James Goldstein's Prodigal Dream Home
Picture the most extravagant house you can and I’m sure it includes an expansive swimming pool, modern glass walls, perhaps a koi pond in your living room just for kicks, and a nightclub, which of course you can name after yourself. Lucky for you, we’ve found it.
By Belinda Anidjar
Hosting roughly 200 photo shoots and parties every year, the Sheats-Goldstein House in Beverly Hills, also known as the James Goldstein House, is almost too unreal to exist. Originally designed in 1961 by California architect John Lautner, the house was purchased by NBA super-fan, fashion enthusiast, and real-estate developer James F. Goldstein,in 1972. Though originally designed for artist Helen Sheats and her professor husband Paul, the house was completely transformed since its original conception. A few renovations later, it now includes a rooftop tennis court, a tropical garden, and a nightclub called Club James, naturally. Step inside the master bedroom and behold a glass sink without a faucet that shoots out water with the wave of a hand. If you’re lucky,you may catch a glimpse of the TV descending through the wooden ceiling. Yes, this is real life.
Overlooking the San Fernando Valley, downtown LA and the Pacific Ocean, James Goldstein’s home has been the location of numerous upscale parties, including Rihanna’s 27th birthday, boasting guests like Jay Z, Mick Jagger, and Leonardo DiCaprio, and if you weren’t in attendance, you may have spotted it on the big screen in The Big Lebowski and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Home to a fashion aficionado often spotted in tight leather pants, bedazzled jackets, cowboy hats, and python prints by Balmain, Saint Laurent, or Jean Paul Gaultier, Goldstein’s house has been featured in shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair and Dior. In fact, the homeowner even launched his own clothing line, James Goldstein Couture, in 2013.
Though he describes his home as “minimalist,” consisting of concrete,glass, and wooden furniture, the James Goldstein house happens to be the most lavish home in LA and is worth a striking $40 million. Currently in his 70s, Goldstein recently decided to donate his home to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Aside from the house itself, a series of major art pieces by artists like Ed Ruscha and Kenny Scharf, a James Turrell skyspace, and his entire designer wardrobe make this one of the most exciting donations the LACMA has ever received. While he continues to reside there, his home will be open to the public for visits by appointment, but in the meantime, he continues to host large parties because in a home like that, how could the party ever stop?
Next on the agenda, Goldstein has plans to spruce it up just a little bit more with a theatre and a guesthouse. It may seem over-the-top, but frankly, what the hell.
Photographer Richard Bernardin
Fashion Editor Amy Lu