*Linda Johnson Rice has listed a Palm Springs mansion her parents, John and Eunice Johnson, bought in 1974.
Chicagobusiness.com reports that the asking price is $5.3 million for the 5,300-square-foot house, which is perched on a slope that affords a panoramic view of the desert and mountains through walls of glass.
The publication also notes:
The home is built around an interior courtyard that contains an open-air swimming pool. There’s a second swimming pool outside the house, an “infinity” pool whose invisible edge makes it appear to spill out into the vast open desert. The 2.25-acre property also has a tennis court.
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In 1974, Chicago black publishing magnates John + Eunice Johnson bought this cool mansion on a hillside in Palm Springs. Neighbors included Bob Hope, Steve McQueen.
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John and Eunice Johnson, the Black publishing giants behind JetandEbony magazine, bought the home in 1974 and their neighbors in the gated community included Hollywood icons Bob Hope and Steve McQueen.
The house “has a very warm, intimate feeling,” said John Nelson, a Compass agent who is representing the property along with Cat Moe, “and jetliner views of the desert and mountains.”
He added that the hillside setting and walls of glass make “you feel like you’re flying out over the desert.”
The home boasts rooms that have “wood-beamed ceilings, tile floors and, according to Nelson, Spanish-style carved wooden doors that the architect, George MacLean, reused from older buildings,” the report states.
John Johnson died in 2005 and Eunice in 2010.
In 2002, their daughter Linda became CEO of the family business and ran Johnson Publishing until 2010, when Desiree Rogers became CEO and Linda continued as chairman.
In 2016, Ebony and Jet were bought by a Texas-based private-equity firm.
Johnson Rice remained on the management team until last October. She continues to serve as CEO of Johnson Publishing, and it’s primary business unit is the Fashion Fair cosmetics line.