Fred Durst is officially rockin’ it out Mediterranean-style in Los Angeles, having plunked down $3 million for a renovated, circa-1925 villa overlooking the Sunset Strip’s fabled Chateau Marmont. The Limp Bizkit frontman (“Counterfeit,” “Break Stuff,” “Re-Arranged,” “My Generation”) acquired the property from Palisociety hoteliers Avi Brosh and his wife, Kirsten Leigh Pratt, who picked up the three-bedroom, four-bath house from Oscar-winning documentary producer Rich Middlemas just two years ago, paying $2.9 million.
Been wondering what Durst has been up to lately? The now heavily bearded 50-year-old is still putting the finishing touches on a long-teased Limp Bizkit album that’s been in the works for roughly a decade; the band is currently on a summer tour that ends Aug. 24 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. He’s also spent the past several years dabbling in acting (“Population 436,” “House, M.D.”), and as a part-time director, with efforts including “The Education of Charlie Banks,” “Longshots,” and most recently “The Fanatic” starring John Travolta as an autistic man obsessed with meeting his favorite actor.
Durst is also a perennial house-hopper; over the last 20-odd years, the Florida-born musician has bought and sold no fewer than 10 houses scattered around Los Angeles County, from guard-gated Hidden Hills to Beachwood Canyon.
As for his new Sunset Strip digs, Brosh and Pratt gave the place a trendy overhaul before flipping it to Durst. The 2,000-plus-square-foot structure now displays a wealth of Palihouse hotel design trends, with chic living spaces mixing vintage and modern elements. Think two-tone walls (a blend of the original off-white color accented with a moss green hue), custom moss-green velvet drapery, and an intermingling of original and vintage light fixtures.
From the sidewalk out front, a short set of steps flanked by cypress trees leads to an ornate wooden door opening into a living room sporting a wood-beamed ceiling and fireplace. The living room is adjacent to a den/bedroom, complete with a stamped tin ceiling, bath and French doors that open to a serene garden area with fountain; and there’s also a remodeled gourmet kitchen equipped with a butcher block-topped island and stainless appliances, along with an adjacent dining parlor with wet bar, with both areas spilling out onto a fireside patio that’s ideal for al fresco dining.
Upstairs, the sprawling master retreat includes a separate sitting area and walk-in closet. A balcony spanning the entire length of the house offers up unobstructed views of the Chateau Marmont, while a fully contemporary bathroom is outfitted with dual vanities, a soaking tub and glass-encased standalone shower. There’s also an an additional ensuite bedroom on this level.
Rounding it all out: a small but nicely landscaped backyard hosting the aforementioned outdoor fireplace and patio areas, and a detached one-bedroom, one-bath guesthouse with a kitchenette and wee living room. Joe Reichling and Boni Bryant of Compass were the listing agents, with Durst repped by Jordan Davies of Keller Williams Realty Calabasas.