Mike Shinoda, primary songwriter, producer, one of the vocalists, and co-founder of Linkin Park, just sold his Beverly Hills Mediterranean villa for $9.08 million after owning it for 14 years and nobody knows the reason why.

A native of California, Shinoda was born in Panorama City, California, and raised in Agoura Hills. Besides Linkin Park, he is also co-founder of Machine Shop Records, a California based record label. Outside of music, Shinoda is an artist and graphic designer. He has painted several pieces of art, some of which have been featured in the Japanese American National Museum. 

Mike Shinoda bought this 7,700-square-foot villa surrounded by sprawling gardens, outdoor dining spaces, and a swimming pool from Tom Arnold in 2006 about $1.6 million less than he sold. The question of why he sold it when he has a variety source of income and the house has been his property for such a long time, is a mystery.

To explain Shinoda‘s huge home he sold, more than a few descriptions are needed. For starters, it has a courtyard and four balconies looking at the landscaped space from above. Inside, a rounded foyer with a staircase leads to a living room, a dining room, and an indoor-outdoor great room under coffered ceilings. There are seven bedrooms fill out the rest of the two-story floor plan, many of them opening to a deck that spans the backside of the home. Down below, walkways lead to a fountain-fed koi pond.

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Throughout the years, multiple celebrities lived in this hillside retreat. In addition to Arnold, it was once owned by Paula Abdul. It’s found in Mulholland Estates, a star-studded neighborhood with previous residents such as Tyler Perry, Pharrel Williams, Charlie Sheen, and Slash.

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