Thursday, January 22, 2009

Matt Sorum Moves On

SELLER: Matt Sorum
LOCATION: N. Doheny Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PRICE: $2,975,000
SIZE: 2,395 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: ...Remodeled & beautifully updated w/ maple hardwood floors, 3 crushed glass fp, security & Control4 ent. system. The open floor plan incl. 3 br & 2.5 ba, gym, kitchen w/ custom granite & professional stainless steel appliances, great room & big living room. The whole home opens up w/ hi cathedral ceilings & out thru French doors to lush landscape & a resort like pool area w/ an outdoor kitchen, hiking trail with vu, spa w/ vu, big pool & more!

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Last night, while trying to ignore the Dr. Cooter who wanted to yammer about the recent presidential inauguration all night, Your Mama perused all the new listings in the Los Angeles area and several banged the bells our our celebrity real estate intuition including this house which, as it turns out, is being offered for sale by ex-Guns and Roses and current Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum with an asking price of $2,975,000.

Back in 1997 Mister Sorum was reportedly given the heave-ho from Guns and Roses by the always volatile front man Axl Rose for defending ousted gee-tarist Slash (whom Your Mama hears–but can not confirm–is negotiating to purchase the mansion of a pop star who is not Britney Spears). Mister Sorum eventually reconciled with the corn rowed and not aging particularly gracefully Axl Rose, but after being booted from G&R, Mister Sorum, a man who looks damn good for a hard livin' rock star who's pushing up on 50, went on to beat the goat skin and crash the cymbals for legendary rock band The Cult and years later joined the currently on indefinite hiatus supergroup Velvet Revolver.

If Mister Sorum's myspace page did not indicate that he is in a relationship with a blond shorty named Ace, we wouldn't even consider entering his house without first downing a nerve pill and donning a hazmat suit, you know what we're saying? After all, the man is a rock star and has free and easy access to all sorts of skanky cling-ons looking to put another notch in their lipstick case. However, as it turns out Mister Sorum appears to be a one woman man and his crib looks clean as a whistle and appears to be as germ free as a house can be.

Property records show Mister Sorum scooped up his N. Doheny Drive digs only in September of 2006 for $2,575,000. What foolishness would possess the stick wielding wild man to sell the place at the very moment the Los Angeles real estate market is headed down the proverbial terlit is beyond Your Mama's comprehension. It cain't be the money. Or it better not be money or he should fire his bizness people as unceremoniously as Mister Rose fired him.

Anyhoo, whatever the reason(s), listing information for Mister Sorum's Doheny Estates residence shows the remodeled ranch style house measures in a modest for a famous person 2,395 square feet and includes 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

Other features of the open plan pad include a simply but thoughtfully furnished living/dining room with a sloping ceiling, shiny espresso colored wood floors, a black baby grand, a monolithic stacked stone fireplace that Your Mama rather adores, and a vintage Verner Panton capiz shell chandelier hangs (at a proper height, the children will note) over the small round espresso colored dining room table.

The updated and upgraded kitchen has been did over with chocolate brown walls, a thick slab of light colored flecked granite laid on simple white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, of course, and some serious mood lighting. A adjacent family room continues the dim and moody vibe with a sloping ceiling and a behemoth brown sectional sofa that easily seats six facing the de rigueur flat screen boob-toob mounted above a second fireplace that listing information indicates has been fitted with crushed glass in the firebox, a decorative artifice that Your Mama never really cottoned to.

The master bedroom, which looks like what Your Mama imagines a suite at the W Hotel in Aspen to look like, has a lovely high beamed and peaked ceiling, a third crushed glass fireplace with a bulky river rock surround and hearth and a private outdoor lounging area lined with curtains and a large padded sofa/bench, the perfect spot to smokey smokey some weed before doing the nasty. We're not saying Mister Sorum (or Your Mama) partakes in that sort of nefarious narcotics activity, we're just saying if someone did, this would be a good spot to do it.

The back yard includes an inviting swimming pool surrounded by a stone terrace and backed by a verdant wall of ferns and palm trees. A built in bbq area includes stools for sitting and chomping on rib bones and a flat screen tee-vee mounted on the wall. How do these outdoor televisions not get ruined by the elements? The children will note the elevated sun bed where we are 100% sure the Dr. Cooter would enjoy sun bathing in the nood while our long bodied bitches Linda and Beverly paddled in the pool.

Property records show that back in the early 1990s Mister Sorum resided high in the hills above celebrity lined Carbon Beach in Malee-boo and also owned a small condominium at the Shoreham Towers building in West Hollywood. He's since sold both properties. An article from July of 1996 reveals the drummer next moved to home in the Hollywood Hills where Madonna was his next door neighbor. However, Your Mama can not find any purchase records that point to Mister Sorum for that property. Interestingly enough, prop records also show that Mister Sorum owns a multi-unit property on N. Croft Ave. in Los Angeles that he purchased in late 2003 from the troubled and usually annoying comedian Andy Dick.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

$1.7m tops.

Take the furniture out and the house will look fucking boring.

Before you buy a house always try and picture it with the furniture that YOU will end up having in it and does it suit the place.

thevinylvillage said...

very nicely done place...
I could move right in and be comfortable.

designslinger.com said...

the gym, the gym !!!

Anonymous said...

over-priced, imo.

Anonymous said...

Very nice. And if I was spending close to 3 million, the furniture I have in my current home wouldn't be likely to show up in the new one. Those gay decorators like to pick out new stuff.

Anonymous said...

Beautifully done - but what is that gold thing submerged in the pool?

Babe Parish said...

very Boogie Nights~ the film, not the 80s cover band.

Trikc said...

I wondered the same thing. It almost looks like a pod from Cocoon but from the other angle I wonder if its a submerged blow up sofa. The house is certainly set up for party mode.

kvc65 said...

Ok this house and furnishings are not what I'm normally drawn to, but I gotta say that I dig it. I'd just show up with my suitcase, plop myself down near one of the fireplaces and make myself at home. And I even noticed that the chandelier was the right height all by myself thanks to some learning from my Mama. Mama will be so proud.

Game On said...

Love the strict palette and the finishes (shiny espresso, matte walls and fireplace)

Man, he does look good- that's an advertisement for clean livin' in the world of rock and roll

Game On said...

Love the strict palette and the finishes (shiny espresso, matte walls and fireplace)

Man, he does look good- that's an advertisement for clean livin' in the world of rock and roll

Anonymous said...

It's pleasant. Many of these rooms look like the leasing office/clubhouse of an apartment community in Orange County I lived in a few years back. Sorry, just my humble opinion.

Anonymous said...

Mama, I was at the house he had in '96 near Madonna (not next to though) & it was a rental. He was paying $10,000/month.

Hippie Canyon said...

Its a nice pad that has, no surprise, been on the market for nearly two years! It was recently re-listed at $700K off the original list price. The only difference I can see is that some of the odd paint choices have been done away with. He's got about another $300K to go before someone will seriously look at it. BTW, the precise location on Doheny makes backing down the driveway onto Doheny a bit perilous at times. Particularly if one of Larry Show-Me-Some-Skin Flint's parting/drunken guests comes a flyin' down the hill in their Bentley. Not that I would know, I'm just saying...

Anonymous said...

Sorum sold Andy Dick's old duplex on Croft in 2007.

Anonymous said...

Might be a bit dark in here.

Anonymous said...

"Mama, I was at the house he had in '96 near Madonna (not next to though) & it was a rental."

Wrong, they're adjoining properties, but the houses are on opposite sides of the hill.