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‘He was a very sweet man’: Outside Leonard Cohen’s L.A. home

The home where Leonard Cohen lived in Los Angeles is a modest, two-storey apartment away from the Hollywood Hills mansions in which many commercially successful musicians live.

The street is tree-lined and quiet, and neighbours can be seen working on their gardens or heard dragging their recycle bins onto driveways after pick-up.

On the lawn outside his house, sit two green wood-slat chairs and an old wooden picnic table. There were no Cohen fans gathered outside to mourn his passing.

Leonard Cohen's LA  home

Cohen recorded his latest album, You Want It Darker, at his Los Angeles home. (Zulekha Nathoo/CBC)

During California’s year-round sunny days, Elisha Shapiro, who lives directly across the street, said Cohen wasn’t one to stay indoors.

“He’d often be sitting out on the lawn, which is not a very Los Angeles thing to do,” Shapiro laughs. “Maybe that’s a Canadian thing.”

Shapiro described Cohen, who had lived on the street for  years, as “friendly” and “sweet.”

“He was a very sweet man.”

Elisha Shapiro

Elisha Shapiro, who lives across the street from where Cohen resided, described the late musician as “sweet” and “friendly.” (Zulekha Nathoo/CBC)

While the simple exterior seems to characterize Cohen’s low-key lifestyle, the inside of the home is where he worked on his final album.

You Want It Darker, released just last month, was recorded mainly in his living room. It was produced by Cohen’s son Adam, who lives on the same street.

While a memorial in L.A. is expected “at a later date” according to Cohen’s Facebook page, there’s no other place in the city for fans to gather and pay their respects. He doesn’t have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and only those living in his neighbourhood would likely be able to identify his home.

Danae Weinberg, who lives in the area, took a stroll to see if she might be able to find it.

Danae Weinberg

Danae Weinberg said she wanted to make a ‘pilgrimage’ to Cohen’s home and pay her respects. (Zulekha Nathoo/CBC)

“He just meant so much to the music world and the poetry world,” she said, while standing across the street from Cohen’s home.

“I wanted to walk down the street he once last maybe walked on, that’s all. Just my little pilgrimage to Mr. Leonard Cohen.”

Article source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/leonard-cohen-la-home-1.3848347?cmp=rss