Anne Rice puts Rancho Mirage home on the market

Author Anne Rice has listed her residence in Rancho Mirage for $3.3 million.

Built in 1995, the low-slung house has a formal dining room and living room designed for entertaining, six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and maid’s quarters. It sits on more than an acre in a gated community. A detached two-bedroom guesthouse has a full kitchen and living room.

“The house has been a marvelous place to write, to entertain, to do interviews, and many reporters and camera crews have been in and out for various programs,” Rice said. She worked on her last three books — the novel “Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana,” the thriller “Angel Time” and a spiritual memoir, “Called Out of Darkness” — at the house.

Rice, 68, is selling because she would like a smaller writer’s retreat in the Coachella Valley.

She bought the property in late 2005 and has added new flagstones in the pool area and rear pathways, fruit trees, California peppers and oleanders, a third fireplace in the den, new kitchen cabinets, and large-screen televisions in the main house and guesthouse. “We’ve even air conditioned the garage,” Rice said.

“I’ve loved it here in Thunderbird Heights with views of the valley and the mountains,” said the author, who has sold almost 100 million books. “It might seem an unlikely place for the author of ‘Interview With the Vampire,’ and other supernatural novels, hailing from New Orleans, but it’s been a lovely place to write.”


Claudine Messika with Keller Williams Realty, Rancho Mirage, has the listing.