This home has rock-star pedigree -- and a very unusual exterior color palette. Jane's Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza tour founder Perry Farrell recently listed his Venice, Calif. contemporary home for sale. Designed by Culver City-based architect Steven Ehrlich, the 2,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath home is a radical remake of a modest post-war California bungalow, reports the Los Angeles Times Hot Property column. Gone is the conventional living room: in its place is a two-story, barrel-vaulted space that seems made for rockin' out.
Farrell joins other musicians and DJ's who've been in the real estate market lately: Moby just bought a famed Hollywood mansion, Beck sold his Malibu ranch house. And now Farrell's dream bachelor pad, complete with glass wall that opens to the outside by sliding into a pocket frame, is listed for $1,600,000. But a new buyer will have to appreciate the house's singular look, including its black exterior.
Located north of Lincoln Boulevard, in a quiet Venice neighborhood that's within biking distance of the beach, the Farrell House shows some non-Western, even Zen influences in its effortless connection to the outside. That openness can be found throughout the house: The loft-bedroom opens to a rooftop terrace and a separate, expansive three-car garage could easily serve as an artist's studio. Ehrlich has trademarked his architectural style as "multicultural modernism." Farrell's house features a built-in Korean-style grill that is the centerpiece for a Japanese-style, low-rise table. "This is California multicultural bouillabaisse," Ehrlich told The Times.
Simplicity reigns: finishes include maple-wood ceiling panels (better acoustics), built-in shelving and an open kitchen. The bold exterior speaks to Farrell's rock 'n' roll career. And aside from the black facade there are purple-accented walls and a rock garden. Other rock-star touches include a sunken Jacuzzi and a lap pool. Luxist notes that Farrell and his family may have outgrown the place: The cactus-and-rock garden isn't exactly kid-friendly. Curbed LA takes a look-see too. With its celeb provenance the dwelling's price of more than $725 per square foot is like that of homes located closer to the ocean or on Venice's canals.
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