OWNER: Lenny Kravitz
LOCATION: Paris, France
SIZE: 1,500 square meters, 7 bedrooms
PRICE: £175,000 per month
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Thanks to the eagle eyes of and a kind communiqué from a European snitch we’ll call Monsieur Propriétépeeper, it’s come to Your Mama’s attention that charismatic and sartorially flamboyant musician and interior designer Lenny Kravitz has his sumptuous and seductively decorated hôtel particulier in Paris’ über-posh 16th arrondisement listed for lease at long-term rate of €175,000 per month, an amount a few quick clicks and clacks on Your Mama’s handy-dandy and hard-working bejeweled abacus shows converts at today’s rates to an astonishing $195,881. (The property can also be rented for as little as a month at a time, per listing details, for the elephantine price of €225,000, or $251,847.)
Listing details show the unapologetically palatial, four-story residence, discreetly stationed at the tail end of a quiet cul-de-sac that backs up to a public park, was originally built in the 1920s and given a soup-to-nuts restoration in 2008. The residence spans a generous 1,500 square meters — that’s 16,145 square feet for all us Americans not familiar with the metric system — and includes a soigné foyer, a spacious living room with garden access plus two additional sitting rooms, a total of four kitchens, two laundry rooms and seven en suite bedrooms. Listing details go on to show the mansion, which is offered fully furnished and with housecleaning services, is equipped with an elevator that stops at all floors, forced heating and cooling systems, several closets on each level and up-to-date communications and security systems.
Digital rental listings don’t currently include images of the dynamic Kravitiz-designed interior spaces — they are, apparently, upon request only — but the opulent mansion has been photographed for publication several times, including for the October 2010 issue of the French version of Architectural Digest and the downright delicious 2011 coffee table tome “Parisian Interiors.” Images from those publications reveal Mister Kravitz daringly — and some of the children will surely say unwisely — juxtaposed original architectural details such as extensive wall tracery and a marble staircase with curlicue wrought iron railing with an enviable trove of top-flight artworks by name-brand artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Walker Evans. The modern art — much of it hung in gilded frames — is joined by a museum-worthy collection of important contemporary furnishings that include a suite of white leather Ligne Roset’s iconic Togo sofas, numerous and crazy good pieces by German-born designer Karl Springer, a rare gilded Hand Foot Chair in the master bathroom by sublime Mexican designer and artist Pedro Friedeberg and, on an upper floor stair landing, a one-of-a-kind “Monster” console by superstar 1970s American designer Paul Evans that Your Mama would eat a Mercedes to own and can easily imagine cost Mister Kravitz more than a New York State minimum wage worker earns in an entire year. Add to all high-impact glamor an extravaganza of splashy and decoratively idiosyncratic bits and bobs that include a slew of spectacular Baccarat, Venini and Swarovski chandeliers, several zebra-upholstered foot stools, a pair of massive elephant tusks that stand sentry on either send of the fireplace in the main salon and a zesty plexiglass grand piano in the double-height stair hall and you have a sample of the swank and decadent sort of day-core Mister Kravitz and his eponymous, New York City-based design firm have come to be known. (Besides his own homes and a variety of other projects, Mister Kravitz’s New York City-based design firm did up a couple of penthouse suites at the SLS South Beach in Miami Beach, the set for the defunct Queen Latifah talk show and the already redecorated and rebranded Florida Room at the Delano Hotel, also in South Beach.)
To be perfectly frank and although we assume he does, we’re not sure if the four-time Grammy winner, occasional actor (“The Hunger Games,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and officer of France’s prestigious Ordre de Arts et des Lettres maintains a Stateside residence anymore, but as far as we know, he still owns a 1,000-acre off-the-grid organic farm several hours outside Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro and a 50-acre-plus spread on the remote and expensive Bahamian island of Eleuthera, where he has a recording studio and a restored Airstream trailer on the beach.
Over the many years as our celebrity property gossip, Mister Kravitz has owned a number of sleekly styled residences in the U.S. including a mansion on Miami’s Sunset Islands and another super-louche spread on Miami’s Biscayne Point that he sold in 2009 for $2.45 million and, as it turns out, is currently back up for sale at $7.995 million. Over the summer of 2012, the showbiz scion — his mother is late actress Roxie Roker of “The Jeffersons” fame — sold a decoratively sexed up Creole cottage in New Orleans’ French Quarter for $655,000, and in early 2010, after a five long years on and off the market, he finally unloaded a custom-outfitted duplex penthouse in Manhattan’s SoHo for $12.75 million to Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.