"I'm born and raised in Beverly Hills," Kyle Richards said in the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 3 opening credits. "This is my town." Well, now it looks like she has a new town. In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kyle Richards talked about moving out of Beverly Hills and moving into a house that once belonged to a music icon. Yup, Kyle "In Beverly Hills you can be anything, but it’s most important to be yourself" Richards has bid the ritzy town adieu.
Earlier this year, the Richards-Umansky family relocated to Encino, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley that's about 15 miles away from the Beverly Hills area. The mansion that they moved into isn't just a mansion: From 1988 to 2002, Smokey Robinson called the house his home. According to Trulia, the 10,600-square-foot property that is known as the Smokey Robinson Estate sold for a cool $8.2 million.
Kyle stumbled upon the estate when her husband, L.A. real estate king Mauricio Umansky, was listing it. Initially, the Bravolebrity wanted to tour the property for design ideas and design ideas only. She told ET,
“I was renovating my house, because I couldn't find a house that I fell in love with. And I saw this house — it was actually one of my husband's listings — and I said to him, ‘I want to go look at this house to look at their floors,’ 'cause I was re-doing my floors at the time. And he said, 'Oh, I'll go with you.’”
What started as a casual inspiration quest blossomed into a relocation mission. Kyle continued,
“We went into this house and I went, 'Oh my gosh.’ I was completely blown away, because it's not like anything you would see in Los Angeles, normally. I just fell in love, and my husband did, too.”
After a scroll through Trulia’s photos of the house, it’s easy to see why she and Mauricio were instantly enamored of the home. The grounds, the kitchen, the floors, the big windows, the pool, the theater room, the balcony— place is flat-out stunning. Heck, when Friend of Housewives Faye Resnick saw the property, Kyle said she got “goosebumps everywhere.” And if someone who regularly hangs out at Kris Jenner's perfect manse got goosebumps when looking at a house, that must mean it's special.
Assuming it's part of Season 8, this new home adventure sure is going to make for a great storyline on RHOBH. Hey, who doesn’t love some good old-fashioned aspirational real estate content on a reality show?
While the title of the show may lead some to believe otherwise, lots of Beverly Hills Housewives actually live outside of Beverly Hills. Erika Girardi resides in Pasadena, a neighborhood that’s approximately 20 miles east of Rodeo Drive. Former Beverly Hills Housewife Yolanda Hadid, her legendary refrigerator, and her lemon trees hung up their hats in Malibu. Eileen Davidson also called the ‘Bu home when she was on RHOBH. And now, Kyle is a Beverly Hills denizen-turned-Valley girl.
Remember: Being a Beverly Hills Housewife isn’t just about the physical location of the house. It’s about a state of mind (oh, and it’s probably also about a state of bank account, too). As Kyle, Erika, Yolanda, Eileen, and others have proven, you don't have to live in the 90210 area to be a Beverly Hills Housewife. You just have to be a glamorous person who doesn’t mind commuting to the other side of town to film scenes at themed dinner parties that inevitably devolve into people screaming at each other over Cobb salads. Anything is possible.