James Hetfield's Former Home Gets A $200K Price Cut

Metallica's lead singer lived there during his most tumultuous period, and it can be yours for $3 million or so.

Photo By Jason O. Watson/Getty Images Sports/Getty Images Hetfield and the rest of Metallica are Bay Area stalwarts — they even sang the national anthem at a Giants game. 

True Metallica fans know that although the band first formed in L.A., it became the multiplatinum thrash-metal band after the members moved, at bassist Cliff Burton's request, to El Cerrito, Calif. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett is a native San Franciscan who studied guitar with Joe Satriani in Berkeley, Calif., and their early gigs were at the nearby club Ruthie's Inn. Celebrity-spotters throughout the Bay Area can rely on Metallica sightings — even I've had one, at the hospital where my sister was having a baby at the same time as Lars Ulrich's girlfriend.

Plus, there's that movie: Even if you're not a fan of their music, you might have seen the oddly affecting documentary Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, which recorded the band's emotional struggles (complete with a Huxtable-sweater-wearing group therapist) during the making of their 2003 album, St. Anger.

This is the home where lead singer James Hetfield lived throughout the filming of the documentary; he sold it just as the album came out and before the documentary hit theaters in 2004. Many changes have been made to the property, but vestiges of the rock-and-roll life remain. Plus, it's head-bangingly gorgeous. See for yourself.



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