Fresh off of selling Beats Electronics to Apple for $3B, rapper-turned-headphones-mogul Dr. Dre has closed a $40M deal on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen's 14,000-square-foot L.A. mansion. In a classic example of the magazine-coverage-to-open-market alley-oop, the power couple listed their custom-built five-bedroom McCastle for $50M a mere six months after it got a huge feature in Architectural Digest. Designed by megamanse master-builder Richard Landry, what AD described as their "French chateau via the Pacific Coast Highway" has a "double-height, wood-paneled library," a reclaimed-cobblestone motor court next to a "koi-stocked moat," a "rock-scaped pool with a waterfall and diving rock," and other such "normal" accommodations that let them "live in a place that feels like a real home, where you can put your feet up on the couch and just relax." Now that the LA Times has confirmed the long-rumored purchase, this Elysium-like pleasure palace is all Dre's to give demure interviews about.
If what the rabid celebrity journalists at TMZ reported last month still holds, the Good Doctor won't be putting up his feet on the same couches as Tom and Gisele. Though the initial $50M price tag included furniture, the $40M Dre talked them down to did not. Which is just as well, because team Brady-Bündchen has another Landry-designed mansion to think about furnishing. (Meanwhile, the Landry machine keeps on chugging, most notably with a 30,000-square-foot Xanadu for Marky Mark.) Explore the new chez Dr. Dre below:
· Dr. Dre spends $40 million for Tom Brady-Gisele Bundchen estate [LA Times via Curbed LA]
· Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady List L.A. McCastle for $50M [Curbed National]
· Inside Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen's 'French Chateau via the Pacific Coast Highway' [Curbed National]
· All Tom Brady coverage [Curbed National]