By Laura Vecsey
Chili Peppers Frontman Kiedis Buys Villa in His Beloved City of Angels
For a hell-raising rocker famous for wearing tube socks in all the wrong places, Anthony Kiedis has picked a very sedate place to crash once the band’s tour is done this October.
Forget Venice Beach or West Hollywood or Malibu, The Red Hot Chili Peppers front man has just purchased a $3.65 million gated mansion near the Sunset Strip that drips with old-world charm.
We’re talking ivy growing up the walls, imported fixtures from European cathedrals and al fresco murals on the ceilings – the works!
Maybe it’s the hectic pace of the band’s current “I’m With You World Tour.” Or maybe it’s just the result of turning 50 and needing a quiet compound to take a major chill. But for a rocker who could live anywhere he wants in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, the King of Californication has chosen a 1940s villa with an architectural pedigree that has landed the property in Architectural Digest three times.
Originally designed by architect F. Pierpont Davis, the 3-bedroom 4-bathroom home was later re-done by “Hollywood Regency king” John Woolf. Then, in June 2012, star architect Waldo Fernandez purchased the home for $2.4 million and gave it a stellar makeover, enhancing the 2,700-square-foot home’s 14-foot hand-carved ceilings and its 10-foot solid limestone fireplace.
The villa was called “One of the 100 Most Desirable Homes to Own” by Architectural Digest, which, again, seems an odd choice for a man with a band whose legendary bass player’s name is “Flea.” Then again, rock royals need a palace.
“Dexter” Star Flipping Out of Hollywood Hills Home
In addition to winning Golden Globes, “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall has been busy buying and selling three different Los Angeles properties in the past few years. The latest is Hall’s Spanish Revival home at 2092 Mound St. in Hollywood Hills, which he has just listed for $2.35 million.
This comes on the heels of Hall selling a Hal Levitt-designed home last summer, and then buying a 1923 property in Los Feliz just this past May.
The Spanish Revival sits at the end of a cul-de-sac and offers an “indoor/outdoor living experience” that captured Hall’s attention by transporting him to “an Old World oasis and marveled that I was in the heart of Hollywood.”
Hall said the home was “filled with surprises,’’ including the fact that it is a 2-building compound with a 4-bedroom main house and a 1-bedroom, 1-bath guesthouse.
Country Singer Brad Paisley Sells L.A. Home
Award-winning country music star Brad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, have sold their 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Pacific Palisades home for $2.5 million.
That’s less than the decorated country singer originally asked for the 3,394-square-foot house, which was listed for $2.995 million in February before the price was dropped to $2.795 million in April.
Still, despite the price cut, the Paisleys made out okay. They bought 1925 vintage home in 2004 for $1.644 million. Besides, the couple and their two sons have a 6,500-square-foot cabin-style home near Nashville, where Paisley has recorded songs that have earned him 18 No. 1 Billboard singles.