Photos: Raymond Chandler's Breezy Brentwood Home Is Back On The Market
Are you an aspiring writer who needs a jolt of inspiration? Are you a believer in the notion that, by inhabiting a place of notoriety, the spirit of past occupants will join you in a mindmeld and perhaps even possess your body and soul à la The Shining? Then have we got the house for you!
As noted at The Observer, Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie is selling his Brentwood home. And the home's star power goes beyond its musical roots: Raymond Chandler, the legendary crime-novelist (and possibly L.A.'s most famous writer), had also lived here during the early 1940s, reports the L.A. Times. Time Out Los Angeles adds that Chandler authored The High Window while living at the space. We can't promise you that Chandler's ghost will come visit you during your fevered writing sessions and tell you to cut back on the adjectives (he died in La Jolla, after all), but who's to say it won't happen?
Anyway, McVie is offloading this home for close to $3 million after he purchased in April a bigger pad in the same area (that Classic West money must be real sweet). The home is as alluring as you'd expect any Brentwood abode to be, but it's also surprisingly modest (relatively, we mean). It's a two-bedroom, two-baths affair, with a garage that only fits two cars (compare this with other abodes that can fit 15 to a driveway). There are also private gardens on both the front and back yards, so there's plenty of space for you to reflect on your writerly (or musical) aspirations.
Weirdly, the listing notes that the "crown jewel" isn't located within the main house. It's actually the guest house in the back—it comes with heated concrete floors and Moroccan tiles, and displays a sleek modernism that's contrasted with the main home's more earthy vibe.