Yesterday we spent the afternoon at Dakota Sid Clifford’s annual George C. Bendover celebration at his home, known as the Chaos Campground. (Still the best party in Nevada County, in my opinion.) Some of the area’s finest musicians were there, doing what musicians do. Among the participants were Steady Hand, The Caterwaulin’ Caravan (featuring Sid, Brendan Phillips, and others), the first local performance by ex-resident Harry Harpoon in a quarter century, and one of my favorite bands, The Buffalo Gals, featuring my pals Jonathon and Margo Meredith.
After the performance, Jonathon and I had a chance to catch up on current events. We were reminiscing about days past, like the time Mary Ann and I visited their place in Malibu back in the twentieth century. Jon and Margo were caring for his dad, actor Burgess Meredith and he invited us down south to see their home in the famous Malibu Colony, since it was understood that once Burgess passed away, the house would be put on the market. We spent a week there, touring some of the area’s attractions like the Getty Museum, the La Brea Tarpits, the star walk on Hollywood Boulevard (we even found Burgess’s star) and hanging out on Venice Beach.
The following year, Burgess passed away and the home was eventually sold. After passing through a few millionaire’s hands, the house was purchased by Leonardo DiCaprio and completely remodeled.
Talk about your six degrees of separation: Back in the eighties, Leo’s father, George, was the distributor for the comic books I was doing for Rip Off Press. We used to hang with George and his family at the San Diego Comic Con, and were always entertained by George’s funny stories. Leo was still a youngster back then, before his meteoric climb to stardom.
Well, to make a long story short, Leo has since put the property on the market. Asking Price: $23,000,000. (Jonathon told me that Burgess bought it for $190,000. My, how times have changed!)
Here’s the lowdown on the house, if you’re in the market…
So, (obviously dating myself), the Bendover is no longer at Rollins Lake?
And how does it compare to the days of Brigg’s pond?
There’s not alot that I miss about Nevada County, but the musical/social get-togethers are definitely on the list.
Side note: Jonathon’s and John Girton’s Xmas guitars is still one of my all-time favorites.
The Rollins Lake period ended around the turn of the century. It was becoming too much like a commercial endeavor than a gathering of friends. Brigg’s Pond? Well, that’s a subject for a future post. Let’s just say that there are no ugly drunks and naked people at Bendover. We’re too old to expose that much flesh anymore.
And after following the link; I agree with the commentary- it’s a pretty ho-hum abode for $23M.
It’s all about location, location, location. While Burgess lived there, he was almost drowned in a storm surge and was threatened by wildfires like the one that’s raging down there now. It’s an adventurous place to reside.
So, a ho-hum abode located in a place subject to storm surges and wildfires?
What’s a mansion next to Kilauea go for? $50M?
The Sid Clifford enterprise makes beautiful music. I have recently come to be an acquaintance after having appreciated his music for many years. A real treat. Great post Earl.