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

On 2.6 acres, the Country Colonial was designed by Playboy Mansion architect Arthur Kelly

Courtesy of Bret Parsons and Steve Shrager

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.