Jim Morrison's Laurel Canyon Home for Sale: A Rock 'n' Roll Bargain?
Once a rundown Los Angeles apartment building and now a refurbished single-family bungalow; the house at 8021 Rothdell Trail, was the inspiration for the Morrison song "Love Street."
For music fans and especially Doors aficionados with some cash to spend, the home is a rock 'n' roll fantasia. During the late 1960s, the bungalow was like a boarding house for rock musicians on the verge of stardom and other counterculture types.
Morrison and Courson lived on the top floor of what music journalist Stephen Davis describes to HousingWatch, as a "notorious hippie haven."
Members of the Eagles, Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and the Byrds all spent time living on "Love Street" according to Davis, the author of Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend. It was here that Morrison wrote some of the inspired songs that appeared on the albums, "Strange Days" and "Waiting for the Sun."
Davis visited the house in 2003, when researching his Morrison biography, and recalls that at the time it was subdivided into a handful of smaller apartments.
"It was where Jim and Pam had some of their most famous domestic disturbances," says Davis. "They had epic fights and people at the Laurel Canyon Country Store (a renowned general store across the street) could watch Jim's clothes and books flying out the window."
Davis says that Morrison never owned his own home, and when he was "on the outs" with Courson, he stayed at the Alta La Cienega Hotel, in nearby West Hollywood.
"I recall it was kind of noisy and there wasn't much privacy. It's not like buying David Geffen's house." says Davis. "But Laurel Canyon is still a desirable neighborhood, and there is some historical significance."
The house was constructed in 1922 and is advertised as furnished "with custom pieces designed for the home, distressed floors, iron fixtures, open-beam ceilings and an outdoor gym and shower."
It's rumored that Morrison preserved some of his songs and poetry behind the wall of an indoor shower. Still, Davis thinks it's doubtful that the new owner will discover any "lost" Doors material.
Blogger Mark York writes that he visited the house on "Love Street" last Saturday and was given a tour by its Realtors: "In the main room in the far right corner hung an art deco print of Morrison," writes York. "I hadn't seen anything signed by him, but the current owner made the house into a rock museum in its own right; with vintage Beatles posters.... I could almost feel the presence of rock legends who must have gathered here for boozy get-togethers, pot smoke wafting into the cool soft breeze blowing over the Hollywood Hills."
Is a funky hippie den with just three bedrooms worth over a million? It all depends on what lights your fire.
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