Elton John and David Furnish sell their high-rise Hollywood apartment over safety fears for their son Zachary
22:16 GMT, 25 September 2012
Elton John has sold his high rise Hollywood condo over fears for the safety of his son Zachary.
The singer and his partner David Furnish were said to be terrified that the toddler could fall from the building.
The adjoining condos in the Sierra Tower building in West Hollywood were sold for $4.65m earlier this month.
Sold: Sir Elton John and partner David Furnish have let go of their Hollywood home over fears for the safety of their son Zachary in the high-rise building
Friends said the pair had decided to sell their home because they did not consider the apartments child friendly for their two year old.
Sources told Radar Online the death of Eric Clapton's son from a New York apartment block in 1991 preyed heavily on their minds.
Conor Clapton, four, plunged 49 storeys to his death after falling out of an open window while his mother was distracted.
Not suitable: The singer wanted to raise his son somewhere that would be more appropriate for a toddler to grow up in
'The reason behind Elton and David giving up their West Hollywood condos is because they thought it wasn’t a suitable place for a toddler to grow up in,' a source revealed.
'They did love the home, but now they are parents they have to think more sensibly and it wasn’t ideal for Zachary.
'The apartment was situated halfway up the Sierra Towers complex, so it was dangerously high-up.'
The condos were in David Furnish's name and had been on the market since March.
They have since bought a $7.65m home in Beverly Hills.
Upgrading: Elton and David are planning to raise a family in this Beverly Hills home which they bought recently
The source continued: 'Despite all the constant attention they give Zachary, Elton and David feared that the toddler could climb out of one of the apartment’s many windows and fall.
'Zachary is very precious to them, and Elton remembered what happened to his close friend Eric Clapton who lost his son Conor in such a tragic way.
'They thought about installing window guards all throughout but Elton was terrified that one of them could malfunction or break, and he couldn't live with that on his conscience.'
The 49-storey Sierra Towers is home to numerous Hollywood stars.
Cher and Joan Collins are current residents, and former Friends star Courteney Cox recently purchased a two-bedroom home in the block.
Former residents include David Geffen, Sidney Poitier and Lindsay Lohan.