Having shucked his Hidden Hills pad in exchange for $2 million and with high hopes for a $25 million sale of his no-holds-barred Beverly Hills estate, theatrically demonic bassist, singer, and actor Gene Simmons has elected to drift seaward: his newest SoCal residential acquisition find him hanging his batwings in Malibu—or at least investing there.
Simmons splashed out $5.81 million for the 1975-built modern, which sits atop a particularly high hill, and overlooks the pool area, the Pacific, the city, and its neighbors too. The property is something of an aerie, a tern’s nest of a spot amid the Malibu coastal scrub.
The 3,707 sq. ft. house features an exterior expressed in concrete and glass. The façade is chilly, with some exposed timber in its extended eaves warming things up, and staggered lateral massing adding visual complexity; in back, the home’s two levels open generously to take in the benefits of its prime location, with second-floor balconies, fold-away glass, and oversize windows.
The interiors are neutral, with pale-toned wide-plank hardwood—there’s some herringbone in there by way of variety—contrasted with the weight and moodiness of the concrete fireplace accent wall that holds the linear fireplace; on either side of the fireplace are what appear to be cushioned alcoves in place of the traditional wood storage bins.
The three bedrooms and four baths in the home include an unexpected treat: a private soaking tub that borrows the spirit of the Japanese furo, with a dedicated fold-away glass wall opening the little niche to the expanse of the property’s views.
Simmons leads Kiss back on the road this summer to finish their final tour. They have 150 shows left.