Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Beats a Path Out of The Hamptons
From sand to shine. They have come a long way since playing LA's filthy '70s punk scene. In fact, the famous, chic Hamptons community is as far from the crust and filth of early punk as it gets. Still, Chad Smith is making his own way to real estate wealth here. The Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer recently put his waterfront home in Montauk up for grabs for $ 15 million.
Smith, who joined Chili Peppers in 1988, bought the seven-bedroom, 7.5-bath Spread back in 2005 for $ 2.45 million. Of course, band member "Give It Away" couldn't be expected to do just that, but should the house sell for a price close to its price - and given the white-hot Hamptons market it probably will - it becomes the rhythm king do a massive profit.
The fenced property consists of two lots that together extend over approximately 4 acres on a cliff overlooking Fort Pond Bay. The main house measures approximately 4,750 square feet with five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, while a guest house adds two more bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Inside the main house, an open floor plan keeps things informal and airy with seamless movement between all rooms. Architectural highlights include rustic wooden floors, exposed rafters, and a stone fireplace. The chef's kitchen features white cabinets offset by a stainless steel backsplash and a range of high quality appliances. A center island covered with butcher's blocks houses a sink, while a (possibly) head-banging pot stand is suspended from the beam above. A separate stone floor area on the ground floor contains additional dining areas and a TV lounge with French doors leading to the garden. The master suite and one of the guest rooms are on the first floor, while the cozy and compact bedrooms on the upper level have sloping ceilings and painted wood paneling. A finished attic serves as a sleeping house with no less than four beds for overflow guests.
The charming guest house was designed by Robert Young Architects and does without sheet rock. Instead, whitewashed wall frames and exposed ceiling joists are presented to match wide white oak planks. In addition to the two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the cottage is completely self-contained and has a kitchenette.
Outside, extensive, flat lawns and manicured gardens are home to a limestone-covered saltwater pool. A pergola is located in the middle of an organic garden designed by Chris Laguardia. There is also direct and easy access to the beach via steep wooden stairs.
Smith and his wife Nancy also own a five-bedroom beach house in Malibu, which they bought for $ 8.6 million in 2006. The property was previously owned by rockabilly musician Brian Setzer of Stray Cats. He's also owned several other LA properties, including a box-shaped house in Venice, which he bought and sold within a year for nearly the same price, a little under $ 3 million. Meanwhile, his Chili Peppers bandmates Flea and Anthony Kiedis have also been active in the LA real estate market for the past few years.
Jennifer Landey of Sotheby's International Realty-Bridgehampton Brokerage is a Montauk listed company.
Start gallery: Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith's Hamptons Pad
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