Syndication Tycoon Richard King Re-Lists Holmby Hills Estate

SELLERS: Richard and Lauren King
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $65,000,000
SIZE: 17,000-ish square feet, 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Some of the children who have been hanging around Your Mama’s little online endeavor for a while may recall that several years ago a well-connected informant we called Pasta Primavera told us that Richard and Lauren King were fixing to list their sumptuous, picture perfect spread in L.A.’s hoity-toity Holmby Hills ‘hood for $65 million.

Almost as soon as we let that real estate cat out of the bag the property popped up on the open market, with an asking price of — you got it — $65 million. Eventually, with no serious buyers ready to close the deal, the property was taken off the open market and — lo and beyond — it reappeared this week with a by now quite familiar $65 million price tag.

Those who don’t play in entertainment industry sandbox may not recognize Richard King’s name but he is the King in King World Productions, the former television syndication juggernaut founded by his father and folded into CBS in 2007.

As we catalogued back in 2011, Mister and Missus King’s elegantly imposing Georgian-style manse was originally built in 1938 has a long celebrity pedigree. The property’s first owner was the occasionally controversial actress and comedienne Fanny Brice and was later owned by music mogul Jerry Moss and his wife, Sandra. Oscar-winning producer Alan Ladd Jr. (The Man in the Iron Mask, Braveheart, The Brady Bunch Movie) also owned it for a bit and, in April of 1998, sold the estate to rags to riches advertising tycoon Dennis Holt and his wife, Brooks, who in turn sold it in July 2001 for $15,000,000 to Mister and Missus King.

The Kings had the tasteful and dignified residence worked over — and by worked over we mean all but entirely re-built — by the fine and accomplished folk at Ferguson & Shamamian Architects. Missus King did up the day-core herself and the 17,000-square-foot result was later photographed in glossy glory for Architectural Digest. Current digital marketing materials show there are 8 bedrooms, 8 full and 6 half bathrooms and more than half a dozen fireplaces. (For the record, the L.A. County Tax Man shows the main house has four bedrooms and ten bathrooms in 11,660 square feet.)

Several outbuildings dot the gated and heavily fortified 1.91-acre property, according to listing details, and include a self-contained guest house originally designed by John Elgin Woolf that Your Mama is quite certain is larger and more luxurious than the homes of most people as well as sizable pool house with gym.

The grounds, conceived according to A.D. by noted landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power, knit the multi-acre and many-structured estate together with a succession of garden rooms, shaded porches, wide terraces that extend the living space outdoors, expansive lawns, a rectilinear koi pond with bluestone coping, and a uniform canopy of mature California sycamores. A grid of raised planting beds tucked into triangle of land behind the lighted tennis court contains rose and vegetable gardens where Missus King says she grows some of the best tomatoes in Los Angeles.

There are not many images included with current digital marketing materials but, iffin any of y’all are interested, a couple of years ago, when the house was being shopped off-market, the Forbes peeps published a rather delectable cache of both interior and exterior images. Missus King’s website also has some pretty juicy pictures of the estate. They’re worth a look, butter beans…

Listing photos: Coldwell Banker

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  1. Jamiekins says:

    Well it did finally hit Realtor.com address and all, and I still think it is breathtaking, and I would love to see in in person this woman has exquisite taste in decorating. The possibilities are endless.

  2. Sandpiper says:

    Outstanding! Where do I sign?

  3. Helen says:

    Someone should buy the neighbouring Casey Kasem estate, knock both houses down, and build something beautiful.

    I don’t know if I love this house or if I don’t.

    The pool among all that continental vegetation… I want to bathe in the sun, not in a jungle.

    Is that an Empire-style chair (green) in one of the photos on Lauren King’s website?

    Lil’, I didn’t understand your last passage. What are you saying?

    • lil' gay boy says:

      Helen,

      Tried to reply before, perhaps the moderator on break? Third time will be a charm…?

      ;-)

      I agree about the pool, especially since its southern exposure is right up against a tall hedge; one of the reasons why I think, despite the neighborhood, a shy two acres (1.91) is rather miserly for $65M. I would prefer to see the pool/pavilion complex as a separate composition set amid broad lawns, where it can track the sun throughout the day; there’s still ample shade under the trellis.

      Embedded some links (hence the two similar posts); I am not sure if you are referring to the duplicates or the last ‘graph in each; if it is the Case Study Houses in general, you can find info on that program on the artsandarchitecture website.

      Many architectural purists consider his Case Study House remodeling “sacrilege” as those houses were, in effect, the complete antithesis of Woolf’s Regency style (more on jamescolincampbell website). If you are referring to the “Woolf Pack”, there’s more about his manufactured family on vanityfair website.

  4. Jamiekins says:

    Mama, you said it correctly when you said tasteful and dignified. This home is beautiful. Although I have to say, I would want to see receipts for that kind of price increase. From 15 million to 65 million is quite a jump. Albeit that it honestly is beautiful and just the kind of home I would love to live in. It is elegant to the core. And the lot with few exceptions is rather large for Holmby Hills. Not many have this much or more property. There are some exceptions but not many. Mrs. Lauren King could decorate a home for me anytime. She has exquisite taste, with just a touch of glamour sprinkled about. If I had the money for this home I would pay it in a second, mega price increase and all. Three cheers for you Mrs. King, and honestly I’m not sure you don’t deserve all that profit. It is Gorgeous ! A lady of true good taste and elegance. And thank you for not using gold guilt, or faux antiques. I’ll just pretend I didn’t see the murals.
    There seems to be some question on this site about the significance of pot racks. I love them, and if a person cooks they usually do. they do serve a useful purpose. I’m not one who thinks that everything has to be picture perfect all the time and pot racks are great for cooks. It means when you cook you don’t have to go digging around for every pot in a cupbord, clanging and banging you way to every pot. I will say that kitchens do look nicer without them, however if your a real cook the trade off is they are nice to have. I cook a lot, and in my last home I didn’t have one but everytime I made an intricate meal I wished I had one. It is something I have always coveted in a kitchen. On this site they are some what thought of as a horrid site, like a third arm coming out of your forehead. When your making lobster ravioli with cilantro leaves in the pasta sleeves, that’s enough to worry about not where the hell is that pot I need.
    But if you have to have everything perfect, and whine if it isn’t, I suppose I understand, but it’s silly. Most of the time I think control freaks are just that, not perfectionists, whom I don’t even think exist. Their just egos out of control.
    Love ya Mama !

  5. Bigdaddy says:

    Niggardly lot? Get over yourself. This house sits on one of the largest lots in Holmby Hills and is actually well proprtioned to its surroundings compared to most mansions in Prime West L.A.

  6. lil' gay boy says:

    Although almost none of the original house remains, this is an adroit resurrection of John Elgin Woolf’s design for Fanny Brice; Lauren King has dexterously avoided making it a study in gerontology.

    Apart from the unfortunately niggardly lot, the only drawback, IMHO, is the dreaded pot rack.

    ;-)

    Woolf was a sought after designer in Hollywood, and was notorious for not only having adopted his business partner/lover but, with a few strays, forming the “Woolf Pack” in a “…remodeled beyond recognition…” Case Study House (No. 17B; the most famous being No. 22).

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