After spending the better part of a year languishing on the market, rocker Mike Shinoda’s Los Angeles mansion has finally sold for a few hairs under $9.1 million. That’s down from the $9.5 million the Linkin Park co-founder originally requested but a noteworthy bump above the $7.4 million he paid for the place nearly 14 years ago, way back in November 2006.
Records reveal the buyer is Ernest Dion “No I.D.” Wilson, the accomplished record producer and music executive noted for his longtime association with heavyweight hip-hop acts — Kanye West, Common, Jay-Z, and Nas among them. In 2010, Wilson took home a Grammy for Jay-Z’s hit “Run This Town,” which he co-wrote and co-produced.
It’s not entirely surprising that Wilson would be in the mood for a big residential upgrade. Over the summer, he sold off his highly valuable music royalty catalog to Hipgnosis — the London-based company that has recently been on an eye-popping tear of catalog acquisitions — for an undisclosed but undoubtedly substantial sum.
The Shinoda-cum-Wilson estate lies in prestigious Mulholland Estates, the guard-gated community in the mountains above Sherman Oaks famed for its substantial roster of celebrity residents and expensive homes. (Despite the development’s location miles from Beverly Hills, mansions within the gates carry the coveted 90210 zip code.)
Built in 1990, the 7,700 sq. ft. mansion was also once owned by comedian Tom Arnold, who purchased the house in ’98 from Paula Abdul. The celeb-approved residence is described as a “timeless Mediterranean villa” and a “Southern European paradise” in listing materials, and is desirably squirreled away at the end of a prime cul-de-sac, semi-hidden behind a thicket of palm and ficus trees. There’s a three-car attached garage, plus a motorcourt that can easily accomodate at least five more automobiles.
A walled, gated, and landscaped courtyard provides a tranquil security buffer for the front door, which opens into a double-height foyer equipped with stone floors and an elegantly curved staircase. Other formal spaces include a massive living room with a marble fireplace and vaulted ceiling, a formal dining room with a shimmery gold brocade wallpaper treatment, and a sunny breakfast room that adjoins the eat-in kitchen, which is equipped with the expected variety of high-end appliances, plus a large island topped with exotic hardwood.
There are seven bedrooms on the premises, all of them with ensuite bathrooms and several with direct access via French doors to narrow balconies. The home’s lavish upstairs master suite has several custom amenities, such as a Rodeo Drive boutique-sized closet with mirrored wardrobes and near-endless racks for shoes and accessories. The master bath is swaddled in marble, and the master bedroom offers a private sitting area with fireplace, plus a private terrace.
Spanning a full three-quarters of an acre, the estate’s grounds include various tropical plantings, liberally watered lawns, a koi pond, concrete patios for sunbathing and/or al fresco dining, and a full-sized swimming pool with a spa lined in cream-colored mosaic tiles.
Mulholland Estates additionally offers a number of resident amenities, including tennis and basketball courts, a children’s playground, and even a dance studio. High-profile homeowners in the community include everyone from Paris Hilton and Kendall Jenner to DJ Khaled and Big Sean, from Christina Aguilera and Vanna White to the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson and Saudi Princess Maha Alsaud.
As for Shinoda and his longtime wife Anna, they’ve have already selected their next home — an $8 million modern farmhouse-style Encino mansion that was built new last year.