The Beatles’ “Let It Be” producer Phil Spector fell from grace when he was convicted of murdering Lana Clarkson in his Los Angeles home.
Almost two decades later, the late Spector’s 11,000-square-foot “Pyrenees Castle” sold for $3.3 million, a huge discount from its original $5.5 million listing price in 2019 as part of a divorce settlement.
Although the red-roofed, white mansion with multiple turrets offers 360-degree views of San Gabriel Valley on a 2.5-acre hill, the property had trouble selling, according to Realtor.com — perhaps, in part, due to its infamous history.
Legendary “Wall of Sound” pioneer Spector met 40-year-old actress and model Lana Clarkson at the House of Blues VIP Foundation Room during a night out in 2003 and invited her to the nine bedroom, seven-and-a-half bathroom home drenched in heavy, dark, old-world luxury.
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The gated motor court with a fountain, where Spector’s driver heard Spector say, “I think I killed somebody,” still stands today. A second-floor terrace overlooks the motor court, according to the listing.
A heavy, carved-panel wooden front door leads to the two-story foyer where Clarkson’s body was found, photos show.
Spector’s wife Rachelle — who he married three years later in 2006 — ripped out the foyer’s red carpets in favor of a limestone tiled floor. A crystal chandelier still hangs over the foyer’s carpeted stairs, and across the hall, glass doors lead to a covered terrace, according to the listing.
“I ripped up the carpet. It was red and had stains I couldn’t get out,” his now ex-wife Rachelle told the Daily Mail in 2009.
The pair separated in 2016 and agreed to split the proceeds of the home sale, but the 81-year-old convict died in jail in January 2021 from complications from COVID-19. Rachelle lived in the house until January, when it appears to have gone under contract.
The then large-haired Spector bought the house in 1998 for $1.1 million and lived there for 11 years with his three iguanas and, for a few years with his wife Rachelle, until he was sentenced for second-degree murder in 2009.
To the right of the foyer, a wall of mirrors leads to a living room with exposed ceiling beams, a grand chandelier, a carved-wood mantle fireplace and large French doors. Attached is a circular sitting room inside the home’s turrets, according to the listing.
The living room leads to a family room with a pool table, a wet bar and a circular “iguana room,” where Spector housed his iguanas, Godzilla, Laurel and Hardy, according to the Daily Mail.
On the left of the foyer, a dining room with dark wood-paneled walls has a carved mantle. Exposed wood beams stretch across the ceiling, where a crystal chandelier overhangs the table, according to the listing.
The dining room’s French doors lead to a kitchen with wood floors and a bench breakfast nook. The kitchen has a brick backsplash behind its industrial hooded oven and a black-tile backsplash against its white cabinetry.
A separate garage-cum-guest-house has four-car parking on the first floor, plus two-bedroom guest lodgings on the second floor.
Spector had a number of abuse allegations against him from his ex-wife Ronnie and his three adopted children, Louis, Gary and Donté. He also had a son Phillip, who died of leukemia in 1991, and a daughter Nicole who has filed for control of his posthumous estate, according to the Blast.