Tae Bo Guru Billy Blanks Sells Hidden Hills Home for $7.3 million
Jazzercise, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba — fitness crazes come and go, but none ruled the ’90s more than Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo home workout. Blanks’ workout videos made him a household name and pop culture icon.
The home was initially listed with an asking price of $11.5 million back in October of 2008 after divorcing his wife of 33 years, Gayle. Three years and several price cuts later, Blanks finally kicked free of his one-of-a -kind pad for $7.3 million.
Starting his career as a karate champion and actor in martial-arts movies, Blanks invented the cardio-kickboxing Tae Bo workout which garnered celebrity clients ranging from Paula Abdul to Carmen Electra and Shaquille O’Neal in the 1990s. Blanks also built a varied resume as an actor, appearing in 18 movies and numerous television series including “ER” and “Melrose Place.”
Blanks’ one-of-a-kind Mediterranean estate has more than enough room to work out in with over 16,000-square feet of living space, 7 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. True to many multi-million dollar estates, the home includes over-the-top amenities like an indoor basketball court, massive home theater, game and piano room.The master suite includes a stone bath, and private balcony with staircase to the pool, spa and grotto. Surprisingly, the listing doesn’t include a home gym among the home’s features.
Situated on close to two acres the home’s outdoor area is just as impressive. Additional amenities include a large cabana with outdoor kitchen, adjoining waterfalls, and a 2-bedroom guest suite with private entrance. The listing description notes that the property also “offers room for horses below the main pad.”
Ultra high-end homes such as the Tae Bo titan’s are a dime a dozen in the Hidden Hills neighborhood. The new owner of this manse may be lucky enough to rub elbows with some celeb neighbors like Beau Bridges, Sharon and Ozzie Osbourne, and Britney Spears.