Your Mama recently had a long and informative kiki with Platinum Triangle real estate mover and shaker Peter Propertyseller who, along with a couple other celebrity real estate nougats to come, casually tattled that amid and despite the oft-reported rumors about of the demise of their six year marriage, still betrothed pop-music superstars Jay-Z and Beyoncé briefly and quietly leased an über-modern mansion in the northern section of L.A.’s bifurcated and decidedly tony Holmby Hills ‘hood.
According to Peter Propertyseller Jay and Bey rented the property in question for about month — probably over the summer between the end of their solo concert tours and the start of their combination On The Run tour, which ended its sold out stadium dates last week in Paris — and word on the Platinum Triangle real estate street is the prodigiously successful, entourage trailing couple coughed up somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000 for their month-ish long residency.
The house, a muscularly boxy and obviously meant-to-be-impressive, spec-built manse was brought into being by the luxury-minded Milan-based developers at Estate 4. It sits on 1.32 acres with mountain and sky but apparently not city views and measures in at about 16,000 square feet spread out over three, elevator-equipped and glass-walled floors. The property has been listed on the open market at $45 million since May (2014) and, as two of the three listing agents are the show’s newest cast members, has been much discussed and prominently featured on the current season of “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.”
Digital marketing materials show a gated and unconventionally shaped motor court with an arguably wonky front-facing four-car garage and a remarkably unassuming front door set a handful of steps below the level of the motor court under a 20-foot high canopy. Listing details go on to tout a 75-foot long central gallery, two libraries/studies and three living rooms, one with 20-foot ceiling and another with 14-foot ceiling. There’s a formal dining room, natch, plus a sleek eat-in kitchen and separate catering kitchen for large gatherings. Like all newly built mansions with $45 million price tags are nowadays obliged, the residence is equipped with a wine cellar, a fitness room — because the superrich increasingly prefer not to sweat from exercise in the company of other people — a professional grade home theater, and state-of-the-art audio-visual and security systems with an iPad interface.
There are seven bedroom suites, as per digital marketing materials, including an extensive master complex complete with an over-sized bedroom, a pair of offices, a spacious main bathroom and additional half bathroom, three walk-in closets and a roomy private terrace that overlooks the pool and tennis court.
There are 6,500 square feet of multi-tiered terraces and outdoor living spaces that include an outdoor kitchen and, off the main living room, a not particularly intimate lounge area under a 20-foot high overhang. There’s a bit of grass here and there, a somewhat small looking infinity edge pool with integrated spa and, set well below the house where it’s accessible by way of a glute-punishing concrete stairway, there’s a lighted, synthetic grass tennis court.
The entertainment industry power players — who don’t appear to be headed for the court of divorce despite the incessant tongue wagging to the contrary — maintain a relatively picayune property portfolio for people with their financial resources. There are those who say Beyoncé owns an apartment at One Beacon Court in Midtown Manhattan where her momma apparently lives but as far as Your Mama knows the only home the couple currently own and occupy is in TriBeCa where they shack up in an 8,309-square-foot penthouse in TriBeCa purchased by Mister Z in September 2004 for $6,850,000. (Realty television star turned booze baron Bethenny Frankel also owns a good-sized spread in the building.)
This property gossip can’t vouch for its veracity but in the spring there was at least one report Mister and Missus Z were in the market for a £5.5 million townhouse in London and in July the Beyoncé was reported to have had a solo look-see at a $21 million spread in New York’s Chelsea nabe where speculation ran rampant she might want to shack up if she and Mister Z parted ways. Coincidentally, Your Mama heard through the celebrity real estate gossip grapevine just this morning that Beyoncé might like to own a home of her own in Los Angeles. Rumor and gossip, kiddos, just some good, old-fashioned celebrity real estate rumor and gossip. Certainly stranger things have certainly happened but given their long-standing predilection for leasing high octane properties and yachts rather than purchasing them — Remember last summer they dropped nearly half a million for a rental in the Hamptons ? — we’re not holding our breath on this one.
Listing photos: The Agency