Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living, Malibu-based architect, Douglas W. Burdge, designed a haven that reflects the serenity of the surrounding oceanfront. While remodeling the 1970s seaside estate, Burdge honored the home’s original modern frame while adding contemporary features. Warm, organic materials are represented throughout the home’s interior. The result is a living space that feels comfortable, communal, and timeless.
Located on just over an acre of land adjacent to Malibu’s Point Dume State Beach, this property is currently on the market with a listing price of $27 million. The expansive compound takes up 10,000 square feet with seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms, including a guesthouse. Burdge also incorporated elements that would take advantage of the scenic location, including a new swimming pool and spa, trellised terraces, and an outdoor kitchen.
Matthew McConaughey and Brooke Burke are just a couple of Burdge’s celebrity clients. His award-winning firm, Burdge & Associates Architects, Inc., is known for an array of architectural styles including rustic-modern and cutting-edge contemporary among others. Keeping in step with creating beautiful homes that mirror their natural environment, the firm uses sustainable materials and methods whenever possible to create responsible, LEED-certified green designs for all of its projects.
Take a look at the slideshow to tour the entire Birdview House in all of its renovated glory.
Photos courtesy of Manolo Langis
For the friend who enjoys the finer things in life, hone in on small but well-crafted accessories. These are the gifts that make every day life feel just a little more luxurious. Keeping an eye out for vintage items is also a safe bet for the girl who seems to have everything.
This set of Three Bamboo Pens ($15, second row, right) add a touch of chinoiserie chic to a nightstand or desk. A symbol historically associated with the French monarchy, a trio of Fleur-de-Lis Hooks ($39, middle row, left) feels downright regal whether they're holding a coat or your favorite necklaces. This Cire Trudon Room Spray ($142, bottom row, right) engages the eyes just as much as the nose. Squeeze the antique-style atomizer and you'll bring the outdoors in with notes of green leaves, eucalyptus, orange, fir's bark and cedar. My favorite is the Set of Four Brazilian Green Agate Coasters ($65, center). The organic shape and varying hues of emerald and sea foam green look like pieces of jewelry for your furniture.
Shop the rest of my choices by clicking on each image. Happy gifting!
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
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Everyone has their vices, and I think it's safe to say that one of Jennifer Aniston's is real estate. After selling her Beverly Hills estate last Spring for a reported $37 to $38 million, the actress and her beau Justin Theroux, leased a house just above LA's Sunset Strip before looking East for a more permanent love nest.
A building in New York's West Village beckoned, and after dropping $5 million on two apartments for a duplex penthouse conversion, it looks like Jennifer Aniston's real estate itch is getting the best of her, again.
This weekend, Jennifer allegedly set her sights on an apartment in New York's historic Gramercy Park. Aside from having serious style cred — the building was developed by boutique hotelier and property developer Ian Schrager and was designed by minimalist architect John Pawson — the building also offers a list of red carpet-worthy services. Amenities include room service, housekeeping, valet parking with car wash services, event planning and butler services, personal shopping and delivery services, and of course, membership to the hotel spa and David Barton gym. The asking price for the new 2,873-square-foot apartment is a whopping $8.7 million (which doesn't include the $11,000 monthly maintenance charges), and includes three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
For a history of Jen's house hopping habits, check out this gallery of the star's past, present and future homes.
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When people hear the phrase "green home," it's common to envision a funky-looking house that uses bizarre materials, a geodesic dome, or other out-of-the-ordinary structure. But the simple truth is that green homes get their eco credentials by using smart materials that most people never see — materials like insulation, double- or triple-paned windows, and other less-than-glamorous materials all create the green, energy-efficient home.
Toward that end, Build It Green, California’s leading expert on residential green building has persevered in helping homeowners make their homes more eco-friendly and efficient through its GreenPoint Rated system. To celebrate the completion of 10,000 GreenPoint Rated homes in California by the end of 2011, Build It Green is hosting a private tour of one of the Bay Area’s GreenPoint Rated homes. Last week, I stopped by the home, a lovely renovation from homeowner Ian Macleod, owner of Macleod Design & Construction, who remodeled his home to meet the highest environmental standards with a modern design aesthetic. The green home was designed to offset all of its own electrical and hot water energy needs through various green building techniques. The home was the winner of American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter, Energy + Sustainability Citation Award (May 2010). Come take a tour of this remarkable four-bedroom, two-bath home!
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The stuffing in the stocking? You can spread the holiday cheer by uploading a photo of your little one at AmericanGreetings.com and creating a one-of-a-kind holiday ecard. And the bow on the gift? For every ecard created or shared, Huggies' Every Little Bottom will donate to a baby in need!
Here's a good way not to sell your mansion: first, sue nearly everyone related to its defects, and then, a few short months later, put it quietly on the market. According to Real Estalker, that's exactly what Rihanna's doing with her Beverly Hills mansion.
Rihanna, who bought the 8-bedroom, 10-bathroom mansion a little over two years ago for $6.9 million, has listed the property for $4.5 million. In January 2010, rainstorms caused flooding in the home, and in the end of August, Rihanna sued a number of parties involved with the home, including the inspectors, engineer, buyer's agent, former owner, and many more people related to the house. According to the lawsuit, "The rainwater pooled on the second floor balcony ad seeped into numerous rooms of the house, causing extensive water intrusion into various rooms."
Here's hoping that all of the structural issues have been resolved, and that the water damage from the home has been remedied prior to the listing. If Rihanna's able to unload this property, she can at least count herself as well informed in issues of home inspection and engineering issues before purchasing her next property.
The original listing notes the "Stunning brand new construction by Adrian Rudomin. On a gated & private Beverly Hills knoll with spectacular 270 degree views. This exciting estate features 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, grand living dining area with 30 foot ceilings. Features include sauna / steam room, double torched roof, library, gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, luxurious master suite & theater. Over 10,000 SF of living space & a huge landscaped flat yard. Pool, spa, decks & balconies galore.
Structural issues aside, the home is a stunner. Keep reading for a tour of the property.