Dave Keuning has come home in more ways than one. First the Killers founding member returned to the popular rock group after taking a years-long hiatus beginning in 2017, and now he’s picked up new digs in Los Angeles. Following closely in the footsteps of band mate Mark Stoermer — who recently doled out $4.7 million for a 1920s Spanish Revival-style mansion in Los Feliz — Keuning has acquired a decidedly more modern house in the celeb-studded Outpost Estates neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills.
Property records show the seven-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and lead guitarist (“Mr. Brightside,” “Human” and “When You Were Young”) paid Grindr app founder Joel Simkhai nearly $9.6 million for a snazzy Mediterranean-inspired villa sited atop the Sunset Strip. That’s about a half-million dollars below the $10 million asking price set a year ago, plus a million bucks less than the neighborhood record $10.5 million Simkhai splashed out for the place back in 2017. The tech mogul can easily afford the loss, though, considering he sold Grindr to Chinese-based gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech in two deals worth almost $250 million.
Nestled atop a promontory peak, on more than one-third of an acre secured by a gated motorcourt, Keuning’s new house was built in the late 1980s, and includes sweeping views spanning from Downtown L.A. to the Santa Monica Bay. Inside, 8,000-plus square feet of revamped living space is highlighted by a double-height foyer that flows into a living room sporting a vaulted wood-beamed ceiling, a fireplace and glass wall that opens the space to the backyard.
An embossed tin ceiling decorates the dining room, which abuts a wine lounge equipped with a built-in display case and tasting area, while a stylish eat-in kitchen outfitted with high-end Miele appliances and a marble-topped island spills into an adjacent family room. There’s also a movie theater, plus a sumptuous master suite with a fireside sitting area, balcony and spa-like bath. Outdoors, an infinity-edge pool and spa is flanked by a sundeck and a lounge area warmed by a firepit, and rounding it all out are dual garages and a detached guesthouse.
In 2018, Keuning bought a $5 million home in the hills of Los Feliz before flipping it the following year to its current owner, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti. He’s also owns a home in the quaint town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, near San Diego, and a Las Vegas condo. As for Simkhai, he still owns a $13 million Hollywood Hills mansion; and he reportedly snapped up a nearly $30 million penthouse in New York City’s Gramercy Park earlier this year.
The listing for the Outpost Estates property was held by Jory Burton and Heather Shorr of Sotheby’s International Realty; Boni Bryant of Compass repped Keuning.