Less than a month after his death from complications resulting from a long battle with Lewy dementia, Bob Biggs, founder of LA’s legendary punk label Slash Records, got his idiosyncratic and remote connection in Tehachapi, California from his wife list Kim for $ 2 million.
Biggs was an artist and punk rock visionary who signed groundbreaking underground acts like L7, The Germs, Violent Femmes, and The Blasters in the late 70s and early 80s when big labels didn’t touch them, and he often contributed original artwork to their album covers . So it is fitting that the iconoclast lived in a unique building that is equipped with a 2,600 square meter artist studio and a horse stable with six stables in a windy and secluded bushland.
Located two hours outside of LA in the mountains southeast of Bakersfield, the remote area is as eye-catching as it is lonely. The description of a “modern concrete fortress” in the listing descriptions conjures up the image of an eccentric music mogul hiding in a secured, possibly armed, desert property. In reality, the nearly 300-square-meter main residence is more of a nod to minimalist Asian architecture than a fortress. Though the copious use of raw concrete gives it a certain brutalist aesthetic, three stone fireplaces and wood-paneled windows and doors add warmth to the chic and sophisticated pavilion
The house is on a promontory at the foot of Tomo Khani State Historic Park, not far from Tehachapi’s burgeoning wine region, and overlooks the surrounding gorge. The property has a very low walking score with trips to the post office and supermarket a well planned endeavor. Due to its isolated location, water must come from a well on site. Due to the ubiquitous danger of forest fires, the main residence is protected by special metal shutters.
Inside, the smooth concrete floors of the voluminous living room, the white walls and the vaulted ceilings are balanced out by a rustic stone fireplace. French doors open the room to the outside. The kitchen is elegant, modern and of high quality with gleaming white worktops on neatly lined wooden cabinets. A snack bar on a curved island separates the kitchen from a combined dining area and lounge with a second stone fireplace. Telescopic glass slides open the kitchen to an atrium filled with potted plants with a skylight. The master suite on the ground floor offers a third stone fireplace as well as two large walk-in closets and a separate bathroom. As in the kitchen, telescopic glass slides open the room to the light-flooded atrium. There is a guest room on the ground floor and another on the upper floor with its own bathroom, as well as an attic on the third level with a panoramic view of the surrounding desert.
It’s a far cry from the raw hedonism of the LA punk scene in the late 1970s, but hands down a calm and idyllic setting for Bob Biggs to pass his final years.
The property was listed for $ 2.25 million in 2013 and is currently listed by Gregory Moesser of Sotheby’s International Realty.