Success didn’t happen overnight for Texas-born musician Greg Gonzalez, founder and lead singer of the ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex. Instead, it came slowly but surely by way of social media via an ethereal little ditty called “Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby.” Posted on YouTube in 2012, the tune eventually racked up more than 108 million views and garnered the group a devoted fan base — which includes Kylie Jenner — that today attends their sold-out live performances across the globe, from the U.S. to India.
Going from relative obscurity to worldwide prominence enabled Gonzalez to make the move to Los Angeles, where he recently doled out $2.7 million for some contemporary digs in the Hollywood Hills’ Laurel Canyon neighborhood. Originally built in the 1950s, and since renovated and expanded, the place sold to the singer last fall for $400,000 over the $2.3 million asking price.
Nestled on a woodsy and compact parcel, the all-white stucco structure features four bedrooms and three baths in just over 2,800 square feet of light-filled living space on two levels boasting a mix of dark hardwood and ceramic tile floors throughout. A double front door opens into the main level, which is highlighted by a soaring entry foyer displaying a curving staircase on one side and formal living room on the other.
From there, a two-way fireplace in the living room connects to an elevated dining room, which adjoins a small yet nicely outfitted kitchen sporting marble countertops, an eat-in island and high-end stainless appliances. Elsewhere is a movie theater with surround sound, plus an upstairs master retreat spotlighted by a separate sitting area, walk-in closet, and spa-like bath equipped with dual vanities, a soaking tub and glass-encased shower.
An additional ensuite bedroom on the top level spills out to a wood deck, which has steps leading down to a fenced backyard hosting a pool and spa flanked by a pool house, along with plenty of spots ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining. There’s also a driveway and covered parking tucked off to the side of the house.
Records indicate that in addition to this new home, Gonzalez maintains a luxury townhouse-like residence elsewhere in the hills, acquired back in 2017 for about $1.2 million.