Sports radio host Jim Rome sells his Irvine mansion for a record $12.5 million

February 12, 2023

Take note, clones: Sports talk radio host Jim Rome has sold his home in Irvine for $12.5 million, a record for the Orange County community, property records show.

At the end of a private drive in Shady Canyon, the roughly one-acre property takes in city, golf course and mountain views and includes a sprawling villa of 12,300 square feet, an attached pavilion and a saltwater swimming pool.

The three-story house, built for Rome in 2007, features an elevator, a wine cellar and a wood-paneled lounge that contains a game room, a gym and a speakeasy-style bar. A pair of executive offices sit within a dedicated wing, and there is tiered seating in the theater room.

The master retreat — one of six bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms — has boutique-inspired closets and a chandelier-topped soaking tub. French doors in the master open to a private balcony overlooking the grounds.

The home had been listed for $13.995 million since it came to market last year. The sale bests the previous price record for a single-family home in Irvine. That record was set by another Shady Canyon estate, which changed hands in 2009 for $10 million.

Jacqueline Thompson of Surterre Properties was the listing agent. Virginia Alspaugh of Alspaugh Properties represented the buyer.

Rome, 52, has been a mainstay on radio airwaves since the mid-1990s with “The Jim Rome Show.” More recently he hosted the premium cable sports-talk series “Jim Rome on Showtime” from 2012-15.

He bought the property in 2003, records show.

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