Dave Keening buys $9.5 million LA mansion from Grindr founder

Nothing is “doing well” like a $9.5 million Los Angeles mansion.

Dave Keening, co-founder and guitarist of The Killers – known for hits like “Mr. Brightside” – rejoined Mitt Romney’s favorite rock band this spring after a four-year solo career.

According to Dirt, while he’s planning a seventh and eighth album with co-founder Brandon Flowers, 40, the 45-year-old ax-slinger is celebrating with a six-bedroom, eight-bathroom Mediterranean mansion.

The Top 40 radio staple of the 2000s bought its new 8,385-square-foot home from Joel Simkhai, 37, the 37-year-old founder of Grindr, the popular dating app for gay, bi, trans and queer people.

The mansion also represented a significant step forward for Simkhai at the time: he purchased the mansion before selling it to Grindr for $245 million (in two transactions) and relinquishing his role in the company, which had recently moved to $600 million. was sold for more.

The Mediterranean mansion sold for $9.5 million.
The Mediterranean mansion sold for $9.5 million.
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Oversized glass front doors open to the foyer.
Oversized glass front doors open to the foyer.
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The foyer has an arched door.
The foyer has an arched door.
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But Simkhai has since turned a $13 million Los Angeles home—plus he recently collected $29.5 million on a New York City penthouse—ditching to catch his initial post-Grinders.

Keening swooped in in August and closed the sale for $9.57 million. This was a $1 million loss for Simkhai, who spent $10.5 million on the property in December 2017.

Inside, the house has a soaring, two-story foyer, wood-beamed ceilings, four fireplaces, and arched doorways. The dining room has an embossed tin ceiling panel.

The living room has a fireplace and beamed ceilings.
The living room has a fireplace and beamed ceilings.
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There is a gourmet kitchen with an island and breakfast room.
There is a gourmet kitchen with an island and breakfast room.
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The dining room has a raised tin ceiling.
The dining room has a raised tin ceiling.
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There is also a wine lounge, a family room and a gourmet kitchen with an island and a breakfast room. Plus, according to Realtor.com, there’s a media room, a studio, an entertainment room.

The gated 0.37-acre lot features a private garden, a motor court, an infinity-edge pool and hot tub, two garages, and maid’s quarters.

The house, built in 1989, was remodeled in 2017 before the purchase of Simkhai.

This bedroom has gabled, beamed ceilings.

This bedroom has peaked, beamed ceilings.


The bedroom doors open out.

The bedroom doors open out.


The marble-and-gold-finished bathroom is featured.
The marble-and-gold-finished bathroom is featured.
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The wine lounge is pictured.
The wine lounge is pictured.
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Jori Burton had a listing with Sotheby’s International Realty, Beverly Hills Brokerage. Bonnie Bryant represented Keening with a compass.

Real estate records show that the house is now owned by the La Presa Outpost MBTI Trust, of which Keening is reportedly a beneficiary.

Keening previously flipped a house he sold for $5.2 million to BuzzFeed CEO Joanna Peretti in January 2020. He also has homes near San Diego and Las Vegas.

The gated 0.37-acre lot features an infinity-edge pool and a hot tub.

The gated 0.37-acre lot features an infinity-edge pool and a hot tub.


There is a private garden, a motor court, two garages and a maid's quarters.

There is a private garden, a motor court, two garages and a maid’s quarters.


A balcony overlooks the pool.

A balcony overlooks the pool.


The infinity-edge pool offers sweeping views.

The infinity-edge pool offers sweeping views.


The pool is pictured at night.

The pool is pictured at night.


An outdoor lounge area is featured.

An outdoor lounge area is featured.


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