Talk-show host Merv Griffin’s former La Quinta estate for sale

A Moroccan-style estate that was once owned by entertainer Merv Griffin is on the market in La Quinta at $9.5 million.

The 39-acre equestrian compound includes a racetrack, a 5,000-square-foot main house, four casitas, three one-bedroom staff quarters and apartments at both ends of the 16-stall stables for a total of 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.

The estate was developed by L.A.-based Griffin in 1986 as a desert retreat for entertaining and work. He raised Arabian horses and, later, thoroughbreds. Other features include an infinity pool and a 2.5-acre fishing lagoon.

Griffin, who died in 2007 at 82, was a singer, talk show host and television producer. He created game shows including “Jeopardy” and “Wheel of Fortune.”


The property was previously listed two years ago at $14.5 million.

Susan Canavan and Deirdre Coit of Canavan Coit/Coldwell Banker and Tyler Morgan, Todd Monaghan and Keith Markovitz of Capitis Sotheby’s are the listing agents.