Alicia Keys and her husband Swizz Beatz opened the doors to their 1 of a kind mansion to Architectural Digest and fans are impressed. The stunning cliffside mansion has been known as “Razor House” and was erected in 2007 by architectural designer Wallace E. Cunningham in La Jolla, California. The nearly 11,000-square-foot residence overlooks the Pacific Ocean and has also been described as a “magnum opus,” an “architectural masterpiece”. But for Alicia Keys, e Swizz Beatz new owners have renamed it “Dreamland” and Keys described it as “a place to create dreams and to be bold enough to dream your wildest dream—for us to even be here is the wildest dream.” Check out the stunning property below.
The couple purchased the home in 2019 but was on Dean’s manifestation list for years. He had a picture of the home as his phone’s screen saver for eight years. It appeared and disappeared from the market, but the music producer remained hopeful. “I was low-key manifesting it,” he told the outlet. The couple’s real estate agent, Stephen Sweeney called to let them know the house was available again and Dean knew he wanted to move Alicia and their children Egypt and Genesis there. “When your screen saver comes to life, it’s unbelievably crazy,” Dean said.
Dean was a little worried that Alicia Keys would leave New York for the West Coast but after spending a weekend in the home Keys fell in love with it while meditating one morning. The singer saw parasailers soaring over a nearby mountain and explained,
“At that moment, I felt like I was witnessing a beautiful metaphor, and I wanted to not ever forget how endless we are and how the unimaginable can happen. That’s what did it for me. I was taken.”
Once they made the $20.8 million purchase they hired New York-based interior designer Kelly Behun to transform the space into a modernist dream. Dean was a longtime fan of Behun and was shocked to find her in his DM’s about the house and he was ready to collaborate.
“He lives and breathes that house; he understands every square inch of it. Being remote would normally be an obstacle, [but] he was so in tune with what he knew he wanted, and that’s why everything just clicked,” the designer said.
The project took nine months to complete and Behun brought warmth and soul to the structure that has floor-to-ceiling glass, white concrete, grand walkways, and floating staircases. The designer brought in wood elements, Moroccan wool rugs, and seating upholstered in shearling and cotton velvet.
In the dining room, a Gordon Parks photograph hangs above a concrete-and-walnut sideboard by Jessie Nelson on which stand two 1930s Baule masks.
In the family room,a tufted sectional sofa from Todd Merrill studio in a Kravet velvet wraps around A Mauro Mori cocktail table sculpted out of an Albizia tree trunk from Les Ateliers Courbet. Custom Moroccan wool rug by Soufiane Zarib.
An early-20th-century Baga Nimba ceremonial shoulder mask and a painting by Henry Taylor in the dining room.
In the primary bedroom, a pair of 1940’s Sven Staaf chairs upholstered in shearling from Hostler Burrows flank an oak and stone mosaic side table with rope accents by Kelly Behun Studio from The Invisible Collection.
Along with the impressive art collection are their sentimental items like a baby grand piano Keys was gifted by her record label when she turned 16. “There’s been so many times when people have doubted me but True wealth is believing in yourself,” she wrote on Twitter.