Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Your Mama Hears...

...that teen-aged British boy bander Harry Styles of One Direction might be in the market for a pricey new pad in the Miami area. We can't verify the veracity of the real estate rumor but and inside source we'll call Jimmy Jibberjabber swears the four-nippled heartthrob's people twice peeped a swish and sybaritic bay-front pad in a swanky gated enclave in Key Biscayne, FL, that's currently on the market with a $19,500,000 price tag.

Digital listing details show the newly constructed and partially marble-clad contemporary has a total of six en suite bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms in 6,544 square feet spread over four floors of indoor living space plus what looks to Your Mama like several thousand more square feet of luxuriously appointed outdoor living areas.

In addition to a center hall entry with 30-foot ceiling and dark-stained white oak staircase, the mansion's interior spaces include an L-shaped great room with generous living and dining areas that spill out to a glass-railed terrace that spans the full-width of the house, a sleek, all-white SieMatic-brand eat-in kitchen, and a separate media room with a 64-in built-in flat screen television.

The second floor master suite has panoramic water views, a custom-designed ceiling with LED lighting, dual walk-in closets with custom shelving, a private terrace with outdoor shower area, and a bespoke, rock-star style bathroom with, top-grade fixtures, glass counter tops, white quartz flooring, a white glass tile shower enclosure, and a 26-inch television in the mirror above the double sink vanity.

Up on the third floor, a glass-railed roof top pavilion opens to a wrap-around roof-top terrace with imitation grass patch, expansive dining and lounging areas, an open air work-out area with a television flush mounted into the wall under the deep eaves, and a sexy-sexy negative-edge plunge pool surrounded by Ipe wood decking. That's right, puppies, there's a (small) swimming pool on the roof.

Back on the ground there are more outdoor living spaces that include a vast, limestone-floored covered lounge area that gives way to a grassy area with custom outdoor seating. On the side of the house there's a second negative edge swimming pool with charcoal tiles and at the back there's a 40-foot dock for parking water craft

Other features of note include numerous balconies with glass balustrades, an elevator, a state-of-the-art home automation system, custom exterior lighting, and a four-car garage.

Key Biscayne, about 15 miles by car from the heart of South Beach and accessible only by way of the Rickenbacker Causeway causeway, doesn't carry the glitzy panache of South Beach or the hyper-exclusivity of, say, Indian Creek but the itty-bitty island community has certainly had a healthy handful of high profile home owners: two-time gold medal winning professional tennis player Mary Joe Fern├índez; Brazilian race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi—whose canal-front house is currently listed for $13.8 million; disgraced U.S. president Richard Nixon; Showbiz superstar Cher; architecture and design savvy Tinseltowner Brad Pitt; billionaire art world honcho Martin Margulies, a man with a staggering, museum-quality collection of contemporary art worth nearly a billion dollars.

Last year, when he was dating notoriously vindictive country-pop star Taylor Swift, all us international property gossips went hog wild when the shaggy-haired global phenom splashed out around £3,000,000 for a (walled and gated) bachelor pad in North London's Hampstead Heath area.

Mister Jibberjabber snitched to Your Mama that other boys in the band have also recently picked up bachelor pads of their own: Zayn Malik scooped up a £3 million modern residence in the North London village of Arkley; Louie Tomlinson bought a Georgian-style house a few miles away in Hendon for about £2.5 million; Niall Horan, who is rumored to own a multi-million dollar manse in the horse-friendly and celebrity-packed community of Hidden Hills in suburban Los Angeles, paid about £2.2 million for the Brookmans Park (Hertfordshire) flat of boy bander Marvin Humes of JLS. Although Liam Payne was spotted touring a penthouse property in North London's Primrose Hill last year, we confess we have no idea if he pulled the trigger or if he's still shacked up on his parent's farm.

listing photos: Coldwell Banker