Gene Simmons has struck a deal to sell his Beverly Hills mansion for $16 million dollars.
News of the 71-year-old’s former property was initially reported by TMZ, who revealed that the buyer, Max Nobel of Nobel Development Group, plans to renovate the two-acre property.
The media outlet also noted that the famed bassist previously purchased the property in October 1986 for $1,337,500, and he has done numerous renovations to the estate in the recent past.
Off the market: Gene Simmons has struck a deal to sell his palatial Beverly Hills mansion for $16 million dollars
Josh and Matt Altman of Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles fame handled the sale, though neither chose to make public comments.
He originally tried to sell the 16,000-square-foot Benedict Canyon mansion in October 2020 for $22 million.
In March, he relisted the house for a whopping $25 million after giving the interior some extensive restorations, including clearing out much of the Kiss memorabilia that originally gave some rooms a cluttered feel.
Source with access to the Beverly Hills home told TMZ it was “almost a miniature KISS museum.”
Try again: The famed bassist previously listed the house for $22 million and raised the price to $25 million after renovations were done to the property; he is pictured in 2019
Of the mansion’s seven bedrooms, four were fully decked out with Kiss gear and memorabilia, giving it a cluttered look that might have put off all but the biggest fans of the legendary hard rock group, though the Kiss items weren’t part of the sale.
A bedroom used to look more like a museum, or even a gift shop, as the walls were covered in glass cabinets full of Kiss gear.
There was even a glass table with simple chairs behind it, making it look like a merch table at a concert.
The room was decorated with ceiling speakers to play Kiss tunes, and the floor-to-ceiling windows at one end of the long bedroom were framed on either side by the band’s gold and platinum records.
But after the extensive cleaning, the room took on a peaceful, almost zen-like quality.
Easy living: the estate also had a large open space with lots of greenery and its own tennis court
New digs: The bassist previously bought a mansion near Las Vegas for a nice $8.2 million
Now the bedroom has a real bed, and the cupboards removed provided luxurious natural lighting to enliven the space on a sunny day, and there is also a pleasant sitting area at one end which would be perfect for reading a book or to relax with friends.
The original setup for the house hid some of its more graceful spaces, such as a stair wall that was covered in even more gold and platinum plates, as well as a Kiss surfboard.
But not all the changes were related to the band’s memorabilia.
The living room already had plenty of natural lighting thanks to the high picture windows, but Simmons changed the furniture and layout to create more space with a minimalist vibe.
Instead of a large ottoman and several smaller tables, the bassist spread out to simple beige sofas with smaller ottomans and a sleeker, more modern coffee table.
He also opened up the room by removing a small table and footstools in front of one of the doors to the backyard, and another door opened onto a covered patio with chairs.
The renovated house will probably appeal to anyone looking for privacy, as it is cut off from the rest of the neighborhood by lots of trees and greenery.
The 2-acre property has a long pool with a 20-foot water slide to cool off on a hot day, and tennis fans can play a game on the tennis court.
There is also a large driveway at the main entrance with space for 35 cars, so throwing a big party won’t be an obstacle.
Now that his Kiss items have moved into his new home, Simmons’ bedrooms benefit from a sleek design with glass patio doors for bright mornings and balconies to admire the hills surrounding the property.
The Simmons Mansion has many play and entertainment options, including a billiards room with a large bar area with beautiful dark woods for making a cocktail at the end of the day.
Clear path: Simmons also bought a hilltop mansion in Malibu last March for $5.8 million
A pretty conservatory surrounded by picture windows is an ideal breakfast or lunch spot, while a modest dining room is perfect for a more luxurious dinner, while the kitchen is brightened up with warm granite worktops and an irregularly shaped island for a quick snack.
The next owner will be able to enjoy the large open spaces of the townhouses thanks to the high vaulted ceilings, and one of the sitting areas has an open second level, while floor-to-ceiling windows reach all the way to the top floor.
New York native, Simmons moves to a 24-acre estate in Washington, near Mount Rainier, to pay fewer taxes compared to California.
“California and Beverly Hills treat people who create jobs badly and the tax rates are unacceptable,” Simmons said. The Wall Street Journal.
“I work hard and pay my taxes and I don’t want to cry the Beverly Hills blues, but enough is enough.”
However, Simmons has a new house to rock and party all night and party every day after purchasing a mansion near Las Vegas for $8.2 million.
The Kiss legend will have plenty of room to rock in the 11,000-square-foot home in Henderson, Nevada, which is said to have six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. TMZ.
Simmons’ new home has a much more modern look than his Beverly Hills home thanks to its angular exterior covered with floor-to-ceiling windows, and visitors coming to the mansion will pass through a striking floating entrance that cascades over a soothing koi pond.
The bassist will be able to beat the dry Vegas heat in the stately minimalist outdoor pool, and there’s also a hot tub that would be perfect for a breezy evening.
The house is ideal for entertaining as it also has an outdoor BBQ for grilling with friends in the large courtyard.
Despite saying he’s done with California, Simmons isn’t completely leaving the state, having bought a $5.8 million hilltop home in Malibu in March that’s significantly more modest than his Vegas or Beverly Hills mansions.
Entertainer: Simmons has served as bassist for KISS for over forty years and is credited with forming the band with guitarist Paul Stanley in 1972; Gene pictured in 2020