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Tommy Lee Pays $4.15 Million for a Japanese-Inspired Sanctuary Home

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Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee is changing his address and trading the celebrity-packed city of Calabasas for Brentwood, one of L.A.’ coolest neighborhoods.

The rock star recently bought a Zen-inspired property that’s spread on a double lot to make way for all of its waterfalls, magical pathways, lush trees, and Koi pond. The house and surrounding grounds stand in stark contrast to the wild part house (with a disco in the basement) that Lee once owned in Malibu, when he gave us the tour on MTV Cribs.

Tommy Lee, soon to be the subject of a Hulu miniseries Pam & Tommy, which takes a look at the drummer’s widely publicized marriage to Pamela Anderson, will be moving into his new home with wife Brittany Furlan.

Tommy Lee's new house has unique outdoor features, including magical pathways, gardens of bamboo and fern trees, and a Koi pond.
Tommy Lee’s new house is spread on a double lot to make way for all of its unique outdoor features. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 
Tommy Lee's house has magical pathways, gardens of bamboo and fern trees, and a Koi pond.
With its magical pathways, gardens of bamboo and fern trees, and Koi pond, the modern compound is a sanctuary home and an escape from the bustling city life. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 

Lee, who’s been trying to sell his Calabasas home for a year, didn’t wait for a buyer to snap up his previous home before finding a new place. He moved on from the 10,000-square-foot spread he’s been living in from 2007 and paid $4.15 million for the 4-bedroom, Japanese-inspired home.

And while his new house clocks in at around 4,300 square feet (which makes it about half the size of his past home), it trades indoor space for extraordinary outdoor areas and original interior touches.

The Mötley Crüe drummer’s home has an open floorplan with Zen-inspired interiors surrounded by wraparound glass and features unique artisan woodwork such as Japanese tansu cabinetry and Brazilian mahogany.

The home’s interiors have unique features, including artisan woodwork such as Japanese tansu cabinetry and Brazilian mahogany. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 
The open floorplan is surrounded by wraparound glass, offering calming views of the lush outdoors. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 
Interior design elements mimic the greenery-heavy outdoor areas. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 
The secluded pool area is surrounded by trees and has waterfalls, a dining deck with firepit and a barbecue island.
The secluded pool area is surrounded by trees and has waterfalls, a dining deck with firepit and a barbecue island. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 

The spacious dining and kitchen area opens up to a pool with waterfalls, dining deck, fire pit, barbecue island, and enclosed greenhouse-style garden room. The owner’s retreat has double-height ceilings, clearstory lighting, heated floors, a window wall with built-in cabinetry, a garden courtyard, dual baths, and custom closets.

There’s also a bedroom-office with a spiral staircase that leads to a huge yoga and meditation space and/or art-room, and two extra bedrooms that occupy a separate wing.

Other unique, Zen-inspired features include an enclosed greenhouse-style garden room
Other unique, Zen-inspired features include an enclosed greenhouse-style garden room and yoga and meditation and/or art-room. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 

What truly sets the home apart are the unique outdoor spaces. Despite being just steps away from everything L.A. has to offer, Tommy Lee’s house is a true sanctuary home tucked between trees and lush greenery.

With its cascading gardens of trees, unique plants, ferns, bamboo, extensive stonework, magical pathways, waterfalls, herb garden and Koi pond, the property is a true oasis. There’s also an authentic Japanese teahouse on the property.

With its waterfalls, cascading gardens of trees, extensive stonework, magical pathways, herb garden and Koi pond, the property is a true oasis. Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse 

Marco Rufo of The Agency held the listing, while Emil Hartoonian (also with The Agency) represented Tommy Lee in the transaction.

Featured image credits – Property photo: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse via The Agency; Tommy Lee photo © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com via Wikimedia Commons.

Written by Georgie Mihaila

With a decade-long career in the real estate industry, Georgie started penning articles in 2011 as an associate editor for Multi-Housing News & Commercial Property News. She later transitioned to digital marketing for major real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes, led the marketing division of fintech start-up NestReady, and served as marketing director for the world's biggest inspirational media brand, Goalcast. She then returned to her first passion, real estate writing, and founded Fancy Pants Homes, where she covers luxury real estate news, celebrity homes, and properties with an impact on popular culture.

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