Word got out that they were moving to L.A., and Beyoncé and Jay Z soon ended up back in their rental from last summer. They may have had a place ready to settle into if the creator of Minecraft hadn't outbid them on the flashy Beverly Hills spec home they were reportedly checking out. From these two residences, we can surmise that they're looking for something large, expensive, and contemporary. Here, then, is a very specific homes-to-buy guide for music's First Couple, made up of mostly flashy spec homes. So, not quite what we would pick, if we were house hunting in L.A., but this isn't about us. Seriously, if you are not Beyoncé or Jay Z, what follows will be of no practical use to you whatsoever.
864 Stradella Road
· $55,000,000 ·
7 beds · 12 baths · 14,219 square feet Features: The "best" views in Bel Air, infinity pool (obvs.), brand new fixtures completed in August of 2014, a pretty similar vibe to the home Beyonce and Jay Z lost to Notch.
9945 Beverly Grove Drive
· $35,000,000 ·
6 beds · 8.5 baths · 11,255 square feet Features: 36' grand entry foyer, 100' infinity pool, automated floor-to-ceiling glass walls, five minute drive to the Beverly Hills Hotel, bronze butler sculpture, that 90210 area code.
616 Nimes Road
· Last listed for $65,000,000 ·
11 beds · 17 baths · 23,988 square feet Features: Theater with "fully automated" chairs, custom water fountains, glass elevator, tennis court, the name "Liongate."
9380 Sierra Mar Drive
· $23,995,000 ·
5 beds · 6 baths · 6,750 square feet Features: Separate handbag and shoe rooms, Italian kitchen, home theater with reclining sofas, infinity pool (pretty much a given at this point)
15210 Antelo Place
· $16,500,000 ·
6 beds · 9 baths · 13,339 sqft Features: Sits behind iron gates, maid quarter, views in every direction, sweet stair case, designed by Ted Tanaka, previous owner was a Japanese golfer nicknamed "Smiling Assassin"
Features: Family room with 920-bottle wine wall, steam and dry sauna, music room that seats 80 people, not just any infinity pool, but one that cascades into another one.
534 Crestline Drive
· $18,000,000 ·
7 beds · 11 baths · 12,720 square feet Features: Refined limestone facade, fire pit area, bath with in-mirror TV, custom wine cellar, infinity pool with Baja elevation.
1232 Sunset Plaza Drive
· Last listed for $28,800,000 ·
8 beds · 9 baths · 13,000 square feet Features: Walking distance to the Sunset Strip, panoramic city views, parking for 30 vehicles, "views of the property itself from within," featured in a Cadillac commercial
1620 Carla Ridge
· Last listed for $25,500,000 ·
6 beds · 8 baths · 9,393 sqft Features: Street to street lot, 12-foot gates, interior courtyard with an olive tree in it, gourmet kitchen, cigar lounge, panoramic views.
9133 Oriole Way
· $35,000,000 ·
5 beds · 10 baths · 12,530 square feet Features: Celebrity neighbors, glass walls, natural light, fully furnished (furniture included in the sale price), catering kitchen, "hidden TVs drop from the ceiling."