Kids these days use all sorts of new-fangled ways to make money. A few years ago, dancin’ around town with a bucket atop your head would’ve gotten you thrown in the loony bin, or at least shipped out to good ol’ Hollywood Boulevard (as if that’s not the same thing, right?). But nowadays, you can make tens of millions from acting a fool — provided you have the right management team in place. And that’s just what our pal Marshmello has done.
We joke, of course. Mr. Marshmello does more than just use a bucket as headgear. He’s a DJ with two albums and several multi-platinum singles — “Silence“, “Wolves“, “Friends” and “Happier” among them — under his belt. And in addition to his music success, he’s one of the most popular social media acts in the world, with nearly 24 million subscribers on the YouTube contraption and over 15 million followers on the Instagram bullshiz. His YouTube videos boast a cumulative total of more than 4 billion views. That’s a ton, kids. So it’s hardly surprising that Forbes estimates he hauled in $44 million over the past two years alone. Our Mr. Marshmello is prominent music manager Moe Shalizi‘s most lucrative client.
Yet despite all his wealth and success, Mr. Marshmello’s real identity (and face) remained a carefully-guarded secret for years. Very few folks really knew who he was — and those who knew kept it quiet.
In fact, it wasn’t until late last year (2017) — when Forbes published an exposé revealing that the super-rich, super-famous DJ is actually a little-known 26-year-old dude from Philadelphia named Chris Comstock — that his identity was made public. Our Mr. Comstock was outed by his real name being revealed in music royalty manager BMI’s database and Marshmello’s company being originally incorporated under Mr. Comstock in Delaware. So there y’all have it.
Since then, Mr. Marshmello has continued with his bucket-on-head goat rodeo. His multitude of fans say it’s his trademark, his calling card. Other more unkind folks (not Yolanda!) might deride it as a gimmick for attention.
But whatever the case, young Mr. Marshmello/Comstock is winning at life. He’s young, single, famous and clearly very rich — records show he recently used a blind trust to pay $3,575,000 for a sexy starter house near the mouth of Laurel Canyon, just above WeHo and the eastern end of LA’s iconic Sunset Strip.
Although the property’s address says Laurel Canyon Boulevard — a notoriously traffic-clogged road — the house in question actually lies on a quiet (and very narrow) side street just off the main drag, which surely helps minimize noise and pollution. Additionally, the nearly $3.6 million home is completely walled and gated for privacy. Plus there’s a security system with cameras galore.
The contemporary casa was spec-built in 2014 and sold that year for $3.1 million to Qatari businessman Fadi El Rabaa. It was our boy Mr. El Rabaa who would flip it several years later to Mr. Marshmello.
A short wooden stairway lined with bamboo and a large waterfall leads past the two-car garage to the home’s Japanese-inspired (?) front door. Wide=plank hardwood floors — blondish in color — grace the entrance foyer. Straight ahead is an “architectural” and “floating” staircase that appears to lead directly over some sort of funky indoor pond. Watch your step!
To the left of the entryway is a dramatic double-sided fireplace, which serves as an effective divider between the formal living and dining rooms. Beyond the dining room — at the rear of the home — is the sleek kitchen, with its high-end appliances and Caesarstone countertops.
Also on the home’s downstairs level are a family room and a guest/maid’s bedroom suite.
There are four more bedrooms upstairs — all of them ensuite — plus a central lounge-typed area and nifty skylights. The master suite sports a fireplace, a private balcony and a bathroom with a giant glass shower smack-dab in its middle.
Total square footage in the structure comes to 5,200 — generous for this tightly-packed part of town.
The backyard isn’t particularly big — this is just a .25-acre property, after all — but it is desirably private and includes a terrace for al fresco dining, a pool/spa combo with waterfall feature, and a large firepit. Why, that’s perfect for making s’mores (and roastin’ marshmallows, naturally)!
In case he needs to borrow a gooey midnight snack, some of Mr. Marshmello’s nearest neighbors include Israeli film producer Avi Lerner, curvaceous Brazilian model Laura Soares, and Arista Records bigwig Brian Vinikoor — he’s right next door.
Anyway, your gurl has a feeling this is just the very beginning of Mr. Marshmello’s real estate story. Any rambunctious young dude who consistently earns more than $20 million per year ain’t gonna stay in a $3.6 million house very long. But wherever Mr. Marshmello moves his bucket-hat in the next few years, Yolanda will be waiting. And while we can’t tell homeboy which house to choose, our (unsolicited) advice would be to choose wisely. Don’t choose poorly.
By the way, Mr. Marshmello has upgraded his plastic headdress with the $55,000 purchase of a state-of-the-art helmet — it includes an internal air-conditioning system and programmable LED lights.
Yes, kids, a $55,000 bucket. Fancy that.