Latest Homes of the Rich and Famous

Ivana Trump’s Palm Beach Mansion!
The Trumps have always had a penchant for Palm Beach society; first Donald with his purchase of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s 1924 Mar-a-Lago, which he promptly turned into a resort, and ex-wife Ivana, who since 1994, has been a full time resident only a half-mile north on Ocean Boulevard in an Addison Mizner designed mansion . Both Trumps seem to have a preference for the 1920’s romantic old world Spanish Revival Moorish style of architecture.

Ivana Trump has recently placed Concha Marina, her oceanfront Palm Beach mansion, on the market. Ivana purchased the estate for $4.4 million in 1994, two years after her divorce from Donald became final. It has been her primary residence since that time, but in an interview between her spokesperson and the “Palm Beach Daily News,” she said it is time to downsize now that her children are grown, though she intends to stay in Palm Beach for now.

In 1918, Addison Mizner moved from New York City to Florida for his health and quickly became the most popular architect of the 1920’s uber wealthy of Palm Beach. Taking into account the humid sultry days in South Florida, he designed homes in the Spanish-Moorish style that emphasizes cross-ventilation and kitchens in wings away from the living areas. There were open, shady loggias and courtyards with decorative columns supporting arches and red barrel tile roofs. He used French doors and casement windows to capture every breeze. In time, he opened his own company, Mizner Industries, in West Palm Beach to manufacture his own building materials and furniture.

Today, many of the Palm Beach homes he designed have become landmark properties, such as Concha Marina. One of his most beloved buildings is the Everglades Club which has been in continuous use since it was built in 1918. Concha Marina was a house that Addison Mizner designed for himself, though sold a year after its completion to George and Isabel Dodge Sloane. Isabel was the daughter of John F. Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Company, and George was a wealthy stockbroker.

The original home was rather small by Palm Beach standards but was seamlessly added onto twice by the celebrity architects who followed, accounting for its current 14,406 square feet. The nine-bedroom, thirteen-bath house sits on three-quarters of an acre and has many of its original details intact. A rare special feature is the underground tunnel linking the main lot to its beachfront parcel. The courtyard has a lotus-shaped swimming pool and the four-car garage has an upstairs apartment. For more information.

Ivana Trump’s oceanfront Mizner-designed Palm Beach estate is now for sale at $18.9 million.

Photos courtesy of Fanjul Real Estate
Pharrell Williams Miami Penthouse!

Real life action figure Pharrell Williams never seems to slow down. He has been a virtual whirlwind of activity since his career start in 1992 when he formed a production company, The Neptunes, with his childhood friend, Chad Hugo, to promote and sell the work of hip-hop, R&B and pop artists. Now at age 40 and having followed his dream, Williams has an estimated net worth of $80 million and he’s still gaining speed with multiple projects in various stages of completion. His creative energy spans singing, songwriting, record production, fashion designing and even designing furniture.

All other awards aside, in 2014 alone, Pharrell Williams won four Grammys, out of eight nominations. He won the Grammy for Producer of the Year, Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Group Performance.

Known for the hats he wears, he just auctioned his big Oscar hat to raise money for his charity, From One Hand to Another, an organization that Pharrell founded to benefit underserved children – starting in his own community. Arby’s Restaurants won the bid at $44,100.

The Brickell Avenue penthouse he just put on the market is a testament to Williams’ talent in design. Located 40 stories above Biscayne Bay atop Bristol Tower, the 10,000-square-foot penthouse has five bedrooms, seven bathrooms and an additional 5,000 square feet of terraces with its own rooftop swimming pool and a second level summer kitchen. He purchased the condo in 2007 for $12.525 million, then transformed it into a mogul palace with his art and furniture collection. Views of 360 degrees take in Biscayne Bay, ocean, Key Biscayne and Miami. The terrace is the perfect place to put your feet up with a cocktail and watch the parade of cruise ships Friday evenings as they head past Key Biscayne to their island ports of call. For more information.
Grammy winning, Academy Award nominated Pharrell Williams’s Miami penthouse is now listed at $10.999 million.
DiCaprio Buys Dinah’s Palm Springs Contemporary!

When we hear Dinah Shore’s name, an old ad jingle always seems to come to mind. “See the USA in your Chevrolet, America is Asking You to Call. . .” Dinah’s 1950/60’s Chevy jingle and her 44 million TV viewers most likely paid for the home that DiCaprio can now call his own. Leonardo just bought the stylish Palm Springs home that was designed by Palm Springs architect, Donald Wexler, and built for Dinah in 1964.

The home is timeless desert architecture with clean lines and glass walls opening out to the private walled grounds. The sellers had undertaken extensive renovations, bringing in modern upgrades while respecting the fine bones of the design. Inside the enclosed, gated 1.34 acre compound are the 7,000-square-foot main house with six bedrooms and eight baths, pool, spa and guest house. There is also a tennis court with glass pavilion.

DiCaprio recently sold his Malibu beach house for $17 million and also finished his latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street” last year. His new Palm Springs vacation home will be a fine place to unwind until his next film. Of course if he gets bored with Palm Springs he can always try out one of his New York homes, his other Malibu home or his main home in Los Angeles for a change of scene.

Leonardo DiCaprio just bought Dinah Shore’s contemporary Palm Springs home for $5.495 million.

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