Neil Young’s former Topanga Canyon home is up for sale for $1.8m.
Built in 1965, the house retains many of the same features as it did when Young was living there during one of his most profilic eras in the late ’60s and early ‘70s.
Inspired by the setting and magnificent vistas, Young used the house as a recording studio, with many of the resulting recordings included on 2009’s Neil Young: The Archives, Vol. 1 1963-1972 box set, with three of its nine CDs reserved for output from the house, one of which Topanga 1 (1968-1969) sports the edifice on its cover (pictured).
The art-moderne building at 611 Sky Line Trl has three bedrooms and is a mere 1,532 sq ft. However, it’s built for those who prefer to be outside anyway, with a copious number of windows throughout and multiple outdoor decks for taking in the view.
The current owners, who purchased the 5,067 sq ft lot in 2007 for $780,000, still maintain a two-room studio onsite.
In his 2012 autobiography Waging Heavy Peace Young reminisced about the house: “Morning on the deck began with coffee overlooking the canyon, watching everything start to move below as the day unfolded."
He added: "The scene in there was always stimulating, full of the color of the canyon, with the artists and other local characters, rug dealers and beautiful hippie girls...."
See inside Neil Young's former California studio
When Young moved out, the building’s musical adventures weren’t over, however—eventually Bernie Leadon of the Eagles owned the house and lived there with President Ronald Regan’s daughter, Patti Davis, who recalled the home in her own book, offering, “There are so many windows in this house, it's like living outside."