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Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ 1930s Country Home
Academy Award-winning Hollywood power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones—who have been married since 2000—are looking to unload their 1930s country house for $8.1 million, having originally purchased it for $5 million back in 2010.
Poised an hour away from New York City by car, the white, painted brick colonial sits on 5.7 acres at the end of a long driveway. Accompanied by a horse farm and boasting breathtaking pastoral views, the residence is approximately 6,600-square-feet with six bedrooms, six baths, an extra-large center hallway entry, a family room, a music room, and an office. Most of the home recently underwent renovation; updates included the additions of a master closet suite, a guesthouse with a gym and sauna, and a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen. The lavish celebrity estate is surrounded by flower gardens, ivy, and large old trees, and has numerous patios, a pool, and a greenhouse.
Buckminster Fuller’s Historic Dome
Previously owned by Buckminster Fuller—one of the most prominent inventors, architects, and urban planners of all time, and the father of the “green” movement—this dome home in Carbondale, Illinois was built in just seven hours in 1960.
Fuller, who was most known for his architecture and for being an early advocate of dome homes— lived in the dome-shaped house for over 10 years alongside his wife, Anne. He was awarded the first U.S. patent for the innovative and peculiar-looking structures, which he asserted are sturdy, economical, and efficient. Designed to provide great air circulation with their wide-open layouts, they are also not as sensitive to extreme temperatures and winds as traditional buildings are. Though many people appreciated the notion of an inexpensive, easy-to-construct house, mass production of the oddball abodes never came to be, since Fuller failed to secure enough startup money. The Fuller Dome Home Organization recently finished phase one of the restoration of the Carbondale dome home; however, it needs to raise about $100,000 to fully complete the unique dwelling.
Pavarotti’s NYC Home Costs More than a Song
Late Luciano Pavarotti‘s $474 million real estate portfolio was comprised of several residential properties, including a villa in Pesaro, Italy, an apartment in Monte Carlo, and numerous pads in New York, one of which is currently on the market for $13.7 million.
The Hampshire House—a 1931 co-op nestled in a pre-war building overlooking Central Park—was the legendary opera singer’s favorite New York City residence, and the site of many fun gatherings with fellow musicians and singers such as Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Sting and Jovanotti. Boasting 10.5-foot beamed ceilings, oak herringbone floors, and updated kitchen appliances, the 2,000-square-foot apartment houses two en suite bedrooms (including a master that had a windowed dressing room) and two baths.
John Lautner’s 1957 Silvertop Home
Sporting a domed roof and a cantilevered concrete driveway, this 4,721-square-foot home known as “Silvertop” was designed by futuristic, tech-inspired architect John Lautner.
Now on the market for the first time in 40 years, the unique residence sits on an acre of hilltop and features three bedrooms and four baths. Blessed with panoramic views of the Pacific and Los Angeles, the property—priced at $7.5 million—touts floor-to-ceiling windows, electric skylights, an office, a library, a guesthouse equipped with a darkroom, a swimming pool, a tennis court, and several patios.
Key Biscayne’s Mashta Point
Created by John Matheson in 1917, Mashta House was built to serve as a party house, and was the site of many fabulous bashes attended by society’s elite back in the Roaring Twenties, including the Carnegies, Mellons, and Vanderbilts. The original structure was eventually torn down in the 1950s, however, and it wasn’t until 1991 that another lavish home was erected on the lot.
Now up for grabs for $60 million, the “new” Mashta House is situated on a private and gated 1.63-acre peninsula. The 11,588-square-foot, five-story abode consists of six bedrooms, eight baths, and an elevator, plus an attached garage and a swimming pool.
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