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Onetime home of 'King of Swing' Benny Goodman fetches $5.85 million

A former home of legendary jazz musician and “King of Swing” bandleader Benny Goodman has sold in Pacific Palisades for $5.85 million.

Found along a tree-lined street in Palisades Riviera, the Spanish-style house retains its 1920s charm with beamed ceilings, original windows, wood-burning fireplaces and wrought iron details.

The roughly 5,000-square-foot house opens to a rotunda entry with a saltillo tile floors and a sweeping staircase embellished with decorative tile risers. Living, dining and family rooms, an updated kitchen and a study/office are among the common spaces.

Five bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms include a master suite with a walk-in closet and heated bathroom floors. A detached guest house is set up as a music/recording studio.

Grounds of about a third of an acre contain multiple patios, a built-in barbecue and a swimming pool and spa. Privacy hedges, formal landscaping and front and back lawns complete the setting.

The property came to market in summer for $6.195 million and was more recently listed at $5.995 million. It previously sold a decade ago for $4.65 million, records show.

Anthony Marguleas of Amalfi Estates was the listing agent. Marco Rufo of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices repped the buyer.

Goodman, who died in 1986 at 77, was a clarinetist and dance band leader in the 1930s. His noted hits include "Sing Sing Sing," "Taking a Chance on Love" and "Let's Dance."

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