Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea Lists a Rockin $9.8M Compound in SoCal

An eye-popping pair of pedigreed properties, designed in different eras by the architects Richard Neutra and Michael Maltzan, have landed on the market together.

Located in the suburb of La Crescenta, just outside Los Angeles, the offering is available for $9,799,000.

The owner of this cool compound is the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Michael Peter Balzary, better known as Flea, Dirt reported.

However, he’s now ready to leave this prime piece of real estate, which he purchased in 2018 for $4.25 million.

It’s set on 5.7 acres, and the compound’s original structure was designed by Neutra for his secretary Dorothy Serulnic in 1953.

Midcentury modern masterpiece

Neutra’s design is a 1,350-square foot abode with two bedrooms, one bathroom, walls of glass, and a Bear Valley stone fireplace.

Midcentury design enthusiasts will spot the architect-designed built-ins, including a sofa system with a record player and concealed speakers, multiple desks, shelving, dining room table, and sliding breakfast nook.

Serulnic lived in the home for decades, before eventually selling in 1998.

Home in La Crescenta, CA, designed by Richard Neutra
Living area with built-ins

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Walls of glass

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Angular addition

The new owners then commissioned Maltzan to build another house on the property. Completed in 2009, the award-winning contemporary space is a wild, seven-sided structure with an interior courtyard at its center. The design is “inspired by geometric arrangements of interlocking polygons,” the architect’s website notes.

The primary suite with a curvilinear, penny-tiled bathroom looks through the courtyard and surrounding view. The layout also includes an office area and den. In 2021, a small addition expanded the living space.

Set on a flat grassy pad, the hilltop project offers both mountain and city skyline views.

Geometric interior

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Bedroom and courtyard

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(Cameron Carothers)

The grounds feature a 50-foot lap pool, an outdoor movie pavilion with a wind screen and catering kitchen, perfect for outdoor entertaining.

If those two homes aren’t enough, you can also host guests in a cool cabin, designed and built by an L.A.-based artist, Peter Staley. Staley uses “naturally felled, locally sourced trees,” to build his structures, according to his website.


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Artist-designed cabin

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The acreage is also filled with a prickly but picturesque, well-curated succulent garden.

Rockin’ real estate

As for Flea, 59, he has other homes where he can rock out.

Although he let go of his Los Feliz residence in 2018, he reportedly still owns a Beverly Hills hideaway that he picked up last year for $14 million, as well as a $7.5 million Malibu beach pad, Architectural Digest reports.

The co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will tour with the band later this year, to promote its latest album, “Unlimited Love.” The sometime actor will also appear in the upcoming movie “Babylon,” starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.

Sherri Rogers, Elisa Ritt, Anthony Stellini, and Asher Ehsani of Compass hold the listing.

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