Is $3.1 million too steep for a Beatles fanatic to invest in a piece of L.A.'s rock and roll real estate history? A fab, four-bedroom, six-bathroom house, complete with a wine cellar, hardwood floors, five fireplaces, six-car garage, swimming pool and musical mythos, on 2.53 acres of land, is on the market.
Both Beatles guitarists seemed to have dropped LSD at the 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive residence during a stay that George Harrison said was significant to the band. "There was one very important day at that house," Harrison said of the 4,330 square foot, Spanish-style, home they rented from Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1965.
"John and I had decided that Paul and Ringo had to have acid, because we couldn't relate to them any more. Not just on the one level - we couldn't relate to them on any level, because acid had changed us so much. It was such a mammoth experience that it was unexplainable: it was something that had to be experienced, because you could spend the rest of your life trying to explain what it made you feel and think. It was all too important to John and me. So the plan was that when we got to Hollywood, on our day off we were going to get them to take acid. We got some in New York; it was on sugar cubes wrapped in tinfoil and we'd been carrying these around all through the tour until we got to LA."
Apparently McCartney did not indulge in the hallucinatory shenanigans - that time, according to John Lennon. "In L.A., the second time we took it, Paul felt very out of it, because we are all a bit slightly cruel, sort of 'we’re taking it, and you’re not,'" Lennon told Jann Wenner in 1971.
Long time friend of the band, and Apple Corps chief, Neil Aspinall, recalled other experiences at the home in The Beatles Anthology, including an encounter with a pre-Easy Rider Peter Fonda.
"When we got to California at the end of the tour, they rented a house in LA where we stayed for a week...We met Peter Fonda there. He had a trick in the swimming pool that we'd never seen anybody do before. He went in at the deep end, down to the bottom of the pool, and walked across the bottom to the other side."
The band's temporary home, built in 1949, was rented with an eye on relaxation and privacy at the end of a North American tour. The address leaked its way out to fans, however, and within hours of moving in, police were in place to protect against the mania.
So, is $3 million too much to a Beatles collector? One fan recently paid over $1 million simply for the handwritten lyrics of a song.
The Beatles - She Said, She Said*
*Peter Fonda telling the band, "I know what it’s like to be dead," was the origin of this song, according to an interview with John Lennon.