SELLER: Trent Reznor
LOCATION: Beverly Hills, Calif.
PRICE: $4.495 million
SIZE: 4,317 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: As we and others first heard from the fine folk at Forbes, much ballyhooed and seriously influential musician Trent Reznor put his sleek and moody contemporary residence in Beverly Hills up for sale at $4.495 million.
In addition to his role as the hard-charging frontman and Grammy-winning creative force behind the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, Mister Reznor has a busy, lucrative and award-winning career as a film composer. He frequently works with David Fincher — who himself recently shelled out almost $6 million for a Manhattan pied-a-terre — and indeed Mizter Reznor took home a Grammy for the score for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and an Oscar for his work on “The Social Network.”
Property records show Mister Reznor acquired the 0.57-acre property, perched on a ridge high above Beverly Hills and just below the illustrious Beverly Park mega-mansion enclave, in June 2007 for $4,187,500, and current listing details show the two-story residence, tucked behind electronic gates, an iron fence and a dense thicket of tropical foliage, was originally built in 1966 and is currently configured with five bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,317 square feet.
It looks to this property gossip like Mister Reznor and his family — he’s married to singer-songwriter Mariqueen Maandig, with whom he has a couple of small children — have already flown the coop and the whole house handsomely is generically staged with a truckload or two of crisp and clean-lined modern furnishings. Frosted glass doors open from a small porch directly into a double-height living room with built-in storage cabinetry along one wall and a sexed-up see-through double-sided fireplace set into a gridded glass wall. The adjoining kitchen has unadorned but richly toned dark chocolate cabinetry, snow white countertops of unknown but surely expensive material and the expected collection of top-grade appliances. A super-sized L-shaped center island with copious open storage/display shelves separates the kitchen from the dining area where what listing details describe as “disappearing French doors” peel open dining terrace with a built-in banquette lounge and an also built-in barbecue situation and two-stool bar.
Four guest and family bedrooms are joined by an upper-level master suite replete with an illuminated stone wall, a custom fitted and sky-lit walk-in closet and a private loggia with outdoor fireplace. The attached bathroom features a glassed enclosed steam shower, an egg-shaped soaking tub set on a wooden platform to take advantage of the cactus garden view, and an internally illuminated, trough-style double tap vanity fashioned from an unknown stone.
Lower-level living spaces open to a completely private and flat backyard with a variety of lounging and dining terraces, a built-in fire pit and a patch of grass. Divided from the rest of the yard by a frameless glass fence and essentially cantilevered over the steep hillside are a stone-tiled sun bathing terrace and a plunge-size mosaic-tiled infinity edged swimming pool, both with long views over the surrounding canyons and mountaintops. The property features a backup generator perfect for brownouts and power outages and, not surprisingly given the home’s owner, the garage has been converted to a soundproofed media room and recording studio.
We’re not sure to where Mister Rezner and his family have decamped, although Forbes speculated his new job to relaunch Apple’s Beats Music Service could pull them up to Silicon Valley. Maybe. Maybe not. We shall see. What we do know is that he previously owned a home on Appian Way high above the Sunset Strip that was sold in 2007 for $1.65 million and, before that, he had a good-sized mansion a few blocks from the world famous Commander’s Palace restaurant in New Orleans that he sold in 2005 for $1.8 million to its current owner, veteran Tinseltowner John Goodman.
Listing photos: Partners Trust