning over 7,280 square feet and sits on over 28 acres of land, offering ample space for exploration. Additionally, there are approximately 10,000 square feet of pavilions on the property.
She loved having people over
The primary residence boasts a luxurious primary suite, six additional bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a spacious dining room that can accommodate up to 24 guests, a comfortable living room, a two-room kitchen, a vast pantry, and a wine cellar.
Balance of hard and soft
They harmoniously blended crystal chandeliers with natural rock and reclaimed wood, juxtaposed rough textures against smooth ones, and balanced softness with hardness.
In an interview with PEOPLE, she said she “wanted a place where, as a family, we could roam free with privacy.” This home ticked all her boxes.
A stone guest house
There is also a stone guest house designed in the 1920s by Albert Frey.
There are nine bathrooms situated on the property.
In various styles and themes
Certainly spoilt for choice.
A large dining room with gorgeous views overlooking the canyon.
One of the many living rooms in Suzanne’s long-time home.
Her home also featured a sizeable two-room kitchen.
Outside, the property features two swimming pools, a relaxing spa, and a serene natural waterfall that cascades melodiously down the hillside.
A special gift
The iconic outdoor tub — which was a birthday present from Hamel.
Blended with nature
Her organic garden was her pride and joy.
A pool surrounded by nature.
A home of beautiful memories
Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of October 15. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” Somers’ long-time publicist R. Couri Hay wrote in a statement shared on behalf of the actress’ family.
“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband Alan, her son Bruce, and her immediate family,” the statement continued. “Her family was gathered to celebrate her 77th birthday on October 16. Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly.”
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