Above: Beautiful Santa Monica, Southern California Homes: Inside Supermodel & Famous Fashion Model Alessandra Ambrosio’s Santa Monica Home.
In this episode of ‘Open Door’, Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio gives a tour of her home. The retired Victoria’s Secret Angel shows her photography collection (including ‘class’ pics from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show), classic rock music room, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room, the zipline and patio area in the backyard, bathroom, and her line of Hats for Every Occasion appropriately called Ale by Alessandra.
Above: Inside Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s Brentwood Los Angeles Home | Beautiful Mansions In Brentwood Los Angeles, Southern California.
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s family home in Los Angeles is far removed from the bright lights of the runway and gridiron. The star Patriots quarterback and Brazilian model built this house as a sanctuary for their family.
Prior to their marriage in 2009, they discovered an open lot with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean near the house they were renting. They immediately knew the patch of land would one day be home.
The couple has a three-year-old son, Benjamin, and a baby daughter, Vivian Lake, along with six-year-old John, Brady’s son from his previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.
The pair engaged architect Richard Landry and one of his frequent collaborators, interior designer Joan Behnke.
Bündchen is a global ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, and the couple is acutely aware of issues related to the conservation of natural resources. One of their primary imperatives when building their home was to use as many recycled components as possible and to implement energy and water systems that would ameliorate the family’s impact on the land. In addition to composting, gray-water technology for irrigation, and environmentally friendly construction materials, the pair installed two substantial arrays of photovoltaic solar panels (one next to the garden, the other on the roof of the house) that would meet all of the property’s electricity needs.
Incorporating those priorities into the design plan, Landry conceived an elegant interpretation of old-world European architecture—think French château via the Pacific Coast Highway—deftly attuned to the needs of contemporary life. The six-bedroom, nearly 14,000-square-foot house is constructed of different types of limestone, all acid-washed for patina and texture, with a traditional mansard roof of Vermont gray slate with zinc gutters and flashing. A winding driveway leads over a pond to a motor court paved in reclaimed cobblestones and then to a stone bridge spanning a koi-stocked moat that’s picturesque but not pompous.
When it came to the interiors, Behnke punched up the restrained, sophisticated atmosphere with eye-catching light fixtures that include a confection of dripping silver mesh in the entry, gilded sconces by Hervé Van der Straeten in the great room, and an antique crystal chandelier in Bündchen’s dressing room that the model and designer purchased together in Paris. The color scheme throughout, playing off the building materials, is decidedly neutral, with occasional accents of green and blue. And the furnishings are unpretentious pieces made with fine natural materials such as Belgian linen, old leather, silk, and velvet.
A loggia features a chandelier and sconces by Gregorius | Pineo and Restoration Hardware wicker sofas and chairs cushioned in a Clarence House fabric; the reclaimed-oak ceiling beams and antique limestone mantel are from Koen Van Loo of EA2.
Part of that quest entailed the use of reclaimed ceiling beams and floorboards, salvaged ceramic tile, brick, and bluestone, and antique wood doors and marble fireplace surrounds. For Brady and Bündchen these were aesthetic choices that aligned with their commitment to reuse. Much of the repurposed material was supplied by Belgian dealer Koen Van Loo, a friend of the couple’s who sells vintage architectural details and building components.
If the moat and bridge set the romantic tone of a European country estate, the ingenious swimming pool at the rear of the house adds another layer to the transporting fantasy. Offering dreamy vistas of the Pacific dissolving into the distance, the pool is laid out with two straight sides and one long, sinuous edge that helps give the impression of a natural lake, particularly in early-morning and late-afternoon light. A deck made of reclaimed-oak planks projects into the water to buttress the illusion.
Idyllic as that outdoor space is, Bündchen’s favorite spot is the garden—planted into a terraced hill off the side of the house—which supplies a cornucopia of apples, peaches, plums, guava, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes, plus kale and other greens. There’s also a chicken coop filled with hens busy laying eggs. For Bündchen the microfarm is another aspect of living mindfully.
Above: Inside Supermodel & Famous Fashion Model Cara Delevingne’s Jungle Themed Los Angeles Home.
Cara and Poppy Delevingne take us on a tour of their jungle themed Los Angeles home in southern California. Their vibrant house features a custom nautical bar fitted with a beer tap, a silver and copper toilet and a vintage Playboy pinball machine.
For the stylish sisters, living large in Los Angeles means keeping it all in the family and like a fairy tale: two gorgeous sisters from London, both high profile models and actresses descended from British aristocracy, decide to set up house together in sunny Los Angeles southern California; they decorate their alluring stateside hideaway home with a Playboy pinball machine, a nautical bar straight out of Gilligan’s Island, and a stripper pole; margaritas flow freely; high jinks ensue. That, in a nutshell, is the story of Poppy and Cara Delevingne’s intoxicating California home, which much like the sisters themselves, offers an object lesson in idiosyncratic personal style leavened with sauciness and humor.
“L.A. can be a lonely place. You really have to make an effort to reach out to people. Since one of us was always coming here for one reason or another, being with family just made sense,” Cara Delevingne says of the unconventional sororal living situation. “This was the chance to build our dream sister house. Miraculously, we’re still talking,” Poppy Delevingne adds, presumably including her husband, British aviation executive James Cook.
“The fact that they share a house at this point in their lives is incredibly telling. They really are best buds,” observes architect Nicolò Bini of L.A.–based Line Architecture, who worked closely with the Delevingnes to bring their L.A. fantasy to life. The setting for the sisters’ family frolic is a gracious but unpretentious 1950’s dwelling, centrally located yet discreetly tucked away on a quiet street, and conveniently outfitted with a pair of master suites on different floors and with two separate entrances. “I wanted to create a true L.A. moment for them, with nods to California midcentury modern, Laurel Canyon bohemia, Beverly Hills swank, surfing culture, and a little Mexico,” Bini continues. “Then we tied all that in with Cara and Poppy’s Englishness to give the house another layer of Delevingne charm.”
Above: The World’s Biggest Real Estate Bubbles In 2019.
The World’s Biggest Real Estate Bubbles In 2019
With the current stock market bull run reaching nearly 10 years in length, it’s understandable that many investors are nervous about the end of the party coming sooner than later. However, as UBS notes in its latest report, there is also growing concern about another prominent bubble that has been in the works since the aftermath of the financial crisis.
Large amounts of easy money have fueled real estate bubbles in the world’s major cities, and the Swiss investment bank UBS now sees the property markets in six global cities as being at risk.
Hong Kong tops the “Real Estate Bubble” index this year. Any city with a score over 1.5 is considered at “Bubble Risk”, and right now those include two cities from Canada (Vancouver and Toronto), one from Asia (Hong Kong), and three from Europe (Amsterdam, London, and Munich in Germany). It is also very important to note that there are four cities that score just under the 1.5 real estate bubble threshold: Stockholm, Paris, San Francisco in California, and Frankfurt in Germany.
Above: The Most Expensive Real Estate In The United States: San Francisco Or New York?
Whether it is a real estate housing bubble or not, many real estate investors agree that San Francisco’s housing situation is still a crisis. In the San Francisco Bay Area, approximately 60% of all rental units are in rental controlled buildings, and the median single family house price is an incredible $1.7 million United States Dollars.
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