Gene Simmons puts his longtime Beverly Hills mansion up for sale for $22MILLION as his family moves to Washington State
- KISS singer and bassist listed the 16,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion for $22 million
- The legendary rocker and his Playboy Playmate wife Shannon Tweed have lived on the property since 1984
- The seven-bedroom home has been redeveloped over the years into a European-style mansion
- Simmons is picking up and moving to Washington State, in part, due to the tax burden of living in California
Gene Simmons is leaving the Southern California life after nearly four decades.
The legendary KISS singer and bassist has decided to pick up and move his family to Washington State, citing high property taxes in California as a motivating factor.
As a result, he’s put his 16,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion, which includes seven bedrooms, up for sale for $22 million.
Up for grabs: Gene Simmons has put his Beverly Hills mansion up for sale for $22 million
Major investment: The legendary KISS singer and bassist bought the property when it was a smaller ranch house in 1984 for $1.35 million
When Simmons, 71, first bought the property in 1984 for $1.35 million it was a ranch house on a hillside in the Benedict Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles, according to The Wall Street Journal.
But over the years he and his wife, former Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed, redeveloped it into a sprawling European-style mansion that sits on two acres of land.
The home includes a foyer with a domed ceiling, coffered ceilings, a living room with roughly 30-foot-high windows, a formal dining room, a wine cellar, chandeliers, and several balconies and decks overlooking the manicured grounds.
Sprawling: The home has seven bedrooms, room for 35 cars and a tennis court
Lovely: The mansion sits on a a two acres plot in Benedict Canyon
The perks: There’s a pool with a 60-foot water slide in the backyard
There’s even a gorgeous pool with a 60-foot water slide, parking for 35 cars, and a professional size tennis court.
Simmons has used three rooms to showcase his seemingly endless KISS memorabilia, including dolls, pinball machines and guitars, but those items are not a part of the sale of the property.
The New York native is moving to a 24-acre estate in Washington, near Mount Rainier, in part, because of the growing tax burden of living in the Golden State.
Added touches: The home includes a foyer with a domed ceiling and coffered ceilings
Room with a view: The living room is adorned with about 30-foot-high windows that overlook the gorgeous property
Personal touch: Simmons and wife Shannon Tweed redeveloped the home from a ranch house to European-style mansion over the years
Spacious: The mansion has the capacity to have seven bedrooms
‘California and Beverly Hills have been treating folks that create jobs badly and the tax rates are unacceptable,’ Simmons told the Journal.
‘I work hard and pay my taxes and I don’t want to cry the Beverly Hills blues but enough is enough.’
The Rock And Roll All Nite star also put his smaller 2,345-square-foot home in Laurel Canyon up for sale for $2.2 million in August. But its status is now listed as ‘Withdrawn/Cancelled.’
KISS, who formed in New York City in 1973, were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014.
Family move: Simmons, who helped form KISS in 1973, plans to move to a 24-acre estate in Washington State, near Mount Rainier, in part, because of the growing taxes in California
Rock legends: KISS were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2014