Celebrity sale: Lady Gaga buys Frank Zappa's home in Laurel Canyon gallery

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Lady Gaga has purchased Frank Zappa's former home in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood.

Zappa was known as an art collector, and the living areas provide plenty of display space.

Large hand-painted murals are found throughout the interior.

The home was the Zappa family's primary residence throughout the 70s and 80s.

Zappa's office is highlighted by a Moroccan-inspired feature ceiling.

The master suite includes a dual shower and soaking tub.

Zappa's wife, Gail, added a massage room and adjacent meditation space in the mid-1980s.

Zappa produced many of his avant-garde albums in the basement studio.

Beneath the house is a storage chamber known as ‘The Vault,’ where Zappa kept his private archives under lock and key

Music and cultural memorabilia from the 60s and 70s decorated the basement den.

Two self-contained guest houses are included with the main property.

Unique mosaic art features on the retaining walls.

As a family home (Zappa had four children), the recreational spaces include a tennis court and covered outdoor rooms.

The property includes an in-ground pool and adjacent pool house.

Palm and eucalyptus trees screen the property.

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Pop diva Lady Gaga has reportedly added a new real estate property in her portfolio. The singer/performance artist is said to have bought Frank Zappa's estate in the Laurel Canyon neighbourhood of Hollywood Hills for US$5.25 million (NZ$7.3 million)

Zappa purchased the Hollywood Hills property in the mid-1970s for around US$75,000 (NZ$104,000), and he lived, worked, and raised his family there until his death in 1993. During the 1970s, Laurel Canyon was the epicenter of the LA music scene, with notable residents including Joni Mitchell and Graham Nash, James Taylor and Carly Simon, Jackson Browne and members of the Eagles.

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The home includes a recording studio in the basement.
Hilton and Hyland

The home includes a recording studio in the basement.

 

The home was listed with an asking price of US$5.49 million. Listing agent Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland confirms the sale price was US$5.25 million.

The Zappa Estate seems like the perfect fit for Lady Gaga. The 650 square-metre quasi-Tudor house has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, and features the so-called "Utility Muffin Research Kitchen," the recording studio that Zappa built at the property.

The retaining walls feature handmade mosaics comprised of found objects.
Hilton and Hyland

The retaining walls feature handmade mosaics comprised of found objects.

Living spaces include a kitchen topped with cathedral ceilings, a formal dining room and a library. The master suite comes with a fireplace, a glass-enclosed shower and a soaking tub.

Outdoors, there are two guest houses and an attached guest apartment, as well as a rooftop tennis court, a swimming pool and spa, various patios and an elaborate stone courtyard.

The Zappa family also owned an oceanfront estate in Malibu described as a "Moroccan Country Farm House" with numerous horseshoe arches, mosaic tiles floors, and plastered roof arches.The exterior was even more eclectic with a giant crescent moon and star perched on the roof. The Point Dume home sold three years ago for US$9,608,000.

Although she's a native New Yorker, Lady Gaga has other properties in California. In 2014, she bought a Mediterranean villa on 2.5 hectares with ocean views in Malibu for US$23 million. Her net worth, estimated by Forbes.com early this year, is US$275 million (NZ$382 million).

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