Real Estate Porn: Rent Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones’ Bermuda Escape and Settle in a New York City Mansion

Blair Pfander
Real Estate Porn: Rent Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones’ Bermuda Escape and Settle in a New York City Mansion
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Whether or not you’re a captain of industry, few pleasures in life are as uncomplicated as clicking through impossibly luxe (and ridiculously expensive) real estate listings.
This week, we’re contemplating a bright gold swimsuit to compliment the swimming pool at the $100 million Versace mansion—which is completely tiled in shimmering 24 carat gold mosaic.
But sometimes all that glam can make a gal blush. Which is why we’re considering spending a weekend in Ancram, New York, where Ai Wei Wei’s only architectural project in the United States—a minimalist, ultra-modern beauty—is listed for (a surprisingly affordable) $4.25 million.
Coming down with a case of spring fever? We’re packing our beach towel and making way for Swain’s Neck, a $47.5 million Cape Cod behemoth located on 75 wooded acres of Nantucket coastline. And don’t worry about where to park your yacht: it comes with its own boathouse.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Mansions in New York City don't come on the market often, but when they do, it's well worth the wait. This glamorous townhouse on east 50th street features a planting terrace, marble floors, formal dining room and a wine cellar with a "secret" entrance to the gym. $48,750,000 at Christies

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MARRAKECH, MOROCCO:
Located just beyond an olive grove and an orange tree garden, this modern Marrakech mansion looks like something out of Arabian nights, with a main villa outfitted with a hammam, yoga studio, and training area as well as outdoor lounge spaces and literally hundreds of carved wood lanterns. Price upon request at Christies.

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NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND:
This massive Newport mansion is the ultimate in old-world sophistication, set on 425 acres of coastline and outfitted with silk-covered walls, marble fireplaces, a 125 person ballroom and, outside, a fully tiled pool with two heated marble cabanas and a covered bar. $17,900,00 at Christies.

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SOUTH BEACH, FLORIDA: Inconspicuously dubbed the "palace of the sea," this palm-shaded Florida mansion features a regal gated entrance, fountainhead motor court, and a romantic "dune walkover"—basically a little bridge built over the beach, so you don't have to get sand in your golden shoes. $22,500,000 at Christies.

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NANTUCKET, MASSACHUSETTS: Ah, the rustic charms of Cape Cod: the humble shingled cottages, the white sand beaches, and, of course, "Swain's Neck," a massive 75-acre oceanfront mansion on Polpis Harbor that comes with two separate moorings, a separate artist studio, barn, and private boathouse. Hey, it's the simple things. $47,500,000 at Great Point Properties.

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PELOPONESSE, GREECE:
This classic Greek villa—which is really three separate structures connected on a single compound—is nestled on its own private beach. Each building promises its own "distinctive experience": an indoor-outdoor main house, duplex master bedroom, and guest accommodations with private verandas. Price upon request at Christies.

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ST.HELENA, CALIFORNIA: It's the most affordable property on this week's round-up, but this modern St. Helena house may also be our favorite. Formerly the site of a small cottage on the outskirts of a California vineyard, this elegant mini-ranch has been rebuilt with modern creature comforts like an outdoor living room and a guest suite with a balcony overlooking the courtyard. $3,950,000 at Coldwell Banker.

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BERMUDA:
Feel like unwinding like an A-lister? This rustic Bermuda mansion is owned by Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, who renovated the property to include a children's wing, tennis court, and "secret garden with hot tub." Rent for $28,000,000 per month, at Bermuda Realty.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA: A new listing it's not, but the infamous Versace mansion (where Gianni Versace met his grisly end) recently lowered its asking price from a mind-boggling $125 million to a slightly-less-but-still-staggering $100 million. The price, though huge, includes truly ritzy flourishes like a mosaic-tiled pool lined with 24-karat gold and elaborate original murals in all the bedrooms. $100,000,000 at Coldwell Banker.

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ANCRAM, NEW YORK: Ai Wei Wei's only architectural undertaking in the United States in located, rather surprisingly, in Ancram, New York. Described by the New York Times as a "corrugated metal weekend house," the design consists of a series of boxes that appear closed-off from the outside, but are illuminated with natural light from the inside. $4,2500,000 at Realtor.com.

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