Monday, February 7, 2011

Country King Glen Campbell Lists Malibu Mansion

SELLER: Glen Campbell
PRICE: $5,995,000
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


Miss Lady said...

I'm thinking there needs to be a California state wide moratorium on all home theaters until it can done correctly!

luke220 said...

That's the ugliest house I've ever seen.

Madam Pince said...

Mr. Campbell has battled many a demon. It appears some of them are on display in his home. Good for him and Missus Campbell -- I always enjoy those who, in your inimitable words, Mama, let their decorative freak flags fly.

Anonymous said...

I would doubt that Phoenix condo is all sold. Last I looked most of those super expensive hi-rises were largely empty.

Spamsuckintraylortrash said...

This is me with no budget constraints.

Anonymous said...

In the run for ugliest kitche island ever.

Sold for 3.45 in 2005. Listing it at 2m more than that now is delusional. The house lot is also tiny in an odd shaped way. Small view but OK neighborhood.

lil' gay boy said...

"Hello? Tara Reid is that you, darling?"

Oooo, kitty has claws...


Back in the day I had a major crush on Glen (of course, I was eight at the time); too bad the decor seems to date from that era, cuz there's nothing else about that time I'd care to remember.

I'm glad Mama pointed out the rowboat-inspired kitchen island ––– WTF?!?!? Hand over heart, I said to myself "What on God's green earth is that rowboat thingie?" before I even read a word of Mama's rant; perhaps great minds think alike? And as far as freak flags go, the wall hangings in the media room remind me of one of my parents less-successful attempts at '70s creativity when they purchased some watermarked, flame-stitched fabric & stretched it over a pair of cheap pine picture frames for me to festoon my big boy bedroom with (once my older brother moved out).

Now y'all know how I feel about many of SoCal's minuscule lots, but this one is ridiculous; it's effectively little more than a rest stop on the way to the house beyond. Other than a mean little sliver of green, it's all concrete ––– Christ Almighty, even the oceanfront parcels in Malibu have more vegetation.

But I do appreciate Mama sparing her more delicate chillruns' sensibilities; the other listing photos are all out-of-focus or oddly cropped, as if photographed by an unfortunately epileptic real estate agent with an iPhone in the midst of a grand mal seizure. Brilliant marketing for a $6MM home.

Anonymous said...

Hi - FYI only - Glen Campbell's first name is misspelled "Clen" in the heading. Thanks for all the great RE pron (yes...pron)!

rhinestone cowboy said...

i'm a lineman for the fricken' county not a decorator.

love yer blog tho, momma

Anonymous said...

Just looked this house up on the MLS. On Cavalleri, it is just doors down from a 6000 sq ft short sale that I looked at several months ago that sold for $1.85. Good luck Glen! (I ran from the short sale as soon as a rattlesnake greeted me on the front door threshold)
Love you Mama!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

For what it is worth, my ex works at a casino and met Glen. My ex said Glen was very friendly and kind, much unlike other
entertainers on that circuit.

Anonymous said...

The words "Glen Campbell" should only ever be followed by the words "fucking rocks." That said, this house is chock full of damn.

Mama'sBoy said...

Just stopping in to tell you that I hang on your every word. Mama's blog is my blog.

THANK YOU! I'm here everyday.

Pudenda Shenanigans said...

Well, y'all can cut up on it, but I like this house. It's near the ocean, the walls aren't 100% plastered with gold records under glass, and the color scheme is far better than a lot of other homes shown around here over the years.