With a work ethic forged unusually early as a young child, lasting over 70 years, and branching and cultivating his talents into acting, comedy, hosting, painting, and writing, Red Skelton proved that tenacity and tirelessness can result in a storied, multi-faceted career.
He was widely known for his contributions to entertainment, helming comedy and variety shows in radio, television, and film, but also made a name for himself with his art and published 6 books. A look at his peaceful 600-acre ranch retreat in Riverside, California, now on the market for $5.995 million, reveals a deep love for horses as another of his many passions.
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The ideal home provides a haven of privacy with room enough to indulge interests and host friends, and on this generous expanse of property tucked within the California mountains prospective buyers will find four wood and stone homes and a bunkhouse with 3 individual studios to accommodate a bevy of friends and family.
Those who harbor dreams of settling out west and ambling along trails on horseback will be happy to explore Skelton’s sprawling California home. Beautifully situated to take in mountainside views, the ranch’s many buildings are connected via rustic dirt roads and bordered by fences, starting with the evergreen-lined gated entrance. Exposed wood beams show the quality and functionality in mind with all the buildings’ construction, even in the barns.
Enter the primary residence and the cathedral ceilings above will ensure you won’t feel cheated out of the wide-open spaces the outdoors has to offer. Rich wood paneling on the walls connect the indoor decor to the natural tones outside and offer a beautiful neutral palette.
The kitchen cabinets are done in wood as well, timeless and rugged alongside modern appliances in black and stainless steel. Additional exposed beams and nearly 360-degree windows complete the spacious kitchen.
The three guest houses combine wood and stone elements in keeping with the ranch’s theme, among them a stone walkway and stone wall enclosure, and add other luxuries such as a private garage. The property also boasts a historic stone house over 100 years old with a chimney and stone-accented landscaping. The houses and studios offer a total of 8 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms for ranch residents and guests.
Horse facilities on this property will delight riding enthusiasts and invite possibilities for horse boarding, showing, or simply offering plush guest quarters to friends and their horses. A drive or stroll down the dirt road leading to the outdoor riding arena and foal barn is framed by skyscraper cypress trees that, against the golden sandy soil, complete the tumbleweed ranch aura.
Iron fencing frames the outdoor arena, and the foal barn contains extra-roomy mother-and-baby stalls as well as its own cathedral ceiling with exposed wood beams. Stallions may be housed in their own barn, with plenty of room for others in nine additional 24 by 24 ft outdoor horse pens. The immense big-top style indoor riding arena features a circular dome ceiling and sand floors. Other standout elements include a pond, hay and equipment barns, and a 10-car garage.
With stunning mountain views in all directions and a generous space to let horses run free, it’s easy to see why this sprawling horse place was Red Skelton’s vision of a peaceful, private western getaway for someone with a bustling and varied career.