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Inside drummer, Tommy Lee’s tropical new home – purchased for $4.15 million

The plant-filled paradise is complete with a greenhouse-style garden room and a Japanese-inspired kitchen

Tommy Lee’s home
(Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse)

Drummer, Tommy Lee, has just purchased a new house in the Contra Costa County city of Brentwood, California, for $4.15 million.

The musician is best recognized as the founding member and drummer of the heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, though he also founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem. Tommy has also pursued a solo music career and has made TV show appearances, including the NBC show Tommy Lee Goes to College

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Tommy Lee’s home

(Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse)

Tommy’s new home acts as a juxtaposition to his heavy rock-n-roll career and lifestyle, as the property is a tropical sanctuary – inspired by Japanese modernity. The architecturally crafted home was curated to exhibit a Zen-like indoor-outdoor living space throughout its entire 4,266 square feet.

Tommy Lee’s home

(Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse)

Situated amid a stunning canyon in the northern part of the San Francisco Bay Area, this four-bedroom home accentuates the beauty of its surrounding environment through its spacious open floorplan living. This living, dining, and kitchen area flows into a large pool with waterfalls, a dining deck fire pit, a barbecue island, and a secret greenhouse-style garden room. The property pays homage to unique international design – through its antique Japanese tansu custom cabinetry in the kitchen area and Brazilian mahogany countertops.

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Tommy Lee’s home

(Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse)

The luxe flow between the interior and exterior spaces continues into the serene master bedroom, which boasts double-height ceilings and a large window wall that drenches the room in the golden Californian sunshine. The bedroom also leads onto a tranquil garden courtyard, dual baths, and custom closets, fit for a rockstar, of course.

Tommy Lee’s home

(Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse)

However, perhaps the crowning jewel of the home is a secret spiral staircase, learning from the bedroom-office space to a vast yoga and art room. The floor leads onto a balcony that looks down onto the kaleidoscopic maze below. Amongst this extraordinary garden is an array of sun-glazed plants, ferns, and bamboo. 

Tommy Lee’s home

(Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse)

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The fairytale garden also boasts magical pathways that lead to a Koi pond with waterfalls, a herb garden – and the pièce de résistance – an authentic Japanese teahouse. Yes, really. It’s becoming increasingly clear why Tommy Lee fell for this fun-filled but therapeutic sanctuary. 

Tommy Lee’s home

(Image credit: Mike McNamara, ZenHouse )

Emil Hartoonian and Nicholas Siegfried of The Agency (opens in new tab) represented Lee, while Marco Rufo of The Agency held the listing.  

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.