Nifty Shades of Grey: Rob Zombie Opens The Doors To His Moody Midcentury Mansion

By Annette Barlow September 22, 2016
Photo courtesy of Roc Boyum

[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”I” font=”Bowlby One SC” color_class=”otw-black-text” background_color_class=”otw-no-background” size=”large” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]t’s fun to speculate about celebrities’ homes—do Ellen and Portia share a king or queen? Does Michael Phelps keep all those golds in his underwear drawer? Who has the biggest closet: Kim or Kanye? But at this stage in the internet’s career, we’re pretty familiar with what we see when stars do open their doors—huge, country-style kitchens, walk-in wardrobes larger than most people’s apartments and pimped-out pools set among lush gardens—we’ve come to expect opulence.

Well, not so with White Zombie founding member and movie director Rob Zombie, who earlier this year purchased a mid-century Laurel Canyon home for a delightfully modest $2.5 million. Indeed, expect the unexpected when touring this property. Once a traditionally modernist home, with a white cantilevered roof and understated décor, the 1953 structure has undergone a radical transformation, in line with metal-head and horror-lover Zombie’s personal tastes.

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Photos courtesy of Tom O’Rourke/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

First things first, Zombie painted the entire property the same shade of gun-barrel grey, including the exterior walls and cantilevered, zig-zagging roof. It’s an effective move, if you’re looking to create a distinctly moody atmosphere. Which, no doubt, was the Halloween and forthcoming carnivalesque horror romp 31 director’s aim.


The two-bedroom, two-bathroom property—complete with koi pond, lap pool and 14-foot ceilings— continues its LA goth homage in the master bedroom, where grey walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors loom over the bed, the only light creeping in through clerestory windows. A study features lower, wooden ceilings and some welcome pops of color via the modern furniture, and outside, a unique architectural wall provides texture and a privacy from the neighbors. A cozy den completes the living space, with simple, traditional furniture offsetting the grandness of the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Original mid-century black stone floors run throughout—of course—and puffy orange seating in one of the property’s living areas add a distinctly Halloween flavor to the décor. The open-plan kitchen, with its granite counter tops and hidden storage, is a masterclass in understatement, the architectural flourishes—steel girders instead of wooden beams, a huge cooktop island—do the talking. Designed by architect Robert Thorguyen, this home, with its angular dimensions and trademark mid-century indoor-outdoor living areas—including a dining area which opens up to the manicured 15,000 square-foot lot, designed and executed by landscape architect Garrett Eckbo—is a bit of a shift from Zombie’s previous real estate choices. He previously owned a grand Tudor-style mansion in Hancock Park, selling it in 2014 for a tidy $3.65 million.

So, with his new pad over a million dollars cheaper than his previous residence, what could Zombie have done with all that cash, I hear you cry? Well, all that grey paint sure didn’t come cheap.




Annette Barlow



Annette is freelance editor, sub-editor, journalist and proofreader with a fierce love of all things feminist, food and music. She is a regular fixture on the arts, culture and feature desks at The Guardian, and her words have appeared on NME, Great British Chefs, The Fly, The Line of Best Fit and Australian Times.

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