What is better than a look inside a celebrity's home? A look inside two!
Did you know that actor George Clooney's holiday home is right next door to that of Cindy Crawford? Crawford shares her home at Los Cabos on the southern tip of Mexico's Baja peninsula with husband Rande Gerber and says that she's been 'hanging out' with Clooney for '20-something years'. Los Cabos is a short flight from Los Angeles, making it a convenient getaway for the stars.
Clooney and Gerber initially thought of building a large home for the two families to mix, but ended up choosing two independent structures. However, Crawford says there is a lot of shared living between the two places. "We'll have cocktails at our place and dinner at George's and vice versa."
Clooney says let Gerber take the lead on the design and build of the houses, which happened in tandem. He says he wanted 'something indigenous that would feel in harmony with the setting' and trusted Gerber's 'amazing eye for houses and style'. They chose one of Mexico's top architects from the self-named firm Ricardo Legorreta along with his son Victor. Victor says the trio "wanted houses that were very elegant and almost like an art piece but where you would still be comfortable walking around barefoot and in a swimsuit". A long hallway in the entrance of each house leads to a double-height central courtyard, which then connects to the living areas of the house - including a bar at each. The villas also feature swimming poor, built in furniture and abundant wood finishes. On the second stories of both homes are large betweens to accommodate numerous guests at the one time. But far from being identical, Clooney's home is the darker-toned of the two, with sand-hued Brazilian quartzite, pendant lights and privacy ensuring vegetation. The Crawford-Gerber home is brighter, featuring Spanish limestone and a courtyard that’s fully exposed to the sky.
A legacy of the project is also a premium tequila brand that Clooney, Gerber and real-estate developer Mike Meldman launched - Casamigos. The name Casamigos comes from the Spanish casa (house) and amigos (friends), thus "house of friends."
They say the best times in the homes are when all their bedrooms are filled with family and friends and everyone's by the pool with a tequila in hand. Awww.
Photos from here.