Crank up the tunes and put your head on someone’s shoulder, because Paul Anka is looking to strike a very rich chord with his groovy Thousand Oaks home. And this place certainly has all the proper ingredients to make a real estate hit, including a state-of-the-art recording studio, billiard room, fully renovated eat-in kitchen, detached gym and an infinity pool.
The heavily upgraded mansion won’t come cheap, of course, saddled as it is with a $10 million price tag. But that’s par for the course at guard-gated Sherwood Country Club, where the house is located — the enclave’s nationally famed Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course is lined with extravagant homes and multi-acre estates. Club members, who include Justin Timberlake, Sylvester Stallone and Tom Selleck, must first fork over a reported $300,000 initiation fee just to join.
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Anka’s estate is situated on “one of Sherwood’s largest privately gated lots,” per the listing, spanning nearly six contiguous acres. A long, gated driveway leads between rows of trees on its way to the nearly 8,000-square-foot house, which is privately tucked out of sight from the street and neighborly prying eyes. A vast motorcourt fronts a four-car garage and boasts ample room for high-end luxury rides including Anka’s Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen, visible in listing photographs.
Besides the aforementioned amenities, highlights of the French-inspired residence include an orange living room equipped with a fireplace and line with some of Anka’s numerous plaques, a butler’s pantry with marble countertops and built-in storage, a breakfast nook with views over the surrounding hills, a formal dining room that spills out to an al fresco patio, Astroturf lawns and four ensuite bedrooms. The upstairs master retreat includes a fireplace, showroom closet and opulent bathroom. Perhaps the estate’s most unique feature is a freestanding, glass-walled building that functions as a very lavish at-home gym, and the surrounding grounds are laced by ancient oaks.
Records indicate the house was built in speculation in 2006; Anka bought it in 2007 for $4 million and likely spent another small fortune on bespoke upgrades in the 16 years since.
Anka, 82, is perhaps one of the most successful songwriters of the 20th century. Widely known for crafting mega-hits for the likes of Michael Jackson, Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra, the Grammy-winner also took songs like “Diana,” “Lonely Boy” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” to the top on his own, and he wrote the memorable theme music for “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.” He’s now a member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.
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