The palatial pad where Larry King and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Shawn Southwick, lived for about twelve years has hit for the market for $16.9 million in Beverly Hills. The couple purchased the seven-bed, nine-bath house for $11.75 million in 2007 but amid the divorce proceedings are trying to unload the asset. Located in the part of Beverly Hills called The Flats, it is a stone’s throw from the bustle of Santa Monica Boulevard, but sits on a half acre gated lot with so much privacy only the most stalwart of paparazzi would stake themselves outside.
Homes in the The Flats run the gamut from condos starting in the mid-500s range with single family homes starting at over a million for the starter set. Of the roughly two dozen homes for sale over $10 million the King-Southwick residence is right in the middle of that price range, not even close to this $45 million house with brand names like a Fendi kitchen and Hermes chandelier as part of the decor.
Behind those privacy gates is a 10,700 square foot house in all Mediterranean style from start to finish. Starting with a be-columned loggia outside the front door, leading to a double height foyer with dual staircases and a circular domed ceiling reminiscent of your typical Italian church, the home is a mesh light beiges and sandstone tans in nearly every room. A coffered ceiling living room with fireplace and walls of built-in bookshelves leads to a sunny casual entertaining room with wet bar (where a large hand drawn portrait of King adorns the wall). Both of those spaces have sliding glass doors to the backyard with huge privacy trees, a covered seating area, heated pool and guest house await.
Upstairs the master bedroom, currently awash in baby blues, has a large sitting room with fireplace and a private porch (also a hand drawn portrait of what appears to be Southwick on the wall). The adjacent bathroom with pedestal soaking tub looks out over the backyard.
The large kitchen has commercial-grade appliances, many of which are discreetly hiding behind oak-toned paneling, An unusual oven hood, which appears to have an outer lining of either wood or cork, keeps with the color scheme.
The listing is with Kurt Rappaport of Westside Agency.