SELLER: Glen Campbell
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
SIZE: 6,540 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: It remains to be seen whether today's current crop of tween superstars like squeaky clean Justin Bieber and/or naughty naughty naughty (!!) Disney cash cow Miley Cyrus will withstand the cruel test of time as it relates to their relevance in brutal Bizness of Show.
The wattage of some celebrities heats up and never seems to cool down–can you say, "Cher?"–while the bright lights of others fizzle and whistle as they dim out entirely into the damp and lonely world of oblivion. (Hello? Tara Reid is that you, darling?). But the really lucky few in the entertainment business–those like, say, Warren Beatty and Loretta Lynn–achieve a searing success that never really cools but manages to operate mostly outside the paparazzi shenanigans that frequently surround today's stable of starlets and budding beau-hunks. Included in this latter category of the celebrity lexicon–at least as far as Your Mama, Chow Lee and Fiona Trambeau are concerned–is legendary crossover country music eminence Glen Campbell who recently put his Malibu, CA mansion on the market with an asking price of $5,995,000.
During his long career Mister Campbell, now in his seventies, has sold nearly 50 million albums and had more than 25 top ten hits including Wichita Lineman, Rhinestone Cowboy and Southern Nights, all of which are on rotation on Your Mama's iPod-a-ma-jigger. Mister Campbell has five Grammy Awards and three more Grammy Hall of Fame Awards and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Way back in the day, in 1969, he starred in the original version of True Grit with John Wayne. His performance in the film earned him a Golden Globe nomination and the title song that he sang was nominated for an Academy Award. In short, he's the shit.
Anyhoo, According to the records we peeked at Mister Campbell and his wife Kim spent $3,425,000 in May of 2005 to purchase a 6,540 square foot faux-Tuscan farmhouse on just over an acre with a distant view of the Pacific Ocean as it sparkles in the afternoon sun. The house shares a gated driveway with an architecturally similar residence. A stone turret marks the entry into the Campbell's crib that listing information shows includes 4 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms.
The living room, which looks professionally done up with all those watery green silk draperies, features a corner fireplace, stone floor and vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The dining room opens through a wide doorway to the cook-friendly if oddly decorated kitchen where a pair of decoratively incongruous crystal chandeliers hang over a row-boat shaped center island with wood cournter top and vegetable sink. The icing on the weird cake is the blown glass fish-sculpture-thing sitting on the counter top. The day-core of a person's house should say something about the owner and while Your Mama is thrilled that the Mister and Missus Campbell's decorative freak flag flies in their kitchen. We're just not sure what this bizarre tableau is trying to say.
Other features of the residence, according to listing information, are a total of three fireplaces, a two-car garage, library, office and and a media/music room done up in various shades of a color that resembles something we'd rather not name. Let the record show that Your Mama refuses to discuss those tan micro suede loungers and that our blood has done shot up through the roof over those ca-ray-zee wall panels and pilasters in the media room inset with that vertiginous lacy-looking wall covering that makes our eyes spin right out of their damn sockets.
Many of the main rooms open to the terraces and shaded patios that surround the house. The swimming pool and spa sit half a level lower than the house on a flat pad landscaped in a Mediterranean manner. An outdoor living room area has a massive stone fireplace and a trellis structure with canvas shades that slide open and closed to shade the space from the scorching summer sun.
Mister Campbell and his fourth and current wife Kim Woolen have been married since 1982 and together made three bambinos. These are the final three off-spring of Mister Campbell's total of eight children produced with four women. Can't get more Showbiz than that, kiddies. Anyhoo, Mister and Missus Campbell have owned property in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area since at least late 2006 or early 2007 when property records show they spent $2,300,344 to acquire a high-floor condo in a swank building in downtown Phoenix's Biltmore District. Although we don't know if they're social with one another, but previous reports and records show that other owners in the building include heavy metal horror-rocker Alice Cooper. The chi-chi apartment tower is also the location of one of the unknown number of residences owned by former U.S. Senator John McCain and his beer distribution heiress wife Cindy McCain, née Cindy Lou Hensley, who claim around 7,000-ish square feet of penthouse in their sprawling 2-unit combo condo. The full-service building offers its wealthy residents 24-hour attended gates and security, doormen, valet parking, concierge services, conference and club rooms, a rooftop swimming pool and fitness center. There's even a private dog run for resident pooches.
Note: Just as we finished up our discussion here on Glen Campbell's Malibu mansion it came to our attention that the lovely Ann Brenoff over at the AOL already wrote up thorough report on the matter. So credit to Miz B. for that.
listing photos: Coldwell Banker Malibu