Just Listed: Art Linkletter's Estate

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I have listed the infamous ART LINKLETTER estate on Bel Air Rd for $10,250,000


On the market for the first time in 40 years, this mid-century modern residence rests on 4.6 prime acres in Bel Air with breathtaking views of Century City and downtown Los Angeles. Built in 1958, this residence boasts both architectural and celebrity pedigree; the Philmer J. Ellerbroek-designed, AIA award-winning home was featured in a prominent 1959 spread in Architectural Digest and owned by iconic radio and TV personality, Art Linkletter.  5,000 square feet, five bedrooms, 5.5 baths, dining room, formal living room, family room, kitchen, breakfast room, laundry room, pool and sports court. Classic mid-century architectural elements include two atriums (one with an outdoor patio), sculptural metal screens, pocket doors, stone fireplaces, walls of glass, one-of-a-kind built-ins, and a carport and motor court to fit at least 20 cars. This residence offers a rare opportunity to own architecture as art with an unparalleled view of the city. 

Linkletter was born Gordon Arthur Kelly in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In his autobiography, Confessions of a Happy Man (1960), he revealed that he had no contact with his natural parents or his sister or two brothers since he was abandoned when only a few weeks old. He was adopted by Mary (née Metzler) and Fulton John Linkletter, an evangelical preacher. When he was five, his family moved to San Diego, California, where he graduated from San Diego High School at age 16. During the early years of the Great Depression, he rode trains around the country doing odd jobs and meeting a wide variety of people. In 1934, he earned a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State Teachers College (now San Diego State University) (SDSU), where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. While attending San Diego State, he played for the basketball team and was a member of the swimming team. He had previously planned to attend Springfield College but did not for financial reasons.

In 1935 he met Miss Lois Foerster. They were married at Grace Lutheran Church in San Diego, November 28, 1935. Their marriage lasted until Art’s death, 74½ years later.

He earned a degree in teaching but took a job as a radio announcer at KGB in San Diego. Radio paid better than teaching, and Linkletter directed radio programs for fairs and expositions in the mid-1930s. In 1943, Linkletter pleaded guilty to falsely claiming U.S. citizenship; he was fined $500 and permitted to apply for citizenship.In the 1940s, Linkletter worked in Hollywood with John Guedel on their pioneering radio show, People Are Funny, which employed audience participation, contests and gags. The series served as a prototype for future radio and television game shows. People Are Funny became a television show in 1954 and ran until 1961.

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Sam Berman‘s caricature of Linkletter for NBC’s 1947 promotional book.

Other early television shows Linkletter worked on included Life With Linkletter with his son Jack (1969–1970) and Hollywood Talent Scouts (1965–1966). He acted in two movies, People Are Funny (1946) and Champagne for Caesar (1950). He was, along with Ronald Reagan and Bob Cummings one of the hosts of ABC’s coverage of the opening of Disneyland in 1955. He appeared three times as a guest host of The Tonight Show (1962).

In the 1950s, Linkletter became a major investor in and promoter of the hula hoop.

In his later years Later years  Linkletter invested wisely, enabling his considerable philanthropy. In 2005, at the age of 93, he opened the Happiest Homecoming on Earth celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Disneyland. Half a century earlier, he was the commentator on the opening day celebrations in 1955. For this, he was named a Disney Legend.

Linkletter was once a spokesman for National Home Life, an insurance company. A Republican, he became a political organizer and a spokesman for the United Seniors Association, now known as USA Next, an alternative to the AARP. He was also a member of Pepperdine University’s Board of Regents. He received a lifetime achievement Daytime Emmy award in 2003. He was inducted into the National Speakers Association Speaker Hall of Fame. He was a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (which ended in November 2008).

He received honorary degrees from a number of universities, including Pepperdine University and the University of Prince Edward Island. He served for many years as a trustee at Springfield College and donated money to build the swim center named in his honor.