Jay-Z and Beyonce House Hunting Hints — five perfect places for the superstar couple and their expanding flock to nest. Which would you pick?
Editor’s note:Apparently they ignored my suggestions. Get the details of where they finally settled here.
Now that the word is out that the Jay-Z and Beyonce house hunting rumors are for real, (they’ve only rented up to this point), of course I’m going to speculate about where they’ll end up, house hound that I am. So when Realtor.com asks me to select five likely candidates, I jumped at the chance.
Jay-Z and Beyonce house hunting rumors
There has been talk of the A-list couple settling down here for years. In 2014 they were reported to be interested in a modern spec home built by Bruce Makowsky, but Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson posted the highest bid, at $70 million.
There’s also the gorgeous Beverly Hills mansionTom Ford supposedly beat them out on, bidding $50 million against their $49 million. Since then, they have rented a few mansions in the area, including the one featured on an episode of Ray Donovan.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted on where the Jay-Z and Beyonce house hunting finally ends, but in the meantime, which of these homes do you think would be best for them?
J-Lo’s $12.5 million compound
Since they were willing to go as high as $49 million for Ford’s place, the compoundJennifer Lopez has had on the market for over a year now would be a screaming deal.
It’s spacious, with nine bedrooms and 12 baths in 17,129 square feet on a 1.53-acre lot, and it comes performer-preferred features like a professionalentertainment wing, complete with a state-of-the-art recording studio, dance studio, dressing room, 20-seat theater, lounge with full-service bar, and massage salon.
They could record hit albums, choreograph and rehearse videos, shoot ’em, throw a wrap party, and get a massage afterward, all without having to leave home. Think of the money they’d save!
The only problem with this property is that it’s located in a gated community just a stone’s throw away from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Given the couples’ troubled history of late, it might be a little too close for comfort.
Bruce Makowsky’s $250 million spec home
If they want to make a real statement, the couple could turn to the priciest residential listing in the country. The megamansion is totally turnkey—everything from the furnishings to the cars in the garage is included in the price. Plus, it’s built by the same developer who built the home that Notch, the Minecraft creator, bought out from under them.
Although there’s no recording studio (yet), there are plenty more entertainment options, including a four-lane bowling alley and lounge, a 40-seat 4K Dolby Atmos theater, an outdoor hydraulic pop-up theater, and two fully stocked wine cellars.
There’s also plenty of space: The 38,000-square-foot home has two master suites, 10 oversize guest suites, 21 bathrooms, three kitchens, five bars, a massage studio and spa, and a gym. There’s also 17,000 square feet of outdoor decks for entertaining. However, this much space might be a drawback. Imagine trying to keep track of your babies in a place this big.
Hacienda de la Paz, $48 million
If it’s privacy they want, it’s privacy they’ll get at Hacienda de la Paz, where you have to pass through not one, but two security gates just to get to the front door.
Once you’ve been granted access, you’ll find yourself in an Andalusian wonderland with 20,000 square feet of living space on the main level, and 31,000 square feet of luxury extras built into the ground below. How’s that for security? There’s also a giant ballroom and a 10,000-square-foot hammam spa. Think of the baby showers Beyoncé could host there!
There’s also plenty of space for staff and hangers-on, with a gorgeous guesthouse and a plaza surrounded by guest suites. And while there’s no recording studio, there’s an entire floor of offices underground that could easily be converted to offer unparalleled acoustics.
With indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, potential horse riding facilities, and spectacular views of the ocean, this is the ideal place to grow up. Located on the Palos Verdes peninsula, it’s far from the crowds and paparazzi roaming the streets of Beverly Hills, yet close to the airport and the beach. And at $48 million, it’s right in their price range.
Music legend Ron Fair’s $13,995,000 estate
I like this one best of all for the mercurial couple. It’s just the answer to the Jay-Z and Beyonce house hunting dilemma.
“It was home to Ron Fair (legendary record producer and executive), who recorded numerous top 10 artists in the guesthouse, which was converted into a recording studio. His wife, Stefanie Ridel, also used a guesthouse, which was converted into a broadcast studio in support of her show, ‘There Goes the Motherhood,’” says listing agent Billy Rose, president and co-founder of The Agency. “The lot has incredible grounds and a spectacular playground.”
Artists including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Pink, and Fergie have all worked with Fair, and their musical legacy surrounds this five-structure compound.
Beyond the music, the home has three large-scale living rooms, a massive dining room, two kitchens, a mixologist’s dream bar, and an outrageous master suite with his-and-her baths and closets. Location is a plus as well—it’s conveniently close to Brentwood Village and some of the best private schools in Los Angeles.
Hey, forget Beyonce and Jay-Z, when we hit the jackpot, I want this place. It’s just what Jim needs for his new album, Cereal Atomic.
Villa Bosphorus, $8,950,000
For some reason, this elegant estate is attractive to the superstars of the music industry—and I wouldn’t be surprised if Beyoncé and Jay Z have already done a walk-through. It oozes good taste and makes quite the statement about those who live there.
For starters, it’s located in the hills of Bel Air, CA, where privacy is paramount. “Bel Air is very rustic with a relaxed country atmosphere,” says listing agent Christophe Choo of Coldwell Banker Previews.
“Unless you live in the area, no one comes up here,” he adds, making it ideal for high-profile celebs.
The location has another perk for music industry types: “The proximity to the Hotel Bel Air is a big plus as many music industry people love to have lunch, dinners, and drinks at the Hotel Bel Air,” says Choo.
The mansion has plenty of amenities both indoors and out, including two family rooms (one for kids, the other for adults). The manicured grounds include hiking trails, a pool, and a terraced backyard.
With Villa Bosphorus priced at less than $9 million, it’s the most reasonable of the lot, and there will be plenty of cash left over for the exorbitant tuition they’ll be charged for the chic private schools in the area.
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Lisa Johnson Mandell
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.
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