Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons lists Las Vegas house overlooking the Strip for $ 14.95 million

This spring, Kiss frontman Gene Simmons rolled the dice in Las Vegas.

With his longtime Los Angeles estate in the market, the rock star paid $ 10.8 million in cash for a “completely modern” mansion in the Tony Las Vegas suburb of Henderson. The only problem? His wife, model Shannon Tweed, and their two grown children never wanted to spend time there, preferring to stay in other family homes.

“They’re not fans of the 115-degree weather,” said Mr. Simmons, 72, who co-founded Kiss in the 1970s, becoming famous for wearing black-and-white makeup and coughing up fake blood on stage. The approximately 11,000 square foot house ended up empty, so he decided to sell. The house is now listed at $ 14.95 million, less than a year after Mr. Simmons bought it.

Gene Simmons on stage with Kiss.


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Mr Simmons, who was born in Israel and moved to New York City as a child, said he did not regret selling the property so soon after the purchase, adding: “By how much of houses do you need anyway?

Situated on approximately an acre, the Las Vegas home features a private yard with a floating walkway over a koi pond. In the Great Room, a two-story glass wall overlooks the Las Vegas Strip. Built in 2016, the home features an 11-seat theater and bar with a 1,200-gallon saltwater aquarium. There are six bedrooms, two of which are on the top floor which have glass walls and a cantilever to the patio below.

Mr Simmons said he made improvements after purchasing the home, such as installing all new floors and ripping carpets in some rooms. The previous owners “had three dogs and three or four children,” he said. “The carpets were full of wee.”

Gene Simmons’ home in Las Vegas

A look inside the Rocker’s Modern Home in Henderson, Nevada.

The house has six bedrooms.

Photography Stetson Ybarra

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In addition to buying the primary residence, Mr. Simmons bought adjacent vacant land — what he called a half acre of “bare land” —and spent about $ 1 million on landscaping. He hired a local nursery to plant around 130 elms, ash, myrtle and tipu within two days; in return, he agreed to appear in a promotional video for the company. “They brought in 40 people, planted 60 trees in one day and the rest the next day,” he said. The result is a “private oasis” with a full canopy of trees that are individually watered by a computer-controlled irrigation system.

Mr Simmons said he spent around $ 1 million on landscaping.


Photography Stetson Ybarra


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Ultimately, however, Mr Simmons said he never spent more than a few weeks in total in Las Vegas due to his tour schedule and business travel. Over the summer, the Kiss ‘End of the Road’ tour resumed after being postponed during Covid. In addition to playing and selling Kiss-branded products, Mr. Simmons has become a prolific sales pitch for companies that sell everything from insurance and software to soda and cannabis. “I’m a ping pong ball, really,” Mr. Simmons said. “I am thrown here, there.”

The decision to sell the Nevada home is part of a larger real estate reshuffle for the Simmons, who own a large portfolio of homes on the West Coast.

A few years ago, they completed construction of a modern lakefront home in Whistler, British Columbia. Mr Simmons said the house, which cost about $ 4 million to build, is his wife’s “dream house”. He said he also owns land in Colorado.

In October 2020, the Simmons listed their longtime mansion in Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles, with Mr. Simmons wishing to leave California to escape the state’s heavy tax burden. “I’m lucky to make a good living,” he said, but the downside to his wealth is that it puts him in a higher tax bracket. “Because I grew up poor, I don’t like it. You can stretch a rubber band, but at some point it breaks.

Because he felt bad about listing the family home, Mr Simmons said, he bought his wife a house in Malibu in March 2021, paying around $ 5.8 million for a house. modern on a hill so high that it is in the “land of God”. And when Benedict Canyon’s house sold for $ 16 million, he signed a deal to buy a smaller house a few miles away for $ 10.5 million. The Simmons kids – Nick and Sophie – live next door to each other in LA homes their dad bought them.

Mr. Simmons is under contract to buy a house in Beverly Hills for $ 10.5 million.


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Mr Simmons said he does not view the purchase of real estate as an investment, but rather as a way to show love and gratitude to his family. “I bought the houses for my family because I love them,” he said.

Out-of-state buyers are flooding the Las Vegas market in search of more favorable tax laws, according to Evangelina Duke-Petroni of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, who co-listed the property with her colleague Ivan Sher. After a brief hiatus during Covid, she said, the market “started to snowball and it hasn’t stopped since.”

“Five years ago, it was not common to have a home listed for more than $ 5 million,” she said. Last summer, a special house in Henderson traded for $ 25 million, and another town house is listed for $ 32 million. “It has become the new standard in luxury. “

An artist in more than one way

Growing up in Israel, Gene Simmons was a scribbler. As a teenager, he published illustrations in science fiction and comic book fanzines. As an adult, he is known to sketch out ideas in business meetings.

But it wasn’t until he was quarantined at his Whistler home during Covid that Mr Simmons picked up a brush and started painting in earnest.

“There is only a certain amount of television that you are going to watch,” he said. “So I decided to try my hand at painting, which I do a lot – totally unprepared, no training, no resume, no experience, just do it.”

Mr Simmons said he painted in an empty industrial park near his home. Not satisfied with the brushes alone, he used gardening tools to experiment with the texture and layering of the paint. “Like everything I do, I do it big,” he said. “I ordered 8ft by 4ft canvases and just went into town.”

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons talks about his newfound love for painting. VIDEO: Gene Simmons / Animazing Gallery, Las Vegas

During a trip to Las Vegas, he showed his work to the owner of the Animazing gallery, Nicholas Leone. Mr Simmons made a deal to exhibit his works, from sketches to large paintings, at Mr Leone’s gallery this month. He also sells art, with prices ranging from a few thousand dollars to $ 250,000 for larger pieces.

“I don’t have a style because I’m not trained,” said Mr. Simmons, whose work ranges from portraits to abstract works inspired by Jackson Pollock. He said he wasn’t sure if he would keep any paintings for himself.

Mr Simmons said he was motivated by an urge to keep trying new things. “I’m like a rat, the rat in a maze. And at the end of the maze, if he can figure it out, I’ll have the cheese, ”he said. “But if I go through the same maze every day, I’ll be bored. If you give me a new maze that I’ve never seen before I’m hungry, just crazy to find out.

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