In 2006 while hosting a blues and jazz festival, Chappelle admitted he walked away from a $50 million television deal with Comedy Central to live in Yellow Springs. "Turns out you don't need $50 million to live around these parts, just a nice smile and a kind way about you,” the comedian said. “You guys are the best neighbors ever. ... That's why I came back and that's why I'm staying."
Situated on over 39 acres of pristine farmland and surrounded by foliage, Chappelle’s house is 3,154 sq ft with three bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths--perfect for his family of three. Chappelle lives with his wife, Elaine Mendoza Erfe, and three children, Suleyman, Ibrahim, and Sanaa.
Chappelle grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, but spent his summers in Yellow Springs after his parents separated. His father, William David Chappelle III, moved to Yellow Springs where he worked as a statistician before becoming a professor at Antioch College. Nostalgia for his childhood led to Chappelle’s desire to provide his family with a similarly idyllic upbringing and undoubtedly influenced his decision to move to Yellow Springs.