In the mountains north of San Diego, a modernist mansion made of white concrete and glass rises from the cliffside. The property, nicknamed “Razor House” after the nearby Razor Point Trail, is now home to two famous inhabitants: singer Alicia Keys and her music producer husband Kasseem Dean, better known as Swizz Beatz, alongside their children Genesis and Egypt.
The duo have since given the residence their own name, “Dreamland,” filling it with artworks by Black artists, a fleet of Ferraris, an infinity pool and a recording studio tucked away in a space Dean calls “the grown up floor.” Boasting views over the Pacific Ocean, the home is said to have inspired Tony Stark’s mansion in the “Iron Man” franchise, according to Architectural Digest, which is dedicating the cover story of its December issue to the property.
Speaking to the magazine, Dean revealed that he set his heart on the home long before purchasing it. The nearly 11,000-square-foot mansion, a photo of which served as his phone wallpaper for eight years before the couple moved in, was “incredibly important to me,” he is quoted as saying.
“Every wall in this house, every bit of it, is sculpture,” he added. “These beautiful ‘S’ shapes, these chevrons going down the hillside, curvatures flying in space over your head. It’s more akin to sculpture than architecture.“
When the couple’s real estate agent messaged to say the home was on the market, Dean was worried that Keys — who loved living on the East Coast — would be reluctant to move out west. “She’s Miss New York,” he said. “They might as well make a sculpture of her the (new) Statue of Liberty.“
But after the couple were invited by the the previous owner to spend a weekend exploring the house, Keys began imagining her life there, according to Architectural Digest. The singer said she was convinced to relocate during a morning meditation session at the property, as she watched parasailers floated over a nearby mountain.
“In that moment, I felt like I was witnessing a beautiful metaphor, and I wanted to not ever forget how endless we are and how the unimaginable can happen,” she told the magazine. “That’s what did it for me. I was taken.“
After finally purchasing the home in 2019, Keys and Dean tasked New York-based interior designer Kelly Behun with transforming the space into “Dreamland.” (Dean was a longtime fan of Behun’s, describing her as having “soul.”)
The designer brought an elegant softness to the space with Moroccan wool rugs and velvet and shearling upholstery, looking to an earthy color palette that complemented the home’s surroundings. Key items of furniture echo the building’s gentle curves, with rounded couches and circular coffee tables spotted throughout the house.
Also speaking to Architectural Digest, Behun said she didn’t want to “upstage the natural surroundings, the architecture or the art.“