Celebrities are doing a lot of home shopping lately. Big names in music and television are buying and selling their spectacular Hollywood homes, which is a good sign for luxury home builders and the homebuilding market in general. The technology in these homes tends to be spectacular with marvelous home theaters, walls of cascading water, and the latest and greatest in kitchen appliances.
Luxury home sales in California are at an all-time high, according to second-quarter statistics from real estate information service DataQuick. And Los Angeles’ home sale price record was broken this year when the Fleur de Lys estate sold for $88.3 million, or $102 million if one counts the furnishings and artwork.
We’ve seen sales on these homes and condos skyrocket in Miami Beach, where condos include car elevators in the Porsche Design Tower are selling out a year before the building is scheduled to be complete.
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Apparently Jay Z and Beyoncé are doing very well for themselves. The couple recently toured a 23,000-square-foot spec house in the Trousdale Estates in Beverly Hills selling for a mere $85 million. The eight-bedroom, 15-bath home features four themed bars (including a candy bar), panoramic views of L.A., an 18-seat home theater and a 14-person spa with swimming jets. The home also includes a 54-foot curved glass floor to ceiling door that disappears and allows guests to step down into the infinity pool.
The mirrored, black tile 16-car garage has an elevator floor with turntables that carry cars from the collection into the party room where your luxury vehicles can be on display in a museum-like setting.
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The home features a water cascade wall and a hefty dose of Hollywood masculinity with James Bond, James Dean and Muhammad Ali motifs throughout the house, including a $200,000 sculpture of a giant blue hand grenade and a replica of Dean’s motorcycle.
The home theater has stadium seating, a 14-foot screen, and state of the art sound and projector equipment installed by Via International.
High-end brand names and technology are everywhere in this home: Fendi, Bentley and Louis Vuitton furnishings, Miele and Gaggenau appliances, Julien sinks, KWC faucets, Ralph Lauren lighting, Crestron control systems, and Lutron electronics. Even the lids on the Toto Neorest toilets raise when someone enters a bathroom.
Heath Ledger’s Outdoor Theater
The late Heath Ledger wanted a home theater in his 1951 Hollywood home, but didn’t have enough space indoors to build one, so designer DSI Entertainment Systems (now part of Via) created one on the deck. The Tree House is well known in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon because it’s up on a hill and has a huge amount of outdoor decking.
The 12-foot-wide screen drops into the patio area while the projector, front-channel speakers, and two subwoofers are protected from the elements with teak enclosures. The two-bedroom, two-bath home sits on almost a half-acre of sycamore trees, according to the official listing, and interiors open up to a 2,500-square-foot outdoor living room complete with a screening area, barbecue and lounge spots.
Photos by Michael McCreary, courtesy of the official listing with John Galich of Rodeo Realty.
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Black and white and silver theme stretches throughout Kourtney Kardashian’s 5,400-square-foot house with flashes of color in unusual places (think color-coordinated books in the built-in bookshelves). The kitchen’s state-of-the-art appliances include four dishwashers and a built-in cappuccino machine, which is the latest must-have in luxury homes. The oldest Kardashian sister put the house on sale a few months ago for $3.5 million after buying football star Keyshawn Johnson’s home.