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Jon Bon Jovi
The custom New Jersey estate of rocker Jon Bon Jovi is back on the market this winter, with a relist that officially puts a number on the listing. The house first hit the open market last February, when it listed at an undisclosed price. In 2021, it is priced at $20 million on the nose.
Bon Jovi commissioned Robert A.M. Stern to design the house, giving it an esteemed lineage that belies its 1999 vintage. Stern would go on to design some of the most beautiful residential buildings in Manhattan to be completed in this century, including 70 Vestry, and 220 Central Park South, where Ken Griffin raised eyebrows when he dropped nearly $250 million on the building’s 24,000 sq. ft. crown jewel of a penthouse.
The Bon Jovi mansion—which has been titled High Point—is located on a tidal river, and inside Shrewsbury Township. Its façade is distinguished by a massive neoclassical portico, a forceful brand of manor-house symmetry, and limestone walls.
Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock has finally seen her Tybee Island retreat into the Georgia sunset. It’s been a long road to a closing—the compound made up of two beach houses first entered the market as a rental back in the winter of 2017, then as a for-sale listing about two years later.
The listing’s initial ask of $6.5 million for the main house was gradually whittled down to $3.1 million prior to the final sale price. The smaller guesthouse fetches another $1.1 million.
The waterfront property is something of an expression of the area’s cosmopolitan seafaring history, with clapboard, a rail-like gallery balustrade, and a crow’s nest among the details of the home and its companion cottage. The design sensibility of the 3,360 square-footer reaches back to the 1920s, with an airy beach cottage feel via screen porches, plentiful glass, brick accents, and clerestories in the double-height great room.
Last summer, Twilight star Kristen Stewart listed her gem of a midcentury modern in Malibu for sale for $9.5 million. A marvelous character of a house, the flat-roofed residence features a façade dominated by glass panes, and an interior with original figured maple cabinetry, frosted glass walls, and a series of brightly-lit bedrooms.
Public records do not indicate that the home found a buyer, but that didn’t stop Stewart from soldiering on to horizons new. This month, the young actress closed on another detailed period piece. This time, the style is Mediterranean Revival, and the location is Los Feliz.
The house went up in 1927, and from the start it offers much to occupy the eye. The arched and recessed entry features a groin-vault roof—an unusual flourish—as well as a tile floor, and a front door that’s likely original to the build. Inside the home, the living spaces all have their stories to tell. The tiled foyer reveals a set of steps descending to the living room, which, in turn, features a fireplace with a tile surround and hearth step, exposed timber, and oak plank that’s definitely original—it shows a patina of age that simply cannot be engineered as effect.
Stories courtesy of American Luxury.