July 7, 2014
Michael Balzary, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist known as Flea, has listed a home for sale in the Griffith Park area at $6.8 million.
The Mediterranean-style compound, built in 1925, sits behind walls and gates on close to three-quarters of an acre with a guesthouse that was once a carriage house. The living space contains formal living and dining rooms, a library, a speakeasy, an eat-kitchen, a rooftop deck, six bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The grounds feature redwoods, mature pines, 100-year-old olive trees, stone pathways, an outdoor fireplace and a saltwater swimming pool.
There are views of the city, woodlands and the Griffith Observatory.
Flea, 51, is a founding member of the Grammy-winning funk-rock band, which two years ago was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They appeared this year with Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl game and are working on their 11th studio album.
The musician-actor has done voice work on "The Wild Thornberrys" and appeared on "Back to the Future Part II." He was in this year's film "Low Down."
Flea bought the property, known as the Van Griffith estate, in 2011 for $4.55 million.
Sherri Rogers and Anthony Stellini of Nourmand & Associates are the listing agents.