Kiss frontman Gene Simmons lists Beverly Hills mansion

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The home that Kiss frontman Gene Simmons lived in for greater than 25 years is now up for sale for $22 million.

Simmons and his spouse, mannequin Sharon Tweed, first moved into 2650 Benedict Canyon Drive in 1984 after shopping for it for $1.35 million.

At 16,000 sq. ft, the Beverly Hills property matches the invoice for even a rockstar’s wildest wishes — seven bedrooms, a 40-foot entry lobby, a parking zone for 35 vehicles, an expert tennis court docket, a pool with a 60-foot water slide and over two acres of out of doors house.

The outside of the property is constructed within the fashion of a European chateau whereas the inside is stuffed with rockstar-worthy facilities. Simmons and Tweed had raised their two youngsters, born in 1989 and 1992, within the mansion earlier than deciding to maneuver to a 24-acre property in Washington’s Mount Rainier to flee California’s heavy taxes.

Douglas Elliman’s Josh and Matt Altman are the itemizing brokers representing the property, now listed for $22 million.

“California and Beverly Hills have been treating people that create jobs badly and the tax charges are unacceptable,” Simmons instructed the Wall Street Journal. “I work arduous and pay my taxes and I don’t wish to cry the Beverly Hills blues however sufficient is sufficient.”

After shopping for the lot with an older property on it, Simmons and Tweed tore it down and spent 5 years designing the present construction themselves — from stone partitions and curving staircases to the full-size timber that that they had introduced in in vehicles for the outside backyard.

Remnants of Simmons’ rockstar life stay in a number of locations in the home — from authentic live performance posters from the Nineteen Seventies to a room stuffed with Hey Kitty memorabilia from Kiss’ collaboration with the Japanese model — however is not going to be offered with the home. As Simmons instructed the WSJ, they’re too significant for his household.

“We did every part from condoms to caskets,” Simmons mentioned. “We’ll get you coming and we’ll get you going.”

Kiss, which fashioned in New York Metropolis in 1973 and shortly gained recognition as one of many best-selling rock bands of all time, is thought for its elaborate performances — white face paint, use of fireside and pyrotechnics on stage, in addition to songs like  “Rock and Roll All Nite” and “I Was Made for Lovin’ You.”

Simmons, who together with Paul Stanley are the one two members to stick with the band all through its historical past, can be identified for his controversial media appearances.

“You’ll be able to open the doorways and stroll out in your balcony like Mussolini waving out at his fascist crowd,” Simmons joked of the a number of wrought-iron terraces on the property.

Email Veronika Bondarenko

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