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Real Estate

‘House of Rock’ for sale in Santa Monica for $22 million

comp:000050b4904b:0000001315:6b8b 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"> <p>A full renovation, which added a professional recording studio designed by a Grammy-winning music engineer, gives this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/santa-monica-ca/">Santa Monica</a> estate the &#8220;House of Rock&#8221; moniker. <a href="http://www.theagencyre.com/for-sale/2009-la-mesa-dr-santa-monica/">Listed for $22 million</a>, the home spans 11,000 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.</p> <p>The home, once owned by actress Kathryn Grayson, was purchased by Elaine Culotti in 2010 for $7.7 million. Culotti owns the design firm Porta Bella and bought the home with plans to relist it once the renovation was complete. Culotti was a neighbor to Grayson and was inspired by the home, says <a href="http://www.zillow.com/directory/Los-Angeles-CA/real-estate-agents/">Los Angeles real estate agent</a> Billy Rose of <a href="http://www.theagencyre.com">The Agency</a>, who shares the listing with Mauricio Umansky and Susan Pekich.</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s this grandeur and drama and Gothic feel to it,&#8221; explained Rose. &#8220;And so she [Culotti] thought a rock star should live here; it should be made into a &#8216;House of Rock,&#8217; and a lightbulb went off in her head.&#8221;</p> <p>Not only did Culotti add the high-end recording studio, many of the home&#8217;s rooms also are wired with sound recording equipment so guests can record music in different spots throughout the house — then send it to the studio to be mixed. The studio was created in collaboration with Grammy-winning mixer/producer Jack Joseph Puig, who has worked with U2, Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones.</p> <p>Built in 1926, the home&#8217;s period details were maintained, including leaded windows, hardwood floors and exposed beams.The home is a Tudor, a style that isn&#8217;t usually popular in Southern California, but Rose says the home is a far cry from the European-style Tudors found elsewhere.</p> <p>&#8220;Most Tudors are dark,&#8221; he said. &#8220;They&#8217;ve redesigned a home from a glass perspective where they&#8217;ve got these big walls of glass and light.&#8221;</p> <p>This year the &#8220;House of Rock&#8221; was not the favorite home in its Santa Monica neighborhood. After a few charity events, residents requested an emergency ordinance to prevent parties at the home.</p> <p><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-1023-party-house-20121023,0,586290.story">A Los Angeles Times article</a> reported that Culotti designed the charity events as a way to help sell and market the property. Christina Aguilera, among others, have performed at events.</p> <p>Despite the home&#8217;s rock-star status, Rose believes it has appeal for everyone.</p> <p>&#8220;The buyer does not have to be Sting,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I could see anyone in here; It could be someone who is rocker or even just a rocker at heart.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-11-05/mauricio-umansky-on-real-estate-real-housewives-more/">Mauricio Umansky on Real Estate, &#8216;Real Housewives&#8217; and More</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-10-24/adrienne-maloofs-mansion-sells-in-a-month/">Adrienne Maloof&#8217;s Home Sells in a Month</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillow.com/blog/2012-03-21/home-where-michael-jackson-died-listed-for-sale-in-los-angeles/">Michael Jackson&#8217;s Last Home for Sale (VIDEO)</a></li> </ul> </div>
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