Today's installment of "Which celebrity's house was this?" involves yet another brainteaser from "the vault": the 4,810-square-foot house at 2705 Glendower Avenue in Los Angeles' Los Feliz neighborhood that was owned from 2000 until 2006 by an unidentified rock musician. The reason we know that the house was owned by a rocker from 2000 until 2006 is because the Los Angeles Times' Ruth Ryon wrote on August 20, 2000 that the house was sold to a musician and that its previous owner was Eric Gardner, who had run rock 'n' roll tour coordination company Panacea Entertainment. Public records show that something called the Ganesha Trust purchased the house on July 11, 2000 (deal recorded on July 31, 2000) for $1,870,000 and that the Ganesha Trust sold the house on April 18, 2006 (deed recorded on May 2, 2006).
Although the sale price isn't available in public records, one real-estate website says it closed for $4,642,500. The money manager whose name is on the deeds in the 2000-2006 timeframe, is a fellow named William Harper, who also has represented a variety of celebrities mostly in the music industry, including Toni Braxton, Sheena Easton and Trent Reznor. So whose house could this be? Spending time in various databases and on Google to research if this house could have been owned by other of Harper's clients (or Gardner's clients) only complicates things further.
Consider: --David Letterman's bandleader Paul Shaffer is given this house as a (dated) address on one website, but we don't have reason to believe that Paul ever owned a home in L.A. in the early part of this decade, and besides, Ryon reported that he was one of Gardner's clients, so more than likely, the house was simply a mailing address for Shaffer; --Todd Rundgren, who we had thought was a likely option, appears to live only in Hawaii; --the Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman appears to only have homes in England and the south of France. Also, we should note that many websites call 2705 Glendower the home address of actor Brad Pitt; while he may have lived in the home at one time, we can assure all of our readers that Brad does not live in that house and did not live there from 2000 until 2006.
Built in 1926, the house at 2705 Glendower has seven bedrooms, seven baths and a pool and sits on a 0.39-acre (16,910-square-foot) lot, according to public records. Back in 2000, the house also had a solarium and a music room, Ryon reported. So, dear readers, we ask you as we always do: which musician's house was this?