Woah Yeah! Inside Motley Crue's Real Estate
They used to live in an apartment with a rotting door, holes in the ceiling and legions of roaches. They've destroyed hotel rooms and lit themselves on fire. Now they live in expensive homes, and deservedly so. Motley Crue has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, penned a best-selling autobiography, and produced a hilarious and at times heartbreaking movie on Netflix.
Since that movie hit streaming in 2019, the band has seen a resurgence in popularity. And some of them, like Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee, have decided it's a good time to offload their houses.
Take a look inside the real estate of Sixx, Lee, Vince Neil and Mick Mars. That includes a tour of Lee's and Sixx's mansions in California and a peek into Neil's and Mars' homes in Nashville.
Motley Crue formed in 1981. Sixx, Neil and Lee moved into a two-bedroom apartment at 1140 North Clark Street in West Hollywood, California (the address is confirmed by Sixx).
As they were too broke to afford their own place, their manager, Allan Coffman, financed it.
It Was a Real Short Stay
Tommy, Nikki and Vince moved into their new abode in June 1981. Mars, being older than the others, had little interest in hanging there and was living with his girlfriend.
But the trio didn't even make it a year, and they were evicted in March 1982.
There's a good reason why.
They Were Not Great Neighbors
To say you wouldn't want them as neighbors would be an understatement. Lines of people filtered in and out of the apartment at night, drugs were everywhere and the place was never clean.
"Every night after we played the Whisky, half the crowd would come back to our house and drink and do blow, smack, Percodan, quaaludes, and whatever else we could get for free," Neil writes in "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band."
Since the group was dead broke, they conducted their own pest control methods by burning cockroaches with a lighter and hairspray. When the upstairs neighbors banged on their floor because of the noise, Motley Crue responded by smashing their ceiling with broom handles and guitar necks, turning it into Swiss cheese.
When the trash and bottles piled up in the kitchen, they tossed it onto the patio, where it rotted and festered in the California sun. Even when the Los Angeles Department of Health Services showed up, they wouldn't clean it up.
A Rocky Relationship with 'Bullwinkle'
It wasn’t only the guys who caused problems in the Motley House. Their visitors did too.
Tommy was dating a woman his housemates named "Bullwinkle," who had a jealous temper. When Tommy Lee locked her out, she hurled a fire extinguisher through the window.
The band never bothered to repair the window. It just became another entry point into the apartment.
The Crue were broke while living in the Sunset Strip apartment, so certain everyday things, like food (which was mostly stolen) and toilet paper, were often considered luxuries.
In fact, the band rarely bought toilet paper and instead used band flyers, pages from magazines or socks.
Up in Flames
The boys liked starting fires in and right outside the apartment.
According to Vince Neil, "The hall carpet was spotted with charred footprints because we’d rehearsed for our live shows by setting Nikki on fire."
The band also doused a courtyard tree in their building just to watch it burn.
A Move to the Valley
After being evicted from the Motley House, the boys scattered to their girlfriends' homes.
Nikki ended up moving in with Lita Ford, formerly of The Runaways, at her condo in Studio City, at 4859 Coldwater Canyon Ave.
Nikki Sixx's House
That lifestyle is long behind them. This is Sixx's home in Westlake Village, California, which the singer put on the market for $5.7 million.
Sixx and his wife, Courtney, decided to leave Los Angeles and move to Wyoming in 2021.
Shout at the Devil
Sixx purchased the 10,300-square-foot house for $4.125 million in 2014. It has five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and four half baths.
This is certainly not the type of place Sixx saw himself in when he was young. Sixx was born as Frank Freanna Jr. on Dec. 11, 1958, in San Jose, California. He had a terrible childhood and an awful relationship with his mother.
When he was 14 years old, he borrowed a stiletto from a neighbor and cut himself "deep enough in some places to see bone" on his arm, he writes in "The Dirt." Then he called the cops and said his mother attacked him.
Sixx left his mother's care and lived with his grandparents, living in New Mexico and Idaho. After being expelled from high school for selling weed, Sixx left for Los Angeles. He bounced from band to band, often not even bothering to try out if he didn't like the look of them. He was generally malnourished and pumped full of uppers.
He decided to search for his father and called his family to track him down. His father told Sixx that he didn't have a son and to never call again. Shortly thereafter, Sixx decided to legally change his name from Frank Freanna Jr. to Nikki Sixx.
It was a name that belonged to someone called Nikki Syxx, who played with a band called John and the Nightriders. Sixx thought the name was cool and, after resolving that "anyone who thinks surfing has anything to do with punk rock doesn't deserve such a cool name," decided to steal it, he writes in "The Dirt."
Nikki Syxx later became a born-again Christian and claimed that Sixx stole his soul and spread the word of Satan. So it all worked out well in the end.
The Dining Room
The dining room is opulent, and it's clear that Sixx left his mark, with the rocker-chic black furniture and ceiling painted a reddish orange.
The Billiards Room
The billiards room has coffered wood ceilings and a mahogany built-in bookcase. It's quite the leap for Sixx, whose first jobs in Los Angeles were (unsuccessfully) selling vacuums over the phone and cleaning carpets.
He picked up additional money cleaning carpets by telling clients he would "seal" their rugs by spraying them with a sealant for extra cash. (It was water in a spray bottle.)
The Living Room
The Mediterranean-style, two-level house was built in 1996 and sits on 1.2 acres.
This living room has been gussied up with furry ottomans, gold floor-to-ceiling drapes, and large brick-pattern wallpaper.
Some Nice Wallpaper
The main level hallway features some fantastic floral wallpaper, and steps that have been covered in a leopard print covering — because all rock stars love leopard print.
Sixx purchased this house the same year that he married Courtney, so this may have been their first "official" house together. They had a child, Ruby, in the summer of 2019.
Along with Ruby, Sixx has four other children from other partners. Sixx said that he's moving to Wyoming because he and Courtney felt it would be a better place to raise Ruby.
Sixx said Wyoming had "no-B.S. type of people" who were "blue-collar" that enjoyed the outdoors, a lifestyle he was familiar with because of his time in Idaho.
" [A]s far as being a musician and a painter and a person who writes books, I felt it was maybe time, and a better place to raise my daughter," he said in a radio interview.
Sixx has had a lot of time to grow since he was bashing people's heads in with Motley Crue (in one story, told in "The Dirt," he claimed he shoved some guy's head onto a table and nailed his earlobe to it).
Sixx's struggle with heroin addiction is well known. He was dead for two minutes after an overdose in 1987. He has been sober for 20 years now and is an anti-opioid advocate.
"It was not glamorous being an addict," Sixx told Yahoo News. "Sure, I had a lot of fun in my early drinking years and all that — like 'Animal House' over-the-top, Motley Crue debauchery. It was what it was. It was the '80s, and cocaine was everywhere and everybody was drinking and it was wild and fun, and you destroy your hotel room and all that s***.
But now you look back, you're an adult and you have kids, and it’s like, 'What can I do to debunk that myth?' I’m not talking about behavior. I'm talking actual addiction."
The movie theater has the same leopard print rug seen on the main staircase, cardinal red walls and couches, and tiered seating.
Seems like a good place to watch "The Dirt" on Netflix.
A Rockin' Nook in the Theater
There's a nook in the theater that has several guitars and a desk with two bookshelf speakers and a phone.
It's not a recording space, but may control what gets shown on the big screen.
Into the Master Bedroom
Sixx wrote most of Motley Crue's songs and is worth an estimated $45 million.
He also formed the bands Brides of Destruction and Sixx:A.M., the former of which is still active.
The Master Bedroom
The master bedroom has a fireplace, skeleton-like black-and-white paintings, red walls, white crown molding, hardwood floors and a brick-patterned carpet.
The Master Bathroom
The master bathroom carries the home's rock star aesthetic, this time with all-black cabinetry to pair with the red walls.
The master bathroom is crowned by a step-up bathtub placed near a bay window.
The pool has a lighted spa by the pool house and waterfall features. It reminds us of the time that Ozzy Osbourne completely freaked out the band in Lakeland, Florida, when they were staying at a hotel during a tour. Ozzy took off his pants and put a dollar bill in his butt, offering it to people at the bar by the hotel's pool. When an old woman yelled at him, he stole her bag and ran away, then came back wearing a dress he found in it.
He then approached Motley Crue and said he wanted to do a bump. The band said they were out of blow. Ozzy insisted that he wanted to do a bump, and Sixx handed him a straw.
"[H]e walked over to a crack in the sidewalk and bent over it. I saw a long column of ants, marching to a little sand dugout built where the pavement met the dirt," Sixx writes. "And as I thought, 'No, he wouldn’t,' he did. He put the straw to his nose and, with his bare white a-- peeking out from under the dress like a sliced honeydew, sent the entire line of ants tickling up his nose with a single, monstrous snort."
Ozzy then peed on the patio and lapped it up. Then he dared Sixx to do the same. Sixx, who felt he couldn't risk the band's reputation, peed on the patio and steeled himself to do the same. But then Ozzy beat him to it and lapped up that pee, too. All of this was done in front of a crowd of horrified onlookers.
"I threw up my hands: 'You win,' I said. And he did: From that moment on, we always knew that wherever we were, whatever we were doing, there was someone who was sicker and more disgusting than we were," Sixx wrote.
Life in Wyoming
Sixx posted this photo of him with his daughter, Ruby, out at a restaurant in Wyoming.
The family does have secondary residence in the Sherwood neighborhood of San Jose, California — in September 2021, they bought a $6.9 million mansion that is similar in style to their former Westlake Village home.
A Children's Book
Sixx has since become a celebrated author. He's had five best-selling books, and in 2021, began work on a children's book.
"Me and my wife are working on a book about this little girl who goes to all of these countries in her imagination," he said. "She goes to Africa and she has this little African boy or girl teaching her about that culture, or she goes to England, and then she goes to Wyoming and learns about horses, then goes to Japan and learns about the food and the culture and the language."
Tommy Lee's House
This is Tommy Lee's house in Calabasas, California.
He has been trying to sell it for quite some time, appearing on and off the market since 2016.
It was on the market for $4.6 million. It finally sold at a loss — for $3.6 million — in April 2023. He has since moved to a Japanese-inspired home in Brentwood. Lee paid $4.15 million for the 4,266 square foot house with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths.
Zen and the Art of Drumming
Lee's house is decked out in teak (we think it's teak; it would fit the theme) wood stylings and Buddhist iconography. The center of the home has an atrium with plants, a tree and a koi pond.
"I practice Buddhism, and I definitely believe there's someone higher and greater than all of us out there, you know ... It was a couple of years ago. I was in jail for an entire summer, like four, five months, and I started reading a couple of books on it, and I was like, 'Wow!' It's really amazing you know. It's good stuff," Lee said during a 2019 interview.
Growing Up in Covina
Lee had the most stable home life out of the entire band (although Mars' home life seems to be a mystery). Lee was born in Athens, Greece. His father was an army sergeant, and his mother was a model.
They moved to the Los Angeles suburb of Covina shortly after Lee was born. His mother couldn't speak English and worked as a maid, while his father got a job with the Los Angeles County Road Department.
Methods of Peace
Lee credits his parents for getting him to where he did as a musician. His father bought Lee a snare, but not the rest of the set. Instead, he co-signed for the rest of the drums so Lee would appreciate it, and would also help him out if he missed a payment.
"Then he helped me build a f***ing room inside the garage with insulation, carpeting, a door, doubled plywood walls, and soundproofing made from egg cartons. My parents would park their cars in the driveway just so that I could have a soundproofed practice room," he writes in "The Dirt."
Lee bought this 10,000-square-foot house for $5.85 million in 2007. That's close to the same time that the media reported Lee and Pamela Anderson were back together. The two were reportedly living together with their two kids, Brandon Thomas Lee and Dylan Jagger Lee, in 2008.
The two broke up for good not long after. Lee starting seeing Sofia Toufa, better known as SOFI, from 2014 to 2017. The two were engaged.
A Good Place to Eat
The kitchen features an expansive, marble-topped center island with a sink to complement the double-sink located by the window.
It's certainly a better place to eat than the Motley House's kitchen, where the band used to only own "two drinking glasses and one plate, which we'd rinse off now and then," Neil writes in "The Dirt." "Sometimes there was enough crud caked on the plate to scrape a full meal from, and Tommy wasn’t above doing that."
He's above that now, though. As everyone should be.
These days Tommy Lee leads a much quieter lifestyle. For example, he spends a lot of time in his kitchen, where he bakes cookies even A-listers crave.
He posted an interaction with John Travolta, where the latter asked for his peanut butter cookie recipe. He also posts his culinary exploits to his foodie Instagram page, @chefboyarl33.
And from the looks of it, it's some delicious food.
Lee's office has some gorgeous built-in bookshelves and is situated right by the outside deck.
The orange ceiling has a row of cylindrical wood beams and there are two leopard-print chairs.
The Master Bathroom
You know what else rockers love? Sheepskin rugs. Like Sixx's bathroom, Lee's also has a freeform sheepskin on the floor, as well as a step-up bath.
He also has black vanity cabinets. Maybe they chose the same decorator?
The home's atrium doubles as a kind of interior courtyard, as it leads to several other rooms in the house. There are a koi pond and jacuzzi here, and the window above is retractable.
The mansion was built in 1987, although media reports say this atrium and other details were Lee's idea.
It's a pretty cool addition.
A Beautiful Bonsai
Lee spends plenty of time outside and in the atrium tending to his many plants.
He particularly loves this Bonsai tree that was a gift from his current wife, Brittany Furlan, who he married in 2019.
Furlan rose to fame on Vine, where she amassed over 10 million followers and was named one of Time's 30 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2015.
The Recording Studio
Lee added a 2,000 square-foot professional recording studio, located off of the atrium. With a net worth of $70 million, Lee can now afford to record music in the comfort of his own home. His garage-playing days are long behind him.
He recorded his third solo album, "Andro," here. It released on Oct. 16, 2020. He plays the drums on every track, but every track has a different lead vocalist.
Rocking in the Hallway
Unlike the home he once owned with Anderson, this house does not have a basement disco dubbed Club Mayhem.
But there are still some groovy touches, like this midnight blue hallway with colored lighting.
The Home Theater
Lee has a small home theater, also located off the atrium, includes six large leather chairs.
Lee also appears to be a fan of the Xbox racing game series, "Forza."
While there's a bar here, you'll notice that the bottles of booze have been swapped out for a coffee machine.
Lee said that he stopped drinking in 2019 because he was downing two gallons of vodka a day.
"I was drinking two gallons — not pints, not quarts, but gallons, the big handles," Lee said in October 2020.
A Hallway of Records
The hallway to the bathroom by the theater and recording study is full of records.
The gold and platinum records of "Shout at the Devil" have been reframed, we're sure. When Lee lived with his ex-fiancé named Honey in a condo on Gower Street in Hollywood, she broke the case. Lee writes in "The Dirt" that she was incensed after finding a photograph of another girl and hurled a plate at him, which hit one of the framed records.
Later, she sold photos of him and her having sex to a magazine called "Celebrity Sex" without telling him.
Dining With Style
Another interesting room in Lee's house is this castle-like dining room with a small kitchen and wine cooler. It's sort of like a mini throne room.
Neil's Redondo Beach Condo
In 1984 and in the midst of his hard-partying days, Neil moved to Redondo Beach and had a party that lasted several days.
He and Nick "Razzle" Dingley, the drummer for Hanoi Rocks, went out for a beer run. Neil, who was drunk, got behind the wheel of his red Pantera, and the two sped into the night. He quickly lost control of the car and collided into oncoming traffic.
He suffered minor injuries, but Razzle was killed instantly.
Neil's Nashville House
Vince Neil now lives on a huge estate in Nashville, Tennessee. The above is a screengrab from "Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar," an AXS TV show where Hagar visits various musicians throughout the country.
We're not sure how big it is or exactly where it is, but the mansion appears to be enormous.
'Can See It From the Moon'
The mansion features a large motor court with a central fountain.
Neil told Sammy Hagar he lives here "eighty percent of the time" and still owns his place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"You can see this [house] from the moon," Hagar commented.
"American Pickers" host Mike Wolfe (pictured) lives down the street.
Home Sweet Home
"[Justin Timberlake] actually looked at this house and he thought it was too big," Neil told Hagar.
The house has been expertly decorated, likely by Rain Hannah, Neil's longtime girlfriend.
The fireplace, with its woodblock mantle, is almost as tall as Neil, who is 5-foot-9.
Lots of Horses
The estate has tons of space for horses. His girlfriend, Rain Hannah, is a professional horse rider.
She posted the photo above with the caption, "When your neighbors are longhorn steers."
Neil was famous for sleeping around on the road (as were both Sixx and Lee, of course), and it took him a while to settle down. He's been married four times and has been living with Hannah since the early 2010s.
This peek into their home life shows hardwood floors and black-painted walls.
The house actually has two kitchens, one in the basement for Neil's "man cave" (his words) and a main one upstairs.
It has a double oven with eight burners, a large center island and a fridge surrounded by built-in shelving.
Time with the Family
Neil leads a much quieter life than he did in the past.
His Nashville home is big enough not only for him, his wife, and his animal menagerie, but his grandchildren are frequent visitors as well.
Relaxing at Home
Neil sitting at home with his late dog, California.
Neil is a huge animal lover and even bought a jet for two cocker spaniels he used to own rather than crate them on an airline.
Tragically, California was killed in 2020. Hannah posted on her Instagram that their "viscous neighbors' dogs 'kill for sport'" and hunted the poor dog down.
Mick Mars' House
Mars is Motley Crue's most eccentric member, which is saying something. Born Robert Alan Deal in Terra Haute, Indiana, Mars has been pretty mum about his personal life.
"I was born in Indiana and lived there for my first seven or eight years. My childhood was nothing special," Mars told Louder Sound in 2015.
He moved from Los Angeles to Nashville sometime around 2013 and lives there with his wife, Seraina Mars, a model and former Miss Zurich.
Glimpses of Mars
Pretty much all the photos we have of Mars' house come from Seraina's Instagram.
Unsurprisingly, Mars is basically inactive on social media. We're not even entirely sure where his house is located, which is probably just how he likes it.
Chilling at Home
Mars never really took to drugs and partying to the extent of the rest of the band, though he abused alcohol and painkillers — although the latter wasn't entirely for recreation.
Mars suffers from ankylosing spondylitis, a condition that causes inflammation in the joints and can cause bones to fuse together in severe cases. It's a painful disease that Mars has been living with it since he was a teenager.
In 2001, he said he was three inches shorter than he had been in high school.
Exploding the Contract
In 2014, Motley Crue promised they would never tour again after their 2015 reunion tour concluded. They even signed a "cessation of touring agreement" during a news conference.
But after "The Dirt" proved popular and brought in new fans, Motley Crue blew the contract up.
No More Tours for Mars
Mars now finds it difficult to do certain tasks, telling Louder Sound that he can no longer drive a car, his bike, or play golf.
He's the oldest Crue member, at 72. Neil mentioned in passing that even though Mars lives somewhat near him, he doesn't hear from him. Mars has said he was working on a solo album in 2015 but one never emerged.
The band is on a worldwide tour in 2023 but Mars is not with them. According his representative, "Due to his ongoing painful struggle with ankylosing spondylitis (A.S.), [Mars] will no longer be able to tour with the band. Mick will continue as a member of the band, but can no longer handle the rigors of the road. A.S. is an extremely painful and crippling degenerative disease, which affects the spine.”
A day later, Neil, Sixx and Lee told the world that Mars was fully retired from the band and John 5, who played with Van Halen and Marilyn Manson, would be joining them on tour.