Jay Z and Beyoncé Shack Up For the Summer in Malibu Compound

WHO: Jay Z and Beyoncé
LOCATION: Malibu, CA
PRICE: $400,000 per month
SIZE: total of 16,107 square feet with 10 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms

YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Word on the celebrity real estate street is that Jay Z and Beyoncé brought their newly born twins home from the hospital last week not to the swanky estate in L.A.’s hoity-toity Holmby Hills they rented a couple of years ago at a reported rate of $150,000 per month or to a Beverly Hills estate once owned by Madonna where they reportedly holed up during their pregnancy but rather to the so-called La Villa Contenta, an even larger, more lavish and profoundly pricey, 6.3-acre compound in Malibu that rents for a spine tingling and bank account draining $400,000 per month. Should the immensely deep-pocketed couple, who the bean counters at Forbes estimated hauled in more than $107 million in 2016, decide they like La Villa Contenta it’s additionally for sale at $54,50,000, a sky-high price by any standard but almost a third below the rose-tinted $75 million price tag the compound’s owner, real estate developer Richard Weintraub, first asked for the super-luxe spread when it came for sale amid a flurry of international publicity in 2010.

Sequestered behind an imposing gate, a forbiddingly high hedge and abundant mature foliage, the heavily fortified compound, on a high bluff with panoramic coastline views but, alas, no direct beach access, is anchored by a Mediterranean inspired main villa that measures in at around 12,000 square feet with three en suite guest and family bedrooms and a couple of staff bedrooms plus a major league master suite with fireplace, large private terrace, two bathrooms and his-and-her closets.

A long, palm-lined driveway leads to a stone-inlaid circular motor court and monumental, two-story carved limestone entrance that opens to a double height foyer with intricate, hand-laid pietra dura mosaic floor and stone-crafted curved staircase. Opulently furnished with museum quality art and antiques, the decidedly baronial residence includes a massive, maple-paneled step-down living room bookended by matching carved stone fireplaces. French doors open the room to a spacious loggia with sweeping ocean view. The mansion also includes: a massive formal dining room illuminated only by candle light from a pair of 18th century amethyst and rock crystal chandeliers; a library that features a groin vaulted ceiling and a marble fireplace; and an expensively equipped kitchen with 18th century reclaimed stone floor that flows into an adjoining solarium/family room with ocean-view lounge and dining areas. The basement level, accessible by stairs or an elevator, contains a billiards room paneled in pine and bamboo, a climate controlled wine cellar, a fully equipped gym, and a state-of-the-art screening room with barrel-vaulted ceiling and 14-foot screen.

The compound also offers plenty of room for guests, security, household staff and nannies in a self-contained six-bedroom guesthouse/office with polished green Venetian marble walls and a separate one-bedroom guest cottage. There’s also a huge glass and steel greenhouse designed to accommodate thousands of orchids and, easily the compound’s most elaborate and ostentatious folly, a ballroom/natatorium so extravagant it might just as easily be at home at Hearst Castle. The Romanesque-style structure, constructed of carved marble with interior spaces encrusted with more than a million sea shells, sports a glass roof, an onyx fireplace, a Murano glass tiled lap pool, a catering kitchen and a pair of dressing rooms paneled in rare onyx with comfy lounge areas and steam showers. The sprawling, meticulously groomed grounds, which surely require at least a couple of full-time gardeners to maintain, offer myriad outdoor amusements and activities with extensive formal gardens, vast sweeps of rolling lawns, an infinity-edged outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court with viewing platform.

The uni-named international superstars, frequently rumored and reported over the last few years to be on an exhaustive hunt to purchase a knock-your-socks-off trophy estate in Los Angeles with a budget of up to $75 million, still maintain a residential foothold in New York City where they keep an 8,309-square-foot duplex condo in Tribeca Jay Z scooped up in 2004 for $6.85 million and where the couple were married in 2008.

listing photos: Coldwell Banker

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    1. Karen says:

      Using the phrase “shacking up” in your headline seems quite odd. After all, the article is about a happily married couple bringing their newborn children home from the hospital? Even if you’re referencing them moving, the term seems gratuitous at best, and racist at worse. It’s offensive and implies something untoward and I’m sure your publication wouldn’t have used that phrase if the couple weren’t African American.

      • Karen says:

        Don’t send me links to of headlines of white couples “shacking up” if they aren’t married and are actually shacking up. By the virtue of Beyonce and Jay Z being married they cannot be “shacking up”. So why describe them in this way?

        • blacknbi says:

          You must not have been coming here for very long. The writer throws terms such as “shacking up” at most couples, regardless of color, race, religion or sexual orientation.

    2. Me says:

      Mark, didnt you say they were under contract (multiple times). Who cares what they rent? Boring

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