‘Jeopardy!’: Late Host Alex Trebek Once Sold His Massive Horse Farm for an Insane Amount

by Jon D. B.
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In April of 2019, late ‘Jeopardy!’ legend and Outsider Alex Trebek sold off his remarkable horse farm for more than most make in a lifetime.

It’s a lesser known fact about the iconic host, but much like Betty WhiteAlex Trebek spent much of his life outdoors and in the company of animals. Horses, in particular, were one of Trebek’s great loves. In fact, the ‘Jeopardy!’ host owned a stunning, and absolutely massive, Lake Nacimiento home & horse farm for many years.

Not long before his passing, however, the late icon would look to sell the Paso Robles, California vacation home and stables – for a remarkable fortune. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, Trebek’s beloved lake farm went on the market for a staggering $1.399 million. This, however, pales in comparison to what his nearby thoroughbred ranch sold for congruently.

As for his gorgeous, 2,595-square-foot vacation farm property, it still sits on 30 acres. At the time of sale, it was “fully furnished (except for artwork and personal possessions),” states the former listing on Zillow. Alex Trebek’s 2019 realtor adds that the icon “developed the property with great care and aesthetics from the gated entrance, through the trees, down a curving paved drive to the homesite.”

In addition, the property held a “1,500-square-foot workshop with its own full bathroom and two roll-up doors,” leading out to a private dock and lake access.

Alex Trebek Once Sold Thoroughbred Horse Ranch for a Large Fortune

Right nearby, however, is the true gem: a 724-acre thoroughbred horse ranch known as Windfall Farms. Before the sale of his outdoors-centric vacation estate, agriculture development company Limoneira bought the horse ranch from Trebek.

The amount? $10 million in 2005. This is the equivalent of $13.4 million in 2021, adjusting for inflation.

At the time of these sales, Alex Trebek and his family‘s main home was in Studio City outside Los Angeles. This was, of course, a much easier commute during his timeless tenure as ‘Jeopardy!’ host. Sadly, the host’s contract was renewed through 2022 in 2019, but he would only be able to host through fall of 2020 before passing of pancreatic cancer in November.

In the time since, Trebek’s protege and “All-Time Jeopardy Champion” Ken Jennings has taken up interim hosting duties. Just recently, this honor became Mike Richards‘, the show’s executive producer and a former gameshow host himself.

Richards would open his inaugural episode with a tribute to Alex Trebek on February 23.

“So, as the producer, my job is to quite literally live the mantra ‘the show must go on,’” Richards opened the episode. “So let’s do what Alex Trebek did 8,244 times: Let’s play Jeopardy! and prove that nothing can stop this show.”