Musicians and daydream-worthy real estate have gone hand in hand for generations. Even starving artist guitar players tend to have amazing apartments — or tend to sleep on the couches of people with amazing apartments …
Of course, when it comes to internationally and multi-generationally famous rock gods like Lindsey Buckingham, we’re talking about cool on a whole different level. Think the elegantly disheveled Hollywood bungalow writ large, with a few hundred million bucks and a lifetime of decadence added on for good measure.
So when we found out that Lindsey and his interior designer wife Kristen Buckingham went bespoke for their currently listed Brentwood compound, we couldn’t resist taking a peek. As you can see for yourself with the listing pictures below, it more than lives up to our own rock god mansion fantasies.
Nestled in the tony Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood, the home has all the trappings of a classic turn of the century Beverly Hills mansion.
Out front, you’re met with a wraparound courtyard and driveway centered by a gorgeous tree. To your right, a multi-car garage could easily be mistaken for a converted stable. The white brick exterior is equal parts imposing and inviting. How a 10,000 square foot mansion manages to pull this off is a mystery of architectural design, but however they did it, we’re glad they did.
The imposing/inviting feel isn’t just reserved for the outside of the house either. The living spaces inside look cozy and inviting, but still have a kind of English country house glamour that manages to conjure up actual royalty rather than mere rock royalty.
Wide plank hardwood floors, warm wooden built-in shelving and molding, and an elegant curved main staircase keep reminding you that you’re inside something special.
Other rooms, like the one above, skip the wide plank floors for a more cosmopolitan herringbone pattern. There are also beamed ceilings and walls of windows that blur the line between indoor and outdoor living in the way Los Angeles homes are famous for.
When it comes to vibes, this room is a little less fox hunting and bit more mimosa hunting at the Wilshire Country Club — in other words, everything we love about old school Los Angeles mansions.
Of course this being the era of Instagram foodies, the kitchen manages to avoid that sad, Overlook hotel staff kitchen vibe that older homes tend to sometimes have. The kitchen here is 100% pinnable, Instagramable, and looks like an absolutely lovely space to spend time perfecting that roast duck recipe you got from The New York Times. It’s almost like it was designed for social media clicks.
Stepping outside reveals more Los Angeles beauty with well thought out plantings and plenty of space to relax and unwind. (Including the tennis court accented by ivy-covered walls and Cypress pines.)
What Los Angeles mansion would be complete without a fashion magazine worthy swimming pool? Here, the compound certainly doesn’t disappoint. It boasts a massive swimming pool area complete with an ivy-covered pool house with even more Cypress pines peeking over the top from the adjoining property.
Now we’ve seen some stellar swimming pools in our day, but this one really takes things over the edge. The plantings are all just right, and the swimming pool and patio areas both look like they’ve been there since the golden age of Hollywood.
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