A month after his death due to complications caused by Levi’s long battle with dementia, Bob Biggs, founder of the legendary LA-based punk label Slash Records, found his idsyncratic and remote compound in Tehapapi, listed by his wife. Kim 2 2 million Kim.
Biggs was an artist and punk rock dreamer who signed underground acts such as L7, The Germs, Violent Famous and The Blasters in the late ’70s and early’ 80s when big labels didn’t touch them and he was often original Their album cover contributed to the work of art. It fitted, then, that Iconoclast lived in a kind of compound that came complete with a 2,000-square-foot artist’s studio and a six-stall bridgeway horse burn set between six hundred acres of dry and secluded Scrabland.
Located two hours outside the L.A. in the mountains southeast of Bakersfield, the distant expanse is a sight to behold. The description of a “modern concrete castle” in the description of the list depicts a picture of a Wikipedia music mogul covered in a protected, possibly armed desert estate. In reality, the approximate 3,900-square-foot dwellings are more akin to minimalist Asian architecture than anything like the original castle. Although the extensive use of raw concrete gives it a certain brutal aesthetic, the three stone fireplaces and wood trim windows and doors add warmth to the chic and sophisticated pavilion.
Establish a campaign at the beginning of Tomo Khani State Historic Park, not far from the emerging wine region of Tehachapi, the house was designed by designer Carl Day and competed in 2003, with views of the surrounding valley. Being 12 miles out of town, the property has a very low walking score with trips to the post office and the supermarket taking a well-planned initiative. Its isolated location is true, water needs to come from a well well from a site and the main residence is protected by custom metal shutters due to the ubiquitous danger of fire.
Inside, the smooth concrete floors of civil wood, crisp white walls and vaulted ceilings are offset by rustic stone fireplaces. French door open outside the room. The kitchen is soft, modern and has bright white countertops with clean-lined wooden cabinets with high-edges. An arched island snack bar separates the kitchen from the lounge with an attached dining area and a second stone fireplace. Telescopic glass sliders fill the kitchen with vessel plants in the scotilite-topped atrium. The main floor master suite provides a third stone fireplace with two huge walk-in closets and a buggy bathroom. Like the kitchen, telescopic glass sliders open up the room for a light-filled atrium. On the main floor there is a guest bedroom and another one with an en suite bath with a third level loft space with views around the surrounding desert wrap.
This is L.A. Far from the annoying hedonism of the punk scene of the late ’70s, Bob Biggs is undoubtedly a peaceful and enchanting setting to spend his last years.
Listed at 2.25 million in 2013, the property is currently listed by Gregory Mozar of Sotheby’s International Realty.