Celebrity Real Estate News: Songstress Carole King’s 128 Acre Idaho Compound Hits Market

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Perhaps longer than any other American singer and song writer, Carole King has been a favorite of the Baby-Boom generation. Her writing and recording career began in 1958 at age 16 writing hits for a wide range of performers from Bobby Vee and Tony Orlando to Aretha Franklin and the Drifters.

She hit her peak in 1971 with the mega-hit album Tapestry setting new standards for the industry. With songs that are still popular today: "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," "You've Got a Friend," and especially "It's Too Late," Tapestry sold over 25 million copies winning Grammy awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.  

More recently, she and James Taylor completed a Live at the Troubadour reunion tour, and the musical about her life, Beautiful, is a Broadway hit in New York and a recent national tour.

Understanding Carole's inspiration as a Natural Woman is easy when one sees where she lives.  King has been at her 128-acre ranch for more than 30 years, but now at age 74, has put it on the market.  

In a wonderfully remote location near Sun Valley, the ranch is surrounded by national forest lands, private with mountain, forest, creek and river views. The main residence has views overlooking the ranch and the lodge has another five bedrooms and three baths with two stone fireplaces and a commercial kitchen.

There are eight guest log cabins for summer guests and hot water and heat for the other structures is provided via the thermal springs that hold a 135-degree temperature year round.  

Thermal pools for outdoor soaks maintain 108-degrees with a unique "cave" bath house excavated into the side of a mountain where one can shower among boulders.  The new horse stable has six stalls and frost-free water for livestock.  

There are several farm buildings used for equipment storage near the stable area.  For the musician who prefers working from home, there is a free-standing professional recording studio with a guest apartment above.  The caretaker's house has another three bedrooms, one full and two half baths with stone fireplace, beamed ceilings, and large deck space.

Sun Valley was a remote mining area but as the mines began to fail, the Lake Placid Olympic games of 1932 brought a new popularity to Alpine skiing in the United States. At the same time, W. Averell Harriman, chief executive of the Union Pacific Railroad, was looking for a place to build a ski resort to increase passenger train service to the West Coast.

Harriman hired Austrian Count Felix Schaffgotsch to find a site that had mountains, snow and was not too cold. Schaffgotsch recommended the Ketchum area in central Idaho; the resort opened in 1937 with the world's first ski chairlifts and heated swimming pools. Harriman hired Miami Beach promoter Steve Hannigan, who named it "Sun Valley" and brought in stars like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn to publicize the new resort. Bruce Willis, Margaux Hemingway and the late Patty Duke have had homes in the area.

Live the Sun Valley life with hot springs, mountain views, ultimate privacy and acreage on Carole King's Robinson Bar Ranch encompassed by Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation Area. Listed by Hall & Hall, the property was $16 million, now reduced to $9.9 million.

Follow to additional reference links to Top Ten Real Estate Deals and specific to Robinson Bar Ranch

 

Haute Tease

  • Academy Color Predictor Launches On iTUNE

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button
    The Academy Color Predictor, the first app created for the general public by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is now available on iTunes. The free app for iPad iOS 7 will be highlighted at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas this week.  
  • David Hill and Reginald Hudlin Tapped To Produce 88th OSCARS

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Emmy®-winning live television producer David Hill and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today.  It will be their first involvement with the Academy Awards.®  

  • Kingdom of Shadows Review – Exposing the Human Toll of Drug Wars

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Kingdom of Shadows, from Participant Media, Boiling Pot and Quiet Pictures, presents a stirring documentary that exposes the duality of drug smuggling through the eyes of a quiet nun, a convicted smuggler, and a hardened DEA/Homeland Agent looking back.

     
  • The Best of Provence - Emotional Escapes Luxury Villas

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    For those thinking of taking advantage of the low Euro this summer but who haven’t gotten around to planning their travel, have no fear, Provence Emotional Escapes has gorgeous luxury villas available for the perfect getaway.  

  • Terrence Malick Producer Nicolas Ginda to Team with Academy Award and Grammy Winning Musician Ryan Bingham on Comedy Drama “A Country Called Home”

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Producer Nicolas Gonda (THE TREE OF LIFE, TO THE WONDER), best known for his collaborations with Oscar® Nominated Director Terrence Malick, confirmed that he will be producing the forthcoming indie comedy-drama A COUNTRY CALLED HOME. The film will star rising actress Imogen Poots (BEAUTIFUL RUINS, NEED FOR SPEED, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY) in the title role.

Crime

  • Misclassification of Homicide Case Aids Murderer in Escaping Justice; FBI Offers Reward

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Brittanee Drexel, of Rochester, New York, was last seen in 2009 leaving a beachfront hotel in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, according to hotel surveillance cameras, the FBI said in a recently released statement and simply vanished.

     
  • Ariel Castro Accepts Plea Deal; Sentencing Hearing Scheduled

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three women captive in his East side residence for over a decade, has accepted a plea deal arrangement sentencing him to life in prison plus 1000 years. 

     
  • Hank Brennan, James “Whitey” Bulger Lawyer, Set to Argue Appeal

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Hank Brennan, lawyer for James "Whitey" Bulger the mobster convicted of leading Boston's notorious Winter Hill Gang, is preparing to argue why the court should reverse its original verdict and allow the aging mobster a second chance.  

     
  • Girl, 16, Dead After Vicious Attack

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Amy Inita Francis-Joyner, 16, a sophomore at Howard High School of Technology, in Wilmington, Delaware, died Thursday morning after she was jumped in the girl’s restroom by two other sixteen year olds and beaten to near death over a boy.

     
  • Columbia Rape Accuser Continues Protest Project

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Columbia University rape accuser Emma Sulkowicz, determined to have her accused rapist suspended from the Ivy league University maintained her vigil of protest, and carried a mattress the symbol of the weight and burden rape victims carry daily to the 2015 Class Day Ceremonies.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • BACKSTAGE PAST: The High Times of Legendary Rock Promoter Barry Fey

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    BACKSTAGE PAST, the auto bio road trip from legendary promoter Barry Fey, reveals the dressing room romps of Rock n' Roll royalty from a career that spans forty years of music madness.

     
  • Celebrities Pay Tribute to Jerry and Elaine Orbach During Launch of Remember How I Love You

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Celebrities, family and friends of the late Jerry and Elaine Orbach gathered recently, at The Snapple Theater Center in Manhattan’s Theater District, to honor them with readings from their newly released book, “Remember How I Love You - Love Letters From An Extraordinary Marriage.”

     
  • Adventures on the Queen Mary Review - Stunning, Beautiful, A Must Have

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Adventures on the Queen Mary, by Dave Wooders with James Radford, a book for those who have dreamed of traveling the high seas, in all the style of a bygone era and the opulence of the Queens luxury.

     
  • HL A&E Presents The Best Summer 2016 Music Festivals, by the Numbers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Every year, thousands of people flock to church. The devotees pray in flower crowns and straw hats, fringe-laden vests and neon body paint. They are the congregation of music lovers, gathering from many different corners of the world to worship at the summer’s many music festivals.  

  • A Pink Suitcase Book Review – Empowering Stories from Women Who Dared

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Pink Suitcase, from World Traveler Press, presents twenty-two provocative individual stories of empowered woman who dared to fulfill their dreams of global expedition, from hiking the Appalachian Trail to entering Gutsy Gal adventures.