Madonna may have once dreamed of San Pedro, but nowadays her heart is set on Tel Aviv—and so is Natalie Portman.
The stars have been wowed by a new uber-modern development, Meier-on-Rothschild Tower, in Israel, which features glass walls and panoramic sea views.
When the development was first announced in 2013, Madonna was pictured clutching a brochure for the development, and now that the project is nearing completion, the star is reported to have reopened discussions of a purchase.
The computer-generated graphics, which Madonna would have seen in her brochure, shows glass walls, double-height ceilings, and panoramic views of the city.
From the top of her tower, Madonna would be able to see Tel Aviv’s main beachfront promenade—filled with joggers, buggies, and Tel Aviv’s version of Boris bikers by day and bustling bars by night.
Pritzker prize-winning architect Richard Meier, whose previous achievements include the Barcelona Museum of Art and the Getty Centre in Los Angeles, has designed the iconic 42-story Meier-on-Rothschild Tower.
This latest creation is another example of American-born Meier’s modernist designs and was recently chosen by Forbes as one of the world’s tallest luxury residential towers.
The 590-feet high glass, steel, and white aluminum-clad block holds 141 apartments and penthouses, with private terraces.
Privacy is one thing that residents do not need to worry about when they are 42-stories high, which is perhaps what has attracted the stars to this particular development.
As a follower of Kabbalah, Madonna, who is also known as Esther, has a spiritual link to Israel, so it is no surprise that she is looking for a holiday home on its sandy shores.
Back in 2012, Madonna chose Tel Aviv to kick off her world tour and has repeatedly declared in concert that she is “in love with Israel.”
Madonna has even hobnobbed with the Israeli politicians and reportedly impressed international statesman Shimon Peres when she started speaking to him in Hebrew.
According to a source close to the project, Israeli-born Natalie Portman has also expressed her interest in the development.
Oscar-winning Portman moved to America from Israel at the age of three, but two decades later after graduating from Harvard, she returned to Israel for a stint at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.
The largest penthouse in the tower is on sale for 36 million euros and is named Palace in the Sky.
The 15,263 square feet of luxurious living space features a private elevator, huge entertaining areas, a 12-seater dining room, a large kitchen/breakfast room, and two terraces.
All reception rooms have spectacular Mediterranean views, double-height 22-foot ceilings, and an expanse of floor to ceiling glazing on two sides.
Other features include a private gym, cocktail bar, cinema, and mini-spa.
On the upper levels are the luxurious bedroom suites, each with walk-in dressing rooms and bathrooms.
The master bedroom suite has expanses of floor to ceiling glazing and also glass feature walls looking into the atrium space formed by the double-height reception room.
And of course no 36 million euro apartment is complete without a private outdoor swimming pool.
For 15 million euros, the celebs could bag themselves the Rothschild Summit Penthouse. The 6,520 square feet of luxury up on the 41st and 42nd floors includes a private elevator, a leisure deck with private plunge pool, and five luxurious bedroom suites with walk-in dressing rooms and bathrooms.
And thrown in for the price of any of these is the 24-hour concierge; spa complex with gymnasium and 25 meter Olympic pool; relaxation lounge; cocktail bar; boutique retail outlets and a wine cellar.
Yigal Zemah, Chief Executive Officer at Berggruen Residential, who developed the tower, said to The Daily Mail: “At Meier on Rothschild, we have created art through architecture.
“The Tower has been created with expert craftsmanship and is in a prime location. All of these elements are why it has proven so desirable.”
Tel Aviv is currently experiencing a property boom, which experts link to its thriving technology industry.
Israel has the highest density of tech start-ups in the world, which attracts more venture capital investment per capita than any other country.
Being a hotbed for technology and innovation has also attracted global companies including Intel, Google, IBM, and Microsoft, to set up research and development centers.
However, no doubt that if Madonna sets her sights on this breathtaking glass apartment, she will manage to see off competition from Tel Aviv’s exploding population of computer geeks.