The rambling Hollywood Hills compound of the late, musician Frank Zappa just sold and Variety is reporting that the buyer is Stephanie Germanota, aka Lady Gaga. Gaga paid $5.25 million. Zappa bought the property in the mid-70s for around $75,000!
Zappa lived, worked, and raised his family there until his death in 1993 and his widow, Gail Zappa, lived their until her death in October 2015. In June, the Zappa children — Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet, and Diva — engaged in some public infighting about who controled what with regard their father’s vast and valuable archives.
The quasi-Tudor-style house is more than 6,700 square feet with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms plus an apartment and two modern detached guesthouses.
Other amenities include a double-height art gallery and a sizable storage chamber where Zappa kept his archives under lock and key. This must have appealed to Gaga, as well as Zappa’s “Utility Muffin Research Kitchen” which was his recording studio. There’s a hodgepodge of decks and patios along with a greenhouse, a swimming pool, a rooftop tennis court, and gardens.
Gaga just spent $23 million for a six-acre, 10,000-plus square-foot Mediterranean villa in Malibu which one guesses will be a beach getaway if the Zappa estate is her main West Coast residence. Take a tour with the video below.