Shangri-La: Rock Music Landmark Lists at $4.1M

Forget about those houses that claim "George Washington slept here." We're way more excited about this Malibu landmark that just came on the market at $4.1 million. It's where Bob Dylan and The Band, Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, and Joe Cocker made music -- and actually where Clapton slept for three months during the recording of his "No Reason to Cry" album.

The Shangri-La recording studio was designed by Rob Fraboni in the early 1970s to the specifications of Bob Dylan and The Band. The Band drummer Levon Helm described Shangri-La as a "clubhouse and studio where we and our friends could record albums and cross-pollinate one another's music." Amen.

Musicians say there is an almost mythical quality to the property, and before it became one of the most renowned recording studios in rock history, it was allegedly an upscale bordello. In the early 1960s TV's Mr. Ed was filmed and stabled at the ranch here.

The studio is currently owned by Beej Chaney, singer and guitar player for the 1980s new-wave band, "The Suburbs." Chaney renovated and updated the studio.

The 4,450-square-foot house hasn't been on the market in more than 30 years. It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a detached guesthouse -- plus the studio, of course.

Shen Schulz of Sotheby's International Realty, Malibu, has the listing.

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Latoya Rutledge

Seller financing can be a great way to get a house sold without slashing the price. By recognizing the millions of people who can't get traditional financing as potential buyers, resourceful property sellers (and their real estate agents) can minimize their time investment in getting a property sold. Even better, sellers who offer financing can usually get a higher asking price for their property, even in the slowest markets. Clearly this is a win-win situation.

May 20 2011 at 1:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yeah, I'm really excited about this deal of a house for $4.1 when a tornado just ripped through sections of Alabama like it was paper. People really need to wake up and see what really matters in this life!

May 19 2011 at 6:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why do some of you turn everything into a competition? Calm down! It is not iconic like Abbey Road, or the Record Plant. It is a very cool place where a lot of good music was created. ...and yes, it is in a very cool geographical location to boot. It is a place with tons of vibe, great vintage recording equipment, and great piece of land to enjoy the outside as well. It is a house, recording studio, and small ranch within walking distance of the beach. If that's not cool, I don't know what is. I've been there a few times. Namely when Mark Knopfler was recording his album "Shangrila" which he named after the studio.

May 18 2011 at 8:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Certainly much great music and many great albums came out of Shangri-La. But I find it hard to place any more importance upon it than what came out of Miami's Criteria, New York's Record Plant, or London's Wessex Sound and Abbey Road (a LOT more than The Beatles came out of that famous address), I'm not so sure I would even place Shangri-La much above Stax in Memphis, Capricorn of Macon, Georgia, San Francisco's Wally Heider, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, or Studio One in Atlanta just to mention a few. Even though some of those are now gone just do a little research and you'll see just how important those lesser known recording houses were to R&R history.

May 18 2011 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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While all of those studios mentioned are quite honorable, none compare to Sun Studios in Memphis... The Birthplace of Rock n Roll.

May 19 2011 at 3:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@Michael: Anyone who has reached his 30's, claiming to be a "RnR Fan" and doesn't know the music of the 50's, 60's and 70' claiming to be something he is not. When you're a fan of something, you at some point want to know HOW, WHY and by WHOM, it came to be, what IT IS. Otherwise, you're NOT A FAN, you're just A LISTENER.

May 18 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I'm sure this was/is a great studio, but ICONIC??? While you were on the subject, tell us about places like The Record Plant in NYC. or Criteria in Miami. RnR History was made in and by those Studios. The one in Malibu owes its' fame mostly to its' geography.

May 18 2011 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm wondering what this place really looks like. I went to other websites to try and get a view of the inside and outside of the house/property. I can't find anything that shows anything but the photo show above, and some sunrises/sunsets at the beach. What about the house? What's wrong?

May 18 2011 at 4:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Are you kidding me? Kids today don't even know who John Wayne is!

My answer is: Google!

May 18 2011 at 2:43 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Too bad. I hope the buyer keeps it as a studio. I've been there, and it is amazing. There is also an amazing view of the ocean because it sits on a perfect unobstructed hill. There is a very cool vibe in there. It will probably go to some developer that will build some gaudy mansion for the rich.

May 18 2011 at 1:08 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

what a great question. at least you didn't ask who the beatles are.

May 18 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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