All I want for Christmas…
November 1st 1994 and Mariah Carey released the lead single from her 4th album – “All I want for Christmas is you”.
With sales of over 14 million copies, this song is Mariah Carey’s biggest International hit and is apparently the 11th best-selling single of all time and is reported to have earned over $50 million in royalties.
OK, so what…I hear you ask…does this have to do with real estate in Tenerife?
With her Christmas single being one of the best-selling singles ever and James Corden having just recorded a new Carpool Karaoke with the star herself singing the world-famous tune, I wondered what type of property would Mariah Carey buy in Tenerife?
In December 2013, she was estimated to be worth over $500 million, so to work out what property she might like to buy in Tenerife let’s have a look at the property that she had at the time.
– Polished hard wood floors
– A cinema room with a sofa per person
– Bedroom ceilings with pink and blue clouds painted on them
– An island…but not in the kitchen, in the bathroom…!!!
– A room that’s reminiscent of a winter mountain lodge that can seat 100 with wood beamed ceilings and an open fire
– An inside basketball court and gym
– A Moroccan style Gazebo chill-out area
– 360º panoramic views ranging from the city to the sea & to the mountains
– A swimming pool, with her initials on it tiled in the centre of the floor
OK, well that’s a start about finding out what she likes but in 2014 she sold up and moved into rented accommodation.
Paying between $250.000 and $350.000 per month (I can’t get a confirmed figure) she and her boyfriend at the time, James Packer, moved into a fantastic mansion in California.
The property is situated on over 4.000m2 of land and measures between 1.200 and 1.700 m2 inside (again, it’s hard to get a confirmed figure). Just to put that measurement into proportion, the average large town house here in Tenerife measures 90m2 inside and a large villa that you might see in the hills of Roque del Conde might have inside measurements of between 400 – 500m2. So, this rented property could fit about 3 or 4 good sized villas inside it or nearly 19 town houses…madness…
Mariah Carey’s rented property has a massive modern kitchen with the obligatory island, a cinema room (with luxury chairs as opposed to the sofas), a sauna and a gym and a fabulous natural lagoon type swimming pool, a basketball court (outside this time) plenty of parking inside and out and fabulous views.
Due to the attention to details, the property is reported to have been built over a 5-year period and is apparently on a lease with an option to buy – it’s never been on the market since it was first built.
In fact, I found out where this property was and took this from Google Maps, it’s an overhead shot of the property…
But trying to get a street view of the property from outside the front door was impossible.
Evidently, even the Google car couldn’t get any further than the guard house of the secure gated community…so this is as far as we get.
Hardly surprising because within that community she can count the Kardashian Family and Justin Bieber as neighbours, all of whom I’m sure love their privacy.
So, where does that leave us in Tenerife?
A quick search of properties for sale in the south of Tenerife reveals that there’s isn’t anything for sale of 1.700m2…but hang on, I’m sure we can still satisfy Mariah.
I’ll have to admit that I haven’t seen any properties with a full size basketball court but I have seen plenty of villas with gyms, saunas, swimming pools, massive garages and fabulous views.
We’ve got one for sale ourselves, it’s big at 625m2 but would still fit 2 to 3 times inside her rented place, it’s got great views and an infinity pool which makes the most of the views out to sea and La Gomera but at 5 bedrooms…but with 5 bedrooms and just over 600m2 – is it big enough for Mariah?
This fantastic villa has a gym and a sauna, a garage large enough for 4 or 5 cars and it’s secure with steel shutters and alarms…but as the Google car has been allowed past the house on the road outside…is it secure enough for our Mariah?
The kitchen is fabulous, a chef’s delight…oh and it’s got a great island too, but I must confess, there’s no island in the bathroom like her previous home, so is it luxurious enough for her?
And priced at less than €3 million, that’s pocket change for her, is it expensive enough to meet her tastes?
There’s only one other property that springs to mind, I’ve never been there, I doubt I ever will…if I do, I’ll let you know…but the one I’m thinking about is the Castle in Bahía del Duque.
You know the one, the one that’s on that bit of land that juts out into the sea in Bahía del Duque.
Owned by Santiago and Noelia Puig both massive land owners here in Tenerife and she a 60’s beauty queen.
It’s not for sale, well, not that I know of and if it was, I don’t know how much it would be up for.
I haven’t got a clue what’s behind the doors regarding the number of bedrooms, if it’s got a gym and sauna…I just don’t know.
it’s definitely got a pool, I can see that from the Google Maps overhead shot and it certainly looks exclusive enough, so maybe it could fit the bill for Ms Carey…
Well, Mariah, if you’re reading this article and you’re thinking about buying a villa in Tenerife and you think you might want to see some property that might suit you…let me know…you know where you can find me…