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Rock Royalty Real Estate! The Homes Where Sweet Music Is Made: Take A Peek Inside

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Feb. 15 2012, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

Adele walked away with six Grammys on Sunday night from Hollywood’s most coveted music awards show, and despite hailing from England, the blues singer recorded most of her latest hit album in Malibu, California.

The London-born songbird last September tucked away in a rustic recording studio called Shangri-La, creating the iconic album 21 for her millions of fans, reported

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Located in a California beach bungalow overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it may look like a surfer’s shack but behind the wooden white walls and red door lies the birthplace of some of the music industry’s biggest hits, including classics  by Bob Dylan, The Band, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison.

Built by actress Margo Albert, Shangri-La was meant to represent a mystical place, so the Lost Horizon star chose Malibu’s famous Zuma Beach for her ocean-side hideaway, which has since been transformed into the studio and living quarters that resemble a “clubhouse.”

Visitors to the special spot will find it looks strikingly familiar, as Adele filmed the video for Rolling in the Deep, at her new favorite recording haven.  Shangri-La was listed last year for $4.1 million and eventually sold in August at the reduced price of $2 million.

While Adele basked in the sun in Malibu, other artists have made their music in less opulent surroundings!

Hippie legends the Grateful Dead cut their most famous records in the city at the heart of 1967’s Summer Of Love in a Victorian house located at 710 Ashbury Street. Jerry Garcia and the band cemented San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district into music and pop culture folklore, and even brought a notorious drug bust to their historical home.

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Just like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane’s origins are deeply rooted in the real estate and drug culture of San Francisco in the 1960s. The band occupied a similar Victorian home on 2400 Fulton Street in 1966, dubbed the Airplane Mansion. “It was quite a party pad. We had the Dead, Big Brother, Janice and anybody else in town would come over. We had a pool table in there and we had a recording studio in the basement,” explained band founder, Marty Balin.

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Johnny Cash’s country songs were spawned from a much more rural origin, deep in the rolling hills of Hendersonville, Tennessee. One of the most famous homes in music real estate and more recently featured in the biopic Walk The Line, the whole Cash family lived in a 13, 880-square-foot home that ran along on Old Hickory Lake, which had an outdoor swimming pool, bell garden, four large 35-foot round rooms, seven bedrooms, and five full baths.

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After Johnny and June Cash both died in 2003, the house was sold to Barry Gibb and his wife, who embarked on a massive renovation that sadly went array when the house burned to the ground during the remodel.

The name Hitsville, USA says it all! This white and blue musical haven in Detroit, Michigan was bought by Berry Gordy in 1959 and became the birthplace of Motown. It went on to be the source of many of the genre’s biggest hits, with Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell, The Four Tops and The Temptations all recording there.

Nirvana’s anguished grunge hits epitomized the atmosphere of rainy Seattle in the early 1990s, but sadly Kurt Cobain’s Denny-Blaine neighborhood home is remembered for all the wrong reasons. It was here that the troubled singer took his own life in the greenhouse.

Long before Jersey Shore, the Garden State’s most famous export was Bruce Springsteen, and the legendary singer has never forgotten where he came from. Bruce’s loyal fans out-bid developers in 2009 to buy the 890-square foot bungalow in Long Branch, NJ, where he penned his iconic album, Born To Run.



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