Usually when a home is taken off the market and then rebuilt, the price gets a shave. Not in this case. Giss Simmons of KISS gave the price of his Beverly Hills mansion a $ 3 million trip, increasing it from $ 22 million in October 2020 to $ 25 million this week.
The property still has a house with over 13,000 square meters, seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, formal and informal dining rooms, office, bar and bonus room. Plus the full-size tennis court, parking for 30 cars and a pool with a 60-foot water slide. So what has changed?
The farm received some upgrades during the winter months. “We did not want anyone to come in and complain,” Simmons said Robb report. So they replaced some of the electrical, added a new roof system to prevent leaves from clogging the gutters, changed a few remaining thirds of the house to poured concrete and added more foliage. The five lead-lined security rooms scattered throughout the house were also made safer and easier for residents to access. “If a bad guy breaks in,”
The home has four levels on one side and three on the other, and meets in the middle of the beautiful beautiful room with the tall windows on each side. On the lower level there is a six-car garage, a billiard room and a wine cellar, although the musician does not drink. While one wing was used to meet and his KISS museum monuments, he decided to build a music or recording room, and chose instead to keep the place as an escape.
While Simmons and his wife, model actress Shannon Tweed, bought the property in 1987, it did not always look spectacular, but it had a past. The home that was originally on the site was a 3,500 square meter wooden farmhouse. “We flattened it out and brought in tons of soil, spent nearly $ 11 million on sprouting the place,” says Simmons.
They bought the land from Irving Azoff, who continued to manage the Fleetwood Mac and Eagles. “The Eagles were put together on the property,” Simmons said. And before that, Nicholas Schenk, one of the original Hollywood moguls, used to keep his mistress on the farm.
Simmonses gradually renovated and completed the building on the property’s current house in 2000. While the exterior of the house has a lot of drama with its huge windows, double stairs and several wings, the atmosphere is less rock star and more family traditional. , with a flair for comfort and simplicity (albeit on a large scale) rather than superfluous. Many of them were presented in their TV show, Gene Simmons’ family jewels.
In October, when the couple first built the Benedict Canyon site, they were said to be moving to another residence they already owned in tax-free Washington State. But it’s inaccurate – Simmons has never owned property there. And recently there has been a murmur that Simmons and Tweed bought a house in a gated Malibu community, on top of a secluded peak in the Santa Monica Mountains. Simmons now sets the record – Tweed has bought the house as a personal investment with their own money, but they do not plan to live there. She also bought a property on Lake Whistler, Simmons said. The duo have apparently long kept accounts, taxes, investments and business interests separate. “Good fences make good neighbors,” he says.
That said, the couple still plans to leave LA for a quieter lifestyle and escape celebrity map entries and tour buses. “We have always loved LA, but you have to deal with fires every year, once in a while shaking the ground, and the tourist buses. Everything has its time, says Simmons. “The house is too big for us. It’s just Shannon and myself and four dogs. The empty nest happens. “They are on their way to neighboring Nevada. “In Nevada, we are close enough. The kids have their homes here in LA. It’s only an hour’s flight. ”
He has already bought a 12,000-square-foot home there with an indoor pool with slides and is considering buying an adjacent 90-acre suite. What about all the slides? “If you want to entertain, some people will sip coffee, but others will swing from the chandeliers,” he says. “A home should not just be a home, but a place where you have parties and enjoy yourself.”
The Beverly Hills list is still in the hands of Million Dollar Listing brokers Matt and Josh Altman of the Altman Brothers for Douglas Elliman.