Merv Griffin’s former home for sale

March 29, 2012 | Comments Off on Merv Griffin’s former home for sale

For sale: $6.995 million

He was the mastermind behind TV juggernauts “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune,” and the host of a popular, syndicated talk show. Later in life he was a real estate investor. A unique L.A. property he owned just returned to the market for $6.995 million.

If you guessed Merv Griffin, you guessed right.

Griffin’s former home is listed on the Bel Air real estate market for the first time in 20 years. Griffin sold the home to another celebrity in 1992 for $3.65 million.

The home was built in 1989 by a local real estate agent, who also had a penchant for designing and flipping homes, says listing agent Billy Rose of luxury brokerage The Agency. Attracted to the open floor plan and private location, Griffin bought the property.

Not much has changed since Griffin bought it Rose said. “It’s what Merv enjoyed — that old Hollywood feel to it.”

One aspect that attracted Griffin, as well as numerous other Hollywood A-listers, to the area is its location. While the enclave is secluded, “a little off the beaten path,” says Rose, it’s still easily accessible and gives residents multiple ways to get to the city.

It’s these factors that led Farrah Fawcett, Wilt Chamberlain, Prince, Mariah Carey and Beyoncé to buy homes in the area.

Some of the current neighbors are even in the process of increasing the security and privacy of the area with the installation of a gate to the main road.

Located at the end of the long drive ending in a circular motor court, Griffin’s former home boasts 5,600 square feet of living space, four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. Details like octagonal wood-paneled ceilings and enormous lodge-like posts add dramatic flair to the property.

Outside, the 2.5-acre grounds feature an infinity pool and spa as well as a tennis court installed by Griffin, who was an avid tennis player.

 High ceilings, carved beams and an open floor plan define the home.

 The tennis courts were added by Griffin.



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