Money may not be everything, but Warren Buffet said you should make sure that you earn a lot of it before making such conclusions. For a long time, one songwriter was barely known despite being in the industry for decades, but now, he can afford the luxuries that come with fame and fortune. Louis Bell dropped $12 million on stylish Beverly Hills estate after cementing his name in the entertainment industry. The house could be the beginning for more flashy possessions, so let’s take a look at it as we also enlighten you on how he has managed to buy it.
It was Originally Built in 1949
According to Dirt, the house is situated on the Beverly Hills Post Office neighborhood in a serene environment. You can barely spot it from the street because it is enclosed and well-hidden from plain sight by the tall fence and gates. Although sources term it as “brand new,” the house was initially built in 1949, but Bernd Brust, a paparazzi-shy CEO, rebuilt it from the studs up in 2020. It is unclear precisely how much the house was listed for, but Bell trusted Charles Back and Mark Rutstein to represent him in the deal. The listing was by Josh Flagg of Rodeo Realty and James Harris of The Agency, and the two agents finally sold it for $12 million. The property is worth every penny that Bell was ready to part with, going by the amenities it provides. Included in the 6,700 square feet home is a large kitchen whose wooden cabinetry matches well with the wide hardwood planks on the entire house’s floor. The black marble countertops blend well with the stools by the kitchen island, whose cushions are also black. The state-of-the-art fitted kitchen appliances are all silver which excellently contrasts the wooden cabinetry.
Other Amenities in the House
The open floor plan facilitates the spacious kitchen to open up to the family room where a couch sits, and the wooden coffee table evidences Bell’s love for wood. A large painting breaks the monotony of white walls in the family room while a multi-colored rug covers the wooden flooring. A wall on which a large flat-screen TV is mounted and a grey marble fireplace is installed separates the family room from the wet bar. Bell and his friends can catch a beer while watching sports on another flat-screen TV mounted on the wall in the wet bar. Also in the same space is a dining area whose blue seats invite a completely different theme. The privacy demanded of a master bedroom is made possible by having it in its own wing. Not only is it spacious, but it also opens to a private patio where Bell can have warm romantic evenings by the firepit. The floor-ceiling window makes for an obstructed view of the patio, where two seats and a potted plant are strategically placed. The lawn is well-manicured, and Bell’s appreciation for vegetation is so easily noticeable, going by the shrubs and trees in the backyard. Guests will not have a moment of boredom because the house is complete with a cozy movie theater. Those who prefer to swim or soak in the sun have plenty of seats encompassing the outdoor swimming pool, where privacy is enhanced once again by high walls. Regarding exercise, Bell can choose between swimming and using the indoor gym, equipped with weights, dumbbells, and a treadmill.
His Journey towards Affording to Buy the House
Bell’s artistic mother instilled in her son a love for music. She played the guitar and could draw; what’s more, she was a computer teacher, so their home was filled with computers. According to Sound on Sound, Bell began playing the piano at 13, a skill that would enable him to develop muscle memory to understand scales and chords. The songwriter took the lessons for several years, and thanks to the acquired skill, Bell can think of something in his head and play it perfectly. Consequently, at only 19, Bell started producing music though he wishes he had begun at 15. Unfortunately, the technology back then made it challenging to create music because, as he explained, instruments like keyboards were too expensive. Luckily, while in senior high school, the music producer discovered Fruity Loops, a software program that helped him make beats.
When he combined it with his piano skills, he taught himself music theory. Through YouTube and Wikipedia, Bell learned also taught himself how to make beats. Eventually, he was confident enough to open his studio in Boston, making music production his primary source of income. He told Songwriter Universe that he worked in Boston for a decade before moving to Los Angeles because Mike Stud, a rapper, wanted Bell to make his album. By then, he felt he was overqualified to be making music for barely known artists, and fate conspired to connect him with Andrew Wyatt, a friend who knew Justin Bieber. Before long, Bell produced “Let Me Love You” by Justin Bieber and DJ Snake, the song that would become the songwriter’s first significant hit. He signed with Electric Fleet Management and has been working with Electric Feel Studios since then. His manager connected Bell with Post Malone, who loved Bell’s beats and the rest, as they say, is history.
It Could Be the Start of a Real Estate Empire
With many musicians having gone ahead to seek the help of Bell to produce their music, the once little-known producer has become a hitmaker. His reputation precedes him, hence his nomination for six Grammy Awards. According to Variety, his songs have sold over 150 million units in the United States. Considering the success, he sold his catalog to Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). The amount that Bell received remains undisclosed. However, since , UMPG paid nearly $400 million for Bob Dylan’s music catalog, we can assume that the music producer has been well-compensated. Therefore, the self-trained producer could be on his way to amassing more properties to create a real estate empire.