Glen Campbell's Family Is Selling SoCal Home Featuring a Sweet Recording Studio
Glen Campbell's family members are selling their Agoura Hills, CA, home for $960,000. It includes the famous Agoura Borealis Recording Studio.
Published 3:30 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018
You can add the late Glen Campbell's family to the list of musical dynasties that have migrated from Los Angeles to Nashville, TN. One of this country clan's SoCal swan songs is selling the Agoura Hills home containing the family's Agoura Borealis Recording Studio. It's now on the market for $960,000.
"It was built with a lot of love and brought us a lot of joy," said Campbell's wife, Kim.
She told us while their family was living in Arizona over a decade ago, two of Campbell's sons moved to Los Angeles to work in the music industry. To bypass the expense and hassle of renting apartments, rehearsal facilities, and recording studios, the family bought a place in 2006 where the music and living situation would be resolved in one fell swoop.
They found a three-bedroom, three-bath, 1,938-square-foot home with a pool in the town of Agoura Hills, just north of Calabasas. The location was also 15 minutes away from Malibu, where Glen and Kim eventually settled.
After purchasing the place, they converted the three-car garage into a first-class recording studio designed by Arthur Kelm, the vice president, general manager, and chief engineer of Capitol Records. Kelm installed a live tracking room with a vocal booth and a control room with a large isolation booth/amp room. He also floated the floors and made the facility soundproof, with perfect acoustics.
The aesthetics, however, were Kim's responsibility. Kim, who at the time was studying interior design at UCLA, used lush fabrics and finishes throughout the studio and the house. But "it was the boys who wanted the blue floors in the studio," Kim said, "so I said, 'Why not?'"
"I had a lot of fun with the design of the one on Cavalleri," she said. "I designed the kitchen island to look like a ship."
"I'm kicking myself for selling the [Malibu homes]" when the family moved to Nashville, she said. She wishes she would have kept one of the places, so she'd have a place to stay when she visits Malibu. On the other hand, she said she enjoys staying with friends when she's in town.
Kim's aesthetic in the Agoura Hills house includes the crisp updated bathrooms, the pale wood floors, the wrought-iron balcony off the master, the white kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, and the floor-to-ceiling tile fireplace.
One of the last family project they worked on in the Agoura Borealis Recording Studio was the Grammy-winning music for the Academy Award–nominated documentary "I'll Be Me," about Glen's career and his struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
Kim said it's now been about four years since she and Glen moved to Nashville to be with their daughters, Shannon and Ashley, both of whom had recording contracts in Tennessee.
"I needed their help taking care of Glen," she said. He died in August, at the age of 81.
Their son Cal stayed behind in California to run the studio in Agoura Hills. He recently co-produced Ashley's debut album, "The Lonely One." But Cal's now ready to join his family in Nashville, hence the sale of this property.
Listing agent Michael Stone believes it's the perfect space for another musical family or a recording or voice-over artist who wants to work from home.
He's also been approached by people who think it would be an ideal investment property, to be used as a "recording industry Airbnb." Think of the possibilities when there's a seamless transition between studio and home—recording sessions could go as long as they please, and middle of the night musical inspiration could be put to tape immediately.
You'd never know the musical history by looking at this, but that's its beauty. Soundproof and private, it's waiting for its next sheet of music to be written there.