The former ashram of famed jazz musician Alice Coltrane hit the market in Los Angeles recently, a property boasting both musical and spiritual significance, as well as a large, undeveloped wilderness a half-hour from downtown. The still-active Sai Anantam Ashram has been a center for the study of the Vedic scriptures, one of a series of buildings and residences on the property, as well as a musical retreat and recording space. The wife of John Coltrane, Alice, who passed away in 2007, was a respected jazz musician in her own right, playing harp and piano on a string of spiritual albums such as Journey in Satchidananda. She was also a key influence on her great-nephew Steven Ellison, who records as Flying Lotus (his 2008 album Cosmogramma drew its name from a lecture his great-aunt recorded at the ashram).
Located 10 miles from the ocean, the 47-acre parcel can be split into two roughly 23-acre lots available for $2.5 million each, but the owner would prefer to keep the property. Coltrane started the ashram after returning from a trip to India in 1983, which has grown to include roughly 5,000 square feet of living space. Surrounded by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the site offers considerable privacy and boasts wildlife such as owls, hawk, deer and trout, as well as Truinfo Creek and a series of hiking trails.
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