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


A full renovation, which added a professional recording studio designed by a Grammy-winning music engineer, gives this Santa Monica estate the “House of Rock” moniker. Listed for $22 million, the home spans 11,000 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

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 Los Angeles real estate agent Billy Rose of The Agency, who shares the listing with Mauricio Umansky and Susan Pekich.

“There’s this grandeur and drama and Gothic feel to it,” explained Rose. “And so she [Culotti] thought a rock star should live here; it should be made into a ‘House of Rock,’ and a lightbulb went off in her head.”

Not only did Culotti add the high-end recording studio, many of the home’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.

Built in 1926, the home’s period details were maintained, including leaded windows, hardwood floors and exposed beams.The home is a Tudor, a style that isn’t usually popular in Southern California, but Rose says the home is a far cry from the European-style Tudors found elsewhere.

“Most Tudors are dark,” he said. “They’ve redesigned a home from a glass perspective where they’ve got these big walls of glass and light.”

This year the “House of Rock” 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.

A Los Angeles Times article 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.

Despite the home’s rock-star status, Rose believes it has appeal for everyone.

“The buyer does not have to be Sting,” he said. “I could see anyone in here; It could be someone who is rocker or even just a rocker at heart.”


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