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Price Cut: Carole King’s Eco-Friendly Idaho Ranch

Catherine Sherman
July 10, 2013
Source: IMDb
Source: IMDb

Source: IMDb

Carole King has always seemed ahead of her time — from her songwriting success at age 18 with “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” to her taste in real estate. According to a 2009 Architectural Digest feature, the singer-songwriter spent nearly 20 years transforming Idaho’s Robinson Bar Ranch into an environmentally friendly residence heated by hot springs. The 128-acre property is now available for $9.9 million.

King has been trying to sell her Stanley, ID green home for several years, asking $19 million in 2007, according to The Real Estalker blog. The listing hit Zillow for $16 million in June 2011 and then dropped to $11.9 million later that year.

“This ranch features absolute solitude,” real estate agent Stoney Burke of Hall and Hall Partners writes in the listing description. Originally built in 1870, the main house includes a recording studio, rustic kitchen and living room, 5 bedrooms and 2 baths. Several guest cabins also line the property.

King began writing songs in the ’60s, but her music career took off in the ’70s with “Tapestry” remaining on the charts until Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in 1982. More recently, she and James Taylor completed a “Live at the Troubadour” reunion tour.

“Home is very important to me and consistently shows up in my lyrics,” King told Architectural Digest in December 2009. “But this house, more than any I’ve had, gives me the sense of being wrapped in the warm blanket of nature.”

The ranch is surrounded by the Salmon-Challis National Forest and overlooks Warm Springs Creek.


Catherine Sherman, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, industry trends and home improvement tips. Read more of her work here.