Thomas Schmitt, a young German documentary maker, visited Bukowski here in 1976. He stayed at a motel up the street from Bukowski and remembers: "I was awakened in the middle of the night by a pimp trying to drown one of his girls in the swimming pool. He was yelling and screaming at her to give him his money, pushing her head into the water. This seemed very much like the Bukowski kind of environment I had always imagined."
In 1978, Bukowski was ready to move out of the East Hollywood courts. He and Linda Lee chose a house in the working-class community of San Pedro, where he would be far enough away from the old distractions, could lead a quieter life and concentrate on his writing.
Here Bukowski would marry Linda Lee in 1985 and adopt a health-food regimen. His writing output would explode (especially after the arrival of an Apple Macintosh in 1990), and he would create some of his greatest work, including six volumes of poetry and the novels "Ham on Rye," "Hollywood" and "Pulp." The screenplay for "Barfly" was also written here.
By this time, he had become an international celebrity, with fans and journalists seeking him out from around the world. He lived in a comfortable home, with a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. But his writing remained as edgy and forceful as ever.