Having recently salvaged a $14 million 90210 from the rugged mountains above Beverly Hills — and already owning a little hideaway in the exclusive gated community of Malibu Colony — Michael “Flea” Balzary no longer needs his architectural digs. great properties nestled in the foothills of La Crescenta. Unsurprisingly, the Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist has now officially listed genealogical property in the unincorporated community near Glendale, asking $9.8 million for the one-of-a-kind hideaway he’s scavenged for 4, $3 million almost four years ago.
That’s $5.5 million more than Balzary paid contemporary artists Lari Pittman and Roy Dowell for the spot, but it includes an 875-foot addition that was installed on the property last year. The listing agents are Sherri Rogers, Elisa Ritt and Anthony Stellini of Compass, and Asher Ehsani of Uhler Mortgage Solutions.
Located about 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, amidst an “curated succulent garden” bordering the Angeles National Forest, the hilltop resort is sequestered down a long driveway and includes two main residences – a glass-encased main house designed by Los Angeles-based architect Michael Maltzan in 2009 and a purpose-built 1950s residence by renowned modernist architect Richard Neutra for his secretary, Dorothy Serulnic, and her husband George.
Also on site are a striking accessory cabin, clad entirely in redwood, an outdoor movie pavilion, and sweeping mountain and city views from all vantage points. As for the main house, commissioned by Pittman and Dowell, it features an impressive seven-sided structure wrapped around a central courtyard, as well as the aforementioned recent Maltzan addition. Featured in Architectural Record, it has won three awards from the American Institute of Architects.
Inside, a main retreat particularly stands out sporting a curvilinear tiled tub, and the space also contains a smart office space, a den and tons of built-in storage; outside, a Johnston Vidal lap pool spans 50 feet, while the open-air cinema pavilion is equipped with a windscreen and catering kitchen.
Known as the Dorothy Serulnic Residence, the property’s original home features two bedrooms and a full bath in 1,350 square feet of restored living space with glass walls and a valley stone fireplace of the bear. Integrated elements designed by Neutra can be found everywhere. Imagine a sofa system with a hidden record player and speakers, plus lots of desks, shelving systems, a dining table, pull-out breakfast nook and vanity.