After about a month on the market, the long-time Los Angeles home of English musician Roland Orzabal, multi-instrumentalist singer and co-founder of the era-defining 1980s an ‘90s New Wave synth-pop band Tears for Fears, remains on offer with an asking price of $3.95 million.
Though they’ve split up and reunited a couple of times, had lengthy gaps between albums, and are not at the white-hot vanguard the way they once were, Tears for Fears is of late back to making innovative music and performing in front of live audiences. Cited as an influence by top-selling contemporary artists like Lorde, The Weeknd and Kanye West, Tears for Fears released their well-received seventh studio album (“The Tipping Point”) earlier this year, their first full-length release in nearly 20 years, and they toured the U.S. and the U.K. over the summer.
Married to photographer and writer Emily Rath earlier this year (his first wife, coupled with since his teens, died in 2017), Orzabal purchased the property nearly 20 years ago for not quite $1.7 million. A few clicks on the abacus shows that should he get anywhere near his price, he’ll realize a tidy two-plus million-dollar profit, not counting improvement expenses and real estate fees.
Nipped away at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac near the top of Nichols Canyon, with quick access to Mulholland Drive, the buff colored, circa 1960 contemporary home contains four bedrooms and five bathrooms in almost 4,300 square feet of airy, light-filled living space. The listing is held by Bryan Castaneda and Andrew Mortaza of The Agency.
Highlights include antique carved wood doors that open to a long entrance gallery dominated by a sculptural floating staircase; two-story walls of glass in the double-height living room; and, one of five on the property, a chateau-worthy carved stone fireplace in the otherwise crisply modern dining room. With a fetching, bespoke combination of mossy green and book-matched wooden cabinetry and gleaming stainless-steel appliances, the kitchen sits neatly between the dining and living rooms. Upstairs, a vibrantly appointed TV lounge spills out to a glass-roofed solarium outfitted with exercise equipment, while the main bedroom is a spacious retreat with private balcony, dry sauna, walk-in closet, and clean-lined bath sheathed in wine-colored stone.
High fencing, towering bamboo and cumulous canopies of mature trees ensure privacy in the sun-splashed backyard where a cozy, orange-cushioned banquette surrounds a built-in fire pit alongside a long, slender swimming pool.
Along with his stateside digs, Orzabal has long maintained a solid foothold in the U.K., where he makes his home base in Dyrham, about 100 miles due west of central London. Purchased more than 30 years ago, and known as the Old Rectory, the manicured country estate is where Orzabal houses his Neptune’s Kitchen recording studio.