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I love the big windows on the main living level as well as the painted brick. I kinda like the bedrooms, too.

Just for the heck of it, here's what I'd do if I owned the place and had several hundred thousand to put into renovations:
a) On the basement level, I'd put a gym (assuming the ceilings are tall enough), a media room, get rid of the laundry setup there and add a half bath in its place.
b) On the garden floor, I'd open everything up, turn the bedroom into a sun room, turn the full bath into a half bath, with the door re-positioned so it doesn't open into the kitchen, and the area where there's currently a bathtub, closet, and refrigerator, I'd turn into a laundry room. I'd put the kitchen where the dining room is, a small seating area (maybe just two armchairs and a small table) right in front of the windows, and then a long dining room table in the center.
c) On the next floor, I'd keep the living room a living room and turn the kitchen into an office/den/library, keep the half bath, and replace the laundry area with a wet bar.
d) On the top floor, I'd put the bathroom sink on the opposite wall, close off the door into the hallway, and put a door directly into the master bedroom where the sink used to be. I'd add a small full bath up against one of the windows in the other bedroom and a closet along the same wall.

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I love the big windows on the main living level as well as the painted brick. I kinda like the bedrooms, too.

Just for the heck of it, here's what I'd do if I owned the place and had several hundred thousand to put into renovations:
a) On the basement level, I'd put a gym (assuming the ceilings are tall enough), a media room, get rid of the laundry setup there and add a half bath in its place.
b) On the garden floor, I'd open everything up, turn the bedroom into a sun room, turn the full bath into a half bath, with the door re-positioned so it doesn't open into the kitchen, and the area where there's currently a bathtub, closet, and refrigerator, I'd turn into a laundry room. I'd put the kitchen where the dining room is, a small seating area (maybe just two armchairs and a small table) right in front of the windows, and then a long dining room table in the center.
c) On the next floor, I'd keep the living room a living room and turn the kitchen into an office/den/library, keep the half bath, and replace the laundry area with a wet bar.
d) On the top floor, I'd put the bathroom sink on the opposite wall, close off the door into the hallway, and put a door directly into the master bedroom where the sink used to be. I'd add a small full bath up against one of the windows in the other bedroom and a closet along the same wall.
Interesting ideas!! I'd never have thought of a media room nor gym, yet it' two area I'd probably frequent often in a house. You're right though, the latter would require a fairly high ceiling.

Stupid question, when you say 'half bath', what does that mean? Is it like a wc (water closet)?

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Interesting ideas!! I'd never have thought of a media room nor gym, yet it' two area I'd probably frequent often in a house. You're right though, the latter would require a fairly high ceiling.

Stupid question, when you say 'half bath', what does that mean? Is it like a wc (water closet)?
In a city with overly crowded gyms and overpriced movie theaters, those are both things I'd want in my home. I feel like you could underpin (if that's the correct term?) at least part of the basement, dig the foundation deeper, and put a gym in. I know in older homes in London it's extremely common to add square footage by digging down below the foundation. Not sure what the norm is in Brooklyn, but I imagine it's common practice there as well.


A half bath is (at least to my knowledge) the American term for a room containing a sink and toilet but no shower or bath tub. I think it's akin to the terms "wash room", "powder room" or "water closet".

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Yeah you can def dig out the basement to add another level,
I think I personally would be looking at height rights though to add a sunroom on the roof or some type of semi permanent structure for more open air space. It's too easy to feel like a mole in the city.

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Taylor Swift bought the famed Samuel Goldwyn estate in Los Angeles. It was listed for $39,000,000 but Taylor paid cash and got it for *only* $25,000,000. Looks like it needs some work, but it's in a wonderful area, it's notable and historical, and according to everyone who's been inside, has tremendous potential.





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Taylor Swift has quote a real estate portfolio now. This is her second home in Los Angeles. She also has two places in Nashville, an oceanfront home in Rhode Island, a penthouse in New York, and I think a house in Pennsylvania?

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She really does. She's pretty much the biggest music star on the planet at this precise moment. Her last album was a brilliantly done move to take her to the upper echelons of pop stars and it succeeded tremendously. The money she's earning has made her luuuudicrously wealthy. And she's only just getting started. Haha.

Here's a little blurb from RealEstalker, my favourite real estate blog - mostly because of the hilarity of the writer, "Your Mama".

We’ve now heard from several trusted canaries who include Our Fairy Godmother in Bel-Air and the inestimable real estate yenta Yolanda Yakketyyak — who says she’ll swear on an ocean of Dom Perignon, that it was famously property-mad pop-country crossover superstar Taylor Swift who recently shelled out $25 million in cold hard cash for the Tinseltown pedigreed Samuel Goldywn estate in Beverly Hills. The nearly two-acre spread — elegant, expansive, and well maintained but in need of some sprucing — includes a nearly 11,000-square-foot main house with six bedrooms and at least five bathrooms plus a two-room guest apartment above the garage, extensive gardens, sunken tennis court, swimming pool, and pool house with kitchenette.

Just 25 years old with a breathtaking income — Forbes estimates she hauled in $80 million between June 2014 and June 2015 — the platinum selling phenom presides over an expanding portfolio of increasingly posh residential properties that all together, by our rudimentary calculation, cost the seven-time Grammy winner more than $70 million. Swift already owns a secluded Beverly Hills estate that she picked up in 2011 for $3.55 million and her Nashville holdings include a 4,000-plus-square-foot duplex penthouse bought in 2009 for nearly $2 million and a stately Greek Revival residence on almost six acres acquired in 2011 for $2.5 million. As Swift’s fame and earnings grew so did the size and price of the residences she bought. In the spring of 2013, a year Forbes estimated she raked in an estimated $55 million, she shoveled out $17.75 million for Watch Hill, a 12,000-square-foot seaside spread in Westerly, R.I. And last year, with an income Forbes estimated at around $64 million, she paid “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker Peter Jackson $20 million for a suburban mansion-sized, two-unit duplex penthouse in lower Manhattan that has nine bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, a 1,200-square-foot living/dining room, and more than 2,000 square feet of wraparound terraces.

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Interesting read, thanks for sharing!

I suspect she'll maintain the integrity of the estate. I wonder if she'll ever show any of her homes in a magazine, in an Architectural Digest feature or something. I'd love to see her design choices.

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Wait, a very basic question; these are solely for investment purposes right? Otherwise what does a single 25-year-old do with so many gigantic estates and even if she only owned one such house, whom does she live with to need so many bedrooms in one house? I for one would hate to live with so many people ... zero privacy...

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I think she travels with an entourage, probably has family and friends staying with her often and probably entertains in her home as well (she's had fan gatherings at her house to listen to the new album, big parties at her homes for her tour dancers, etc.), so I don't think it's like she comes home from tour and settles into an empty mansion. Besides, what else is she to spend her money on when you make $80,000,000 a year and you're only 25? It's not like she needs to save it, she could comfortably live dozens of lifetimes on what she has. Maybe real estate or decorating is a hobby? I don't know. But if I were a multimillionaire whose career and income showed no signs of slowing down, I'd want massive homes where my family and friends would be with me, etc.

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The Goldwyn estate looks lovely, I really hope she doesnt tamper too much with it's aesthetic. I'm really keen to see her decorating style with all these properties. Even if she's buying in order to host parties (highly plausible considering her string of friends), it's still very weird for a 25yo to own so many properties, and I almost feel uncomfortable about it, but it's her money. I wonder whether she comes from a moneyed background or not? Maybe there's a fear of ending up penniless? Part of her motivation to purchase must be influenced by the investment angle. I'd spruce the Goldwyn mansion up, mark it up a bit more, and sell it off. For me it looks way too staid for Taylor's persona.

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Lauren Conrad's Beverly Hills Penthouse:

I actually like most of it, except the splashes of colour - it feels too forced. And she's got flowers in every room, love that about her. The dark cocktail lounge looks so chic.

I see Lauren's not much of an art lover: a small understated painting would've done much for both the living and dining rooms. The walls just looks too bare. A Louis Philippe mirror instead of the square edged one she's got up on the fireplace would also have been better.

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Looks a little too manufactured for my taste (like a designer helped choose all the furnishings at once, rather than a more naturally acquired collection of belongings) but it's pleasant enough. It seems to match her persona.

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I am supremely envious of Dominic West and his wife's London home. It's so colorful and happy and it looks like just the most wonderful place for elegant, unpretentious, inspiring, day-to-day living.











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^Definitely looks more personal thats for sure! Looks very cosy I would be very comfortable in that home.

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