On an unassuming street, tucked in one of Los Angeles’s many canyons, sits a hidden tree house. And somewhat surprisingly, it’s owned by a cowboy who just so happens to be a consummate host. But to country music star Orville Peck, it’s just home.
“To be honest, I never thought I’d be able to own a house,” says the artist, known for his soulful voice and eye-catching masks. (His fifth-annual rodeo is set to take place November 10–November 12 in Pioneertown, California.) “But when I saw this [place], it felt absolutely perfect.” Orville Peck—who’s dedicated his career to championing the LGBTQ+ community through crafting safe spaces for conversations, advocacy, and celebrating joy—is an icon to many, as someone who is making room for change in a historically conservative genre.
At home, Peck makes sure to surround himself with dear friends. It’s therefore no huge wonder that finding a place where he could entertain was most definitely non-negotiable. Whether he’s lending it to others for business meetings, throwing his friend a wedding reception, or being entrusted to plan an epic party, it’s clear that Peck is intent on getting use out of his idyllic lodge. “I’m just so genuinely proud of this space,” he reflects.
The nearly 7,000-square-foot property is a wonderland for anyone looking to live amongst nature. Its discrete location and the indoor-outdoor feel of the 1953 architecture is accentuated by the aging wood that encapsulates every inch of the home. “I like a bit of history,” says Peck of his aversion to modern homes—a fact that undoubtedly narrowed his search in a city filled with copycat contemporary builds.
Luckily for the star, the dwelling came with more than just good bones. Memorabilia passed down from homeowner to homeowner gives this tree house its special charm. There are original etchings by Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, John Frusciante, carved directly into the staircase beams, not to mention pieces of furniture that felt so intrinsic to the space that the previous owner deemed it necessary to leave them behind. Case in point: a reclaimed wood dining table and bench reminiscent of a church pew. “It belongs here, I can’t imagine where else it would be,” Peck says.
So while his abode is dappled with secondhand souvenirs, it couldn’t feel more his own. “Everyone always jokes that they don’t know who else could live here because it feels like it was made for me,” Peck says. So much so that the musician has taken it upon himself to continue the tradition and fill each room with meaningful pieces bedecked with stories of their own.