Celeb R.E.: Former Smokey Robinson's Home Originally Built in 1884 Koreatown and Moved to Encino Hits the Market
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Barely one week ago, I was blogging about Smokey Robinson's Chatsworth mansion hitting the market when all of a sudden I get notice that Robinson's former Encino mansion has also hit the market like its some sort of coordinated action to sell all things related to Smokey. For those that dont know, Smokey Robinson is an R&B singer-songwriter legend who started with Motown and has laid down roots in the SFV going back to the 80's and possibly more.
The home measures 5 Beds/5.5 Baths on 6,556 sqft on a total lot size of 1.54 acres built in 1912. According to the fine folks at Survey LA, this home was originally built in 1884 in Koreatown and was moved to Encino in 1912, hence the 1912 build date, which makes it the oldest home in the neighborhood and highy unique. The seller who is a non-celebrity is asking for $5,995,000 on December 4, 2014. The listing description states:
Exquisite Colonial/Plantation style home in this S. of the blvd neighborhood. This gated home has been updated to today?s standards yet maintains that classic old world style & charm. Greeted by immense grounds & the look & feel of being on the Gone with the wind movie set. Enter the iron gates to the brick lined circular driveway with plenty of parking in the motor court plus a 4 car garage. This dream home has a formal foyer highlighted by dark hardwood floors that run throughout the much of the home + beautiful art deco style crown molding. The main floor has formal Living, Dining & Family rooms + a beautiful country French kitchen + separate guest unit. This home was originally built in 1880 & moved from Los Angeles to its current Encino location in 1912 & was Smokey Robinson's personal residence. The current owners spared no expense on the upgrading & updating from Electrical to plumbing & more? There is a home theater, a gym/dance studio, a sauna & wine cellar. The master suite is like no other w/ 2 sitting rooms, fully appointed bathroom, steam room & a huge walk-in closet. The grounds are amazing. There are several sitting gazebo?s & porches. Huge park like grounds w/ mature landscaping, updated pool & spa plus a meditation area and putting green.
This home was purchased by Smokey on March 28, 1988 for $1,422,000 and later sold to the current owners for $2,300,000 on May 3, 2002. Although the home is extremely interesting and unique, its is priced at nearly double the price per sqft of most homes in the neighborhood which makes any sale at this price point not for the faint of heart. Something tells me there will be price reductions.