Shane Smith of Vice Media Fame Has Listed His Pacific Palisades, CA Home
The Home of a Punk Rock Media Mogul Goes Up for Sale
If you’ve never heard of Shane Smith, that’s somewhat understandable. The Canadian native, journalist, and one of the founders of Vice Media, is far less likely to be recognized than many of the subjects he has interviewed for any one of the media channels that his company owns.
Smith, a somewhat down-to-earth journalist who just happens to own what is rapidly turning into a massive media empire, has been described as one-half punk rocker and one-half CEO. Regardless of what his current makeup may actually be, Smith is at heart a journalist, and a journalist almost always knows to put their subject first, before themselves.
The subject, in the case of this article, is Shane Smith’s recently listed five bedroom, four bath southern California home in Pacific Palisades. Smith has the home on the market for just a bit under $4.5 million. The home is a stunner, and not at all provocative in any way. Thus, the property stands in contrast to the brand built by its current owner.
Let’s take a quick tour and see what four and a half million will get you in Santa Monica Canyon, a somewhat exclusive enclave of Southern California.
Shane Smith’s Home and Its Setting
A large, two-story ranch-style home that almost embraces a bit of mid century modern style, this 2,600 square foot property is constructed almost entirely of natural and organic materials. The home is nestled against a hillside and feels as much a part of its natural setting as is possible in this part of the world.
Inside, the home is mostly open to the outdoors, with plenty of airflow and light streaming through its open concept floor plan. The chef’s kitchen features a suite of top quality appliances, and opens into a large outdoor dining area adjacent to an in-ground pool and spa.
The home’s spacious living room completes the ground floor, and together with both indoor and outdoor living spaces, makes for an excellent home for entertaining large groups. The home’s second floor hosts a tree-line level master suite, complete with an opulent master bath and walk-in closet.
A Relaxing Retreat Near the Heart of Los Angeles
Smith runs a small media company that is rapidly becoming a large multi-channel media conglomerate, interconnected with multiple global networks. As such, he splits his time between writing gonzo travel articles and interviewing world figures like former US President Barack Obama. And because of this, he has needed a place to get away from it all.
What this means is that this home needed to be more of a retreat than it tends to be for most of us. Smith’s home, currently for sale in Pacific Palisades has served as just the retreat he and his loved ones needed, and to access it, they didn’t even need to leave the city itself.
The Home That the Vice Magazine Empire Built
This home, from its open floor plan and open walls letting in the outdoors, to its setting amongst the trees against a hill in Santa Monica canyon, feels secluded, even if it is not. And for the right buyer – one who can afford a nearly $900,000 down payment and a $25,000 a month mortgage – this could be a little bit of secluded paradise that you don’t even need to be a punk rock media mogul to appreciate.