Thursday, August 11, 2022

$5.3Million! Linda Johnson Rice Lists Palm Springs Desert Mansion Her Parents Bought in 1974

John and Eunice Johnson’s desert mansion (Credit: Compass, Wikimedia Commons)

*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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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.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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