KISS Rocker Gene Simmons Listing $15M Las Vegas Estate Months After Selling California Mansion

by Josh Lanier
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Rock legend Gene Simmons continues to sell off his family’s mansions. He unloaded his two California homes earlier this year. And now he put up for sale his sprawling Las Vegas estate for $15 million.

The 11,000-square-foot, three-story home has six bedrooms and eight baths. It also includes an outdoor courtyard over a koi pond and room for 11 cars in the garage. It also includes floor-to-ceiling windows that give expansive views of the Las Vegas desert, PEOPLE reported.

“This home offers so much, from its incredible sweeping valley views and its contemporary modern architecture to its dedication to privacy and exclusivity,” broker Evangelina Duke-Petroni of The Ivan Sher Group told the magazine.

Gene Simmons sold off his family’s California home in February for $2 million. He took $200,000 less than he listed it for, PEOPLE said at the time.

He sold his Beverly Hills mansion in late last year for $22 million. The 16,000 square feet house and included a 60-foot water slide and a tennis court. The 72-year-old KISS bassist owned the home for nearly 40 years.

Gene Simmons told the Wall Street Journal last year that Beverly Hills estate was too large for just him and his wife. He also said he wanted out of California because of the high taxes.

“California and Beverly Hills have been treating folks that create jobs badly, and the tax rates are unacceptable,” Simmons told the Journal. “I work hard and pay my taxes, and I don’t want to cry the Beverly Hills blues but enough is enough.”

He’s moving a 24-acre estate near Mount Rainier in Washington state, “where there is no income tax, no local, and state taxes,” he told Architectural Digest last year. “Federal taxes are enough.”

Gene Simmons Opens Art Exhibit

Gene Simmons opened his art exhibit in Las Vegas at the Venetian’s Animazing Gallery this week after a delay. Exhibitors delayed the opening from earlier this month until Thursday after Simmons contracted COVID-19.

Simmons said he found art therapeutic after he moved to the United States as a kid.

“Moving to the United States from Israel as a young boy, I didn’t speak English,” Simmons said in a statement. “I fell in love with comics and American television, and they not only helped me learn the language but inspired creativity and a passion for drawing and painting.

“I started doodling and drawing when I was eight years of age,” he said. “And as a teenager, I had hundreds of illustrations [under the name Gene Klein] published in fanzines created by and for sci-fi and comic book enthusiasts.”

Earlier this year, KISS postponed the band’s “End of the Road Tour,” which gave Simmons time to compile his artwork into an exhibition. He said he pulls inspiration from many different artists.

“I am one painter who has many influences,” Simmons told the Las Vegas Review-Journal at the opening Thursday. “You can see some Jackson Pollock in here, though I wasn’t consciously thinking of him while I was painting. Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol, who I hung out with at Studio 54 and knew socially, were people who did things the way I liked to do them.”

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