Gene Simmons and his wife Shannon Lee Tweed Simmons recently gave Entertainment Tonight a tour of their Los Angeles mansion, which is on the market for $ 25 million.
Simmons was very vocal about his desire to leave California for some time because he wanted a quieter lifestyle and no longer had to be featured on celebrity cards or grappling with Beverly Hills tour buses. He also said that part of the reason he and his wife listed the two-acre property in Benedict Canyon is because the house had gotten too big for both of them since their children grew up.
“It’s a big lot and the kids were literally raised here,” he said. “Now they’ve moved on and both have their own houses next to each other in the Hollywood Hills. They borrow a cup of sugar and all that. They love and support each other like the best kids you can imagine.”
“They have their own lives and now we have this big house. And if I want to speak to Shannon, I have to put an intercom on because she’s on the other end of the house,” he continued. “It’s happy and it’s sad too. When you are a child and live at home, you love your mother and father, but at some point you have to move out. It’s sad because you are moving away from home, but you are also happy to the future and we really hope that the next family that lives here will enjoy this place as much as we do. “
Last fall, Simmons launched the Beverly Hills home for $ 22 million. He later gave it up for $ 25 million after it was never sold, and he reportedly invested a lot of money in improvements.
“The taxes [in California] are simply insurmountable, “Gene told KTLA 5 Morning News.” But for us it’s a jolt of the heart. We bought four acres of land [in Lake Tahoe]. There is a lot of land. There are 96 acres next door that I want to buy. Just a kind of page change. Less hustle and bustle. And no more traffic jams, no more earthquakes and no more fires. But we love LA and home, but it’s time for a change. “
Gene, 71, and Shannon, 64, were married in 2011 after dating since 1975. They have two children, Nick, 32, and Sophie, 28.
Gene, Shannon and their children were all featured on the reality television series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” from 2006 to 2012.
For the past few months, Gene has been talking loudly about people taking the COVID-19 outbreak seriously. He has also beaten up Americans who are defiantly skeptical about wearing masks, stating that their refusal to obey the rules puts our entire health at risk.
In its 48-year career, KISS has collected 23 gold and platinum albums – more than any other US band.