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Monday, 01 June, 2009

Castle For Sale
(with comments)

Wall of sound news: Spector sells murder castle to fund appeal.

THE pop music producer Phil Spector is selling his 30-room mansion in Los Angeles to fund an appeal against his 19-year prison sentence for murdering a Hollywood actress there.

Spector, 69, has asked his young wife Rachelle Short to arrange the sale and to store valuable artefacts from his rock'n'roll life, including musical instruments given to him by John Lennon and Ike Turner, for a possible auction.

Selling the faux-French mansion at 1700 Grand View Drive, Alhambra, may cover only a small part of his multi-million-dollar legal bills. According to estate agents, its value has fallen from $1.3m to $800,000 in recent months.

"As a murder house, it might reach $1m for an appropriate buyer," said a Sotheby's International estate agent.

He managed to get a laptop in prison, and you can follow him on Twitter: philspector. A few recent tweets:

  • Think I'm about to vomit. Must rest.
  • Still trying to think up a name for my memoirs book. I've pre titled it 'From Uptown To Downtown'
  • Sitting on the edge of my bed tickling my own feet.
  • SOCIETY is insane. The world is ignorant.
  • Only 18 years and 364 days to go.
  • I should've smuggled in a kindle.

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  1. By Bisbonian. Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @05:12pm:
    "As a murder house, it might reach $1m for an appropriate buyer,"

    "Appropriate"? "Wacko", maybe.
  2. By Shel-tone. Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @05:33pm:
    Bisbonian: What? Oh yes, I would like this house, thanks.
  3. By Bisbonian. Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @07:05pm:
    I would like this house, thanks.

    Because it's a nice house, or because a murder was committed there, and you're willing to pay a premium for that?
  4. By Phos..... Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @07:17pm:
    That price of $0.8 – 1.3 million CAN'T possibly be correct for a 30 room house.
  5. By Phos..... Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @07:25pm:
    Look at similar listings in Alhambra in the US$800,000 - 1.3 million range:

  6. By Phos..... Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @07:48pm:
    http://xrl.us/beu3i3 (Link to maps.google.com)

    Zoom in and look at both properties.

    Marker location "A" is Spector's house.
    Marker location "B" is a more common house, about 4 miles away....$1,499,000. 5 Bed, 6 Bath | 3,600 Sq Ft on 0.42 Acres (18,500 Sq Ft Lot)

    That price reported for Spector's place is just TOO wrong.
  7. By Lou Smorals. Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @07:52pm:
    Maybe they dropped a decimal point in the article, or screwed up the conversion between UKP and USD?
  8. By Curtis. Comment posted 01-Jun-2009 @09:04pm:
    Yeah, that can't be right. If it is, I'm even more gleeful that I sold my LA house in 2005.

    Oh wait, it's because it's an infamous and creepy home - nobody wants it.

    Lana's ghost would be a pretty cool LA ghost though.
  9. By JSSEC. Comment posted 02-Jun-2009 @05:11am:
    OJ's Brentwood murder house on Rockingham was demolished and the house # was changed from 360 to 380.
  10. By major_danny. Comment posted 02-Jun-2009 @08:21am:
    I too thought the price was far too low.

    The article alludes to the mansion's state of decay. It must be pretty bad. It wouldn't surprise me that someone like Spector wouldn't care about the house's condition, as long as he had his his electric fence and “privacy”.

    The land might be worth more if the house weren't there. You have to factor in the cost of demolition and removal if the house is a tear-down.
  11. By decibelcat. Comment posted 02-Jun-2009 @09:19am:
    By major_danny:
    It wouldn't surprise me that someone like Spector wouldn't care about the house's condition, as long as he had his his electric fence and “privacy”.

    And his baggie full of cocaine.
  12. By J-Walk. Comment posted 02-Jun-2009 @09:24am:
    From Zillow.com

  13. By J-Walk. Comment posted 02-Jun-2009 @09:26am:
    It makes no sense when you look at the size of the lot.

  14. By Big Fella. Comment posted 02-Jun-2009 @02:46pm:
    Ummm, John, according to Betsy Ross (yes that's her real name, and she is a seamstress to boot) over on the Trials & Tribulations blog, the Twitter feed is bogus, he does not have access to any electronic devices: http://www.google.com/reader/view/#stream/feed/http://sprocket-trials.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default .

    As far as the value of the "castle", first of all it is an anomaly in that neighborhood, as folks might intuit from the Zillow data and satellite view. The castle is actually located on the wrong side of town (Alhambra) on the south side, and (while not visible in the graphic in the comment above), overlooks the perpetual traffic jam on the I-10. It was originally known as the "Pyrenees Castle" and was built by an eccentric Basque immigrant in 1926.

    What I never could fathom why Phil moved from Pasadena to the definitely less chi chi address.
  15. By MAPLE LEAF. Comment posted 02-Jun-2009 @06:20pm:
    He bought it because it had a wall of sound...
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