Mystery Shroud’s sale of Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s baroque New Orleans Church – The Hollywood Reporter
Intrigue and everything that makes an original film for life surround this historic church-converted mansion in the Garden District of New Orleans. In fact, the place has almost 99 problems – and transparency isn’t!
For example, why after less than a week on the market why the asking price inexplicably rose by $ 1 million from $ 3.5 million to nearly $ 4.5 million? Why are the current listing pictures from 2015, the last sale of the property, being recycled even though the structure is through a alleged arson in July? Who lit the fire and why? Why is the place listed as FSBO (for sale by the owner) but the owner’s phone number listed is registered with an immigration attorney in Mississippi? The listing also urges potential buyers to visit a specific real estate marketing website, but the website doesn’t actually exist – and that’s just to get started! (The elaborate Spanish-style structure is completely blurry on Google Maps because it is natural.)
Perhaps the most interesting tidbit about the mansion known as La Casa de Castille: it may never have been occupied by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and BeyoncÃ© (nee Knowles), but it definitely belongs to the music superstars. The deeds show that the property is registered with Sugarcane Park LLC, a company founded by BeyoncÃ©’s company Parkwood Entertainment and managed by her mother, Tina Knowles. According to records, the previous owner Sandra McNamara sold the property to the mogul slopes in early 2015; It’s not clear how much the Carters paid, but the store asked for $ 2.6 million. (McNamara acquired the property in 2001 for only $ 500,000, according to the OrlÃ©ans Parish Assessor Office’s records.)
Aside from the unusual recent history of the house, it is now exclusive to Zillow, and that’s pretty interesting in and of itself. The original listing quoted an unnamed âGrammy winnerâ who apparently said of the property, âThe acoustics and mood are great. I wrote my best while I was watching the sunset from the roof garden! âAccording to this listing, the place has also hosted weddings, events and large company bosses within its baroque borders. And to sweeten the proverbial pot, the sellers have also offered to paint the structure in the color of the new owner before signing the contract.
Just half a block from the city’s famous St. Charles Avenue, the 1927 building’s facade is dominated by a trio of massive arched windows and an ornate churrigueresque crown. Once a Presbyterian church, the building later became a ballet school before being converted for residential use in around 2000; Although the original wooden floors, pillars, moldings, and pews are believed to be retained, the site has evidently undergone a dramatic change.
Today there are six bedrooms and seven bathrooms on a living space of 13,300 square meters. There are also three one-room apartments – each around 1,000 square meters – with discreet separate entrances from a side street and a roof garden with a view of the city center. The huge house is visually dominated by its 26-foot-high room, the former sanctuary of the church, which has gleaming wooden floors.
It’s unclear if these spaces have changed in recent years, but other highlights from 2015 included a dining room with crimson walls, a loft-like seating area, a library with built-in bookshelves, and a gorgeous boardroom. There is also a spacious – if decoratively dated – kitchen fitted with high quality Viking appliances and granite countertops. Upstairs is the owner’s massive bedroom suite with a private living room, walk-in closet and bathroom with a claw-foot tub.
The Carters, who combined have an estimated net worth of over $ 1.5 billion, are also holding on $ 26 million home in East Hampton, NY, and $ 88 million Bel Air mansion and a lush Tribeca penthouse Acquired by Jay-Z in 2004.