Alicia Keys buys America’s ‘coolest home’
With sleek, contemporary lines and commanding views over the Pacific Ocean, the Razor House has graced the pages of magazines and websites around the world, in addition to a starring role in Visa Black Card and Calvin Klein television commercials. Designed by Wallace E. Cunningham in La Jolla, Calif., the home was on the market originally at US$45 million, then at US $30 million, reduced to US $24.99 million, with Keys paying US$20.8 million.
Built in 2007, the Razor House extends several stories below the original surface, so each roof forms a terrace to the adjacent upper floor. The centre of the structure is essentially hollowed out creating a perimeter house wrapped around an open courtyard which allows daylight, moonlight and stunning views. The main house has 10,240 sq. ft. of living space, including two master suites, two additional bedrooms, six baths, two steam rooms/showers, gym, roof-top spa and built-in outdoor barbecue. The detached multi-leveled guest house has 1,301 sq. ft. and includes two bedrooms and two baths, each having separate entry points on different levels.
Luxury finishes and special touches include travertine stone floors that run continuously from interior to exterior, solid-walnut flooring in the library and on the family room ceiling and suede-wrapped walls in the primary master suite. The library contains a custom Ralph Lauren glass-and-stainless pool table, while both the main and service kitchens are furnished with Gaggenau, Miele, Subzero and Hoshizaki in multiples to cover large-scale entertaining. A subterranean garage houses four cars and a glass elevator operates all the way to the rooftop-terrace level. Entertainment includes a state-of-the-art theater and a 5,100-cu.-ft.-infinity swimming pool.
One of California’s most picturesque locations on the Pacific Coast, La Jolla has been the home of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, actor Gregory Peck, astronaut Sally Ride, NFL pioneer Paul Brown and actress Raquel Welch.
The Razor House is located near Torrey Pines Golf Course, Del Mar Racetrack and the La Jolla Playhouse.