Live in Shangri La? It was good enough for Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan

September 21, 2011 at 9:21 AM 1 comment

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.

With a guest list that reads like a who’s who of the music industry’s brightest stars, you’d expect the fans to be lining up around the corner of the Shangri La Malibu – at the very least so they can have a nose around.

This recording studio and family home (it’s got four bedrooms, three bathrooms, substantial grounds and is directly opposite Zuma beach) is on the market for £2 million (US$3.1m) through Sothebys International.

But it’s the history of the home that really makes our eyes pop.

According to the property details, Shangri-La was built in the 1970s to the precise specifications of Bob Dylan and The Band and conceived, according to Levon Helm (drummer in The Band) as “…a clubhouse and studio where we and our friends could record albums and cross-pollinate one another’s music.”

And that they did. The studio was favoured by the likes of Eric Clapton who famously spent three months there and described it in his autobiography as an intensely creative period (full of all-night jam sessions and wild parties, no less). Other famous faces who’ve used the studio include Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Pete Townsend, Joe Cocker, Ronnie Wood, while Dylan famously stayed in a tent in the rose garden during a recording session.

Shangri La Malibu was also used as a location and rehearsal studio by Martin Scorsese for the film The Last Waltz – which captured The Band’s farewell tour – and several scenes shot at the home and studio made the final cut.

By the mid 90s the studio was run down and in danger of being torn down, which is when current owner and musician Beej Chaney snapped it up. Chaney refurbished the property and once again made it a centre for music’s biggest names – Mark Knophler, the Kings of Leon and Adele have all recorded there.

And now, this slice of musical history could be yours.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. gitesforsalefrance  |  October 4, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Nice article. But does having a celebrity link to a property really increase its value? I’m not so sure: there have been cases when the link might blight the property (Charles Manson for example) and cases where prospective buyers will be put off by the (perhaps) adverse limelight and bad publicity that such a purchase might entail.


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