Built in 1930, the English Tudor-style residence is just under 10,000 square feet with 10 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms and a heated swimming pool out back.
The mega-home is located in the affluent San Francisco suburb of Hillsborough. According to OMarshall Real Estate listing agent Joey Oliva, Crosby and his family owned the home from 1963 to 1966.
“As the story goes, Bing had just finished a round of golf in Hillsborough when he was approached by the original owners and spontaneously invited to see the home,” Oliva told CNBC. “As soon as Bing saw the grand foyer with the wide oak staircase and glass lead picture window … he bought it on the spot.”
According to the listing agent, Crosby bought the home from its original owners — the Dyer family — one of the initial investors in Eastman Kodak Co. At the time, Crosby reportedly paid $175,000 for the residence (just under $1.5 million in today’s dollars.) After Crosby, the Millers (Folgers family) owned the home and later sold it to the Roche family for $8 million in 2014, according to public records.
“It was a visceral reaction,” current owner Suzanne Roche said, recalling the time she first stepped inside the 9,875 square foot residence. “I walked in (the same as Bing apparently did) and stood in the foyer and fell in love with it immediately.”
The living room is a ballroom with a grand piano, fireplace and three sets of French doors that open to a terrace.