Viral Video Royal Zach King Scores Suburban Hobby Farm

Viral Video Royal Zach King Scores Suburban Hobby Farm
In case anyone has somehow missed it, social media personalities are the 21st century’s A-list film actors and rock stars whose vast and dedicated global fan bases allow them to fill their coffers with mountainous piles of money they often use — just like profligate rock stars and successful actors — to buy up multi-million dollar real estate.

Zack King, who cleverly edits his ultra-short videos to look as if he is doing magic, and holds the record for the most viewed TikTok video ever with 2.2 billion views — that’s right, kids, 2.2 billion! — has amassed enough of a fortune that, according to tax records, he’s splashed out $3.25 million for a multi-acre hilltop hobby farm in a suburban, semi-rural area of Thousand Oaks, Calif., about an hour’s drive west of downtown L.A.

The 30-year-old social media baron began posting on YouTube about a dozen years ago — videos on his channel frequently tally up more than a million and not uncommonly exceed 20 million views — but he first earned his digital bona fides on the short-lived but wildly popular six-second video app Vine. When Vine shut down, King moved his mesmerizing digital sleight-of-hand videos to TikTok where his 52.6 million followers make him the third most followed person on the platform behind Addison Rae and Charli D’Amelio.

A horseshoe drive arches up the front of the extensively updated four-bedroom and four-and-a-half-bath late-1990s residence that presides over more than two and a half acres. A wide front porch adds rustic farmhouse charm to the more-than 5,500-square-foot spread that features over-scaled herringbone patterned floors that look like strips of reclaimed wood but just may be tile made to look like reclaimed wood. Formal living and dining rooms, the former with a fireplace, flank the center hall foyer, while a double-sided stone fireplace divides a game room from the “great room,” a combination family room, informal dining bay and high-end kitchen. Arranged around a huge island, the kitchen’s casual bare-wood cabinets are jazzed up with a pearly white tile backsplashes and a shimmering array of sleek stainless steel appliances.

A guest or staff bedroom with private bathroom is discretely tucked behind the kitchen with a laundry room and three-car garage, while the main floor master suite privately occupies a wing of its own with a couple of walk-in closets, a spa-style bathroom and an adjacent study/office with outside entrance. Upstairs, a media lounge (or study loft) sits between two ample en-suite bedrooms, and a second staircase near the kitchen climbs to a large bonus room with a cathedral ceiling.

The sprawling equestrian-zoned estate has plenty of open space to set up all kinds of “magic” tricks for King’s videos, and also offers huge sun-splashed terraces with mountain views over the swimming pool and spa. An outdoor kitchen enhances entertaining opportunities and, on a lower section of the rolling property, a charming barn opens to a picturesque paddock shaded by majestic oak trees. The property also has a tiny vineyard and what listings held by Aileen Hagy of Aviara Real Estate describe as a wine-making structure.

King and his wife Rachel, who competed together on the 28th season of “Amazing Race — they came in sixth, are moving to Ventura County from Orange County’s Rossmoor, a planned community just west of Long Beach, where in 2015 they paid $1.3 million for a carefully maintained and fully updated if otherwise ordinary 2,500-square-foot single-story home with four bedrooms and two and a half baths along a street lined with tidy and similarly unassuming homes.

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