Homes with endless exotic gardens, extraordinary views in prime locations, sumptuous rooms decorated with unique details and the latest technology of a “smart home”. These are the highlights of some of the most luxurious properties in today’s rental market.
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Located just three blocks from Sunset Boulevard and built with a fusion of Mediterranean style that harkens back to Spain and Italy, the legendary Beverly Mansion, which served as the set for the film The Godfather, is now available for rent at a cost of $600,000 per month. Just on the main floor we find a library adorned with hand carved wood, pool hall, family room with an outdoor terrace, which comfortably hosts up to 400 people, a bar decorated in high art Deco style, a spa and a gym. The beautiful residence, one of the few houses in the area that retains its original architecture and decoration, was also the setting for John and Jacqueline Kennedy´s honeymoon. This piece of history, embedded in the heart of the city of Los Angeles, is for sale for $115 million. But if the 17 bedrooms and 29 bathrooms in the mansion are too much for you, you can choose to rent the guest house, located in the surrounding gardens, for only $85,000 a month.
40 Mercer Street
Manhattan, Nueva York
“I find beauty in things that are rare or imperfect”, said designer Marc Jacobs. However, there is nothing imperfect in his apartment at 40 Mercer Street in New York City, the 14-story building created by the visionary hotelier Andre Balazs in collaboration with famed architect Jean Nouvel, winner of the Pritzker Prize for Architecture. In its more than 2,500 square feet, this privileged space boasts a cantilevered terrace, a luxurious fitness center, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa. Impeccably furnished with the same thoroughness that characterizes Jacobs’ fashion creations, the residence is decorated with classic pieces from renowned designers such as Charles and Ray Eames. This dream apartment is the ultimate lifestyle complement for anyone who loves design since it offers luxury, elegance, good taste and cutting edge architecture. With exclusive finishes, open spaces that invite contemplation, three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and windows with spectacular views of Manhattan, this apartment can be rented for $35,000 a month.
Holmby Hills, Los Angeles
What can better mend a broken heart than surrounding yourself with gentle luxury and comforting opulence? Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 driver Bernie Ecclestone and Croatian supermodel Slavica, has decided to do just that after separating from her boyfriend Omar Khyami. With incomparable views of the Bel Air Country Club in Los Angeles, the house, rented by the 28 year-old millionaire was recently remodeled. The more than 18,000 square feet of this property boast exquisite marble floors, stately outdoor terraces, 9 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a stunning two-story library, a movie theater and a pool built and detailed in the style of a luxury resort. At the moment, you may have to wait until Tamara ends her next relationship and decides to move out, but keep in mind the cost of renting the property: $150,000 a month.
Who would have thought that Tony Montana‘s mansion was not in Miami? Located in Santa Barbara, California, the imposing mansion that appeared in the film Scarface is now for rent. Known as “El Fureidis”, this property with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean was built on 10 acres. Among Persian gardens of unsurpassed beauty, the marvelous property of five bedrooms and eight bathrooms also has a magnificent lounge with pool tables, a spa, a grand library with fireplace and exquisite wooden floors, an atrium with Corinthian columns and pools with six levels of waterfalls. It also has a guesthouse that would be the dream of any mortal. Built in 1906 by Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Little Paradise, as it is also known, is for rent for $30,000 a month.
Beacon Hill, Boston
When it comes to style, few residences can compete with number 74 Beacon Street in Boston. Located in the historic heart of the city, this magnificent six-story townhouse has a granite facade and a striking pool, strategically built on the roof of the building alongside a beautiful cantilevered terrace lined with precious wood. Simple and modern, the home exudes elegance in every way. With automated systems that make it a true “smart home”, six beautifully decorated bedrooms, a fitness center with all the amenities, eight fireplaces, a magnificent wine cellar, a library with fine wood bookcases and, of course, an elevator, this property is pure perfection. Valued at more than $13 million, it is available for rent for $40,000 a month.
Beekman Tower, 8 Spruce Street
Manhattan, New York
So far this is the apartment located at the highest elevation in the western hemisphere. It is a spectacular penthouse in one of the tallest residential skyscrapers in the United States. The iconic 76-story building where the apartment is located, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, has become a New York architectural landmark, currently known as New York by Gehry. The penthouse offers spectacular views of Manhattan and the Catskills. You may feel that the world is at your feet, even while in the bathtub because the apartment has wonderful windows throughout. With four bedrooms, bathrooms equipped with Duravit tubs, remote lighting, indoor pool and spa, as soon you step into this space you feel you have gone to heaven. For the luxury of living in this apartment inside a spectacular architectural work with Gehry’s signature, you just have to pay a monthly rental of $60,000. ■