Six-time Emmy winning television titan Ryan Murphy has settled for $10.65 million on the sale of his weekend getaway in Orange County’s low-key but high-cost Laguna Beach, after the property spent more than two-and-a-half long years on the market at steadily declining prices. The sale price is not just a fortune below the unrealistic original price tag of $18.75 million but also notably under the last asking price of $12.5 million.
Records indicate the gated hillside compound was acquired in two transactions — the first in 2005, the second in 2007 — for a total of just under $8 million. Since then, every square foot of the 1.25-acre spread has been reimagined and rebuilt as a sophisticated weekend retreat. Mark Singer handled the architecture, and Cliff Fong did up the relaxed interiors with name-brand artworks and important furniture pieces designed by the likes of lauded late decorator Billy Haines.
Between the roughly 5,000-square-foot single-level main house and approximately 1,200-square-foot two-story guesthouse/work studio there are six bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms. Both houses feature bespoke finishes and vast expanses of windows that provide uninterrupted ocean and coastline views. Stone and wood pathways meander through lavishly landscaped gardens down to a two-story poolside pavilion complete with an outdoor kitchen, two fireplaces and two changing-room bathrooms.
The profoundly prolific TV series creator, who in early 2018 signed a record-setting overall deal with Netflix reportedly valued at more than $250 million, still owns a stunning Spanish Revival mansion in Beverly Hills that he bought from Diane Keatonin 2010 for $10 million and unsuccessfully had up for sale earlier this year at close to $17 million. His portfolio also includes a sprawling hacienda-style home in the Brentwood area that he spent six years renovating after he picked it up in 2013 for $9 million.