In 2007, a bad combination of dry Malibu hills and the Santa Ana winds turned a brush fire into a devastating blaze that destroyed many of the mansions that dot the Pacific Coast Highway, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea’s home.
Flea told the L.A. Times that his home “burnt to a crisp.”
Other celebrities, like director James Cameron and Olivia Newton-John — who have primary homes there — were evacuated and their homes were saved. Celebs who have vacation homes, such as Jennifer Aniston, Sting, and Bill Murray, also escaped the fire.
According to property records, shortly after the fire, Flea listed the burned land (2.4 acres) on the Malibu real estate market for $2.8 million.
After the property lagged a few months on the market with no takers, the listing was removed. During the year-plus that the land was off the market, Flea had a new home built; an ultra-contemporary pad constructed by award-winning California architect firm Marmol Radziner (slide-show above). From the listing photos, it appears the musician never moved in to the glass-walled pad.
Despite the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ altruistic message in their 1991 hit song, Give it Away, Flea is not giving it away and has listed the property back on the market for $4,795,000, obviously not taking any more chances with Malibu wildfires.
Best known for his role in founding the “Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Flea, or Michael Peter Balzary, has also played bass in prominent groups like “Jane’s Addiction,” “River Phoenix” and “Rage Against the Machine.” He also had small forays in acting with roles in “The Big Lebowski” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”
The listing describes the home as an “architectural masterpiece.” The 3-bedroom, 3-bath house has views of the canyon and Pacific Ocean and includes features high ceilings, a free-form pool, outdoor fireplace and access to Escondido Beach.