Back in March, the former home of Frank Zappa unexpectedly appeared on eBay with an asking price of $9 million. Proceeds from the sale would go toward the making of a documentary on Zappa by Alex Winter (best known as Bill from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure). The money would also be used to digitize the extensive archival materials Zappa kept in a secretive room of the house known as The Vault.
Well, it’s been a few months and so far the high price tag seems to have scared away even the most diehard Zappa fans. Now, a more traditional listing has appeared for the Hollywood Hills home that Zappa purchased in 1968. The 6,759 square-foot, seven-bedroom residence sits on a half-acre lot and includes the recording studio that Zappa installed in 1979 (and referred to as the “Utility Muffin Research Kitchen”). The sprawling Tudor-style property was originally constructed in 1939 and features high, vaulted ceilings and winding staircases throughout. In addition to the recording studio, there also appears to be a miniature art gallery, currently outfitted with a little museum bench.
The grounds around the home include a pool, guesthouse, and a funky collection of mosaic walls that ramble around the garden. There also appears to be a tennis court, though it looks like future residents will need to bring a net and a bucket of white paint to make good use of it. Asking price is $5.495 million. That’s well under the eBay asking price, but it looks like the documentary and archival projects are coming along just fine after raising well over $1 million on Kickstarter.
- The Zappa Estate [Williams & Williams/Hilton & Hyland]
- Frank Zappa’s Hollywood Hills House Is a $9-Million Crowdfunding Prize [Curbed LA]