Celebrity Homes

Wheel of Fortune creator’s estate listed for sale

The La Quinta estate, once belonging to Wheel of Fortune creator Merv Griffin, is on the market for US$36 million.

Griffin, a pivotal figure in entertainment known for creating iconic game shows like Jeopardy, has left behind a property that is as multifaceted as his career, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.

The estate, covering 40 acres, seven seven individual residences, encapsulating a blend of California modernism with Moroccan flair, reminiscent of Yves St. Laurent’s Marrakesh abode and designed by renowned interior designer Waldo Fernandez.

At the heart of this expansive estate stands the main residence, spanning 502sq m.

It features an open-plan design, bright interiors, wood accents, and Moroccan-inspired lighting, all of which enhance the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and a private lake.

Known for his warm hospitality, Griffin often entertained Hollywood royalty and added 46sq m pods to accommodate his illustrious guests in privacy and comfort.

The property also includes two additional homes for guests or staff, named the West Building and the Gate Building, measuring 145sq m and 158sq m respectively.

The estate’s grounds are meticulously maintained, featuring manicured lawns, a vast array of fruit trees, and the remarkable King Fig Tree, one of Coachella Valley’s largest.

Lake Merveilleux, teeming with koi, turtles, and bass, adds to the estate’s serene ambiance.

For equestrian enthusiasts, the property offers professional facilities, including stables, a racetrack, alongside a pool and a six-bay garage, all within a securely walled compound.

Nestled in the desert resort city of La Quinta, within California‚Äôs Coachella Valley, the Griffin estate is surrounded by world-renowned golf clubs and is a stone’s throw away from the La Quinta Resort and Club.

The area is a favoured retreat for celebrities and has been home to notable figures such as Shirley Temple, Frank Capra, and more recently, Lori Loughlin and Cindy Crawford.

The property listing is managed by Mauricio Umansky and Zach Goldsmith of The Agency, marking a rare opportunity to own a piece of Hollywood history intertwined with luxurious living.

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