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Source: IMDb

Source: IMDb

You may have seen her brief stint on “The Celebrity Apprentice” last year, but Cheryl Tiegs will go down in history as America’s first supermodel. Now the 1970s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl is selling her L.A. home for $12 million.

The 1.43-acre estate is located at 809 Nimes Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90077 in prestigious East Bel Air, but with lush tropical plants and dark-wood accents, the home feels more like being on a private island. Situated at the end of a long, gated driveway, a large door sets the tone for the Balinese-inspired home.

Designed by famed interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the interior is framed by tall vaulted ceilings and ornate pendant lights. The feel continues into the kitchen where rich mahogany cabinets make a bold statement. In an interview with Cambria Style magazine, Tiegs described the kitchen countertops as “very smooth, very zen.”

In fact, Tiegs said her home’s design was all about producing a “soothing, calming effect.” The listing describes the master suite as a “true retreat” with a “spa-like bathroom finished in sea grass and rich woodwork.” A private pool and guest house are also highlights.

According to The Real Estalker, Tiegs purchased the property in May 1996 for an unknown price. Property records, however, report the home was last sold in May 1985 for $2 million. Regardless, this has been a longtime home for the pop culture icon.

Zillow predicts Bel-Air home values will rise 11.7 percent next year, compared with a 9.7 percent increase for Los Angeles as a whole. Tiegs’ home is four times as expensive as the median home value in the area.

The estimated monthly mortgage payment on the home can be estimated using Zillow’s mortgage calculator.

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About the Author

Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers real estate news, industry trends and home design.

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