What is it about ‘80s rockers and imitation French homes? First Jon Bon Jovi listed his sprawling New Jersey take on Gallic-themed architecture, and now the “Red Rocker,” aka Sammy Hagar — solo artist and former lead singer of Van Halen — has done likewise with his French-inspired chateau that’s sited on the shore of California’s Lake Arrowhead. In all fairness, Hagar’s home has been off and on the market for the last three years; the septuagenarian rocker, who bought the lakeside manse in 2009 for $2.3 million as a retreat for his family, originally set it out for sale it in 2017 at $5.25 million.
The asking price for the 6,557-square-foot, eight-bedroom and nine-bathroom vacation getaway, located about 80 miles from downtown Los Angeles, is now $3.9 million. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by a veritable forest full of dark wood — beams, floors, kitchen cabinetry, doors, window casings, muntins, and armoires. Elsewhere, there is enough stone to dam a raging river. The second-floor stone patio is one of the home’s highlights, offering mesmerizing views of the lake, and, unsurprisingly, the media room has a hefty sound system installed amongst more dark wood cabinetry.
Along with lake views, the master bedroom features a vaulted ceiling that soars to 30-feet high — just in case someone might be tempted to install a climbing wall — and there’s also a lake-view balcony and an en suite bathroom with double vanities, a soaking tub, sauna and steam shower.
The exterior has all the trappings you’d expect from a rock god — an oversized spa to head back to the ‘80s in a hot tub time machine, along with the requisite built-in barbecue and fire pit, plus a private path to the lake and dock below.
In 2018, Hagar sold a home in Haiku, Hawaii, for $3.1 million. His current holdings include a home in Mill Valley, Calif., about 25 miles north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, that he purchased way back in 1978 for $160,000, as well as a home in the Lake Tahoe area he picked up in 2007 for $420,000.