Radio host Kim Komando is selling her Phoenix production and broadcast studio for $13 million at a time when she plans to put her Phoenix home back on the market.
No, she doesn’t plan to leave Phoenix.
In fact, she’s in the process of building a $15 million home on top of Camelback Mountain.
After building her sound stage, audio and video production and broadcasting studio at 6135 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix, in 2016, Komando said it’s time to let somebody else use the facility.
Her team has been working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, which means she no longer has a need for the 26,000-square-foot space. If anything, she said she would like to lease a portion of it back from the buyer.
Her company, WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment Inc., has retained Cushman & Wakefield to sell the studio.
“It’s a shame for the facility to sit empty,” Komando said. “Really, it’s a very special place. We’ve done a lot of great things out there. But we just don’t need it.”
The facility includes a full 360 green screen, 3,500-square-foot sound stage and a direct satellite link to go live into New York.
“Everything you want literally is in that building,” she said, including a generator when the summer monsoons knock out the power.
“My business is still growing,” she said. “We just don’t need this type of facility in today’s environment. Since the pandemic, I’ve launched another radio show and launched two more podcasts.”
On Oct. 28, Komando will be inducted into Arizona State University’s Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.
After listing her Phoenix home for $6.35 million in March, Komando took it off the market to care for her mother, who had been battling pancreatic cancer over the past four years.
When the cancer came back, Komando took the house off the market because she didn’t want to move her mother from her casita on the property, which sits at the base of Camelback Mountain.
Her mom passed a week ago, and now Komando is thinking about putting the home back on the market.
But this time, she said she most likely will list it for just under $6 million, after the market had cooled a bit during the summer.
With her $15 million home on top of Camelback Mountain nearing completion, Komando said she expects to move into the 11,000-square-foot home early next year.
“It has a 270-degree view of the Valley,” she said. “You can see Mayo Clinic Hospital, across the west side, downtown Phoenix and right to ASU (in Tempe).”
The home features five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a 13-car garage. It also includes a 2,000-square-foot casita Komando had been building for her mother.
“Now I just call it a guest house,” she said. “It’s too sad to call it anything else.”
Looking back, Komando said she was fortunate to live with her mother for 42 years.
“I told her when she was passing, ‘It’s OK for you to go, but you better be there to meet me,'” Komando said.