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Photos: Alice Coltrane's Scenic Country Ashram Is For Sale

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The beautiful and scenic ashram founded by a late jazz legend is up for sale, and can be yours for only $5 million.

The Sai Anantam Ashram was founded by Alice Coltrane, the wife of the legendary John Coltrane, in 1983 and served as her spiritual retreat and recording space. At any given time, up to 30 students would reside at Coltrane's ashram to study ancient scriptures. "One of the directives given to me was to start the Ashram," Coltrane said in an interview in 2006. "I felt I could serve in any way that God wished."

Coltrane would turn towards Hinduism after the death of her husband in 1967. She was an incredible jazz musician in her own right, the most notable harpist in the history of the genre. Her droning, spiritual songs would go on to influence musicians across several genres, including her grand-nephew, the electronic musician Flying Lotus. Coltrane passed away in 2007 and is buried alongside her husband.

Coltrane's 47-acre ashram is tucked away on the northern side of the Santa Monica Mountains and surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and according to the listing "is a refuge for wildlife including hawk, owl, deer, trout and turtles" and also has access to many of the hiking trails that go into the mountains. "She bought it because being in nature brought you close to the gods," listing agent Nona Green told Coltrane recorded some of her most spiritual works during her time at Sai Anatam.

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Despite the significance of the land, is it now being sold as separate parcels for $2.5 million each (though the Coltrane family would prefer they be sold together).