The first family’s former summer rental up for grabs at $22.5 million


The first family’s former Martha’s Vineyard estate just hit the market for a whopping $22.5 million. According to reports, real estate agent Thomas Wallace of Wallace & Co. Sotheby’s rented the Chilmark home to President Obama and his family for their summer vacation in 2013.

Sitting on over nine acres at 120 feet above the Atlantic, the 6,967-square-foot home affords bountiful ocean views of the South Shore and Chilmark Pond.

It is equipped with a half basketball court, dock, access to three private beaches, a gourmet kitchen, a living room with a fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows, home gym, fitness room, a master wing, a guest wing with three additional bedrooms, four full baths and an detached cottage with two bedrooms.

Not to mention a heated infinity pool in the backyard and a large backyard, perfect for any family get-together. If this isn’t just a great family home, we don’t know what is. It also looks pretty romantic when the sun goes down. Check out the gallery below for a look inside the first family’s former summer rental.

Gatsby-styled mansion, Cobble Court, in Long Island is breathtaking

Built during the 1920s, this exquisite mansion is nestled in the North Shore of Long Island enclave of Glen Cove and sits on nine waterfront acres. It's a seven-bedroom brick chateau with six full bathrooms and two half baths that was built by Lewis Luckenbach, an heir of Luckenbach Steamship Company, Inc. Known as Cobble Court, the manor, built in 1928, has a private beach that looks out onto the Long Island Sound, two large guest cottages, a greenhouse and a garden house.

Sotheby's International Realty has listed the mansion for $16 million. Bragging rights: some of the wealthiest industrialists in America have owned mansions in the area including J.P Morgan, the Vanderbilts, Hearsts, Astors and Guggenheims.


University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts Unveiled

The University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts. Photo: Tom Rossiter, courtesy of the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is a museum unto itself with structures designed by world-renown designers Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Eero Saarinen, among others.

Joining them is the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.Read more

A Look Inside Naomi Campbell's New Home

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has a penchant for shacking up in, say, wacky eye-shaped eco-palaces in Turkey and Gothic palaces in Venice. Add this to the real estate holdings of Campbell and her billionaire boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin: a truly mindblowing spaceship inspired mansion near Moscow.

The stunning 28,524-square-foot mansion looks like a smoothed Star Destroyer, with two 65-foot towers as the ship's bridge overlooking lush hills covered with birch and pine forests. The photos and the scale is nothing short of stunning. The interior is as futuristic as the exterior, with gigantic glass panels, smooth curves everywhere and extremely tall ceilings

A Look Inside Vincent Herbert's $7.5 Million Dollar Mansion

Award winning producer having worked with Toni Braxton, JoJo, and recently Lady GaGa, Vincent Herbert has put his a beautiful English manor-style mansion sitting on multiple acres of property up for sale.

The beautiful home was built in 1929, the 8,900 square-feet house features six bedrooms with six full bathrooms and two half bathrooms and sits on 12 acres of property. On the estate outside of the home is a pool, poolhouse, a 4-stall stable with cobblestone floors, a separate multiple car garage and a guest house, according to the home’s listing.

A Look Inside Russell Simmons NYC Penthouse

Listed at $11 million, the same original asking price as in 2005, Russell Simmons is determined to sell this NYC Penthouse. The 7,200-square-foot, 14-room duplex has three terraces, two kitchens and, per the listing, an “architectural staircase.” At almost 3,500 square feet of exterior space comes complete with four bedrooms, four and a half bathroom and a staff room which has a full bathroom and a library.

A Look Inside Diddy’s $8.5 Million Dollar Home

Diddy has listed his 66th floor Midtown West apartment at The Park Imperial for $8.5 million. Photos of the apartment were held in privacy until yesterday. That’s when Prudential Douglas Elliman finally posted multiple pictures showing every room of this unique apartment. First thing that takes the attention is a large Notorious B.I.G. painting hanging in the living room. Besides that it’s very obvious that the apartment was meant for entertaining. Countless couches, a piano, world class sound system, super large TV’s and a cocktail bar let you know that this apartment belongs to someone who likes to party. The highlight might be the breathtaking views of Central Park presented by floor-to-ceiling windows and a telescope.



The Black Architect of Bel Air: Paul Revere Williams

Paul Revere Williams

Today Bel Air, Brentwood and Beverly Hills are homes to the fine work of African American architect Paul Revere Williams. 

Williams was born in Los Angeles on February 18, 1894 to Lila Wright Williams and Chester Stanley Williams who had recently moved from Memphis with their young son, Chester, Jr.

By the age of 4, Williams and his siblings had lost both parents and were each placed in separate foster homes. Thankfully, Lila Williams instilled the importance of education in her children and led Paul Revere to develop his artistic talent.

The only Black child in high school, Paul Revere Williams teacher told him to avoid architecture because Whites would not hire him and blacks could not provide him work.

Williams ignored the advice and simultaneously pursued architectural education and professional experience with Los Angeles’ leading firms to great fanfare.

In 1922, Paul Revere Williams opened his own firm servicing the California elite and one year later he became the first African American member of the American Institute of Architects.

In a stellar career that spanned 50 years, Williams designed approximately 3,000 buildings, served on many municipal, state and federal commissions, was active in political and social organizations and in 1957, he was the first African American elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

He is still known as the “Architect to the Hollywood Stars.”

He died in 1980 at the age 85.

Pharrell Williams Miami Penthouse

Topped by a frosted-glass dome, the empyrean apartment floats 40 stories above Miami. A huge room rises the full three levels of the space, which pivots around a white spiral staircase. Bold contemporary art lines the walls, and sybaritic delights—an outdoor pool overhung with an improbable vine-covered trellis, a supersize purple crocodile Hermès bag can be found at every turn.  Though the penthouse bears all the hallmarks of an MTV Cribs pleasure palace, ripe for louche and Lucullan delights, Williams eschews the kind of bacchanals endemic to the music business.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Malibu Mansion

 The 25,000sq ft house has been designed with no 'dead end to create an infinite cycle that represented Will and Jada's love. Designed by architect Stephen Samuelson, the home includes a plethora of hand-crafted elements, an intimate and bespoke feel. And Samuelson reveals the sprawling pad takes inspiration from various cultures, from Persian, Moroccan and Spanish to Southwest America.