The mansion that Lady Gaga just bought in Malibu is remarkably … beige.
But it comes with her own personal “Batcave” — accessed through a secret passage in the living room — that’s equipped with an authentic 1960s bowling alley and two basketball free-throw machines. Not that we’d necessarily have pegged her as a bowler. (Click here or on a photo for a slideshow.)
She also gets an 800-bottle wine cellar, a lighted outdoor bocce ball court, a saltwater swimming pool (other than the Pacific Ocean across the street at Zuma Beach), and a master suite with his-and-hers bathrooms and walk-in closets in more than 10,000 square feet of living space. The master bath designated “hers” has a soaking tub, “his” a rain shower and steam shower; both have bidets and heated stone floors. “His” closet also contains a safe room, with a Crestron security system protecting the entire estate.
She bought the property from Dan Romanelli, a Warner Bros. executive who founded the studio’s consumer products division. “Batman was something that really helped build my division,” he told the Wall Street Journal, and he wanted a “Batcave” for his vintage toys and arcade games, both for his grandchildren and “older people like myself who feel like kids.”
He paid $2 million for the land — nearly 6 acres — in 2002, and built the house in 2006. “The estate still feels and looks brand new – a testament to its design and construction,” the recent Agency listing boasted.
He and his wife keep horses, too, so the property has a riding arena and trails, plus grazing pastures.
Lady Gaga paid $23 million for it, according to the Los Angeles Times. It was listed with the Agency at $25 million.
Frankly, Gaga’s recent costumes had us imagining a more colorful estate:
Perhaps something a little more like, oh, maybe her New York rental?
Guess we’ll just have to wait to see what she does with the Malibu pad to put her distinctive stamp on it.