For a decade, while traveling to perform in concerts, Moby was looking for a new place to call home. His longtime city of choice, New York, had become so gentrified and expensive that artists — his spiritual kin — were being driven out.
“I was looking for a city that was warm in the winter, had access to nature and was primarily filled with weird artists,” Moby says, seated in the guest house of his Beachwood Canyon estate. “Honestly, this is the only place that satisfied all the criteria.”
Four years ago, he saw what he wanted: a Norman-style castle with turrets and pointed roofs behind a high wall. It was built in 1927 for L. Milton Wolf, one of the developers of Hollywoodland, with a guest house designed by John Lautner added in the 1950s. Perched on a promontory, the 3.3-acre site, known as Wolf’s Lair, has spectacular views, including of the Hollywood sign on one side and Lake Hollywood on the other. He bought it for just under $4 million, then spent about $2 million renovating it.
The home was owned by TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos and Lionsgate Entertainment music executive Jay Faires.
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