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Celebrity Real Estate: Musician Billy Howerdel Puts Up For Sale Sign in Studio City

[Update January 22, 2014]: This home sold for $1,825,000 on September 16, 2013.

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Back on January 26, 2012,  the always informative Lauren Beale at  Los Angeles Times Hot Property wrote about musician Billy Howerdel's Studio City listing for $1,800,000.

Billy Howerdel is the founding member, guitarist, songwriter, and producer for the band A Perfect Cirle and Ashes Divide. Before forming A Perfect Cirle, he worked as a guitar tech for Faith No More, Fishbone, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N' Roses, and Tool.

According to the listing, this 5 Bed/5.5 Bath, 4,000sqft home on a 6,725sqft lot built in 2007 states:
Spectacular 2008 Mediterranean Villa on corner lot in Colfax Meadows. Exquisite custom details, fixtures, finishes with major scale throughout (approx 4,000 s. f. ). Property includes: 5 bedrooms, all with en suite baths, in- cluding a luxurious master suite with balcony overlooking yard, spa-quality bath and walk-in closet, huge gourmet kitchen with massive granite center island, Viking appliances and breakfast nook opening to large family room. For- mal dining room, living room, powder room, 3 indoor fireplaces, 10' high ceilings, hardwood floors and large laundry room. The true highlight of this property is the custom outdoor granite kitchen, featuring top-of-the line BBQ, fridge, patio misting system, and the beautiful pool with spa and outdoor fireplace ~~~ perfect outdoor entertaining space. A rare and sophisticated offering with Carpenter Elementary School privileges. Seller spent approx. $225,000 on upgrades to a new house!
Billy Howerdel last purchased this property for $1,685,000 on November 26, 2008. Prior to that transaction, this home has changed hands at least 5 other times with property records showing a sale in September 2007, May 2006, May 2002, December 1999, and April 1996. With the home built in 2007 according to the property records, it looks like this lot was tossed around like a hot potato with indecision on how to develop the land. Also, according to the listing, if Billy Howerdel did indeed spend $225K on upgrades, then he will be taking a loss at the current listing when also factoring in commissions and fees.

While perusing property records, it looks like Billy Howerdel lived in Hollywood which included a recording studio that was purchased on December 1, 2000 for $935K and sold for a quick double on February 15, 2008 for $1,875,000.

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Prior to the Hollywood home when Billy was just starting out, it appeared that he lived in a rented North Hollywood not too far from his current home with fellow band member from A Perfect Circle, Maynard Keenan as described in a Wikipedia article about the band:
Howerdel met singer Maynard James Keenan in 1992 when Tool was opening for Fishbone, and the two became friends. Three years later, Keenan offered Howerdel, who was looking for lodging, a room in his North Hollywood home.
Below is a snapshot of the home I believe was rented by Keenan and Howerdel in the 90's on the corner of La Maida Street and Lankershim. I am not sure of the accuracy of this location so dont quote me.

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We wish Howerdel luck in finding a new home and hope he continues to maintains his existence in the San Fernando Valley.

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