A Fond Farewell to the Man Who Fell to Earth
As you’ve probably already heard, we’ve very recently lost a true genius, and a real rock and roll legend. David Bowie adopted many personas over the course of his storied and strange career: he was a hippie, a space alien, a thin white duke, a Goblin King, and so many others.
But above all, he was an inspiration – a true artist who, rather than simply following trends, he created them, and rather than dressing up as different characters, he became them.
How many times has this wonderfully strange human being’s music enriched our lives, resonating through the rooms of our homes?
Of course, at Homes.com we’re all about style, and that’s one thing that the Man Who Fell to Earth possessed an overabundance of. Let’s take a moment to dance about architecture, as we pay tribute to this legendary icon in true homes.com fashion.
Without further ado: A Home for Every Bowie.
Major Tom – The Eames House
In the song “Space Oddity,” when Major Tom tells ground control to tell his wife he loves her very much, we picture her taking the call in the iconic Eames House at 203 N. Chautauqua Boulevard in Pacific Palisades, California. Built in 1949 by design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames, it’s a testament to midcentury modern design, and its colorful and sleek façade fits the Major Tom mythos perfectly.
Ziggy Stardust – Toda House by Kimihiko Okada
David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust character was a mash-up of science fiction and kabuki imagery, and cutting-edge kimono designs from Kansai Yamamoto were a key part of the overall look. So we thought it fitting that we give Ziggy Stardust a home in Japan, and the Toda House in Hiroshima seems to fit the bill quite nicely. True, it could use a more colorful exterior, but lifted above the noise and the traffic, it seems the perfect place for a frazzled alien rock star returning from tour to recuperate.
The Thin White Duke – The Stahl House by Pierre Koenig
Station to Station, the album most associated with Bowie’s darkly neurotic Thin White Duke persona, was recorded in Los Angeles in 1976. Apparently, it was a dark time for the superstar, who was struggling with homesickness and substance abuse problems at the time. It’s easy to picture him overlooking the city, surrounded by the glass walls of the Stahl House, ignoring his party guests and longing for home.
Bowie In Berlin – 1957 Atrium House
After the chaos of Los Angeles, Bowie needed an escape, so he headed for Berlin, Germany to collaborate with Brian Eno. The three albums that resulted from this retreat: Low, Heroes, and the Lodger, are regarded to be among his best. At the end of a long recording session, we could definitely see him kicking back at this recently renovated atrium house, designed for the 1957 International Building Exhibition.
The Goblin King – An Apartment In Soho
According to David Bowie, Jareth the Goblin King wasn’t really into his station as the ruler of goblins, and would probably rather have lived in London’s Soho district. There are too many swanky apartment buildings in the neighborhood to choose just one, but rest assured, Jareth would probably have flown in through the window as an owl and convinced the residents to vacate under threat of baby kidnapping.
A List of David Bowie’s Former Residences
Thanks to the magic of the Internet and sites like Bowie Wonder World, we were able to track down a perhaps incomplete list of all the homes where David Bowie has taken up residence. Take a look for yourself:
- 39 Manchester Street, Westminster, London, W1U 7LJ, England. (June 11th 1967 – August 1968)
- 22 Clareville Grove, South Kensington, London, SW7 5AS, England. (August 1968 – January 1969)
- Flat 1, 24 Foxgrove Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 5XU, England. (March 1969 – October 1969)
- Haddon Hall, Flat 7, 42 Southend Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 1SL, England. (October 1969 – 5th May 1973)
- Vale Court, Hall Road, Maida Vale, London W9 1RT, England. (May 1973 – 16th Oct 1973)
- 89 Oakley Street, Chelsea, London, SW3 5NP, England. (17th Oct 1973 – April 1974)
- West 17th Street, New York City, USA. (April 1974)
- West 20th Street, New York City, USA. (until 1975)
- Glenn Hughes’ house, Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California 90027, USA – (16 March 1975 – May 1975)
- Michael Lippman’s villa, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. (May 1975)
- 637 North Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210, USA.
- 1349 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California 90077, USA. (left 13th Feb 1976)
- 155 Hauptstrasse, Schoneberg, Berlin 10827, West Germany. (October 1976 – February 1978)
- Manhattan, New York City. (1979)
- Clos des Mesanges, Ch. de Sainte-Croix 13, 1807 Blonay, Vaud, Switzerland. (1976-1982)
- Chateau du Signal, Upper Lausanne, Switzerland. (1982-1992)
- Kincoppal Apartments, 93 Elizabeth Bay Road, Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia. (1982-1992)
- Britannia Bay House, Campbell Hills, Mustique, West Indies. (December 1989-1995)
- Essex House Hotel, (9th Floor Apartment) 160 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019, USA. (- until February 2002)
- In late January 2003, David and Iman bought the 64-acre Little Tonshi Mountain, Ulster County, New York 12481, USA.
- Mandalay, the fantasy, Balinese-style home built for rock star David Bowie on the Caribbean island of Mustique.
So Long Bowie, and Thanks for All the Songs
We’ll miss you, Mr. Bowie. Thanks for giving us so much great music. We hope that wherever you are, you’re happily singing along to one of the greatest backup bands you could ask for.