Merv Griffin's former desert retreat renting for $6,000 a night

$6,000 a night to rent Merv Griffin's onetime equestrian compound in Riverside County

Merv Griffin’s one-time retreat in La Quinta is up for rent, but it will set you back a pretty penny.

The 39-acre equestrian compound, which includes a 6,000-square-foot Moroccan-style house, four guest casitas, various staff quarters and apartments, horse facilities and a racetrack, is available for $6,000 a night.

Developed by the legendary entertainer in the 1980s, the property has been offered as a short- and long-term rental since it last sold for $7 million in 2013. It was originally priced at $14.5 million when it came to market in 2011.

Griffin, who died in 2007 at 82, used the gated estate to raise Arabian horses and thoroughbreds, as well as for entertaining and work. Among its features are grand formal areas, bright mosaic tile, lanterns and elaborate stone fireplaces.

Glass doors and windows along the southern wall take in views of the pool, the pond and surrounding vistas. An infinity-edge pool and spa, a 2.5-acre fishing pond and a 16-stall horse stable complete the grounds.

Clayton Baldwin of Kinetic Properties is the listing agent.

Griffin was a singer, television producer and host of the long-running talk show “The Merv Griffin Show” (1965-85), among others. He created game shows including "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune."

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