SELLER: Robert “Kid Rock” Ritchie
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
SIZE: 8,305 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
YOUR MAMAS NOTES: Thanks to a long-time tipster we’ve always referred to as The Rolling Stone, Your Mama learned that five time Grammy-nominated country-rap rocker Kid Rock heaved his Bali-inspired mini-compound in Malibu, CA on the open market with an asking price of $13,450,000.
Property records (and other online resources) show Mister Rock—a rare and active political conservative in the Shobizz mecca of bleeding heart liberals—acquired the walled, gated, and no-doubt heavily fortified 1.54 acre property in the heart Point Dume in October 2006 when he shelled out $11,600,000 for the two-story residence that’s tucked discreetly in to the tail end of an angled cul-de-sac. Current digital marketing materials show there are five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 8,305 square feet plus a separate guest house.
Carved wood front doors—Your Mama imagines they could have been imported from somewhere in Indonesia or were perhaps purchased at one of the gajillions of places in Los Angeles that hawk Indonesian-y architectural artifacts—serve as the primary portal to and predominant design motif throughout the airy, interconnected living spaces.
A foyer with black and white mosaic tile floor steps down in to an amply proportioned formal living room that, thanks to hidden high-tech a/v equipment, does double duty as a screening room. Mister Rock and/or his team of lady and/or nice-gay decorators did up the living/screening room with a cozy combination of earthy caramel-toned leather club chairs and an over-sized roll-armed sectional sofa heaped with a hodge-podge of decorative cushions in a variety of suzani textiles. Not surprisingly, there’s a high-brow and—because Mister Rock can actually play it—fully functional grand piano set prominently in front of an impressive wall of floor-to-ceiling windows hung with cinematic red velvet curtains that frame an up-close view of verdant, jungle-like surroundings.
A double-sided fireplace, one of at least four fireplaces in the house, divides the living/screening room from a spacious, open-concept kitchen/dining room. The dining area has rustic, glass-fronted breakfronts for tableware storage and and a lengthy, picnic-type table that easily seats a dozen diners. The kitchen fittings veer towards the sleek with straight lines, a shiny stainless steel center island, and industrial-style stainless steel appliances. Slightly variegated wood cabinets and a floating wood plank breakfast bar add a necessary bit of organica to the otherwise very contemporary cook center.
Numerous wood-framed French doors in both the living and dining room allow transition the interior living areas to a goodly-size and partially covered stone-tiled terrace that overlooks a thick stand of trees and shrubs.
As far as Your Mama can tell, each of Mister Rock’s four guest/family bedrooms has direct access to a terrace, patio or veranda of some sort as does the large—but not forbiddingly so—master suite comprised of bedroom with sitting area and fireplace—not to mention a rather romantic, canopied bed—two walk-in closets, and a roomy bathroom complete with two sinks, a soaking tub set in front of a picture window, and a separate, partially glass-enclosed steam shower.
A detached guest house offers additional living and sleeping space and, like the main house, opens to a deep shaded veranda and over looks the rectangular swimming pool that’s sunk simply into a flat patch of very green grass. A vine-draped nook bedside the pool has built-in cushioned seating and looks to Your Mama like a wonderfully shady spot to escape the sunshine and/or whittle away a breezy afternoon with a stack of gossip glossies and a giant bowl of penny candy.
Your Mama isn’t sure where Mister Rock plans to live once he sells his Malibu estate but his personal property portfolio certainly doesn’t suffer from a shortage of private residences. In January of 2012 the kids at Curbed Detroit (via the Detroit Free Press) revealed that the long-haired rock star paid an unknown amount of money for an elegant but tired 6,000-ish square foot waterfront mini-mansion in Detroit. (The last known asking price was $465,000) The very next month, as José Lambiet of Gossip Extra first reported, Mister Rock dropped $3.2 million for an ocean front fixer-upper in Jupiter Inlet Colony, FL, the same affluent enclave just north of Palm Beach where Olivia Newton John owns a house she almost sold to Rosie O’Donnell. Your Mama’s research indicates Mister Rock also owns a townhouse-type condo in Nashville, TN, that he picked up in mid-2005 for $824,000, a 400-acre spread in Alabama, as well as a pair of adjoining, multi-acre equestrian estates northwest of downtown Detroit, in Clarkston, MI. One he picked up in October 2000 for $1,180,000 and the other a few months later for $600,000.
listing photos: Coldwell Banker