Neil Young infamously warbled "Rock-n-roll will never die", and thanks to the millions of fans of the genre, that statement is still true today. Rock-n-roll is a type of music that evolved and was popularized across the nation during the 1950's. The music generally featured an upbeat tempo and is considered to be the predecessor to slews of musical trends including indie rock, alternative, new wave and punk rock. Some properties with ties to the rock-n-roll way of life are currently for sale and here are a couple of favorites from New York, California, Louisiana, and Colorado.
Hotel Chelsea, New York, NY
New York, New York has been considered the city of dreams for decades, and during that time many rock legends lived in town trying to capture their vision of the American Dream. Hotel Chelsea is an iconic city landmark that has housed its fair share of notorious rocker tenants, and now the 125 year old red brick building is currently for sale.
Hotel Chelsea was originally constructed in 1883 and was the city's first private apartment cooperative. The building has always been a center of artistic and bohemian activity in New York. During its long history, notable people including survivors from the Titanic and legendary author Mark Twain rented rooms in the hotel. However, the venue became closely associated with the music industry courtesy of the stabbing death of Nancy Spugen, girlfriend of the Sex Pistols' bassist, Sid Vicious.
The Sex Pistols were a British punk rock band that formed in 1975. Vicious joined in 1977 and the band broke up in 1978, after their U.S. Tour. Sid and his American girlfriend Nancy opted to stay in New York, and planted roots in the Chelsea Hotel where the couple infamously entered a downward spiral fueled by drug abuse. On October 12, 1978, Spungen was found stabbed to death on the bathroom floor in the Chelsea Hotel. The cause of death was a single stab wound to the abdomen. The knife was later traced to the owner, Sid Vicious. However, Sid always denied his involvement in her death.
The current sale of the Chelsea Hotel is the act of 15 shareholders in the building, as the sellers, they do not have the resources or energy to update the property. The Chelsea Hotel is located on West 23rd Street and the building has nearly 200,000 square feet, 125 hotel rooms and about 100 rental apartments some of which are rent stabilized. The building is a commercial property.
"Better Than Ezra's" House, Silver Lake, California
While some rock-n-roll properties have tales of woe and misfortune surrounding them, some rocker homes are filled with love and happy memories. One such home owned is the 1957 mid-century home by Tony Unhruh, currently owned (and now being sold) by Kevin Griffin, singer/songwriter/guitarist for the band Better Than Ezra. Griffin has called the property "the house with no headaches" and is asking $1.499 million for the home located in Silver Lake, California.
Better Than Ezra was together for seven years before breaking the charts with "Good" in 1995. Currently the band is rumored to be based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Griffin is selling his California home as his family is growing and they are in need of more space.
Other Musical Properties For Sale 2010
During 2010, a slew of musical properties were listed for sale. Music mogul Tommy Mottola listed his Aspen, Colorado ranch earlier this year for $27.5 million. Grateful Dead front man, Jerry Garcia's San Francisco based "crash pad" was listed for $4 million and the Door's singer Jim Morrison's "Love Street" home in California was also listed for sale, for $1.19 million. Most Americans would need a jumbo mortgage to finance the purchase of any of these listed homes.
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