Musician Billy Duffy, long-time lead guitarist for the seminal 1980s and ‘90s British rock band The Cult, has completed the sale of his custom-renovated home above L.A.’s perennially swinging Sunset Strip. The “She Sells Sanctuary” musician, who’s latest album with The Cult, “Hidden City,” was released about five years ago, initially listed the property in July 2020 at $3.85 million, and the $3.5 million sale price is just under the final ask of almost $3.6 million.
Built in 1955 and purchased by Duffy in 2016 for $2.63 million, the entire property has been updated and restored to reflect and enhance, though not mimic, its midcentury vintage. Entered via a tranquil, secured and lushly planted courtyard, the sleekly appointed home boasts about 3,800 square feet spread over three floors with four bedrooms four bathrooms.
A beamed and vaulted ceiling adds volume to the combination living and dining room where a smooth concrete tower houses a clean-lined linear fireplace beneath a flush-mounted flat-screen television. Wide-plank wood floors add warmth and numerous glass sliders promote and easy indoor-outdoor lifestyle. The kitchen is a high-end culinary workhorse with gleaming snow-white counters, gun-metal-grey cabinets, a snack bar and premium grade commercial-style stainless steel appliances.
Though the furnishings and décor have all been removed, listing photos show one guest bedroom had concert posters and gold records hung around the room, another was decked out as a media lounge with an eggplant colored sofa and another includes an outside entrance that makes it suitable as a staff suite or home office. The spacious, wall-to-wall carpeted homeowner’s suite is complete with a fireplace, a roomy lounge, a deluxe bath and a garden view balcony. And, somewhat counter-intuitively, an elevator whisks those determined to exercise up to the tree house-like top-floor fitness room.
Stone terracing outside the main floor living areas is bordered by verdant sweeps of foliage — there’s room for a plunge pool, per marketing materials — and a slim patio carved into the vertiginous slope behind the house provides a leafy and relaxing cross-canyon view over the home’s angled roofline.
The listing was jointly held by Jourdan Lee Khoo, Joey Bachrach and Aaron Kirman of Aaron Kirman Group at Compass, while the buyer was represented in the deal by Andrew Rhoda, also at Compass.