Here at LMO, we aim to write the most comprehensive articles about the homes of the stars of music and movies. Well, today the subject we’ll concentrate our energies on is the legendary Los Angeles based rock band, The Doors.
In this article, we’ll go over the places they lived over the years and some of the stories that happened there.
For the current homes of John Densmore and Robby Krieger we chose to omit the street addresses in an effort to respect their privacy but aside from that, they will be covered fully.
8021 Rothdell Trail
Located off Laurel Canyon Boulevard and a short walk from the Sunset Strip, this house on Rothdell Trail was where Jim Morrison and his girlfriend Pamela Courson lived in 1968. The song “Love Street” was inspired by Rothdell Trail because there was a group of hippies that hung around outside this house.
“Love Street” wasn’t the only song written here. Morrison wrote a large portion of the lyrics to the songs that appeared on Waiting For The Sun and The Soft Parade while living here.
Built in 1922, this house is 1,8000 square feet and contains 1.5 bathrooms and 3 bedrooms. Morrison would write on the walls of the original shower. They still exist and can be accessed via a hidden area closed off from the rest of the current home.
8826 Lookout Mountain Ave
In 1966 this was the home of Jim Morrison, Robbie Krieger and John Densmore.
This house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is 2,000 square feet. It was built in 1939 and the defining feature is that the backyard has a number of large trees just off the balcony that provide both shade and privacy.
8216 1/2 Norton Avenue
Morrison lived in this West Hollywood apartment building in 1970 and 1971. It was his last residence in the USA. It is also where Morrison conducted his last American interview for Rolling Stone’s Ben Fong-Torres in February 1971.
It has 5 units and its architecture is in a Spanish-style and was built in the 1930s. Outside of the building, there is a plaque that cements its status as the rocker’s last American home.
1000 N. La Cienega Way
The Alta Cienega Motel is essentially a flophouse that Morrison would stay at when he would get into a fight with Courson. Morrison typically stayed in room 32, but he stayed in other rooms as well. He liked this room because the view overlooked the corner of La Cienega and Santa Monica. Doors fans from all over the world have stayed in this room and it is covered in graffiti.
8585 Santa Monica Boulevard
This was the location of the Tropicana Hotel. Prior to the Alta Cienega Motel, this was a place that Morrison would sometimes use to crash. This was also the location of the original “Duke’s Coffee Shop” where Jim often ate breakfast.
The building was torn down in 1986 and a Ramada Inn went up in its place.
8401 Sunset Boulevard
In 1967, Jim used to frequent the Continental Hyatt House Hotel, which earned the nickname “the Riot House” from all the rock star shenanigans that took place here. Morrison was reportedly thrown out of this establishment for hanging off the balcony by his fingertips. The hotel till exists but is now called the Andaz West Hollywood.
461 Bellagio Terrace
Robby Krieger commissioned this single-story hexagonal mansion in Bel-Air in the late 1960s. It was designed by architect Matthew Leizer, who also designed the Santa Monica Library. The 6,600 square foot mansion sits on 1.5 acres contains 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.
Construction was completed in 1971 and Krieger lived here with his family through the 1970s. The hexagonal property, which has no right angles, features a pool, with views of the Getty as well as the Pacific Ocean.
Robby Krieger’s Current Home
Krieger’s current home in Beverly Hills is just off Benedict Canyon Dr. Built in 1948, it sits on just over an acre of land and contains 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with a square footage total of just over 3,500.
232 South Rodeo Drive
232 South Rodeo was the last home of Ray Manzarek in Los Angeles. This 2,900 square foot home contains 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. He lived here for many years until moving up to wine country in Napa.
147 Fraser Avenue
This was the first home of Ray Manzarek and his future wife Dorothy Fujikawa, which they moved into in 1965. Soon after Manzarek and Morrison’s initial meeting on the beach, Morrison moved in with them. Ray and Dorothy gave Jim the main bedroom and they moved their mattress into the living room to be closer to the heater.
2536 Beverly Avenue
John Densmore lived in this home from 2002 until 2008. This 1,500 square foot home was built in 1912 and contains 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
14 Westminster Avenue
This apartment building was a place Morrison stayed at during the summer of 1965. He would typically eat with a friend that had an apartment here, Dennis Jacobs. At night he would go and sleep up on the roof.
John Densmore’s Current Home
Densmore’s current was built in 1951 and contains 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and is 2,400 square feet in size.
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