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‘American Idol’ director Bruce Gowers pares down price of Malibu farmhouse

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“American Idol” director Bruce Gowers has relisted his equestrian compound in Malibu at $12.5 million, which is around $2.5 million less than his original asking price.
(Simon Berlyn)

Bruce Gowers, who won an Emmy for his directing of the television singing competition series “American Idol,” is still on the hunt for a buyer in Malibu. He’s put his equestrian estate in the area back up for sale at $12.5 million, records show.

The new price is around $2.5 million less than when the property first came up for sale in 2016.

Dubbed Silver Raven Farms, the gated property sits roughly half a mile from the ocean. Set across four acres of grounds, the estate includes a 5,788-square-foot main home, three guesthouses, a pool, a tennis court, a riding arena and a horse barn. Rolling lawns are dotted with fruit trees and vegetable gardens.


Custom stone work and wide-plank walnut floors fill the two-story main house, which was built in 2009. Highlights of the home include an indoor-outdoor living room under high vaulted ceilings and skylights, a rotunda kitchen with a hexagonal island and a formal dining room. A wood-paneled billiards room features a wet bar.

Beamed ceilings top the master suite, one of four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Also part of the master bedroom is a fireplace, a lounge and a balcony surveying a palm-topped, brick-lined patio out back.

Ellen Francisco and Marcus Beck of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage hold the listing.

A native of England, Gowers gained fame for directing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” music video. In addition to overseeing the “American Idol” live shows, he’s also directed events like the Primetime Emmy Awards, the American Music Awards and Miss America pageant.

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