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Frank Zappa’s Laurel Canyon home and studio sell for $5.25 million

Frank Zappa’s Laurel Canyon home and studio sell for $5.25 million
The family compound of late musician Frank Zappa has sold in Holllywood Hills West for $5.25 million. (Berlyn Photography | Inset: Los Angeles Times)

The Hollywood Hills West estate where late the late experimental rock musician and composer Frank Zappa made his home for decades has sold for $5.25 million.

The estate, tucked away on half an acre in Laurel Canyon, was originally purchased by Zappa in the late 1960s for $74,000. Prior to the sale, it been owned by the musician's family since his passing in 1993.

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The whimsical 1930s Tudor, with its herringbone brickwork and half timbering, includes the recording studio and rehearsal space that Zappa had built during his ownership as well as "the vault" — a climate-controlled, multiroom space where he kept a secret collection of music and film recordings.

Other living spaces include a kitchen topped with cathedral ceilings, a formal dining room and a library. A refined living room has walls of windows that take in the grounds. A total of seven bedrooms and six bathrooms include a master suite with a fireplace, a glass-enclosed shower and a blue-hued soaking tub.

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Outdoors, there's a rooftop tennis court, a swimming pool and spa, various patios and an elaborate stone courtyard. Two guest cottages and an attached guest apartment also reside on the grounds.

The property came up for sale in June for $5.495 million and the sale was pending within about a month, records show.

Branden and Rayni Williams of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, were the listing agents. Jeeb O'Reilly of Compass represented the buyer.

The musician-songwriter-composer infused rock 'n' roll with elements of blues, jazz and classical music during his four-decade career. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

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Zappa released more than 60 albums during his lifetime, with his estate releasing another 40 or more albums posthumously.

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