John Lennon Slept In This Hollywood Hills Home (PHOTOS)

10/02/2013 12:56 pm ET | Updated Oct 09, 2013
  • Ann Brenoff Senior Writer/Columnist, The Huffington Post
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[UPDATE]: In the MLS property listing description, listing agent Jo O'Key wrote that John Lennon "inhabited" this property. In a phone call with the Huffington Post, she clarified that Lennon never owned or rented the home but was a frequent overnight guest who visited a previous owner. "That means he inhabited it," she said.

While this isn't one of the places where the late-music icon John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono staged one of their famous bed-ins for peace or posed naked for the cover of their 1968 album "Unfinished Music No 1: Two Virgins," we can think of no finer name-dropping, stop-the-dinner-conversation point than being able to say "Lennon slept here."

The home is currently owned by Olympic gold medalist swimmer Ian Thorpe, who just listed the Hollywood Hills bungalow for $999,000. Thorpe bought the 960-square-foot home for $879,000 in 2006.

Located in Laurel Canyon, the listing notes that the retreat was built in 1961, sits on a hillside treed lot, and has lots of charming features including wall-sized windows, built-ins and a Japanese-inspired master bedroom that we assume Yoko Ono had nothing to do with. The house has a rooftop deck and a listing agent who wants us to know that some of the "world's most beloved songs" were rumored to have been written on it. We'd underscore "rumored," in that one. No details on when Lennon lived here and whether he owned or rented the place, but we do know that Laurel Canyon has long been a haven for big-name rock stars before they became big names.

Thorpe was a rock star at the 2000 Summer Olympics, pocketing three gold and two silver medals for his native Australia. He added four more Olympic medals, including a pair of gold medals, at the 2004 Olympics.

Jo O’Key of The O’Key Group has the listing. Photos courtesy of Realtor.com.

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