Which Los Angeles Icon Lives Here?

Which Los Angeles Icon Lives Here?

Gregory Han
Sep 23, 2009

Here's a home owned by a former neighbor we'd occasionally see driving around the hood sans shirt in his signature style. Decorated in a serene eco-ethnic modern style, with a textured palette not exactly reflective of his reputation/image (likely professionally decorated), the spicy name attached to the Malibu home might come as a surprise...

The fairly modest sized 2,731 square feet Malibu home belongs to none other than Michael Balzary, aka Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers (there are two additional guest houses, one used as a music studio). We'd see Flea semi-regularly around when he was a Los Feliz resident, a beloved fixture at the nearby Silver Lake Music Conservancy that he founded, and we were always a bit sad when he moved away (though we nearly literally ran into him at a Lakers game). But now we understand why he moved west of the 101. If we were offered a view (and a study/bookcase) like that overlooking the Pacific, we'd move in a heartbeat.

We're certainly impressed that every corner of his home is filled with artwork, reflecting a passion for sculpture, photography and paintings, alongside a decent size collection of bass guitars gracing a studio wall.

One of our favourite sections of the home is the conversation corner; a huge black and red painting floats above a Ligne Roset Togo sofa, optimizing a space that could have easily been wasted. It's also right next to the kitchen, making it an easy trip to refill on refreshments.

There plenty of more photos and details about Flea's Malibu dream home here to oggle (yes, a ridiculously funny real estate listing URL, if we've ever seen one).

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