BUYER: Chad Smith
LOCATION: Venice, CA
SIZE: 2,800 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Several of the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been in the mood to change up their residential property portfolios lately. Last summer lead singer Anthony Kiedis coughed up $3.65 million for a bolthole just above the Sunset Strip and in early July of this year, bass player Michael “Flea” Balzary slapped a $6.8 million price tag on his historic hillside compound in L.A.’s Los Feliz area. Just a few weeks later drummer Chad Smith quietly shelled out $2,755,000 for a boxy and glassy newly constructed contemporary pied-a-terre on a prime, tree-lined street in still kinda gritty but decidedly chic and trendy Venice, CA,
Digital marketing materials describe the brand-spanking new and approximately 2,800-square-foot dwelling as a “prestigious eco-architectural statement” clad in horizontal white oak planks and set behind a high fence and locked gate. The three bedroom and 3.5 bathroom house has airy, open plan interiors spaces finished with honed concrete floors, modern art-hungry white walls and wide banks of aluminum-framed sliding glass doors and windows
.A double-sided fireplace wrapped in reclaimed wood adds a bit of earthiness to the otherwise clean lined living spaces that benefit hugely from high ceilings — they’re a head-roomy 11-feet everywhere but the dining area where they soar thrilling to 25 feet. A four-stool snack counter at a wide center island divides the dining area from the white-on-white kitchen that’s decked as per usual with top-grade stainless steel appliances.
A floating, open-tread staircase makes a straight shot to the second floor where are two guest/family bedrooms each have a private bathroom and. A cable-railed bridge links the stair landing to the street-facing master bedroom that includes a walk-in closet and super-tall aluminum-framed glass doors that open to a small private terrace. The roomy attached master bath has a two-sink floating vanity, soaking tub set in front of a huge single-pane window with sky roof and palm tree view and a separate shower set behind a singe piece of frameless glass.
The high-fenced and tree-shaded front yard is the primary outdoor living and entertainment area and includes a bit of concrete terracing that wraps around the living room and give way to some newly installed sod. Over in the corner second concrete terrace has a built-in fire pit.
The uncommonly talented 50-something year rock-n-roller — he’s produced seven children with four women, including four with his current architect wife, Nancy Mack — likely purchased the property as an in-town pied-a-terre as he owns a much more substantial spread in the celeb-approved Point Dume area of Malibu that he bought in May 2006 for $8.6 million. The Smith family’s much-coveted street is chock-a-block with famous folk including kinky-haired saxophonist Kenny G, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder. Maybe or maybe not consciously uncoupling Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin recently shelled out $14 million for a both beloved and oft-heckled Bart Prince designed residence next door to the Smiths and aging magnificently supermodel Cindy Crawford and her handsome hubby Rande Gerber recently paid six million bucks for a dumpy fixer upper around the corner where they plan to build and sell and eco-minded LEED-certified house.