Magazine article Variety

For Rent: Sting's Colorful Malibu Beach Retreat

Magazine article Variety

For Rent: Sting's Colorful Malibu Beach Retreat

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It seems unlikely he actually needs the extra income - by most estimates his net worth is somewhere in the vicinity of $300 million - but Sting has nonetheless made his Buddha-filled beachfront home inside the hallowed gates of the Colony enclave in Malibu available as a short-term luxury lease with a decidedly rock star-style rent of $200,000 per month. The 16-time Grammy winner and his wife of 25-plus years, actress and producer Trudie Styler, have owned the undeniably idiosyncratic residence since 1997, when they snatched it up from late "Dallas" actor Larry Hagman for just under $5.4 million.

The boldy eclectic property, an unexpectedly and oddly Southwestern adobe-style affair composed of two structures separated by a tree-shaded courtyard with a lagoon-style swimming pool and waterfall, has a total of seven en suite bedrooms and nine bathrooms in 5,549 square feet. There are massive wooden-ceiling beams and rustic reclaimed-brick floors throughout the numerous interconnected lounges and sitting areas, many of which have fireplaces and some of which have thickly cushioned built-in banquette sofas and/or spectacular ocean views. Open-plan living, entertaining, recreation, and leisure spaces include a centrally located wet bar, a spacious dining room that opens to the swimming pool, a private, chef-ready kitchen with stone counter tops and commercial-style appliances, a fully outfitted fitness room, and an indoor/outdoor spa. The back of the house opens to a beachside terrace with a fireplace, and an elevated sunbathing deck has private steps to one of Malibu's most expensive and coveted stretches of sand.

Michael McDonald Sheds Compact Maui Cottage

We first heard from Vlad the Revealer at Celebrity Address Aerial, and property records indicate, that musician Michael McDonald, formerly the lead vocalist for 1970s rock band the Doobie Brothers, sold a small cottage in Lahaina, Hi, for a smidgen more than $1 million. Property records suggest McDonald acquired the humble plantation-style cottage in August 2007 for just under $1.4 million so, unfortunately for him, it would appear he took a pocketbook-punishing financial bath on the recent sale.

Set on more than an acre of tropically verdant land in the coveted and quietly upscale Launiupoko neighborhood on the outskirts of Lahaina, the itty-bitty bungalow measures in at just over 920 square feet with two bedrooms and two well-maintained if stylistically dated bathrooms. …

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