How do one of Hollywood’s richest, most influential couples spend money? They lay out a few mil and buy a huge mansion, of course. Wedded in 2000, Academy Award winners Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are undeniably a hot power couple. And their elegant home is likewise fit for a romantic dream team.
Michael Douglas is known for movies such as Wall Street, Basic Instinct and more recently Behind the Candelabra. Yet although the actor’s abode in the latter Liberace biopic was a bling bonanza, his rustic palace with Catherine Zeta-Jones is classically tasteful.
The beautiful Welsh actress has dazzled movie audiences in Hollywood blockbusters like The Terminal, Ocean’s Twelve and Chicago. She’s always brought a sense of sophistication to her roles, too. And in this same vein, her home with hubby Douglas is both stylish and distinguished.
Known as “Lionwalk,” the estate was cornerstoned in 1895, and it accordingly welcomes visitors with regal statues of lions. The property sits on an excess of 13 opulent acres, while it itself spreads across more than 15,000 square feet of space.
In October 2014 it was reported that the celebrity couple had bought a palatial country house in Bedford, New York for $11.25 million. The massive property has all the trimmings: a swimming pool, guest cottage, tennis court, greenhouse and many other attractive features.
A shimmering chandelier – just beyond the main entrance – ushers visitors into the grand home. And the foyer exhibits the couple’s discriminating eye for detail – in particular through the ornate, circular hand-tufted wool rug.
The impressive colonial style manor consists of eight bedrooms and a whopping – some might say excessive – 13.5 bathrooms. These rooms – especially the bedrooms – are vast and decorated in line with the actress’ delicate tastes.
The dining room is luxuriously wood paneled and can accommodate 16 lucky dinner companions. And the long wooden dining room table is fit for Charles Foster Kane. Antique-looking low-hanging chandeliers dangle over the table as a warm fire crackles in the adjacent fireplace.
There is an indoor sun room – perfect for the bleak and chilly hibernation season – which is well-ventilated with light streaming through French window doors. Plus, lush, verdant strategically-placed plants give the room an even warmer, more tropical veneer.
The handsome property is also a dream for physical activity junkies, featuring as it does an exterior pool, a pair of indoor pools and a gym. And there is additionally a tennis court on site – which is handy, as both actors are fans of the sport and have been spotted watching the greats at the US Open.
Meanwhile, screenplays aren’t the only texts these actors are reading, as the classic library – with its expertly whittled woodwork and coffered ceilings – demonstrates. One could imagine Douglas sitting there, poring over the Robb White novel Deathwatch, on which his 2015 film Beyond the Reach was based.
The kitchen walls are painted cream, which lightens and lifts the heavier tones of the dark paneled wooden cabinets. Here, an eating station – surrounded by accessible modern stools – draws the eye to the center of the welcoming room.
The lavish home also boasts a luxury spa, complete with steam room, sauna and jacuzzi – an in-house Burke Williams. In this space, naturally-hued stonework adorns the walls, with recessed lighting casting warm brightness over the pebble-floored room.
Elsewhere, the halls are pristine white – brought to life by stately archways. Understated but aesthetically pleasing touches – like a dark wooden bench and framed prints from the Douglas/Zeta-Jones art collection – make maximum use of the narrow space.
The den, meanwhile, is home to a substantial fireplace plus tried and true “gentlemen’s club” furnishings. One can’t help but admire the imposing leather armchair, CEO-worthy desk and rich curtains, all of which cast an aristocratic theme over the room.
The grounds are accentuated by abundant greenery that rolls over the property’s 13 acres. And the garage is capable of housing several cars – in case Jay Leno ever decides to pop by for an extended stay.
Zeta-Jones is active and outdoorsy. Suitably, her house features a stable with four stalls – a home for the equestrian actress’ much-loved animals. Apart from spending her free time riding horses, the Welsh starlet also enjoys playing golf.
The Douglas/Zeta-Jones Manor was initially listed at $12.75 million, but it was later sold to the couple for a fraction less, at $11.25 million, in September 2014. Interestingly, the Hollywood monarchs bought this property after they decided to put a halt to their much-publicized separation.
The power couple had offloaded their previous home in Bedford for $7.5 million in 2014. Both houses are examples of the colonial style of architecture, although the newer property is double the size of their original home. Zeta-Jones lived in the latter when the pair had temporarily called it quits in 2013.
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have shown themselves to be an enduring couple in an industry riddled with divorces. Moreover, their common passions for all things architecturally refined and domestically blissful have clearly contributed – at least in part – to keeping them together… under one palatial roof.