Articles by

Bethany Erickson

08/02/19 9:00am

DreIt may not be “a crib with a studio and it’s all full of tracks to add to the wall, full of plaques, hanging up in the office in back of his house like trophies,” but when we saw his Los Angeles manse was on the market, we didn’t forget about Dr. Dre.

And a brief programming note: If you like mood music with your fancy celebrity home story, scroll on down to the bottom of this page and hit play. You’re welcome.

Dre’s 16,200 square-foot home is in the luxury-laden and private Westchester County Estates, an enclave protected by guards and a gate. The home itself also sits behind a gated drive.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Grammy-winning rap artist and founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics paid $2.35 million for the home in 1999. The French country-style home has been extensively renovated since the purchase.

Inside, the renovations include two kitchens, a 250-bottle wine cellar, a movie theater, and an elevator so you can reach all three stories of the home with ease (although don’t miss the grand staircase in the foyer).



07/30/19 9:00am

MiamiMiami and Miami Beach have a bit of a reputation — thanks in part to the celebrities that have second (or third, or fourth) homes in the area — of being where you go for luxury beach living.

And luxury, as we all know, doesn’t come cheap. But for this week’s Splurge Vs. Steal, we’re heading to Miami Beach, the city connected only by bridges to mainland Miami, where the prices vary as widely as the beaches, and the southern end — South Beach — is nearly synonymous with models and celebrities.

We have a gorgeous beachfront condo with luxurious amenities thanks to its affiliation with a luxury hotel, and a more modest option that is much lower in price point, but ripe for becoming that blank slate ready for your modern touches. Which one will you pick? (more…)

07/29/19 2:00pm

Photos courtesy Calilo

We head to Greece to check out the island of Ios, found out how much wellness you can get with a $12.2 million house, and we take a gander at a gorgeous Midcentury Modern that is surrounded by trees, and yet still only an hour from Grand Central Station.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading? (more…)

07/28/19 2:30am

The birthplace of Nina Simone, born Eunice Waymon (photo courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation).

In a complete departure from our usual Historical Shelters leitmotif of showing an incredible historical home available for purchase, this weekend we’re going to show you an incredible effort to save a historic home. 

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, in 1933, the young girl that would become Nina Simone lived in a three-room, 660 square-foot clapboard house for part of her childhood — there were six children in the Waymon family, so three rooms would be a tight fit. It was in this house that she taught herself to play on the upright piano at age three. 

It was there that Tryon residents became aware of her talent and convinced her mother to allow her to take piano lessons from a resident who was classically trained. It was that early recognition of her talent that set her on a path toward Julliard, a career that transcended genre and country, and 15 Grammy nominations.

Nina Simone, age 8

Tryon was also the place where she got her first confrontations with racial discrimination, too.

“Looking back, Nina Simone’s childhood life in Tryon didn’t just shape her musically; it was also where she experienced the racial discrimination that shaped her worldview and eventually propelled her as a voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” the National Trust for Historic Preservation wrote. “Once such instance is when Simone’s parents were forced to give up their seats to white audience members at her debut recital. Even though she was only eleven, Simone found her voice and refused to play until her parents were returned to their rightful place in the front row.” (more…)

07/22/19 12:15pm

ScottishSomeone ponied up more than $20 million for a private island in Connecticut, you can still buy a castle in the woods in Arkansas, and we have a Scottish island perfect for when you really, really want to get away.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading?

Relatively Quick Sale for Private Connecticut Island

It didn’t take long, but someone has purchased a historic 18-room mansion on Rogers Island in Connecticut — a price tag the sellers’ Realtor says is one of the largest sales in the state. (more…)

07/15/19 2:00pm

Photo courtesy Wallich Residence

We take a look at the new digs for Dyson founder James Dyson, the most adorable vacay stays ever in Montana, and three places where you might be able to strike a deal on a condo.

Here’s what we’re reading. What are YOU reading? (more…)

07/14/19 2:00pm

martha's vineyardBy 1979 when Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis bought Red Gate Farm at the edge of Squibnocket Pond in Martha’s Vineyard, if anyone was in need of refuge from prying eyes, it was the former First Lady.

And now that 340-acre sanctuary with a mile of beachfront near the Cliffs of Gay Head is up for sale. 

When Onassis bought the property, there was just a hunting cabin on the land, which had previously been a sheep farm. Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, who had redesigned the White House Rose Garden, designed the landscapes on the estate, and architect Hugh Newell Jacobson designed the Cape Cod-style main house and a two-story guest house.