The former estate of late television host Merv Griffin was put up for sale this week for $9.5 million and the desert home comes with a lot of modern fixes.
It is a 5,000-square-foot, Moroccan-style, home on 39-acres in the resort city of La Quinta, Ca.; it has 14 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a breath-taking home office. Additional features of the home include a 16 horse equestrian compound, a half-mile horse racetrack, and a 2.5-acre lagoon.
The entertainment business magnate’s home is the latest celebrity home in the Palm Springs area to be put on the market. In March, Betty and Gerald Ford’s home sold for close to $1.7 million in Rancho Mirage, a resort city in Riverside County.
Merv is most well-known for creating Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy!, Merv Griffin’s Crosswords and Click, with “Merv Griffin Enterprises” television production company.
Griffin passed away from prostate cancer on August 12, 2007 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was survived by his son, Tony, 52, and two grandchildren.
“This is a guy who, you know, he’s 82 and he’s running a company like he’s, you know, 42 or 32,” Tony said. “He just — it (cancer) devastated him. It wasn’t something that he — it wasn’t something that — it wasn’t him. Everyone that knows him, he’s the Energizer Bunny. He’s a guy that gets up and goes and has fun and entertains. You know, this wasn’t his type of ending, I don’t think.”