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Merv Griffin’s estate in La Quinta comes complete with racetrack and horse stables at $9.5 M

Andrea Divirgilio / June 22, 2012

Considered to be an entertainment business magnate, the late American television host, musician, and actor Mervyn Edward ‘Merv’ Griffin, who died of prostate cancer in 2007, has left a legacy that included Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, hotels, casinos, real-estate properties, side business ventures, and a fortune of more than billion dollars. Now, the 39-acre Palm Springs-area estate that this entrepreneurial juggernaut, used as his loving desert base in California has been re-listed for sale at a revised price of $9.5 million. Originally, Merv Griffin’s love for thoroughbred horses was the inspiration for this Moroccan-themed residential estate complete with racetrack and horses stables in La Quinta, California. This sale is apparently a great deal for someone in the horse business or the discerning individuals who would like to live large in old-style Hollywood mansion.

Merv Griffin's 39-acre Palm Springs-area

Location: One of Merv Griffin’s most creative enterprises is located at 81345 Avenue 54 in La Quinta, California, United States.

Merv Griffin's 39-acre Palm Springs-area

Also, a vast horse farm where Merv Griffin bred Arabians, this property spread in 20,000 sq. ft of living space, includes a total of 14 full bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms. The estate also boasts 5,000 sq. ft main house and four, one-bedroom poolside casitas, and it truly remains as a testament to the old-style Hollywood way of living large.

Merv Griffin's 39-acre Palm Springs-area

In his typical hands-on style, Griffin actually immersed himself in building his La Quinta home, which is an exotic Moroccan-style mansion with interiors done by famed designer Waldo Fernandez. Further, each of the room has stained glass Moroccan lights and the showers and sinks are tile mosaics, and the living room sports a retractable dome skylight and 4 live palm trees which are at least 20 feet tall. And, a huge rug spans nearly the entire floor instead of wall-to-wall carpet.

Merv Griffin's 39-acre Palm Springs-area

Additionally, the Griffin’s office comes lined with bookcases and photos of Merv Griffin with renowned luminaries such as Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Lucille Ball and Clint Eastwood.

Merv Griffin's 39-acre Palm Springs-area

The beautiful 16-stall horse barn, along with the only regulation-size race track in the Coachella Valley and a lagoon makes it truly a unique property, which will greatly appeal to someone in the horse business, or to someone with infinite cash to transform the vast grounds. Though, Merv Griffin’s house is stunningly beautiful and large, but one has to be in the horses to take its full advantage.

Merv Griffin's 39-acre Palm Springs-area

This Palm Springs-area estate was earlier listed in March 2012 for $14.5 million, and is now been relisted with a significant price cut of $5 million.

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