Oh, those clever Dutch! Taking inspiration from their own water-logged terrain, they’ve figured out a way to construct the ultimate in luxury real estate–your own private island, made from scratch. I kid you not. It’s just been announced that Christie’s International Real Estate and a floating development company called Dutch Docklands are collaborating on self-sufficient, eco-friendly, buoyant islands in chic locations all over the world.
The Pasadena mansion where the classic Dynasty cat fight in the lily pond scene was filmed is available for a mere 25 million
There are epic TV scenes, and then there are epic TV scenes.
In the latter category, no one who was cognizant in the ’80s will ever forget the classic Dynasty cat fight in the lily pond scene between Krystal and Alexis. It’s a classic piece of over-the-top drama—some might call it cheese—that will forever stand the test of time.
Edward Norton drives a hard bargain for the famed Lautner beach house in Malibu Colony
Everyone knows that actor Edward Norton has exceptional taste in the roles he choses, but a recent Malibu real estate deal proves that his taste in real estate is also sublime.
The 47-year-old star managed to score an iconic beachfront gem built by renowned architect John Lautner for $11.8 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The home’s been bouncing around the market for years, at prices ranging from $22 million to, more recently, $13.75 million, which means Norton snagged himself a deal.
Kristen Buckingham, wife of Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, has designed the most gorgeous luxury home
by Lisa Johnson Mandell
Calling all followers of rock royalty: Southern California’s Buckingham Palace just hit the market, listed for a king’s ransom at $22.5 million.
But the palatial estate designed by Kristen Buckingham, wife of Fleetwood Mac lead guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, isn’t a castle that’s been passed down for centuries—in fact, the Buckinghams have never lived there — they purchased it as a development project.
The Buckinghams bought the property in Brentwood in 2012 for $5.8 million. They demolished the existing home and built an elegant Georgian-style mansion in its place.
Developer Patrik Mirahmadi bought the Beverly Hills property where a Dean Martin house once stood and built anew, retaining the Rat Pack spirit
by Lisa Johnson Mandell
Here’s a dilemma: How do you maintain a home’s iconic spirit of Rat Pack cool, yet make it attractive to luxury home buyers who demand the latest amenities?
It was quite a challenge, says developer Patrik Mirahmadi. He bought crooner Dean Martin‘s former Beverly Hills, CA, residence in 2014, and spent the past three years getting every little detail just right. The home is finally on the market now for $27.95 million.
David Geffen’s beach house sells for more than any other private residence in Malibu. Can someone tell me why?
I don’t care that David Geffen‘s beach house in Malibu just sold for a record-setting $85 million, I just don’t get the allure of Carbon Beach. I mean, you step three feet out your front door, you’ll get run down by some wanker in a Maserati whizzing down PCH after swilling too much sake at Nobu. Beach traffic on PCH makes accessibility a liability, and all that noise and pollution and can completely ruin a billionaire’s day.
The Marilyn Monroe house in Brentwood is listed for a voluptuous $6.9 million
Yes, it was both her first house and her last house. Glamour goddess Marilyn Monroe purchased the hacienda-style home in the early 1960’s, shortly after her divorce to playwright Arthur Miller, her third husband. It was the first house she bought all on her own, and the last one she ever inhabited. She died of an alleged drug overdose in the master bedroom, only about four months after closing.
Lisa Johnson Mandell says this La La Land real estate video may be the best she’s ever seen — and she’s seen a lot!
Here in L.A., you can’t just snap a few pretty pictures of your home, have your agent post them and then expect your house to be snapped right up. At a minimum, you have to make a video with a slide show and music. If you want to step it up a notch, you can throw some swooping drone to footage in. Some big-budget home sales videos even do a scripted production, hiring actors to tell a provocative tale in the home.
Designer/Developer Scott Gillen has built the area’s priciest property where the Malibu Castle once stood
Those of you who have spent much time in Malibu over the past, oh, I’d say 20 years or so, remember looking up to the hills from the Country Mart and seeing an odd, turreted castle, that seemed like it would be more at home in Disneyland than on California’s cushy coast. Some of you may have even been invited to the swank soirees at what was known as The Malibu Castle.
Go inside the Blake Shelton childhood home and see where an epic country music career began
It’s no wonder Blake Shelton reached musical superstar status—he grew up on Broadway! But not that Broadway. His childhood home in Ada, OK, is located on South Broadway Boulevard, and knowing what we do now about Shelton’s stunning future success, it seems the perfectly named street for a superstar of his stature to get an inspiring start.