Former home of ‘Golden Girl’ Rue McClanahan asking $5.5M in Encino

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Fresh on the market in Encino’s affluent Royal Oaks neighborhood is the former home of late actress Rue McClanahan, best known for her portrayal of man-eating Southern belle Blanche Devereaux in NBC’s long-running sitcom The Golden Girls.

According to public records, the TV star acquired the property for $1.35 million in 1988. Built by Playboy Mansion architect Arthur Kelly in 1951, the Country Colonial-style home’s interiors were given a recent overhaul by designer Nick Berman.

Per the listing, the single-story residence contains four bedrooms, six baths, a living room with wet bar, a skylit dining room, a music salon, an office, a gym, and home theater within its 5,368 square feet.

But the 2.61-acre property’s strongest selling point might be its lush and verdant grounds, on which you’ll find a grotto-style pool and spa, a “custom waterfall/creek,” an outdoor kitchen, a children’s playground, a basketball court, a gazebo with pool table, and a “large kennel with dog run.”

The gated property is listed with an asking price of $5.495 million, and open house is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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