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Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998

Two bids made for Chris Perez's house

Selena's widower to review offers for Oso Creek-area home where he's lived for 2 years

By HEATHER HOWARD
Staff Writer

   Two potential buyers made offers Saturday on the upscale house where Chris Perez, husband of slain Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez, has lived for the past two years.
   The bidders -- both from outside of Corpus Christi -- made the offers during an auction of the 3,444-square-foot home in southern Corpus Christi's Great Lakes subdivision. The house is appraised at $466,000.
   John Sisk, the auctioneer Perez hired to sell the house, would not reveal the amounts of the bids and said Perez, who was in Los Angeles on Saturday, will review the offers within a few days.
   "It's not a done deal," Sisk said. "Chris has the right to accept or not accept the bids."
   Sisk said two other people -- one from Texas and one from Georgia -- registered for the auction but did not show up Saturday.
   "I don't know if the weather maybe kept them away," he said. "We expected a small number (of bidders)."
   Sisk weeded out curiosity seekers by requiring a $100 viewing fee from potential buyers who weren't represented by brokers.
   No sightseers showed up for Saturday's auction.
   Perez, 29, has said he is planning to move, either within the city or to San Antonio or Los Angeles, as he continues to develop his music career. His group, the Chris Perez Band, plans to release a new compact disc -- a combination of nine Spanish and four English songs -- next year, Perez has said.
   By auctioning the house instead of placing it on the real estate market, Perez hopes to sell it quickly and avoid visits from people who only want to see the house because of its star connection.
   Selena never lived in the house, which Perez has occupied since November 1996 -- 18 months after Selena was gunned down at age 23 by her fan club president in a Corpus Christi motel room.
   It is not the home the couple had planned to build on 10 acres within the same subdivision.
   Located on less than half an acre near Oso Creek, the house has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, a three-car garage and a lakeside view.
   The home has formal and informal living rooms, formal and informal dining rooms, a video surveillance system and custom cabinets, Sisk has said.
   Perez converted one of the bedrooms into a recording studio that overlooks the lake.
   Staff writer Heather Howard can be reached at 886-3767 or by e-mail at howardh@scripps.com
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