Robert Kirkman began writing comic books and achieved early success — one of his first publications was adapted into a Spike TV webisode series. In 2003, he singlehandedly wrote and published The Walking Dead comic book series, which was developed into the tremendously successful AMC TV show that has been the highest-rated program among 18-to-49-year-olds for several seasons.
Last month, a unique three-residence compound in posh Encino sold for $7.3 million to Kirkman and his longtime wife Sonia. The newer Spanish Revival-style compound was built by the previous owner and designed by architect John Andrews. The 10,000+ square foot compound is made up of a sizable main residence, a very large guesthouse/second residence, and accessory staff quarters.
Situated on a 1.46-acre lot, the gated spread includes a large motorcourt with hordes of off-street parking, a three-car garage, and formal entryway with rustic hardwood and tile floors. To the right of the front door is a step-down formal living room featuring a fireplace and French door access to the outdoors. Just beyond that is a the family room, with its wet bar and foldaway doors leading to an ornate and outdoor fireplace area.
The main house features a catering-sized kitchen with high-end stainless appliances and a sunny breakfast nook with broad views over the San Fernando Valley. Just beyond that is a rather stunning formal dining room equipped with a fireplace and French doors accessing to various parts of the yard.
The estate totals seven beds and 10 baths, and the main house has a spacious master suite that includes a bedroom with a tile fireplace and opens to private gardens, and a bathroom with dual vanities, a soaking tub, and an intricate tile floor pattern.
The kitchen in the guest house is quite fancy and includes more high-end appliances plus another center island. And another breakfast nook area, too. There’s also a very large formal dining room and a master suite. The staff quarters aren’t quite so fancy but do include a kitchen with utilitarian accouterments and an informal eating area.
The tiered property’s siting on a high knoll affords the compound fantastic views. Naturally there’s a free-form infinity pool w/ spa, a big lawn currently outfitted with a soccer pitch, a BBQ, and numerous outdoor dining and lounging options.