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    Lakers Star Dennis Schröder Snags a Mansion in the LA Suburbs for $4.3 Million

    Last November, German basketball superstar Dennis Schröder was traded to the Lakers following stints with the Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma Thunder. Records reveal the 27-year-old Braunschweig native — who is currently eyeing a potential contract extension worth tens of millions — and his wife Ellen Ziolo have now put down some SoCal real estate roots in the form of a $4.3 million San Fernando Valley mansion purchase.

    The sexed-up contemporary estate lies in Tarzana, set on a long and narrow lot behind forbidding black walls and gates. Built in 2017, the house offers a mostly wall-free floorplan with the dining, living, and family rooms merged into one open space. There’s a double-sided black marble fireplace, while the chef’s kitchen is “spectacular,” proclaims the listing, with an enormous SubZero fridge, custom cabinetry, and imported stonework. Two sets of Fleetwood doors open to a outdoor loggia with its own fireplace and full kitchen/BBQ.

    Dennis Schröder’s new Tarzana mansion 

    Six ensuite bedrooms are arranged throughout the main house, including an upstairs master retreat with dual private balconies, dual dressing rooms, and a resort-style bathroom decked out in exotic wood and stone. Other impressive home amenities include a home theater that seats 10 moviegoers, an office space, and a glass-walled wine cellar tucked underneath the curvaceous main staircase. Perhaps the most unusual features is a vast rooftop deck with its own BBQ, spotlights, and over-the-treetops views of the pancake-flat San Fernando Valley.
    But the main house is only the very first act of this real estate show; the .35-acre property is fully improved with a giant L-shaped lawn that passes by a large swimming pool/spa combo. Beyond that lies a two-story guesthouse with another ensuite bedroom and a second kitchen, plus room for a gym. Best of all, however — at least from Shröder’s perspective — is the concrete basketball court that lies at the far rear of the property, offering a secluded space to hone his professional game.
    Kobi Costa of Compass held the listing; Michael Henderson, also of Compass, repped Schröder.
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    Country Singer George Strait’s Adobe Mansion in Texas Hits the Market for $7.5 Million

    Country crooner George Strait may have sung about all his exes living in Texas, but he can now also claim that some of those exes are homes. Most beloved among them is his newly listed San Antonio mansion, for which he and his wife, Norma, commissioned one of the Southwest’s most artistic architects to build. The 7,925-square-foot house sits on a hilltop surrounded by 12 very private acres and is priced at $7.5 million.

    Strait’s daughter-in-law, Tamara, has the listing and speaks eloquently about the property, which she visited many times since marrying Bubba Strait: “I love this house. When we first met they were still living there, but over time it was special to see Bubba’s old bedroom become our son Harvey’s bedroom.”

    While the home is part of the gated community of the Dominion Country Club—membership includes access to the golf course, tennis courts, pool, fitness facilities and restaurant—it’s also very much a scenic oasis with special handmade touches throughout the property, such as 14 hand-sculpted fireplaces, a copper-topped bar, custom tiles and sconces and even custom carved refrigerator doors. These artistic touches were the collaborative brainchildren of the Straits and the late artist and architect Bill Tull.
    The hand-plastered and hand-painted exterior is all-new.  Photo:

    According to, the Straits bought the land in the mid-1990s. Tull moved his entire crew from Arizona to San Antonio for the two years it took to build the home, beginning in 1995, with the then-14-year-old Bubba laying the first adobe brick. “Norma told me they interviewed many architects but when they first met with Bill, they knew,” Tamara Strait tells Robb Report. “He had a vision unlike the others. She said when he came to walk the property for the first time he could already see which part of the home would go where. And that vision remained true.” It included three bedrooms and six baths in the main residence with a detached casita that has another bedroom and bath, plus living room, kitchenette and one of those magnificent fireplaces.
    Inside the main home, the formal dining room, breakfast room and living room flow out onto the outdoor entertaining spaces seamlessly, perfect for hosting a grand party with live music. A separate bar area has a copper counter designed by Tull and some intentionally exposed adobe wall instead of the hand-plastered wall found in most of the house. Just around the corner from the bar is the home office. Flooring throughout is either poured concrete or long-leaf yellow pine. The spacious chef’s kitchen has tiled countertops, again designed by Tull, with a full suite of top-notch appliances that include double Sub-Zero fridges. Those doors were given an intricate and unusual, hand-drawn copper design treatment that was finished in silver. The wine cellar is just off the kitchen and down a few steps. The original sketches for Tull’s designs are all signed by him and remain with the house.

    The pavers were reclaimed from a dug-up road.  Photo:

    The Straits appreciated privacy and security—not only are there three gates (the first one guarded) to pass through before you get to the property, but there is also a walk-in safe in the mansion. “You can put your guns in there,” says Tamara, “because we do that down here in Texas, but also your jewelry and other valuables.” Other special rooms include a home gym with a private sauna.
    Second stories are unusual in adobe homes because of the massive weight involved in the construction of such walls, but this home has an upper level devoted exclusively to the primary bedroom suite. In addition to the bedroom, there are two entirely separate bathrooms and walk-in closets. And the soaking tub in Norma’s bathroom might have the best view in the house: You can see clear to downtown San Antonio. To her chagrin over the years however, George’s closet was the bigger one (a design mistake during construction), but she didn’t want to give up her view. More evidence of Tull’s artistry can be found up here in the custom stained-glass windows.
    The formal dining room  Photo:

    The outdoor spaces are no less spectacular, with the four-car garage including more exposed adobe and custom lighting on the exterior. The pavers used for the driveway, motor court and back patio were reclaimed from a dug-up road. After a hailstorm a few years ago, the entire exterior got a makeover, including a new roof, windows and re-plastering by hand and a paint job.
    The covered terrace includes another sculpted fireplace, an outdoor kitchen with grill, fridge, icemaker and more, but the centerpiece is the infinity-edge pool with glass tiles, which was completed at the end of last year.
    There are 14 hand-sculpted fireplaces on the property.  Saguaro ribs are used for the shutters and ceiling.  Photo:

    A full sports court—tennis plus basketball—is also on-site.
    Tamara says the Straits are selling because they wanted to be even further from the city, but “they still love that house. If Bill Tull weren’t deceased, I’m sure they would have engaged him again for a new home.”
    You can take a video tour of the space here, and check out more photos of the mansion below:

    The kitchen includes some of the architect’s special artistic touches, including the custom tiles.  Photo:

    The family room  Photo:

    The dining area opens to the living room  Photo:

    The stairs up to the primary suite  Photo:

    The primary bedroom  Photo:

    One of the home’s seven bathrooms, which includes a custom stained-glass window  Photo:

    The fitness studio  Photo:

    The newly refinished infinity pool with its gorgeous tiles  Photo:

    The view to San Antonio  Photo:

    The on-site sports court  Photo:

    The mansion sits on a 12-acre hilltop parcel.  Photo: More

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    John Travolta Lists His 20-Bedroom Maine Mansion for $5 Million

    Even before Kelly Preston passed away last summer, two years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she and John Travolta began to change up their sprawling cross-country real estate portfolio. In 2017, the longtime Scientologists added a $3 million waterfront spread in Clearwater, Fla., the headquarters of Scientology, and in the fall of 2019 they plunked down another $2.65 million for a 7,500-square-foot Mediterranean residence in the celeb-favored and ever-more expensive LA suburb of Calabasas. And then, in early 2020, they sold the family’s long-time estate in a particularly prestigious pocket of the L.A.’s tony Brentwood neighborhood in an $18 million off-market deal to music manager (and next-door neighbor) Scooter Braun.

    The Gotti star, who co-starred last year in Kevin Hart’s series Die Hart, on the spectacularly flamed out mobile platform Quibi, also maintains a sprawling, airport-like residence at the Jumbolair fly-in community near Ocala, Fla., where the licensed pilot parks his fleet of planes, including a Boeing 707, in the backyard. However, the twice Oscar-nominated movie star has now decided to part with the family’s beloved getaway on the exclusive, ferry-accessed island enclave of Islesboro, Maine, putting the secluded waterfront hideaway on the market at $5 million.
    The hip-swiveling Saturday Night Fever icon first visited the semi-remote island more than 30 years ago with his longtime showbiz pal (and fellow Scientologist) Kirstie Alley, who has long owned a waterfront property at the south end of the island. Looking for a place they could put up their extended families over holidays, the then newly wedded Travoltas jumped at the opportunity to scoop up their idyllic 48-acre estate and its hotel-sized mansion in 1991.
    The manse measures 10,830 square feet.

    At the end of a gravel driveway that passes under a canopy of trees and through stone pillars before it circles up around a perfectly conical pine tree, the shingled “cottage” was designed by the architecture firm Peabody and Stearns and built in 1904 for “the scion of a prominent banking family,” according to Architectural Digest, who featured the somewhat quixotic 42-room mansion in 1999 after it was done up for the Travoltas by classically trained decorator Christopher Boshears in a festively colorful, pattern-mixing manner than befits an elegant English country house.

    The foyer operates a little like a hotel lobby with intimate conversation areas and a fanciful bar, while a double-sided bubblegum pink damask sofa whimsically anchors the center of the vast living room in front of a rustic fieldstone fireplace.

    The margarine-hued dining room will comfortably seat more than a dozen around a polished wood pedestal table long enough to play shuffleboard.

    The estate spans some 48 acres.

    A second-floor sun porch, one of two in the house, has serene views into the surrounding woods and features an explosion of pastel colors with tons of mismatched floral throw pillows and cozy lap blankets that allow for the comfortable enjoyment of sunny but crisply cold autumn afternoons and dewy spring mornings.
    Glass-fronted cabinets in the huge pantry are stocked with dozens of delicate teacups and vintage cake stands, while the sun-filled country kitchen is simply outfitted with butcherblock counters and expensively equipped with chef-grade equipment.
    The mansion’s 20+ bedrooms share just 7.5 bathrooms spread out over three floors. Large enough to accommodate a sitting and a private dining table, the main bedroom has a vintage-style bath of its own, along with a fireplace and private sun porch.

    The home comprises 20 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms.

    Fourteen guest bedrooms share just four bathrooms on the second floor, while the third floor was converted to Fantasyland children’s wing complete with a schoolroom and library, a diner, a theater space with a built-in stage, and four themed bedrooms: a Princess Room and Peter Pan Room among them, according to A.D.

    The rambling residence sits a good distance from the shore, but the property includes a stunning stretch of thickly wooded water frontage with a deep water dock on humorously alliterative Sabbathday Bay. The secluded estate also includes a carriage house, where the automobile (and airplane) collecting actor once kept a vintage 1977 Rolls Royce for joyriding around the island, and a swimming pool set in a sunny clearing below the back of the house.

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    Inside Power Broker Fredrik Eklund’s $7 Million Beverly Hills Home

    Buyer: Fredrik EklundLocation: Beverly Hills, Calif.Price: $7.043 millionSize: 5,674 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 8 bathroomsYear: 2017
    After 17 years making an international name and a considerable fortune hawking luxury apartments and high-end developments in New York City, preternaturally energetic power broker Fredrik Eklund, veteran star of Bravo’s popular “Million Dollar Listing” franchise, packed up and moved to Los Angeles about 1.5 years ago.

    The gym-hardened Swede, his also gym-sculpted husband, artist Derek Kaplan, and their toddler twins initially rented a stunning Harry Gesner-designed contemporary in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood in Beverly Hills — digital records indicate the city-view spread went for a whopping $36,000 per month — before they took up even grander residence on a two-acre Bel-Air estate anchored by a 12,000-square-foot mansion with what Eklund described last fall to L.A. Magazine a “master suite that’s bigger than most New York apartments.”

    Though Eklund and his New York-based business partner John Gomes, co-founders and principals of the spectacularly successful Eklund Gomes Team at Douglas Elliman, have high-profile satellite offices across the country, it looks like the always high-kicking and Bentley-driving multimillionaire real estate dynamo/reality TV star plans to remain in Los Angeles with his family for the foreseeable future because tax records show they’ve ponied up a bit more than $7 million for a luxuriously casual family-sized East Coast-y home in Beverly Hills.

    Sequestered behind gates along a discreet canyon lane, and accented with inoperable and curiously under-scaled shutters over black-framed windows, the bright-white clapboard-clad home sits on just about one-third of an acre and squeezes in five en-suite bedrooms and eight deluxe bathrooms in just over 5,700 square feet.

    Like many recently built luxury homes across Los Angeles that aim to fuse historic styles of architecture with currently in-favor open-concept floor plans, this one opens to a double-height foyer that is all but indistinct from a combination living and dining room. Interestingly proportioned multipane windows fill the space with light, while a white marble fireplace anchors the lounge area under a vaulted ceiling.

    Another ubiquitous design trend in traditionally inspired but modern-minded luxury homes, four industrial-style lights hang over the doublewide island snack bar in the gourmet kitchen that showcases lightly veined white marble counters, chef-grade appliances and a mix of jet-black and snow-white Shaker-style cabinets. A butler’s pantry makes a convenient link to the living/dining room and a built-in banquette makes a cozy spot for casual meals.

    An adjoining family room features built-in bookshelves alongside a second marble fireplace and room-wide bank of windows fold open to the backyard.

    An office or guest bedroom just off the family room, a children’s playroom and a sunroom-style gym, each with an attached bathroom, complete the main floor, while the second floor offers a media lounge, a trio of en-suite guest bedrooms and a primary bedroom with fireplace and marble bath.

    Surrounded by high hedges and even taller trees that obscure neighboring homes, the artificially grassed yard offers a skylight topped loggia outside the family room, a bit of stone terracing, a built-in grill, and a raised spa that spills over into a sparkling swimming pool.
    Unsurprisingly, Eklund represented himself in the purchase of the property that was listed with Christine Martin and Samira Gores of The Agency.
    Around the time they headed west in 2019, Eklund and Kaplan sold their 2,200-square-foot Hudson River view condo in New York City’s fashionable Tribeca neighborhood for $5.655 million, a not particularly profitable amount over the $5.426 million they paid in early 2016. However, they have yet to completely pull up their East Coast sticks. They remain the owners of a stately Georgian manor house in Roxbury, Conn., about 90 miles outside of Midtown Manhattan, that they picked up in 2016 for $2.95 million, a hefty chunk below the $3.5 million asking price. With more than eight pastoral acres, the elegant country escape has an infinity edged swimming pool, a picturesque pond and postcard-perfect views over the forested landscape. More

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    Home of the Week: Inside Golf Legend Greg Norman’s $60 Million Florida Island Paradise

    The lawns of this eight-acre estate are as green as a golf course, which should come as no surprise considering the owners: golfing great Greg Norman and his wife, designer Kristen Norman. And the best part is that the grassy yardage stretches from one side of Florida’s Jupiter Island to the other, from the Intracoastal waterway to the the sandy beaches of the Atlantic. Even before looking inside, this place seems to earn its price tag of $59.9 million.

    The compound consists of seven buildings, including the main house, with plans for one more. Garages accommodate up to 12 cars and the employee parking lot can park 30 more. That there is even an employee parking lot tells you something about the vastness of this estate and the beauty of its landscaping.

    Those seven buildings make up 31,800 square feet of living space across a main house, coach house, pool house, tennis house, boat house, carriage house and beach house, also known as the Shark Shack. There are a total of 10 bedrooms and 18 bathrooms, 12 of them full baths. The main house is a completely new, recently built structure. And while the exterior of the house is in a Cape Cod cottage style, it’s hardly a cottage. Kristen (Kiki) Norman was inspired by the work of French architect and designer Christian Liaigre in designing the home and its finishes, from the lacquered teak and high-gloss mahogany to the wire-brushed, custom oak floors to the brass Waterworks and Drummonds fixtures.
    The main house  Photo: Shawn Hood Media

    You won’t find any Florida kitsch inside either. Instead, the look is serene and modern with more trophies than seashells. It has every amenity you might expect from a nearly $60-million property: two 1,900-bottle wine cellars; gorgeous long corridors that are well lit and inviting, nothing of the dark cave you may expect; a cinema room, entertaining space; a bar with water views;  and a trophy room and gallery. The home also has a formal dining room, a SieMatic kitchen, a catering kitchen, a dining area, a butler’s pantry and a mud room. And there’s an elevator connecting it all. Two guest bedrooms occupy the first floor, but the second floor is dedicated to the primary living quarters. Spacious and airy, they include a large outdoor deck, a den, dual offices, bathrooms and closets, an accessory room, luggage room, linen room, kitchenette and, yes, the bedroom.

    The two-story coach house includes another two beds and two baths, a kitchen, a dining room sun room and garage space for six. The pool house is another of the newly built structures on the property and includes a vast open and covered patio, an outdoor kitchen as well as a bathroom and outdoor shower. It sits beside the main pool, which is 14 feet deep, and the plunge pool and hot tub.
    The tennis court and pavilion  Photo: Robert Stevens

    A US Open-sized tennis court graces one lawn area, with its own convenient hub for entertaining, including a bar and bathrooms, shaded space and an equipment room. The carriage house is the other main fitness site on the estate, including a gym and cardio rooms, equipment room, as well as space for guests with three bedrooms and full baths, plus another garage. A dog kennel, located in the generator house, rounds out the amenities to include even the four-legged family members.
    Along the Intracoastal, the boat house has an office and plenty of room for water toys, a tender and yacht equipment. The dock can accommodate a vessel of up to 150 feet.
    The kitchen and eating area in the main house has a few nautical cues.  Photo: Robert Stevens

    On the opposite shore is the 3,200-square-foot, elevated Shark Shack, the last of the newly constructed buildings. It faces the rolling waves of the Atlantic and includes two more bedrooms and baths, a full kitchen, dining and living room. The sand is right there, and the lack of nearby public parking makes the 172 feet of beachfront feel exceptionally private.
    “Having grown up on the beach in Australia,” Greg Norman says, “my search for the perfect property in America allowed me to incorporate all my needs, from privacy, security, a dock for my boats and direct access to the ocean was fulfilled when I was blessed enough to come across Tranquility in 1991.”
    The elegant trophy room  Photo: Shawn Hood Media

    His wife says, “I designed this estate to feel luxurious, but also warm and casual. It caters to our ‘barefoot-elegance’ lifestyle.”
    The Normans have also been trying to off-load their vast Colorado ranch property, taking the price down to $40 million last year.

    The listing for Tranquility is held by the Jills Zeder Group, an affiliate of Coldwell Banker Realty.
    The wrap-around bar leads out to the patios.  Photo: Robert Stevens

    The basement-level wine storage and tasting area  Photo: Robert Stevens

    The movie theater with boucle-upholstered seating  Photo: Robert Stevens

    One of several terraces on the property  Photo: Robert Stevens

    The main pool and pool house  Photo: Shawn Hood Media

    The oceanfront Shark Shack.  Photo: Robert Stevens

    The deck of the Shark Shack leads right to the sand.  Photo: Robert Stevens

    A rare parcel that has waterfront access on both the Intracoastal and the Atlantic.  Photo: Shawn Hood Media More

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    Sylvester Stallone’s Sprawling Beverly Hills Estate Hits the Market for $130 Million

    Platinum Triangle mega-agent Ben Bacal, founder of Revel Real Estate and creator of the Rila real estate app, has not-so-quietly announced, and in the most modern of ways, via Instagram, that Sylvester Stallone seeks a staggering $130 million for his longtime mansion in the famously steroidal Beverly Park enclave in the mansion strewn mountains above Beverly Hills.
    The thrice Oscar nominated and still remarkably pumped “Rocky” and “Creed” star, now in his mid-70s, purchased the slightly shy of 3.50-acre spread in the late 1990s for an unrecorded amount and soon custom built a stately pan-Mediterranean mansion that measures in around 21,000 square feet and carries a horse-choking annual tax bill in excess of $125,000.
    The 8-bedroom and 12-bath manse includes a voluminous library/office under a barrel-vaulted ceiling where miles of lighted shelves showcase an almost strangely vast trove of “Rocky” memorabilia. There’s even a life-size statue of Stallone as Rocky with his be-gloved hands raised in victory standing in front of an arched window that looks out on the estate’s vast motor court. The kitchen appears newly updated with not just one but two islands, the dining room’s walls are hand-painted in a manner that evokes an Old World castle, and a roomy den with wet bar let’s the outdoors in thanks to a full wall of floor-to-ceiling windows.
    Set down a long gated drive on a private promontory next door to the longtime mansion of late media tycoon Sumner Redstone, the plush estate’s main residence is complemented by a detached two-story guesthouse and an extensive service wing. Deep loggias and second floor terraces offer spectacular canyon and city lights views, the tree-dotted expanse of flat lawn incorporates a putting green and pale stone terraces provide ample room for alfresco entertaining and sunbathing around the crystalline swimming pool and spa.
    A view of the home’s expansive kitchen.  Rila

    Given that the highest price ever paid for a home in Beverly Park is $40 million, Stallone’s asking price seems exceedingly aggressive. Still, as gutsy as the by-any-standard astronomical $130 million asking price may be, it is not, by far, the most expensive property currently available in Beverly Park. That dizzying crown goes to Villa Firenze, aviation leasing billionaire Steven Udvar-Hazy’s palatial estate of nearly 30,000 square feet that is saddled with a $160 million price tag after it was first set out for sale in 2018 at $165 million.
    Along with an assortment of international business tycoons, fortunately born heirs to vast family fortunes and even a Saudi royal or two, some of the many high-profile residents of Beverly Park include Denzel Washington, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, Paul Reiser, Eddie Murphy, Rod Stewart, Magic Johnson and Mark Wahlberg. Former residents include Reba McEntire, a couple of Real Housewives and fashion model turned fashion mogul Kimora Lee Simmons who quietly sold her big spread late last year for $15.7 million, a big number by most standards but more than $9 million less than the $25 million she and her legally and financially beleaguered former Goldman Sachs banker husband Tim Leissner paid for the place about 3.5 years earlier.
    It’s not too much of a surprise that Stallone and wife Jennifer Flavin are looking to cash in on the sale of their West Coast residence as late last year they plunked down $35.4 million for a Bermuda-style waterfront estate in Palm Beach, Florida. With about 1.5 acres of lushly landscaped grounds, the estate offers seven bedrooms and a dozen bathrooms across its main house and two guesthouses. See more photos of the home below:



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