BUYER: Kim Gordon
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
SIZE: 2,278 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Veteran celebrity real estate snitch Lucy Spillerguts swears on her beloved Cracker Jacks it was alt-rock pioneer Kim Gordon who via otherwise indecipherable trust shelled out $1.55 million for a humble and well-maintained 1930s traditional in the unassuming but certainly affluent Franklin Hills ‘hood at the eastern edge of L.A.’s ever-more celebrified and expensive Los Feliz community. Miz Gordon, in case her name doesn’t ring a bell, co-founded and co-fronted the groundbreaking and super-influential band Sonic Youth in the early 1980s with her aristocratically named and now ex-husband, Thurston Moore. She is also an accomplished conceptual artist who’s represented by the edgy 303 Gallery in New York City, a recently published memoirist (“Girl in a Band”), and an occasional bit part actress who’s popped up in “Gilmore Girls,” “Portlandia” and “Girls.”
Listing details show the mullet-style residence — it’s one story at the front but drops to two stories at the back — sits on a down-sloped street-to-street lot, measures in at 2,278-square-feet, and offers four bedrooms and three bathrooms. As is customary in many of the hill and mountain neighborhoods around Los Angeles, the house is set hard up on the gentle bend of a hillside street and sits behind a classic white picket fence that encloses a yard so slender it’s barely even there. The front door opens into an entrance vestibule with dark chocolate hardwood floors that extend into the neighboring living room that stretches the full depth of the admittedly not very deep house. The living room includes a window-flanked fireplace with era appropriate red brick surround, low ceilings rescued with high-gloss white paint, and built-in corner cabinetry that frame French doors that open to a slim veranda that runs almost the full width of the house. The dining room also has French doors to the aforementioned veranda, as well as a wee and — let’s be honest, kids — corny pass through to the relatively compact but spotless kitchen fitted with ordinary white cabinetry, average grade stainless steel appliances, and ceramic tile counter tops and back splashes in a quirky shade of lemon chiffon that will not likely appeal to everyone. An adjoining breakfast nook has built-in banquette seating.
Two of the three guest/family bedrooms are located on the upper floor just off the living room and share a Jack-‘n’-Jill bathroom with vintage-style tile floor. A third guest/family bedroom is located on the lower level as is the master bedroom that features a two-bay walk-in closet and a bright, nearly all white and wood-floored bathroom fitted with twin pedestal sinks, claw-footed tub, and a separate white subway tile shower stall. French doors open the master bedroom to a deck that, like the twice-aforementioned narrow veranda above it, runs almost the full width of the house and overlooks that steeply down-sloped yard that’s held in place by a series concrete block retaining walls.
Miz Gordon, who grew up in L.A., and her ex-husband previously owned an approximately 1,500-square-foot loft in New York City’s Soho that was sold for $1.55 million in 2012 — not too long after they officially split up — and just this last July the now sixty-something rock star and breast cancer survivor sold for $1.4 million the former couple’s long-time family homestead, a 6,124-square-foot, foursquare Colonial with 9 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms in Northampton, Mass., an academically oriented and counterculture embracing community that in some circles — apropos of nothing real estate related — is considered the unofficial lesbian capital of the world for its unusually large number of lesbian residents.
Listing photos: Nourmand & Associates