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.