Springsteen Drummer Sells L.A. Home, Heads for Jersey

springsteen drummerBruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg is a Jersey boy at heart, and after open-heart surgery a year ago, folks say he was itching to return to the Land of the Big Hair. So he and his wife, Rebecca, sold their Sunset Strip-area home in Los Angeles for $2.95 million.

Weinberg, 59, played drums for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. And when the band broke up, he floundered around a bit before accepting a gig on the Late Night With Conan O'Brien (1993-2009) as the host's band leader and comic foil -- a spot that drew him high critical praise. When Conan moved to the Tonight Show, Weinberg went with him (2009-2010) and simultaneously began a tour with Springsteen. Clearly, he's always had a foot on each coast.

After monitoring a heart condition for several years, a 12-hour surgery was performed in February 2010 to repair a leaky valve. Weinberg has never made any bones about preferring his
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native East Coast roots to California and wanted to be close to his family. He is returning to Monmouth County, N.J., where he owns a home. He and his family are huge fans of the New Jersey Devils and play ice hockey on the two-acre pond in front of their house. Plus, with his family living in New Jersey, well, we get it: Commuting sucks.

The Mid-Century Modern home that he bought in 2009 for $2,888,000 has sliding walls of glass that disappear into wall pockets. The one-acre grounds include a swimming pool and an expansive lawn with city views. The kitchen was recently remodeled with custom cabinetry and Miele appliances and is adjacent to the living room that has 14-foot ceilings. There are dual poured concrete vanities and hardwood floors in the master bedroom.

The main house, which has three bedrooms and two baths, is connected by a covered breezeway to a two-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse.

H. Blair Chang and Billy Rose of Prudential California, Beverly Hills, had the listing, according to the MLS, while Brett Lawyer of Sotheby's International Realty represented the buyer.

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