Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, one of the hottest couples in music, offered a sneak peek into their lives when they put their lavish New Jersey estate on the market for $14.9 million in summer 2015. These pictures had us “Fallin’” for their luxury gated home.
With a combined net worth of $195 million, the “Empire State of Mind” singer and record producer, who have been married since 2010, could have chosen to live anywhere in the world. But by purchasing this Englewood mansion in 2013, the couple decided to stay close to their New York roots.
The property is located just across the Hudson River from The Bronx in an area known for its luxury homes. Yet despite the pad feeling a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, it takes just half an hour to reach Manhattan.
Though the house is perfectly placed, however, the couple – who have two sons, Egypt and Genesis – decided to sell in August 2015. Their stunning property was listed with Sotheby’s International Realty for almost $15 million.
Why exactly are they selling such an impressive mansion? Well, there are reports that the family want a bit more space: perhaps the 25,000-square-foot property, which is surrounded by five-acre grounds, isn’t quite big enough.
Affectionately nicknamed Bubble Hill, the red-brick Georgian-themed house has the necessary safeguards for high-profile residents. A guardhouse protects against unwanted guests, while a high-tech security system adds an extra level of protection.
Though the Georgian style captures an early-19th-century look, the luxury mansion was actually constructed in 1986. Adding to its grandeur is a pillared porte-cochere that shelters guests who arrive via the expansive driveway.
Inside, the property continues the classical stylings of the exterior with archways and Greek columns in many of its 32 rooms. Then there are the chandeliers that adorn the ceilings of the living and dining rooms.
The property’s furnishings, however, owe more than a passing nod to modernism, with plush fabrics and outrageous designs creating a pleasing contrast against the building’s orthodoxy. Works from Keys’ extensive art collection – including paintings by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat – enhance the contemporary mood.
Friends of the famous duo needn’t worry about having a place to stay when they come to visit; the house has a whopping eight bedrooms, after all. There are also 14 bathrooms – so no awkward conversations about who gets to shower first in the morning.
The master bedroom has its own living room, which accompanies the two main living spaces as well as the house’s spacious conservatory. Large enough to fit seven people, it’s the perfect place to continue intimate gatherings long into the night.
Among the estate’s features is a two-story garage that’s large enough for five vehicles; it’s so colossal, in fact, that it’s probably bigger than most people’s houses. There are also a couple of motor courts.
If sold, the estate will net Keys and Beatz a profit of $2.9 million. The couple bought the pad from previous occupant and Beverly Hills Cop star Eddie Murphy for $12 million.
The increase in price comes from the $2 million renovations – most obviously an art gallery – the couple initiated. In addition to paintings by Warhol and Basquiat are works by Joan Miro and Takashi Murakami.
Indeed, the pair’s ever-growing collection is reportedly the main reason behind their decision to sell. Their new property, wherever it may be, will have to have a lot of wall space.
Rumors are that their new house won’t actually be too far away. Because there aren’t any suitable properties nearby that are ready to move in to, however, the couple are apparently considering commissioning their own.
Keys and Beatz will do well to design a swimming pool that’s as impressive as their current one, though. With its conservatory-like design the pool feels as though it’s outdoors – with all the comforts of staying indoors.
In keeping with the active theme is an on-site tennis court, a gym and a dual-lane bowling alley. And after an action-packed few hours, the family can enjoy some downtime in their very own cinema. They having everything, it seems, under one roof.
While the size of Keys and Beatz’ Englewood mansion property is mightily impressive – a case in point being the separate elevator access to the north and south wings – it’s the number of amenities that ensure Bubble Hill really is a luxury mansion. It will certainly make an excellent home for one very lucky, and very wealthy, buyer.
Who that will be remains to be seen. But in the meantime Keys and Beatz, and their two kids, are no doubt making the most of their plush surroundings.