The WeHo House Where Jim Morrison Supposedly Lived Is Up For Sale
The apartment in West Hollywood where Jim Morrison and girlfriend Pamela Courson supposedly once lived is for sale. Cheri Amour, located at 8214 Norton Ave. in West Hollywood, is the charming pad that Morrison may have called home between 1969 and 1971. This would be one of the last places the Doors singer lived, as Morrison died in July of 1971, but not in WeHo. That same month, he followed his girlfriend, Pamela Courson, to Paris, where he allegedly overdosed in their apartment. (Of course, there are many conspiracy theories surrounding Morrison's death, but we won't get into those.)
Cheri Amour was built in 1932, and has either five or six units, depending on who you ask: the listing says it has 6 and is zoned for 8, while the agent notes that public records say 5. Each unit is a two-bedroom, and there are no photos available of the inside. According to the listing, the 7,329-square-foot "alluring Spanish-style gated apartment building" is "the property to add for current use or for development," noting that it's only "one step a way" from becoming a B&B. Additionally, the listing states that the B&B could rent for up to $550 a night. It also states that two of the units are occupied with tenants paying $3,000 a month, but that the owner is using the Ellis Act to evict all of her tenants so that the building will be vacant. The asking price is $2.995 million.
The building is owned by Cheri Woods. An L.A. Times article from 2004 indicates that Woods bought the home in 2003, and was also the former madam of call girl ring called Cheri's Angels in the late '70s. Woods had previously hoped to turn the property into a bed & breakfast, and also tried to get the West Hollywood Historic Preservation Commission to declare the home a cultural resource. WeHoVille reported last year that Woods claimed that one of the building's tenants who lived there at the same time as Morrison, Gisele Tobelem, recalled Morrison once offering her a joint and said that she could often hear Morrison and Courson arguing. Woods also claimed that it was in this apartment that Morrison wrote "Rider on the Storm." The Commission postponed the decision and asked Woods to provide more proof that Morrison lived there, according to Curbed.
Morrison fans seem to believe it's the right apartment, though. A 'Jim and Pamela' fan page warned in July that the apartment would be demolished, pointing to a Trulia listing that reads: "If the famous building is sold to a developer, the owner plans to hold an onsite auction so Doors fans can buy original items such as 'The Doors' from the building before it is demolished and replaced with 8 new units at 1200 SF each (or even more if some were designated 'affordable housing' on the lot." The site also advertises tours for $20 a person. If it sounds like Woods is really milking the Morrison angle, it wouldn't be the first time she's been accused of it. according to the Examiner, once tried to sell the dirt in the backyard as "Doors Dirty." She also used to rent the property out on Airbnb for $200 a night, advertising the Morrison connection, but the listing is no longer available. The listing also mentions that the apartment was the location of Morrison's last interview. Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong Torres wrote that he was friends with The Doors' publicist, Diane Gardner, and that she lived downstairs from Pam Courson. By chance, Morrison came over to Gardner's looking for Courson when Fong Torres was visiting. He called the apartment "modest."