Smokey Robinson’s former home in Encino recently changed hands, fetching a final price of just under $8.3 million. Prior to last week’s sale, the estate had been listed at $8.75 million.
Robinson—who pioneered the ‘Motown Sound,’ and whose soulful vocal and delivery influenced blue-eyed soul blues-rock idols like Van Morrison and Mick Jagger—sold the home in 2002, for $2.3 million. The current owners had purchased the property in 2013, for $3.2 million.
The estate is crowned by a majestic Southern colonial. The house dates to 1912, and establishes a symmetrical and formalist overall impression for the property. It measures a stout 10, 600 square feet, and contains seven bedrooms and eight baths. Three of the bedrooms are en-suite; the master opens onto an 800 square-foot private deck, and is accessible through French doors from both bedroom and bath.
The home’s interiors begin with a foyer floored with black-and-white tile, a motif which is used throughout the main house and pool house, and marble is used extensively in baths, and for fireplace mantels. Elsewhere, flat-finished wide-plank hardwood floors lend a little rusticity to the overall vision, relaxing things a bit. Walls are variations on neutral, with soft greys and a bit of cool.
The gardens are designed nearer to the English style, with symmetrical hedgerows and a central water feature giving way to a more rococo meandering which includes a gazebo, an arbor, and a footbridge over a small stream. The grounds extend to a little more than 1.5 acres.
Robinson’s falsetto, songwriting, production acumen, and stage presence helped set the tone for Motown Records; his band the Miracles helped establish the signature sound of the label, making it one of the most forceful presences in the 1960’s music scene. In 2014, jazz label Verve released ‘Smokey and Friends,’ his best-selling solo recording to date.