It was during the recording of his 2002 album, Heathen, that David Bowie had fallen in love with the Catskill Mountains area.
Five years ago the legendary singer-songwriter purchased a secret getaway near the town of Woodstock. There, he, his wife of over 20 years Iman, and their 15-year-old daughter Alexandria “indulged in a simple life away from the limelight,” according to reports. The family of three regularly visited local art supply shops, restaurants, bars, and gyms.
Built into the mountainside, the 50-acre compound is located 100 miles north of New York City. It featured three-bedrooms when he originally purchased the property in 2011 for more than $1.5 million. Following renovations, the home boasted additional bedrooms, bathrooms, and “vast windows.” There were plans for a garage annex and artist studio to be added to the house, but Bowie’s health started to deteriorate not long after construction began.
The property also had multiple “keep out” signs and cameras which helped guarantee privacy for the musician and his family. It seems as though he was adamant about keeping his privacy during his time living there. He reportedly used a limited liability company to buy this Woodstock property, instead of purchasing the home under his real name, David Robert Jones, as he’s done with his previous real estate purchases.
This unseen home will be the final resting place for the icon, who died January 10, 2016. “After decades of frenetic city living, Bowie finally found peace in the mountains and that’s where I am sure some of his remains will go,” a friend of Bowie told The Sun.
Bowie, who sold over 140 million records worldwide and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, released his most recent album, Blackstar, just two days prior to his death.
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