Judge Judy – or Judith Sheindlin, as she goes by when she’s not on television – is looking forward to nesting in Newport, Rhode Island, at the aptly named “Bird House,” which she and her husband recently picked up for $9 million.
The 9,719-square-foot home sits on 3.67 acres atop one of the highest points in Newport, overlooking the Atlantic coast. (Despite the seemingly obvious reference to high-up places, the nickname for the house actually comes from previous owner Dorrance Hamilton’s love for birds.) The home features six bedrooms and six full and two half bathrooms, and was originally built in 2012.
It’s outfitted with plenty of modern amenities, including a geothermal heating and cooling system, an elevator, and even heated floors for the wintry months. The front door opens onto a two-story entrance hall and living room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace and elegant wood paneling.
Many of the rooms in the home feature panoramic coastline views; those that don’t look out onto the property’s lush gardens and dramatic rock outcroppings. Elsewhere on the grounds, a sizable lake surrounded by tall trees also provides a bit of private, reflective green space.
According to the Newport Daily News, the $9 million sale marks the highest price for a home in Rhode Island this year. (The original asking price was even higher, listed at $10.9 million.) In a news release, Sheindlin said that she and her husband are “looking forward to falling in love with Newport.”
Sheindlin is currently estimated to have a net worth of around $400 million, and has won three Emmy Awards over the years for her syndicated courtroom show.