Real Estate Envy

Want to Buy Johnny Carson’s House?

The late-night legend’s former home in Malibu will run you a cool $81,500,000.

In 1980, acclaimed contemporary architect Ed Niles built a five-bed, 11-bath, 7,083-square-foot palace on 4.1 acres of beach in Malibu. The property’s lush tree canopy and winding gardens provide a mix of luxury and privacy that would appeal to any deep-pocketed recluse, and in the mid-1980s, the lavish estate was purchased by one of entertainment’s most deep-pocketed and reclusive figures: Johnny Carson. Now, that home is up for sale again, and it will only cost you $81,500,000.

Located on an ocean-side cliff above the Point Dume Bluffs at 6962 Wildlife Road, the late comedy icon’s former home boast predictably high-profile neighbors. Malibu has become a natural escape for Hollywood’s elite. With nearly 30 miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline located just an hour away from Los Angeles, the beach town has attracted many of the world’s most sought-after home architects, who have found buyers for their most lavish and expensive dream projects in the town.

The estate at 6962 Wildlife Road is a masterpiece of glass and wood, with towering ceilings and expansive living spaces. Two of its five bedrooms are in the main home, while the other three belong to a guest house. In addition to its multiple bathrooms, ocean-view terrace, chef’s kitchen and formal dining room, the home features multiple lounge areas, a wine cellar and an Asian living room with a copper and glass fireplace — the home’s centerpiece.

Outside the home, the estate also features a pavilion, gym and locker room, tennis court, saltwater swimming pool, koi pond and two acres of gardens.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the property was purchased from Carson’s widow, Alexis, in 2007 for $46 million. The home’s new owners, film producer Sidney Kimmel and his wife, Caroline, have made extensive renovations and have set a price tag of $81,500,000 for the estate.

Coldwell Banker has the listing.

Note: at the time of this posting, the home may be off the market. Photo courtesy of Zillow