Earlier this year, Gene Simmons told The Times that he is done with California. “It’s time for a quieter life. No more tour buses or celebrity maps or fires or earthquakes,” he stated, adding that he would be moving to Lake Tahoe.

The KISS star has officially heeded his word, selling his three-decade old home for $16 million.

He had been shopping at the Benedict Canyon mansion since last year, originally offering it for $22 million before trying to capitalize on the post-pandemic market and relisting it in March for $25 million. The final sale price is much less than that amount, but still significantly more than the $1.34 million he paid for the property in 1986.

At the time, the two-acre property owned a 3,500-square-foot farm, which Simmons quickly razed to the ground in favor of the 13,400-square-foot showplace that stands today. He raised his family in the house, which was the primary setting for seven seasons of his A&E reality series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.”

The residence, tucked behind gates, is reached via a long, winding driveway and a pair of spiral staircases leading to the dramatic entrance. Inside are seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms and palatial spaces such as a two-story foyer and great room overlooking a catwalk.

Simmons installed two KISS-themed memorabilia rooms during his stay, but remodeled them when the house went on the market, saying, “A family wants to move into a house, not a KISS museum.”

The front of the property has a tennis court and the rear garden adds a swimming pool and lawn, surrounded by patios and lush landscaping.

Born in Israel, Simmons co-founded KISS in the early 1970s and serves as the band’s bassist and vocalist. Known for their over-the-top makeup and costumes, the New York-based group has released 20 studio albums and is one of the best-selling bands ever, with over 75 million records sold.

Josh and Matt Altman of California’s Douglas Elliman handled both sides of the deal.

Source