Purple, Possessed & Pervy: Rock's Top 10 Houses
Celebrity homes will always be a source of fascination, offering a glimpse at the intimate, private side of those who live their lives in the public eye. And it's particularly interesting to note the impact of everyday surroundings on a person and their work, and how they in turn influence the space they inhabit. In other words, it's where they are allowed to act like regular people, although they usually don't.
harleyslist.blogspot.com John Lennon and Yoko Ono in a happy pose in front of their home (and future site of Lennon's assassination).
Rather than put together a Cribs-like catalog of the most fabulous and outlandish displays of wealth in rock and roll, Rocks Off searched for the most bizarre, interesting, and historical properties, locations that have had a profound impact on the music, or offered an outward reflection of their musician inhabitants.
Ten of our favorites are listed below.
10. Prince's Purple Reign: If you're not a big fan of purple, we'd advise against renting to Prince. Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer learned this lesson after leasing his $11.9 million 10-bedroom, 11-bath West Hollywood home to the singer back in 2004. Boozer then sued his $70,000-a-month tenant in 2006 for a laundry list of elaborate, unauthorized renovations to the property, which included painting purple stripes and his signature symbol on the exterior of the house, as well as the title of his then-upcoming album 3121 above the front entrance, a purple monogrammed carpet in the master bedroom, and installing additional plumbing and pipes in a downstairs bedroom "for water transfer to the beauty salon chairs."
smorty71.blogspot.com An aerial view of the property, prior to Prince's purplification.
However, the lawsuit was dismissed a month later when Prince presented his landlord with a check for $1 million to restore the home to its previous condition. The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported that the two are now friends, but made no mention of any "shirts vs. blouses" action on the court or early-morning pancake breakfasts.