The one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece known as the Razor House has been getting people talking since it was first designed in 2007 by San Diego-based architect Wallace E. Cunningham. Initially listed for sale last year for $30 million, La Jolla’s most famous listing has failed to make a potential buyer fall in love with it up to the point of committing enough to put a ring around…. those house keys. Up until now, that is.
Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys seems to be the one to put an end to the Razor House’s year-long run on the market. The 38-year-old singer and her powerhouse music producer husband Kasseem Dean, better-known as Swizz Beatz, have reportedly purchased the Razor House for a cool $20.8 million.
In fact, the $20M+ selling price (despite being a considerable drop from the initial asking) makes it the most expensive home sold in La Jolla, California this year — proving once more that whatever Alicia Keys (a 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer + best-selling author, entrepreneur and The Voice judge) does, she does in style and ready to set some new records!
Neither Alicia Keys nor Swizz Beatz (who has produced hit singles for the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Beyonce) have any connection to La Jolla or the larger San Diego area, leading people to speculate that the iconic residence will serve as a vacation home for the East Coast-based couple.
The Razor House, an architectural wonder overlooking the ocean
The modern cliffside mansion was designed by AD100 architect Wallace E. Cunningham, most famous for his striking residential projects, which he likens with sculptures. More specifically, as the architect himself puts it, he designs “one of a kind sculptures for people to live in.”
And that couldn’t be more true for some of his iconic residential projects: Harmony, Wing House, and the architecturally distinct Razor House that Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz will be calling home.
Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the concrete and glass structure has long been rumored to be the real-life version of Tony Stark’s futuristic mansion. But the home has never made an appearance in any blockbuster movie; the Razor House was, however, used for a VISA Black commercial and a luxurious Calvin Klein ad, but that’s pretty much all the screen time the mansion got.
Nearly every wall in the residence is glass, while the floors are mostly hewn from travertine stone. An extra-long infinity pool (one of many) juts out over the cliff’s edge, turning swimming into the stuff dreams are made off. Keys and her husband will also surely enjoy the endless concrete terraces that make the most out of the mesmerizing views of surrounding hills and the ocean below.
The three-story home comes with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, with nearly every room opening up to stunning views.
Fashioned with a state-of-the-art kitchen and giant round living room with a fireplace, Alicia and her music producer husband, Swizz Beatz, will have everything they need to unwind with their sons, Egypt and Genesis, including several outdoor lounge areas.
Among its most notable amenities, the Razor House list: fitness space, two steam rooms, a den, a theater, and a library with a custom-made Ralph Lauren pool table.
Before it was Alicia Keys’ home
According to the San Diego Reader, the home was named after the land it sits on, a three-quarter-acre lot near Razor Point.
Created for original owner Don Cooksey, many developers initially backed away from the ambitious project, calling it “unbuildable”. By 2011, it ended up in bankruptcy sale. According to Realtor.com, Donald Burns, a Florida-based telecom entrepreneur and inventor of magicJack — a device that allows you to make calls from your computer — purchased the property as a second home at the 2011 bankruptcy sale for $14,097,000, and invested heavily into adding the finishing touches.
“He made a lot of upgrades to it,” Matt Altman, one of the property’s listing agents and star of reality TV show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles said. “He updated to the next level. He wasn’t doing this to make money; he was doing this to make a nice home. He did a significant amount of work on this house.”
The entire home is automated and optimized for iPad control of everything from audio and visual systems to motorized window coverings and control of the home’s radiant floor heating, air conditioning.
There’s also a backup generator to ensure power never goes down, and an entire computer room is dedicated to housing the home’s automation control systems. So basically, the home comes with its own Jarvis.
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