Controversial Santa Monica party mansion hits market at $22 million
A Santa Monica mansion that was the site large events and drew neighbors’ ire was put on the market Tuesday for $22 million, according to a spokesman for the real estate firm listing the property.
The former Kathryn Grayson estate, located on the city’s affluent La Mesa Drive, had been marketed for weeks by House of Rock LLC, which used the property, in part, to host charity events that would help expose the property to potential buyers.
Many Santa Monica residents, however, saw the events as massive parties that clogged the street. Responding to those complaints, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously passed an ordinance earlier this month meant to curb the parties. By the time the ordinance takes effect, the last of homeowner Elaine Culotti’s planned events are expected to be over.
After the first party in September, residents came out in droves to City Council meetings to complain about noise, lights, traffic congestion and safety -- as well as naked partygoers sleeping off a long night in their cars.
As discussions about the house dragged on, Culotti maintained that she planned to sell the house soon. Billy Rose, president and co-founder of the real estate firm the Agency, said it was unclear how long it would take to sell the property.
A professional recording studio is built into the house, with ceilings soundproofed in cotton and silk. Rose called it “the best residential recording studio I’ve ever seen.”
The six-bedroom, eight-bathroom house is listed at 11,000 square feet.
“You’re on one of the best blocks in L.A. and you’re on the best side of the best block in Santa Monica,” Rose said. “It’s location, location, location, and this is that in spades.”
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: A mansion in Santa Monica is drawing complaints from neighbors who say parties there clog the street. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times