Lenny Kravitz is a house musician in more ways than one. While popularly known as a multi-award winning pop star who scored four Grammy awards in 2001, the late 1990s and into the last decade, the composer of hit songs like Fly Away and Dig It is also something of a real estate mogul with a history of buying and flipping big-ticket residential properties he fixes up himself under the banner of his New York-based Kravitz Design, Inc.
Last year, he sold a 6,000 square foot SoHO duplex he renovated with the addition of a two suspended glass staircases and terrace with wood-burning fireplace to singer Alicia Keys and then fiancé Swizz Beatz for a reported $12.750-million (US), a price that was considerably more than the estimated $7-million he paid for it in 2001.
Today he lives in Paris in a townhouse he decorated in his signature sexy style. He also owns properties in New Orleans, the Bahamas and Brazil. When not creating a star-studded real estate portfolio, the multifaceted rock artist with Hollywood blood in his veins — his late parents were the producer Seymour Kravitz and the actress Roxie Roker (The Jeffersons) — is these days appearing in such high-profile films as Precious, the Oprah Winfrey project in which he played a male nurse, and the upcoming and hotly anticipated The Hunger Games, in which he plays a stylist, a role that likely wasn’t a stretch for him given his design-savvy background. After overseeing the design of downtown Miami’s Paramount Bay condo project among other interior design assignments, Kravitz’s next gig is Bisha, a new condo-hotel in Toronto. It is partly owned by Charles Khabouth, a local restaurant and night club owner, who commissioned Kravitz to create a specialty floor for the building, currently in the pre-building stages of development.
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