Words by Joyce Chen, Architectural Digest
Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade are no strangers to the HGTV world of wall paint colours and open-floor plans. So it’s no surprise that their recent West Coast purchase—an 8,650-square-foot Sherman Oaks, California, mansion—is the stuff HGTV dreams are made of. The five-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bathroom home, which they purchased for $5.995 million, stands three stories tall and comprises the white stucco and red tiled roof combination typical of a Mediterranean villa—but with a twist.
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The house, which is brand new and sits on three-quarters of an acre overlooking the valley, also features a number of sleek modern amenities that make it the perfect blend of classic and clean. The entrance floor consists of a dining room that opens out onto a narrow, walled courtyard patio, separated from a sunlit living room by an open-tread circular staircase linking all three floors. A family room on the same floor features a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors that can fold, accordion-style, to create a grand indoor-outdoor space to a loggia that overlooks the backyard’s infinity-edge swimming pool.
Upstairs on the top floor, the master suite holds court with its own fireplace, a balcony with stunning canyon views, and a spa-style bathroom with a two-person soaking tub next to a window with plenty of natural light. Two additional en-suite guest bedrooms are also located on the top floor, with a second family room acting as a common space. The lower level of the home includes a guest or staff suite, as well as a huge game room just off the base of the staircase. The room includes a full bar, a walk-in wine vault, and comfortable couches for a relaxing night in.
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A fitness studio and a home theater flesh out the rest of the bottom floor, which also opens out onto the backyard where there is an outdoor fireplace, outdoor grill, and the aforementioned infinity swimming pool, all overlooking the picturesque valley below. Both Union and Wade proved their love for all things home improvement earlier this year when they debuted their television special, All-Star Flip, in April. The 30-minute show chronicled their adventures buying an outdated ranch in Miami, renovating it, and trying to sell it back to a fellow Floridian. All proceeds went to charity.
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