Benji Madden sells his Hollywood Hills bachelor pad to drummer Chris Cester

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Guitarist and singer Benji Madden of the pop-punk band Good Charlotte has handed off his Hollywood Hills West bachelor pad to another musician, drummer Chris Cester of Jet fame.

Cester landed the secluded bungalow for $1.55 million — slightly above its $1.495-million asking price.

The one-story house, built in 1951, is reached by way of a gated driveway that crosses over a stream. The 2,183 square feet of renovated interiors feature such contemporary touches as an open floor plan and white walls, while a river stone fireplace adds character.


The updated kitchen has a breakfast bar that seats four. There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

A brick terrace, decks and patios surround the home, which sits on more than half an acre of grounds.

Madden, 36, is part of the pop-punk band and the rock duo the Madden Brothers with his twin brother, Joel. They are both coaches on the TV singing-competition show “The Voice.”

Among Good Charlotte hits are “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Girls & Boys” and “The River.”

Benji Madden, who last year married actress Cameron Diaz, bought the wooded property more than three years ago for $1.124 million.


Cester, 34, helped form Jet in 2001 with his older brother, Nic Cester. After Jet disbanded in 2011, he started the electro-rock group DamnDogs. He has written soundtrack material for the film “Spider-Man 3” (2007) as well as the TV shows “Dancing With the Stars” (2011) and “Chuck” (2007).

Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, was the listing agent. Joe Babajian and Kaitlyn Olson of Rodeo Realty represented the buyer.

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