Swimming champion Ian Thorpe delists Hollywood Hills property offering

The retired champion swimmer Ian Thorpe has delisted his two-bedroom Hollywood Hills hideaway.

Set in Laurel Canyon, a wooded oasis behind West Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, it was his home base when in training between Olympics.

The home, described as a treehouse, was listed for sale through Jo O'Key at Brock Real Estate at US$999,000 last October.

The decision to delist the property from sale was timed just before Christmas.

Overlooking Los Angeles from the treetops in the Laurel Canyon haven, it comes with a bit of history of Hollywood glamour.

The house, with Japanese architectural influences, at 8522 Oak Court, Los Angeles was once inhabited by singer activist John Lennon.

The bohemian 960-square-foot bungalow is set in a secluded 5063 square foot location, built by an undisclosed actor in 1961.

Thorpe paid US$879,000 in 2006 for his two-bedroom hideaway The house, with Japanese architectural influences, at 8522 Oak Court, Los Angeles was once inhabited by singer activist John Lennon.

Laurel Canyon was amid the counterculture activity of the 1960s and many of the world's biggest rock stars made their homes there, including Frank Zappa, Jim Morrison and Joni Mitchell.

The two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom home's huge deck is covered in sun lounges and the master bedroom has sliding Japanese-style rice-paper doors and views over Hollywood.

The kitchen leads out onto open-plan living areas.

The listing, against the backdrop where Los Angeles prices are still around 20% off their peak, made slight reference to the vendor's "celebrated Olympic athlete" status. 


Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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