Young, social media savvy musician Ari Leff, more commonly and mononymously known to his fans as Lauv, managed to become one of pop music’s fastest rising stars, not to mention pretty darn rich, without ever releasing an album.
Instead of the usual route of record labels and radio released singles, the now 27-year-old singer/songwriter, who typically sings, often in a high falsetto voice, about bleak feelings of sadness and depression, has garnered billions of streams for his independently released songs. Along the way he has also written ditties for pop divas Céline Dion, Demi Lovato and Charli XCX and, before the Covid-19 pandemic put everything on hold, sold out shows around the world.
As he prepared to embark on a globe-circling pre-pandemic tour in early 2019, the musician splashed out $2.125 million on hillside home in L.A.’s Studio City where last year he gave a low-key acoustic performance of his song “Modern Loneliness” in the home’s lower-level recording studio for Rolling Stone’s “In My Room” series.
Finally, in the early spring of 2020, after a year of slowly releasing a slew of singles, including “I’m So Tired…”, a collab with Australian sensation Troye Sivan, and “Fuck, I’m Lonely”, another collab, this one with English singer Anne-Marie, Lauv finally released his 21-track R&B-influenced electropop debut studio album, “How I’m Feeling,” which features even more collaborations, including the languid, heavily auto-tuned “Who” with K-pop megastars BTS.
Earlier this year, the singer celebrated his record release and ongoing success with a real estate upgrade, the $3.4 million purchase of a secluded and eclectic midcentury home with open views into Griffith Park in L.A.’s scenic and historic Beachwood Canyon area, which he bought from actress/director and avant-garde fashion designer Tara Subkoff.
Now, the streaming success has added a third home to his quickly expanding property portfolio, a decidedly traditional residence tucked into the semi-rural outskirts of suburban Agoura Hills, Calif., that went for $2.55 million, a notable amount over its almost $2.4 million asking price. Set behind gates on just over an acre of land that backs up to undeveloped rolling hills at the end of private lane, the not quite 3,500-square-foot home features open-plan living spaces, with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
A beamed and vaulted exposed wood ceiling is showcased in the living room, the separate family room has a white-brick fireplace as its focal point, and the freshly renovated high-end kitchen is arranged around a large island snack bar with custom cabinetry and a stylish mix of honed soapstone and wood countertops. Each of the three guest bedrooms — two upstairs and one down — has a walk-in closet and direct access to a bathroom, while the second-floor main bedroom includes a fireplace and a walk-in closet almost as large as the guest bedrooms.
Nestled into an oak-dotted hillside, the privately situated backyard incorporates a swimming pool and spa overlooked by an old-fashioned gazebo, a built-in fire pit, a chicken coop, and a small citrus grove. Seems like there’s plenty of room to roam and conjure up more of the heart-on-his-sleeve songs of isolation, disaffection and melancholy that have allowed the California-born, Philadelphia-bred and NYU-educated singer to hoover up three multimillion-dollar homes across Los Angeles in just two years.
The listing was held by Linda Rich at Sotheby’s International Realty; Lauv was represented in the deal by David Fowler of Re/Max Estate Properties.