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Pee-Wee Herman's $5 million Midcentury Modern estate is for sale

Actor Paul Reubens bought his Hollywood Hills home for $415,000 with earnings from his role in “Pee-wee's Big Adventure.” A year after his death, the property was put up for sale for $4.995 million.
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  • Paul Reubens bought his house in Los Feliz for $415,000 with the earnings from “Pee-wee's Big Adventure.”
  • Now, a year after his death from cancer, the property is for sale for $4.995 million.
  • Built in 1957, this mid-century modern home offers stunning views of LA and the Hollywood Hills.

You might not want to get involved with a guy like him, but legendary maverick comedian Paul Reubens had great taste.

In 1985, Reubens bought his estate in California's Hollywood Hills for $415,000, using earnings from his role as the title character in “Pee-wee's Big Adventure,” his personal assistant and trustee Allison Berry told the Wall Street Journal.

Now, a year after his death from cancer, his Los Feliz home has hit the market with a list price of $4.995 million. The property features stunning views, whimsical wallpaper, a custom cat enclosure Reuben built for his feline friends, and a tribute to the role that made him a household name.

Take a look inside.

Reuben's cat enclosure was specifically built to protect his cats from wildlife in the Hollywood Hills.

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Berry told the Journal that Reubens built the cat enclosure to protect his cat, Koko, from wildlife in the area and decorated the walls with seashells from his hometown of Sarasota, Florida.

Reubens later adopted three more cats, Sam, Hugo and Henry, who enjoyed climbing around the jungle gym for years, Berry told the outlet.

The house is decorated with vintage wallpaper that Reubens collected.

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Two guest bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom in timeless 1950s style.

“For him, it was about restoring the house and keeping it as true to its original concept as possible,” Berry told the Journal. “And he just loved the opportunity to put up this vintage wallpaper that he had kept.”

Outside, in the middle of Reuben's precious garden, stands an obvious tribute to Pee-Wee Herman.

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Reubens planted a cactus garden as well as guava and persimmon trees on the property, Berry told the Journal. The property features “park-like amenities,” according to Hohnen, with walking trails, lush wildlife and an obvious homage to Pee-wee's iconic red Schwinn DX Cruiser.