Exactly three years ago this week, Red Hot Chili Pepper/Silverlake Conservatory of Music founder Flea plunked down $4.55 million to purchase the dreamy Van Griffith Estate located just outside of Griffith Park's Vermont Avenue gates. Built in 1925 by the son of park benefactor Griffith J. Griffith, the Mediterranean-style compound features a main house with four bedrooms, three and a half baths, formal living and dining rooms, a library, a speakeasy, hardwood and tile floors, and elaborately carved fireplaces, as well as a "newly remodeled" two-bedroom guest house (formerly the carriage house) with tiled floors, beamed ceilings, French windows and doors, and a wood-burning fireplace. The .78-acre property also contains mature redwood, pine, and olive trees, stone pathways, a loggia with outdoor fireplace, fountain, and a saltwater swimming pool with spa. Why you'd ever want to leave this place is anyone's guess, but, as the LA Times Hot Property column reported last week, the 51-year-old bassist has just put the compound on the market with an asking price of $6.8 million.
· 2630 N Vermont Avenue [Estately]