Gene Autry property sells for $5 million

Gene Autry property sells for $5 million
The Gene Autry estate has sold for $5 million to "Survivor" host Jeff Probst. (Berlyn Photography)



Gene Autry

estate, built in 1949 by the cowboy singer-actor, has sold for $5 million.

His widow, Jacqueline Autry, had donated the forested 3.68-acre property in Studio City to the Autry National Center of the American West.

The two-story Monterey-style house of about 8,000 square feet has pegged hardwood floors, a family room with a wet bar, a library/media room with vintage walnut paneling, a breakfast room, five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

Balconies overlook the acreage, which has winding paths and flower gardens. There is a guesthouse, a swimming pool and an outdoor entertainment area with a fireplace.

Gene Autry's signature song was "Back in the Saddle Again," but his biggest hit was "

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

." He owned the team now known as the Los Angeles Angels of


from 1961 to 1997, and died in 1998 at age 91.

The Autrys married in 1981.

The estate came on the market last summer at $6.9 million.

Barbara Robinson of Hilton & Hyland and Connie Nelson of Coldwell Banker,

Studio City

, were the listing agents. Thomas O'Rourke of Prudential California Realty,

West Hollywood

, represented the buyer.