Beyoncé and Jay Z are rumored to have bought this old converted church in New Orleans’ Garden District. The 1925 Presbyterian church, was once a ballet school too and now is a huge 13,000-square-foot home with 26-foot ceilings and three 1,000-square-foot apartments. The former sanctuary is now a sunny great room, including a dining room on the altar, a lofted sitting area and a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a roof garden with great views of the city. I used to live in a converted church and the scale and feel is great in that open space, but the design it now –and questionable decoration– is moot here, as Bey and Jay will no-doubt gut renovate the whole thing. I was in NOLA for an art exhibit I had at Boyd Satellite in the gallery district and I stayed very near, and remember passing this place. It’s a bit of a mess, inside and out but it has “good bones” as they say and it’s just one house off the main Mardi Gras parade route. The space has hosted weddings and major recording stars too, so it sounds tailor-made for a multi-use complex. In January a company, with ties to Beyoncé, took ownership of the home that was listed for $2.6 million. This may be a place for the mega-couple friends and family to stay but it also might be a wedding present (peace offering?) for Solange and her new husband Alan Ferguson. She co-owns a clothing boutique Exodus Goods in the French Quarter. The drag is that we are unlikely to know the real scoop or ever see the inside after renovations… until they decide to sell. Stars with the kind of dough (over a billion dollars) are always buying and selling real estate. With that many zeros, it’s like you or I buying a new outfit. And as with mere mortals, real estate is always a good place to invest.
(Top photo, Pacific Coast News; via Zillow)