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Longtime CNN producer Wendy Walker’s Rancho Santa Fe compound goes up for auction

Longtime CNN producer Wendy Walker’s Rancho Santa Fe compound goes up for auction
Wendy Walker, the CNN producer who inspired the ABC drama "Notorious," is putting her Rancho Santa Fe compound up for auction. (Concierge Auctions)

The Rancho Santa Fe compound of Wendy Walker, the veteran CNN producer who inspired the ABC drama “Notorious,” will go to the highest bidder at auction next month.

Walker, who bought the property the year it was built in 1999, has had the estate on and off the market for the last two years. The home first hit the market in 2016 for $9.2 million, but saw its price cut by $1 million three months later, according to the Multiple Listing Service. It is now set to be sold through Concierge Auctions with no reserve on Nov. 20.

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Designed in Spanish Colonial Revival style, the home offers seven bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms and 14 fireplaces across 11,155 square feet. Eye-catching interior details include a mesquite front door, a cavernous dining room under antique lantern fixtures, a wine cellar with a chandelier and a two-story library topped by corbel vault ceilings.

French doors in the formal living room open to an indoor-outdoor patio, where picture windows pull in mountain views. In the kitchen, marble countertops pair with a pizza oven. There’s also a billiards room, a gym and an indoor-outdoor lounge.

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Outside, flat lawns surround a swimming pool and spa. The three-plus acres of grounds were designed by late landscape architect Kate Sessions and also hold a pool house with a bocce ball court and a detached guesthouse.

A two-car garage connects to the main house, and the grounds also hold a detached two-car garage and motor court.

Walker produced “Larry King Live” during her time with CNN. “Notorious,” which was based on her relationship with criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos, ran for one season in 2016.

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