Tommy Smothers selling his $13 million Valley of the Moon ranch
The Smothers-Remick ranch up above Kenwood and Glen Ellen is beyond spectacular. And it could be yours.
Tommy Smothers — comic, activist, musician, winegrower, Yo-yo master and one-half of the Smothers Brothers — has put his vineyard estate up for sale. Asking price: $13 million.
Worth many times that are the views from up there of the Valley of the Moon, the Mayacamas and Sonoma Mountain.
Smothers fell in love with and purchased the hilltop property 40 years ago. Among the guests he welcomed up to see what he did with the place were Robin Williams, John Belushi, Tuesday Weld, Pat Paulsen, Bill Murray and Don “Father Guido Sarducci” Novello.
Now 82, Smothers is keen to stay in Sonoma County, but he’s ready to downsize from the ranch he named in tribute to the granddad, Ed Remick, who was with him when he found the place in the 1970s and who lived on the property for 15 years.
Beyond the views, major attractions of the Smothers-Remick ranch include a gorgeous 3-bedroom, 4.5-bath house that Smothers helped to build, two ponds, a pool, a studio, two barns and nearly 100 acres of land, some of them planted with premium, organic Smothers-Remick Ridge grapes that make Arrowood wines.
Smothers’ former wife, Marcy Carriker Smothers, said the years she and the couple’s two children spent on the ranch were astounding.
“It was a good run,” she said, “and I’m looking forward to meeting the next stewards of this magnificent land.”
She married the co-star of TV’s former “Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1990. It was about 20 years earlier that Tommy Smothers came to Sonoma Valley with his grandfather, looking for a home in the country.
They found the rustic ranch up off Warm Springs Road and fell in love with it. At the time, the improvements consisted of a pool and a simple cabaña.
Tommy Smothers and his family fixed it up over the next four decades. Considerably.
Prominent among the jumble of emotions Marcy Smothers shares is gratitude that the ranch was not among the many homes consumed by the Nuns fire in 2017. Thankful to the Kenwood firefighters she credits with saving the home, she said she’s well aware that “a lot of people don’t have a property to sell.”
Listing agent Tina Shone said the Smothers ranch feels to be on top of the world, and she is hearing from potential buyers who’d like to go up for a look.
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