Laurel Canyon home burned to the ground during Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards stay


Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards once brought a Laurel Canyon house to the ground, literally.

The home, listed for sale at $3.695 million, was part of a two-house compound of sorts in the 1960s and ‘70s that was a center for the local rock ‘n’ roll insanity movement.

When the home’s owner, music manager Skip Taylor, moved out, he rented the place to Richards.


“There was a big party one night and somebody had turned the gas fire off — but not all the way,” Richards is quoted as saying in “Keith Richards: The Unauthorised Biography” by Victor Bockris.

Incense caused the gas to explode and start a house fire while Richards slept. He and a friend barely escaped as the roof fell in.

All that remains of the original 1930s house is the circular staircase to the California basement — the small basement used to house the gravity-feed heater.

The house was rebuilt in 1981 and has since been renovated in keeping with the English Tudor style and feel of the neighborhood.

Set on a half-acre and surrounded by mature trees, the home is set back from the street and reached by way of a bridge over a creek.

The 3,920-square-foot, two-story house includes a formal living room with leaded-glass windows and French doors, a family room, a pub, a library, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. The updated kitchen features a wine refrigerator, a breakfast bar, a walk-in pantry and marble counters.


A swimming pool with a spa, lawn and a pergola complete the grounds.

Jason Reitz of Rock Realty has the listing.

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