A high-profile name has emerged as the buyer of the Razor House, an architectural masterpiece on the coast of La Jolla: Alicia Keys.
The singer-songwriter shelled out $20.8 million for the striking estate, according to sources unauthorized to comment on the sale. That’s the priciest deal in the coastal community this year.
A cutting-edge blend of concrete and glass, the jagged, sweeping structure listed last summer for $30 million before a price cut took it down to $24.995 million. It was built by architect Wallace E. Cunningham, who designed the three-story structure to match the dramatic landscape that surrounds it.
Employing a cantilevered base, the modernist home hugs the side of a cliff and takes in sweeping ocean views.
Highlights are aplenty. There’s a subterranean garage and a series of geometric terraces up above — including a scenic entertainer’s deck with a swimming pool and outdoor kitchen.
The entire structure wraps around a custom courtyard. Perhaps the home’s most stunning space, it features a collection of concrete monoliths around a turf lawn and fire pit.
Inside are touches of white concrete, stainless steel, stone and walnut across 11, 545 square feet. Walls of glass line the living spaces, which include a two-story great room, rounded living room, billiards room, library, tiered movie theater and two kitchens.
The upper levels, accessed by a sweeping, floating staircase, boast a lofted lounge and two master suites. There are four bedrooms in total, and the 1,300-square-foot detached guesthouse adds two more.
Keys, 38, has won 15 Grammys over the course of a career that has seen her release six studio albums and sell more than 65 million records. Her hits include “Fallin,'” “No One” and “If I Ain’t Got You.”