Is The House Next Door To Leonard Cohen’s Hydra Home For Sale?

hydrahouse1Mel Joss speculates, based on her visit to Hydra last year, details of the description, and the location near Four Corners, that a house listed for sale (see above photo) is very close, if not next door, to the Hydra home owned by Leonard Cohen.

Description of house for sale at For Sale – Leonards Garden, 4 Corners:

A beautifully presented three bedroomed house that embodies the Hydra aesthetic.

Close to 4 Corners, about a ten minute walk up from the port, this house is on a quiet corner with a high stone wall around a charming courtyard, ensuring complete privacy. The courtyard gives access to the house via the kitchen on the ground floor, and to a separate room that is currently used as a studio, but which could be a third bedroom, and which has large glazed doors that can be completely opened up in the summer.

Off the kitchen is a the winter living room with a lovely original stone floor and a cozy wood burning stove.

Steps lead up to a large sitting room on the first floor, and to two bedrooms, one of which has a private terrace. Off the sitting room is a second lovely private terrace.

This is a good sized house with loads of potential and is beautifully decorated with attention to detail throughout.

All white goods, cooker etc included in the sale, plus some furniture.

Mel writes

Check out this photo of the terrace [of the house for sale] … notice the white dome shaped building on the hilltop to the right and the red building in the middle.

hydrahousesaleThis is my photo of Leonard Cohen’s house.  His front door faces NW. See the white dome and the red building? Thus, the terrace of the house for sale also faces NW.


The photo directly below is also mine. I ‘believe’ this is the side of Leonard Cohen’s house as I approached it, judging from the time capturing on my camera, but I honestly can’t swear to it.  It was taken only minutes from the ones by his front door. Compare it to the realtor’s photo underneath my photo…the same tree can be seen in the upper right of both shots.


I can only conclude that the house for sale is extremely close to Leonard Cohen’s

Fans Celebrating Leonard Cohen’s 80th Birthday – Pledges For Bench On Hydra

bench1Leonard Cohen fans are organizing an effort to fund a bench on Hydra to commemorate Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday. An appropriate site has been found and architectural plans submitted. The essential step now is assuring that the cost of the project can be met by collecting pledges for contributions.

Pledges can be made at The Hydra Bench: Call for Pledges. Note: Pledges will be accepted for the next week only; at that time a decision to pursue or drop the project must be made.

A bench on the island where Leonard Cohen and Marianne lived for several years would be an excellent way to celebrate the 80th birthday of this musical icon. (The only negative I can come up with is that I wasn’t the one who thought of the idea; it originated at the Leonard Cohen Forum.) The Duchess & I will be making a pledge and I urge viewers to consider contributing.

A video (by Wijbe) of the projected location of the bench can be viewed at

The discussion about the commemorative bench, including its cost and alternatives considered, is at How to celebrate Leonard’s 80th birthday

Note: Originally posted July 27, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric