With 15 Grammys, millions of albums sold, and a roster of number-one hits, Alicia Keys embodies the title of her fifth album and hit single, Girl on Fire. And what does an artist do when she has a sizzling career? Find herself an equally hot piece of real estate to match, it seems.
That’s at least what Keys did recently when she scooped up an architectural icon (and serious head-turner!) perched along the buffs of La Jolla, California. Built in 2007, the aptly named Razor House was designed by famed architect Wallace E. Cunningham to perfectly encapsulate the natural beauty of its rugged cliffside setting. A modern mélange of concrete, steel, and glass, the home’s striking façade and breathtaking location have earned it starring roles in numerous magazine spreads and television commercials, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.
And the home’s smoldering good looks are only part of its allure. Standing at a stately 10,000 square feet, the oceanfront escape provides plenty of space for Keys, along with husband/rapper Swizz Beatz and their two sons, to spread out and relax. Three stories descend down onto to the rocky cliffside, with triple-decker terraces offering multiple spots for relishing in Southern California’s year-round perfect weather.
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On the second level, living spaces enveloped in glass surround a spacious interior courtyard with lounge chairs and a fire pit, giving the open-air hangout a buffer from the wind without sacrificing views. Connected to the courtyard, a stunning infinity pool backs directly up into the hillside’s native California foliage.
While living here is all about showcasing the site’s outer assets, the interiors certainly leave nothing for want. Spread out within the home’s 10,000 square feet are two master suites, two additional bedrooms, six baths, a main kitchen and service kitchen with top-of-the-line-appliances, a library with a custom Ralph Lauren glass-and-stainless pool table, two steam rooms, and a gym. Interiors are also clad in luxury, including travertine stone floors (indoors and out), solid walnut floors in the library, and suede-wrapped walls in the main master suite.
We think it’s pretty clear-as-glass why Keys fell in love with this mod masterpiece, don’t you? According to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, both the Razor House’s seller and Keys—who scored the home for a cool $20.8 million, significantly less than the original $45 million asking price—were represented by the Altman Brothers team at Douglas Elliman. See more photos of this contemporary California home below: