If you dance in your “tighty whities” playing air guitar to “Footloose,” you might be interested in purchasing a former rock star’s home. Of course, you have to have a very large balance in your checking account. Many of these homes aren’t what you’d expect from tattooed, sweating rockers, but often tastefully decorated and present a homey elegant ambiance. Of course, there are those rockers who simply must have the skull and crossbones or wild décor, but they aren’t in this collection of homes.
If you have $3.15 million and an itch for a new home, you can’t get Flea’s. Of course, that means the home of Michael Peter Balzary, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Known as Flea to his fans, Balzary had to build a new home after the Malibu, California fires destroyed his in 2007. Flea put the home on the market and 3,066 square foot, three-bathroom, three-bedroom and an office home sold in October, just four months after listing it.
If you’re disappointed you missed that one, you still have an opportunity to purchase the Hidden Hills home of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. This modest 10,930-square foot home is in Hidden Hills and has an asking price of $12,999,000. (The price is reminiscent of those from the late night TV used car salesman –with a few extra zeros.) Renowned for his interior designs, Lawrence-Bullard meticulously decorated this six-bedroom, six-full bath and four half-bath home, which “Architectural Digest” featured in the June 2011 issue.
Of course, if you want something a little historic, you might latch onto the 1905 Venice home of Brandon Boyd of Incubus fame. This 3,500 square foot building was once a hotel in the 1940’s but now is the living quarters for the rock star. It comes with a guest quarters and a music studio. The home also has a rooftop patio. The rocker bought the home in 2005 for about $6,000 less than the $3,495 million asking price. For those with a penchant for cooking, you’ll love the chef kitchen created to please the most demanding of food fanciers.
You missed the chance to purchase the home of Travis Barker, Blink-182’s rock drummer. However, Avril Lavigne and her ex now have the property on the market again. The Mediterranean mansion offers 8 bedrooms and 11 baths, in the gigantic 12, 184 square foot abode. The asking price is a mere $8,999,999. This tastefully decorated Mediterranean-style home offers not only the customary hardwood floors and chic design throughout, but also has a wine cellar, a gym, which includes a sauna, a ten-car garage and an outdoor area that would make anyone drool. It offers not only a swimming pool, barbecue and Jacuzzi, but also a covered outdoor living room with a scenic canyon view. (UPDATE: This home was recently purchased by NBA basketball star Chris Paul).
If you’re a Guns ‘n Roses groupie, consider looking at the 10,971 square foot home Slash put on the market. He and wife Perla Hudson purchased the Beverly Hills property in March of 2009 for $7,300,000 and listed it recently for $9,500,000. It has seven bedrooms, 8 baths, a game room with both arcade games and a poker table and decorated in a Spanish motif both inside and out. Don’t expect to call your local broker to get a “look see” into the home. It’s a pocket listing. That means one realtor holds the keys and you had better pass the moola test or you won’t get even a tiny peek.
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