SELLER: Brett Michaels
LOCATION: Calabasas, Calif.
PRICE: $3.649 million
SIZE: 6,797 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It appears rock star-turned-reality television personality Bret Michaels has caught a classic case of the Celebrity Real Estate Fickle. It was only a bit over a year ago that the makeup- and hair extension-wearing Mister Michaels paid $3.05 million for a Calabasas, Calif., mini-mansion that the busy-beaver property gossips at the L.A. Times were the first to notice has popped back up on the open market with an asking price of $3.649 million.
The former lead singer of the wildly successful 1980s hair metal band Poison, Mister Michaels recently released his eighth solo album, “True Grit.” However, to the youngsters among us who were born after 1990 and don’t know what a hair metal band is and/or have never listened to Poison’s signature power ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” in an unironic way, he is perhaps better known as a reality television denizen. Among his many, many, many reality TV gigs, he sought love and romance — or whatever — over three seasons of the tawdry, booze-fueled and occasionally violent dating show “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”; he was a judge on the country music singing contest “Nashville Star”; he hosted a single season of a show called “Rock My RV”; and he won the third season of “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Although we can’t be certain, a cursory comparison with digitally accessible listing photos from the time of Mister Michael’s purchase certainly suggests that few alterations or improvements were made besides a simple and inexpensive swap-out of a few light fixtures and curtain panels, so we’ll let the children duke it out about what exactly figures into the tumescent 20% markup in the 14 months of Mister Michael’s ownership. Whatever the case, online marketing materials show the spacious and luxuriously appointed if perfectly ordinary and predominately earth-tonal, mock-Med mini-mansion measures in at 6,797 square feet and encompasses a total of five bedrooms and five full and two half bathrooms.
A double height entry, furnished with a crystal chandelier and painted almost the exact same tone of beige as the Travertine tile floors, leads into a double-height “formal” living room with gas fireplace and French door access to an enclosed courtyard with another gas fireplace. Not at all surprisingly, the living room is furnished with a white baby grand piano and decorated with a trio of electric guitars mounted and hung on the wall above a tufted, roll-armed sofa. There’s also a small office/library with built-in bookshelves and French doors as well as a formal dining room where in listing photographs there appears to be a pool table instead of a dining room table.
The center island kitchen has dark, milk chocolate-colored, Shaker-style cabinets, sand-colored granite countertops and an extensive collection of high-quality commercial-style stainless steel appliances. An adjoining breakfast room with sliding glass doors to the backyard connects through to a family room with a third gas fireplace, this one in the corner with a rounded heath and chimney breast. Somewhere near the kitchen, there’s a laundry room with exterior access, a walk-in wine-storage closet and an en suite bedroom suitable for staff or guests.
A second floor den with wall-mounted television opens to a street-facing loggia and is joined by a couple of guest/family bedrooms as well as master suite with fully carpeted bedroom and sitting area, dual walk-in closets and a double-access bathroom with the exact same dark chocolate and beige palette seen throughout the whole house. A private terrace off the master bedroom overlooks the backyard that nestles into to a steep hillside and includes a flat lawn area, maturing landscaping, a parterre garden, a swimming pool and spa, built-in barbecue station, and a dining terrace under a pergola held up by a quartet of Doric-style columns.
Mister Michaels also owns a much more substantial, five-acre gated compound in Scottsdale, Ariz., that he acquired in early 2006 for $2.205 million and currently includes 6,300-plus-square-foot main residence plus several outbuildings, a swimming pool, children’s play yard, a half-court basketball court and, somewhat unexpectedly, a sand-pit volleyball court.
Listing photos: Ewing Sotheby’s International Realty