Grammy-collecting R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and her producer husband Swizz Beatz have apparently had enough of the concrete jungle where dreams are made, having just dropped about $12M on the opulent (if flinchingly over-designed) New Jersey estate of comedian Eddie Murphy. Bubble Hill, in Englewood, N.J., is a seven-bedroom estate with all the benefits of being rich and in the 'burbs; the 25,000-square-foot manse boasts a recording studio, two-lane bowling alley, indoor pool, billiards room, spa, and tennis court. Murphy had been trying to sell his 30-room mansion for nearly eight years before a mystery buyer (mystery until now, that is) made an offer in May. Keys, who was born and raised in NYC, seems to be rather fond of star-studded real estate, having picked up Lenny Kravitz's SoHo duplex penthouse more than two years ago. (She recently listed it for $17.95M.) That connection may come in handy nonetheless, as Kravitz is a known design-dabbler and Keys will need as much help as she can get expelling that "Real Housewives"-esque vibe from her new home.
· Alicia Keys buys Eddie Murphy's $12 million New Jersey estate, complete with bowling alley and indoor pool [NYDN via Real Estalker]
· Eddie Murphy's Bubble Hill Party Palace Finally Finds a Buyer [Curbed National]