Wednesday, June 7, 2006

King's mountain ranch is for sale

STANLEY (AP) — Songwriter and singer Carole King has put her 128-acre ranch south of the Salmon River in the White Cloud Mountains up for sale, with a $19 million asking price.

The secluded Robinson Bar Ranch compound includes a 7,000-square-foot lodge, King's two-bedroom home, a caretaker's home, a professional recording studio, guest cabins and horse barns. The property also includes two natural hot pools, and several buildings are heated by geothermal springs.

But despite the sale, King said she's not leaving Idaho, where she's lived since 1977. King still maintains a condominium in Ketchum and homes in California and New York, where she was born.

King declined to talk about the sale, saying she was busy writing a book.

"I am planning to stay in Idaho," she said.

Trent Jones, a real estate agent with the Ketchum company Hall and Hall, is marketing the ranch for King. The remote property was turned into a guest ranch and resort by Chase A. Clark in 1914, who later became the state's governor and a federal judge. Clark and his daughter Bethine Church owned the ranch for more than 70 years until Bethine's husband, Sen. Frank Church, sold it in the 1970s.

"It takes a special buyer given the uniqueness of the property as well as its position in the marketplace," Jones said.

King wrote and sang standards like "I Feel the Earth Move" and "You've Got a Friend," and with her songwriting partner and ex-husband Gerry Goffin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1970, she broke out on her own as a singer with "Tapestry," which Rolling Stone magazine rated as No. 36 of the top 500 albums of all time.

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