You may remember seeing the French chateau Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen
built a few years back when it blew up on the internet and appeared in Architectural Digest.
Typically, when we see these celebrity home tours broadcast for public consumption,
you can bet the property is going on the market.
(Richard Landry built this home and Joan Behnke was the interior designer.)
That’s just what happened with Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s mega compound.
If you followed the real estate journey of this genetically superior couple,
you may recall this impressive French inspired dream house mansion
they built in Brentwood offered:
14,000 square feet
Moat (yes, an image below documents it!)
Reclaimed ceiling beams, brick, and bluestone (Koen Van Loo)
Lagoon shaped swimming pool
stunning architecture AND SO MUCH MORE
Then, in 2014 (6 months after
the home’s feature in Architectural Digest),
Tom and Gisele listed the dream property for $50 million.
It sold crazy quick to hip hop mogul
Dr. Dre for $40 million.
(Dr. Dre may be the wealthiest hip hop artist on the planet
thanks to Apple shelling out $3 billion to acquire Beats).
I suppose acquiring this impressive LA estate was a drop in the bucket.
We might think that after building a dream house for the family like this one
(for a cool $20 million), you might want to hang on to it and keep
it in the family forever, but celebrity ownership of such properties
increases their value significantly…so letting go reaps mega profits.
Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen moved to Boston
where they built this new property in Chestnut Hill for the family:
The chateau in Chestnut Hill is near Brookline Country Club and boasts 14,000 square foot and includes five bathrooms, a swimming pool, yoga studio and wine cellar. There is a raised parking lot for vehicles in the rear of the building.
What changes do you suppose Dr. Dre made to the French chateau?
I haven’t come across images or information which may have surfaced.
However, it has been widely reported that he built a 10,000 square foot
studio beneath the property.
Because apparently the only thing more beautiful than a
14,000 square foot mega mansion French chateau in LA is one
tricked out by Dr. Dre with a mega recording studio and
requisite mega artists coming and going.
Let’s tour this impressive LA compound with elegant interiors designed by Joan Behnke.
Architectural Digest reported: “Landry conceived an elegant interpretation of old-world European architecture—think French château via the Pacific Coast Highway—deftly attuned to the needs of contemporary life. The six-bedroom, nearly 14,000-square-foot house is constructed of different types of limestone, all acid-washed for patina and texture, with a traditional mansard roof of Vermont gray slate with zinc gutters and flashing. A winding driveway leads over a pond to a motor court paved in reclaimed cobblestones and then to a stone bridge spanning a koi-stocked moat that’s picturesque but not pompous.”
Decorating the Brady Bunch Home:
Architectural Digest reported: “Behnke punched up the restrained, sophisticated atmosphere with eye-catching light fixtures that include a confection of dripping silver mesh in the entry, gilded sconces by Hervé Van der Straeten in the great room, and an antique crystal chandelier in Bündchen’s dressing room that the model and designer purchased together in Paris. The color scheme throughout, playing off the building materials, is decidedly neutral, with occasional accents of green and blue. And the furnishings are unpretentious pieces made with fine natural materials such as Belgian linen, old leather, silk, and velvet.
‘Gisele is an earth mother—she’s drawn to certain things because of the energy they give off,” Behnke says. “The motto of this project was ‘Simplify!’ She and Tom were constantly searching for the essence of things.'”
Ooooooh la la, mes amis!
Can you even imagine how long
it took to build this manse or how it might feel
to leave such a palatial property to begin
construction of a new one?
If you love touring inspiring French chateaus, I have a story about
Chateau de Gudanes with all its decaying,
undone imperfection…this property simply gets
better and better as its loving owners
restore and awaken its Sleeping Beauty.
A few additional French inspired decor stories you may also want to take for a spin:
31 Beautiful French Farmhouse Moments
64 French Inspired Rooms by Eleanor Cummings
Provence in Provo
Stefano Pilati’s Paris Apartment
Peace to you right where you are.