Its sleek contemporary lines and commanding views over the Pacific Ocean have graced the pages of cutting-edge magazines and websites around the world, in addition to a starring role in Visa Black Card and Calvin Klein television commercials. The “Girl on Fire” and 15-time-Grammy-winner, Alicia Keys, is the big winner once again and holds the keys to the Razor House as its new owner. Designed by Wallace E. Cunningham in La Jolla, California, it was on the market originally at $45 million, then at $30 million, reduced to $24.995 million, with Keys paying $20.8 million.
Built in 2007, the Razor House extends several stories below the original surface so that each roof forms a terrace to the adjacent upper floor. The center of the structure is essentially hollowed out, creating a perimeter house wrapped around an open courtyard which allows daylight, moonlight and stunning views. The main house has 10,240 square feet of living space including two master suites, two additional bedrooms, six baths, two steam rooms/showers, gym, roof-top spa and built-in outdoor BBQ. The master-suite baths include showers and freestanding tubs as well as closets. The detached multi-leveled guest house has 1,301 square feet and includes two bedrooms and two baths, each having separate entry points on different levels.
Luxury finishes and special touches include travertine stone floors that run continuously from interior to exterior, solid-walnut flooring in the library and on the family-room ceiling and suede-wrapped walls in the primary master suite. The library contains a custom Ralph Lauren glass-and-stainless pool table. Both the main kitchen and service kitchen are furnished with Gaggenau, Miele, Subzero and Hoshizaki in multiples to cover large-scale entertaining while a computer room houses all of the homes integration and automation systems. A subterranean garage houses four cars and a glass elevator operates from the subterranean garage level all the way to the rooftop-terrace level of the home. Entertainment includes a state-of-the-art theater and a 5,100-cubic-foot-infinity swimming pool that visually blends in with the ocean.
Few things are worth staying in an inconvenient marriage to hold on to, but in the case of a classic Beverly Hills mansion once owned by Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, the breakup might have deserved a second thought. The A-list couple owned the home from 2001 to 2006 and it is once again on the market priced at $44.5 million.
One of Southern California’s most romantic homes, the French Normandy Revival-style estate includes canyon views, dreamy hedged landscaping and lighted pool, meandering stoned courtyard and patios, multiple fireplaces including the bedroom, more fireplaces in the dining room and bar, outdoor living room and an outdoor bedroom over the tennis court. It was going to be their forever love nest when Jennifer and Brad bought it soon after their Malibu marriage. The supercouple immediately started a three-year renovation replacing the kitchen floor with heated marble, designing and installing a pub with floors sourced from a 200-year-old French château and adding a private screening room. They also added a tennis court and pavilion with guest house on the upper level. In January of 2005, their separation was announced and the home sold in 2006 to a hedge fund executive who completed the renovation and added some features of his own.
The 11,173-square-foot home is nestled into a bit over an acre on a quiet cul-de-sac with gated entrances on two streets, five bedrooms and thirteen baths between the main house and a one-bedroom guest house. Formal rooms are large with the dining room capable of seating 20 guests and the bar room with its original fireplace, eat-in gourmet kitchen and gym. The lower-level living room and bar opens to the swimming pool terrace. Grounds are tropical and thickly and privately planted with mature greenery. The home was originally built in 1934 for actor Fredric March, one of the first movie star mansions in Beverly Hills. March was as big a star in his day as Aniston and Pitt are today whose 52-year career totalled over one hundred films including classics such as The Best Years of Our Lives and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Kelly Clarkson made a meteoric rise to stardom after singing and winning the first season of American Idol in 2002. Kelly is now one of America’s favorite entertainers, judge on The Voice and host of her new NBC talk show. Ten years after her American Idol win, Kelly bought a Tennessee lake home in Hendersonville, 25 miles up the Cumberland River from Nashville. Her Tennessee mansion is for sale, priced at $7.49 million.
Who needs a vacation when you could live in a home designed to take full advantage of its recreational waterfront setting with a boating distance of almost a hundred river miles, water ski, fish, jet ski, swim or explore the endless Old Hickory Lake shoreline by boat or one of the Tennessee waterside parks? Or go by boat to the Rudder Restaurant at the Anchor High Marina to enjoy some good food by the water while enjoying live music from some of Nashville’s best local stars.
The Clarkson house is positioned on four acres with an adjoining useable two acres owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. With its outward curving shoreline, the water views are exceptional and a two-boat covered boathouse with a lift that is near the left property line so as not to interfere with the views. There is a long gated driveway to the entrance car park with center fountain. Grounds are dotted with mature trees, lots of emerald lawn, a sand volleyball court, English-style gardens, a conservatory/greenhouse and large pool/spa terrace with pavilion for outdoor dining with fireplace, all accessed via a double-sided-curved staircase descending from the upper terrace. The size of the grounds invites children into a safe place to build forts and play Swiss Family Robinson with anticipation of sailing in little boats as they get older.
The 20,121-square-foot house has plenty of space for family, friends and stay-overs. The home’s entrance is into a grand foyer with soaring double staircases, the heart of the home is filled with family warmth and fun for casual entertaining, particularly the cowboy bar with its saddle bar stools. Included are seven bedrooms, one of which is a large master suite with seating area in front of a fireplace and stunning master bath, eleven baths, family room, movie theater and a children’s room with four built-in bunk beds and good-sized play area. There is a billiard/game room, additional seating rooms, large gym, a two-level office and an elevator.
Since The Big Bang Theory came to a close in May, Kaley Cuoco and her husband, equestrian Karl Cook, are busy building their dream home, so she has put her Tarzana-neighborhood home in Los Angeles on the market at $4.895 million. Cuoco bought the house from Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian in 2014.
Behind a gated entrance in a small enclave of similarly elegant homes, the 7,977-square-foot house is spread across its three-quarter-acre lot with a large car park for guests in front and pool with generous patio for entertaining in the rear of the property. The entrance opens into a grand, two-story foyer with curved staircase and starburst chandelier. Included are the living room with a whimsical swing settee suspended from the ceiling and a contemporary formal dining room. Sized for a large family and guests, there are six ensuite bedrooms plus three additional baths. The master has a fireplace, three huge walk-in closets and French doors that open to the terrace. The large laundry room has two washing machines and two dryers with ample storage for the size of the house. The kitchen is stocked with high-end appliances and has an island, breakfast area and bar, which opens to the family room.
The home is made extremely private by the mature thick hedges and trees that follow the property line from the entrance gate to encircle the entire property. Outdoor space is ideal for entertaining with multiple shaded seating areas, a full-covered outdoor kitchen with bar seating, pool, spa and fire pit.
Cheryl Tiegs was America’s favorite model in the 1970s and ‘80s as the three-time cover girl for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, four-time covers on People and three times at Time. Her ‘70’s posters in a white fishnet bathing suit and then her pink bikini photo solidified her role as America’s first baby-boomer supermodel. Almost as beautiful as Cheryl, her Balinese-style Bel Air home is for sale at $18.5 million.
Tiegs’ enclave is situated on 1.43 lush acres behind gates that open to a long drive giving privacy and entrance into something that feels much more like the deep tropics than suburban Los Angeles. Perched on a promontory with 180-degree views, it is awash in palm trees, huge Monstera vines and tropical flowers throughout the home’s landscape and pathways. The house itself is a study in bold natural elements, textures and colors from fabrics, floors, dark-wood beams, glass walls opening to vegetation and stunning views. The 4,770-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five baths, chef’s kitchen with large butcher block island, huge open spaces for entertaining both inside and out, a wine cellar, pool, guest house and three-car garage.
When you’re worth almost $3 billion and can easily say, “been there, done that, have that,” . . . . what do you do with the rest of the money after the usual investments? For more than a decade, the super wealthy have been parking it in real estate. In fact, they’re buying up a lot of the planet in the form of islands, vast ranches, resorts and glamorous homes. Yes, Oprah owns at least six homes currently after selling her Chicago and Atlanta homes. Lately, her focus has been on the Montecito neighborhood of Santa Barbara, where with the purchase of actor-friend Jeff Bridges’ home, totals three including The Promised Land as she named her 40-acre main home and grounds - now worth about $90 million. She purchased the Bridges home after waiting for the price to be reduced from the original $7.495 million and ended up buying it for $6.85 million - the exact price Bridges and his wife, Susan Geston, paid for it five years ago. Oprah also owns homes in Maui, Hawaii, Orcas Island, Washington and a ski chalet in Telluride, Colorado.
The Bridges’ 3,517-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bath Spanish Revival-style home was originally built in 1919 by architect James Osborn Craig sited on four acres of gardens. Meticulously cared for and having undergone restorations and updates, it still has its original windows, doors, hardwood floors and five fireplaces. The kitchen and bathrooms were remodeled to bring them into the 21st century. The kitchen, with its new cabinetry and quartz countertops, adjoins a large family room. High ceilings, expansive windows and French doors illuminate the home with every room opening to lush gardens. The master suite features an open-beamed ceiling, large bay window, French doors and fireplace. If Oprah continues to buy her neighbor’s properties, it won’t be long before they can rename Montecito as Oprah Village.
Whether as Vinny Gambini, Joe Pesci’s character in the Deep South legal comedy My Cousin Vinny, or Nicholas "Nicky" Santoro, his mob character with animal killer instincts in Casino, Pesci’s skilled sense of timing brings his characters to life in a way that few actors can match. He announced his retirement from acting in 1999 to return to music, his first love, but fans are thrilled to learn that once again he has teamed up with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in a new film, The Irishman, which is now streaming on Netflix. In the meantime Pesci has put his Jersey Shore waterfront home up for sale in Lavallette, New Jersey with his sights focused on a future of returning to warm California sunshine. It is priced at $6.5 million.
Built in 1990, the 7,200-square-foot contemporary with an Art Deco vibe is located in the West Point Island neighborhood, protected from Atlantic storms on Barnegat Bay and only a short bicycle ride to the beach. Bright, airy and spacious and taking full advantage of the beautiful view, the eight-bedroom, eight-bath home has an open floor plan with large rooms perfect for large parties that spill out to the spacious pool terrace at the water’s edge with boat dock beyond. The gated property is completely fenced with a large motor court that can accommodate multiple guests as well as a two-car garage for the owner. Upon entering, a dramatic free-standing curved staircase sets the stage for the living areas. With white rooms filled with light and the backdrop of the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, the living room with its two seating areas and pianos hint at musical get togethers. The large eat-in kitchen with island is perfect for preparing large meals for dinner guests in the dining room encircled by glass doors opening to the pool terrace and bay. The comfortable media room walls are decorated with posters from Pesci’s films and because his first job was as a barber, a barber’s chair occupies one corner as a poignant reminder. The upper level, which can also be reached by elevator, contains bedrooms and an office, all with upper terraces and spectacular views. A downstairs party room next to the pool and spa has its own kitchen for entertaining.
Not just a blond bombshell with a great body still ... Suzanne Somers has just completed her latest book, A New Way to Age, that will be in bookstores in January. A prolific author, she has close to 30 published books with 14 of them appearing on the New York Times Best Seller list. Still an energetic spitfire at age 73, she shares her secrets of aging well in her writing. Most recently she has been in the news for looking hot in her nude 73rd-birthday photo and titillating interviews about her and husband Alan Hamel’s sex life. The result of these well-timed interviews will have every middle-aged woman in the country lining up at their local bookstore in January for her latest book!
One secret in tasteful seduction that may or may not be in the new book is how to create a home like the couple’s Palm Springs hideaway where the lines of good design and creativity are artfully blended. Suzanne has masterfully set the scene for social entertaining with a romantic vibe while at the same time creating separate, private venues. Almost every square inch of the couple’s hillside oasis shows Somers’ thoughtful and artful touch. On their 73-acre mountainside there are five buildings to explore with 10,000 square feet of pavilions. French Provincial in style, one houses the master suite, another dining and living room, a separate two-room kitchen and wine cellar and a deeply romantic stone guest house designed in the 1920s by Albert Frey. There is also an outdoor amphitheater carved into the mountain that seats 50 under the stars, has a dance floor, a pool, spa with hiking trails and a natural waterfall that spills down the hillside.
Set into the side of a craggy mountainside above the valley in Mesa Canyon, the couple has combined their love of nature and elegance by bringing out the best in both with their use of contrast. Imagine crystal chandeliers twinkling against natural rock and reclaimed wood . . . rough against smooth, soft against hard . . . all in perfect balance. To add even more intrigue, access is via a private funicular, a golf cart or a hillside of stone steps - but no cars.
Delivering a blend of contemporary sound and theatrics, Adam Lambert’s style has propelled him from an American Idol superstar singer-songwriter into an international celebrity. The house he bought in 2009 that overlooks the Sunset Strip, the same year he appeared on American Idol, reflects his personality along with his penchant for drama. Now traveling the world almost full-time performing in tours and major guest appearances, the Grammy-nominated vocalist has recently put his West Hollywood Hills home on the market for $3.35 million.
Enjoying a view of Los Angeles city lights, the 3,799-square-foot house is surrounded by lush greenery, is very private and has a disappearing glass wall that opens to a large terrace that includes an outdoor living room, fire pit and contemporary free-form pool and spa with various depths for lounging, swimming or sharing a glass of wine in the spa with friends. The master suite has two balconies, a sitting room, a huge dressing room and marble bath with steam shower and soaking tub. Night lighting brings added drama to the pool deck and a party atmosphere. Built in 1947, the three-bedroom, four-bath house has undergone impressive updates over time. In addition to formal and family rooms, there is a chef’s kitchen with Viking appliances and large island, custom wine storage and a separate studio with private entrance.
When Megan Markle, now Duchess of Sussex and a princess of the United Kingdom, first got her acting part in Suits in 2011, she was married to Trevor Engelson and they rented this charming Colonial-style home in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighborhood - a stone’s throw from downtown Hollywood. Though it was necessary for her to live nine months of the year in Toronto while filming, this is where she would return between filming and where she called home until her divorce in 2013. It has recently been put on the market staged in pure Megan style, almost as if she had just stepped out for a quick trip to the grocery. It is now for sale priced at $1.8 million.
Filled with sunlight bouncing off of white walls and bright minimalist decor, the 1924 Colonial measures 2,262-square-feet with four bedrooms, three baths, family room, living room with fireplace and dining area, all on an open plan. The eat-in kitchen is also filled with natural light and white cabinets are covered with marble countertops. The dining room opens onto a patio for entertaining and there is a two-car garage with additional parking.