According to The Pulse Of Radio, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS bassist Flea and his wife, model Frankie Rayder, have purchased an "architecturally significant" 5.7-acre compound in La Crescenta, California for $4.25 million. The sellers are artists Lari Pittman and Roy Dowell, who first listed it three years ago for $7.9 million.
Variety has posted pictures of the compound, which consists of two houses next to each other. The first is a 1,350-square-foot home with two bedrooms and one bathroom that was first built in 1952 by mid-century modern architect Richard Neutra. Pittman bought it in 1998 and had it restored and updated with a modern kitchen, although it still has a retro mid-1950s feel.
Pittman and Dowell later built a one-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom house on the property in 2009 that was designed to be "practically futuristic." The seven-sided home, with a courtyard in the center, sits above a hillside, offering "cross-canyon mountain views" from a terrace. The two buildings are connected via a driveway, and the compound features an "open-air entertainment pavilion set amid a scrupulously groomed desert garden."
Flea told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the title of the CHILI PEPPERS' last LP, 2016's "The Getaway", reflected his feelings on having a place to escape to. "We all want to get away, you know," he said. "We all want to go be somewhere beautiful, doing something that we love, you know, something that really gets us in the moment and rockin' and everybody wants a sanctuary to go to and it might just be like inside your own self, which is really the best one you could ever have. But that's what it makes me think about."
Flea and Rayder recently put their home in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, California on the market for $2.997 million. They bought the house less than four years ago for $2.47 million. The property is reported to already be in escrow. The couple still own a Malibu compound that they purchased in 2006 for $10 million.