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Inside Cher’s Malibu Renaissance-style home

Academy Award winning actor and Grammy winning singer Cher is known for her extravagant collection of luxury properties, however, her Italian Renaissance-style bluff-top mansion has always been the one property she prized the most.

According to Architectural Digest, the singer spent many years trying to find the perfect location for her private oasis and settled on an idyllic bluff in Malibu back in 1998.

Cher then spent five years collaborating with architect Martyn Lawrence Bullard and builder Wallace Tutt III to construct the nearly 1500sq m mansion, that looks out across the coast from Point Dume to Santa Monica.

The Italian Renaissance-style bluff-top mansion sits on 1.7 acres and boasts a three-storey main house with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, a home gym, private theatre, an infinity edge swimming pool, and a tennis court above a large 20-car subterranean garage.

There’s also a guest house, guard’s tower and a pair of imposing front gates built with limestone blocks, custom bronze doors and carved panels from Rajasthan India for additional privacy.

According to architect Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the finest materials were used in the build, with “limestone and marble imported from Italy and France, hand-wrought bronze doors, and custom hardware and tiles from Spain and Morocco”. 

While an 18th-century Venetian marble balustrade was purchased from William Randolph Hearst’s collection at San Simeon. 

A variety of artists painted the ceilings with Eastern motifs and then combined hand-distressed mirrors and Moroccan-style lighting to help warm the home.

The location of the mansion was critical to Cher, who wanted to capitalise on the views.

“Every room has two different views of the ocean,” she told Architectural Digest

“This house wraps its arms around you.”

Cher is now looking to create a new sanctuary elsewhere.

“This house has been one of the greatest passions of my life,” she said.

“I have enjoyed every moment of its creation and evolution, but now it’s time to pass this magic on to others.”

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a freelance journalist specialising in finance and real estate.