Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Buy Malibu Beach House for $14 Million
Real estate mavens and star gazers alike are no doubt very happy today to learn the important Garwood house in Malibu beach, designed by famed starchitect John Lautner, has just been bought by Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin for US$14 million, according to Realestalker.
Built originally as far back as 1970, its most recent owner was the developer Donald Sher, who purchased the property several years ago in 1996. Then of course he paid a lot less for it, reportedly just US$1.4 million.
Some purists say the Garwood house is not one of Lautner’s best designs, but the photographs of it certainly look fine to me, even if there are a couple of awkward angles in it here and there. There is certainly nothing wrong with the beach view that is its best feature.
According to some reports too, it is thought that Gwyneth will again bring in interior designer Windsor Smith to fix the really dated interiors that are there now. Windsor Smith also made over another house she bought in 2012 in Mandeville Canyon.
Inside Lautner’s 3,600 square foot, four bedroom unobtrusive post-and-beam design, the couple’s new home has heated sandstone floors, a Chef’s Kitchen, and a unique floor plan that combines both indoor and outdoor living space
The new property also comes with an acre of land, a swimming pool, its own tennis court, a gym and yoga studio, an outdoor kitchen/dining area, and direct access to Little Dume Beach.
Gwyneth and Chris, who married in 2003, then lived together in England for nearly ten years. They moved to the US just last year in 2013, when they bought a home in Hollywood for US$10 million with six-bedrooms and eight-bathrooms. Now they can add Malibu to their list of homes, which also includes a fabulous home in London and a pad in New York City.
After doing a hatchet job on Woody Allen a few months ago, Vanity Fair has been rumoured for some time to have Gwyneth Paltrow in its sights for a new “going negative” story which, as politicians have learned to their cost in election campaigns in recent years, certainly can sell a lot of newspapers and magazines.
Gwyneth Paltrow strikes one, from adstance, as someone who is not in the least arrogant about her own talent and success. Yet she also, rightly, seems to be completely unashamed of it either. And, after having earned every penny that it took to gain the luxuries in life she and her family now do enjoy, frankly this writer believes Vanity Fair would be stepping a little over the line if they do proceed with a negative article. But if they do go ahead, now she will at lest have a super place on the beach to hang out till it all blows over, with hubby Chris and their two children, Apple age nine, and Moses who is seven.
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