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Lauren Beale
Hot Property

The Hollywood Hills estate containing the late jazz legend George Duke's Le Gonks West recording studio has sold for $2.35 million.

Looking like something straight out of the 1970s, the studio has a control room, a live room with sound isolation booths, office space, a bathroom and its own entrance. But it’s not all business. There’s also a lounge and a wine cellar. Duke bought the property in 1978 for $355,000.

Set on the lower level of the house, the 1,400-square-foot studio counts Jeffrey Osborne’s “On the Wings of Love” and Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” among the many hits made there.

The one-third acre of wooded grounds centers on a 1925 residence with coved ceilings, inlaid wood floor accents, stained-glass windows, archways and wrought-iron gates and railings.

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A living room with a fireplace and balcony, a media/theater room with a bar, a formal dining room, a kitchen with a breakfast nook, three bedrooms and three bathrooms complete the living areas. The top two levels of the home have more than 3,400 square feet of living space.

The keyboardist-singer-composer-producer, who died three years ago at 67, was known for blending rock and funk elements in his jazz pieces. During his five-decade career, Duke made about 30 solo albums and collaborated with Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa, among other musicians. He won a Grammy in 2000 for producing the Dianne Reeves album “In the Moment -- Live in Concert.”

Chris Pauloski of John Aaroe Group was the listing agent. Steven Dubin of Teles Properties represented the buyer.

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