Frances Bean Cobain’s first home – which she bought in 2011 with an inheritance from the estate of her father, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain – has hit the market for the first time ever for $2.695 million. The historic residence includes, unsurprisingly, a recording studio that was installed in the detached garage. “I don’t know who all jammed there,” shares Billy Rose, the founder and president of The Agency, the luxury real estate brokerage who is handling the sale. “But, owing to the musical lineage involved here – she is, in essence, a princess of rock royalty – you have to imagine that there have been some pretty great sessions there.”
The North Curson Avenue home in Los Angeles is a 3,250-square-foot, four-bedroom residence on 0.25 acres with access to the Hollywood Hills’s Runyon Canyon Park and Wattles Garden Park. The master suite features balconies and an extensive closet. The Spanish-style home was constructed in the 1930s, an achievement by architect Carl Jules Weyl. He is best known as the architect for the Brown Derby’s second restaurant and as the art director for the film The Adventures of Robin Hood (he received the Oscar for Best Art Direction at the 1938 Academy Award).
“This home has some of the best original detailing that I’ve seen in a while. It’s almost like a museum in terms of the features that are here and how spectacular they are,” enthuses Rose. “In L.A., properties that are older can be somewhat bastardized because people don’t understand how unique some of the architecture and design is. They think things need to be more modern. But I think you can still have a modern approach to architecture and design and I think you can still give reference to prior eras. When you look at Europe, there are properties that are centuries old but they have hypermodern interiors.”
The iconic 1930s details – which include Malibu Potteries tile, stained-glass windows, and wrought-iron fixtures – were a complement to Cobain’s aesthetic. “It’s not there now, but she was very into vintage, eclectic, collectable artifacts,” describes Rose of the rock offspring’s decor preferences. “It was really about ‘off the wall’ flea-market finds. Just very eclectic, very differentiated, very singular. Very interesting pieces and very cool.”
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