A peek inside Tim Cook's $10 million SoCal mansion

From James McClain's "Apple CEO Tim Cook Buys Lavish Estate in La Quinta’s Madison Club" posted Sunday on The Dirt:

Although long suspected, it’s taken until now to finally confirm that the mystery Silicon Valley buyer who paid $10.1 million for a mansion in La Quinta’s celebrity-infested Madison Club was Apple chieftain Tim Cook.

Developed by Discovery Land Company, guard-gated Madison Club has become primarily known for expensive homes, its highly-ranked Tom Fazio-designed course, and for its many celebrity residents. Other Madison Club homeowners include Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, Cindy Crawford, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Nike founder Phil Knight and Scooter Braun...

Spanning 10,000 square feet, the sprawling home is vaguely Germanic in all its hard-edged and austere glory. Spec-built by a developer and completed in late 2018, place is essentially color-free throughout, with only a few shades of brown and beige to balance the whites and grays that otherwise fill the interiors. Still, there’s plenty of wall space for a colorful modern art collection, and the dazzling sunset views are certainly brilliant. All of the home’s five bedrooms have their own ensuite full bathrooms, and there are additionally two powder rooms on the premises.

And yes, the house is as fully loaded as you’d expect from a property belonging to a CEO of the world’s most valuable company. Other amenities include a lounge, executive office and a wet bar with custom billiard table.  There are also two kitchens, one a gourmet affair and the other a “butler’s” kitchen, each appointed with top-of-the-line stainless appliances. Automated glass pocket doors allow for seamless indoor/outdoor living.

The home’s backyard faces due west, ideal for a Madison Club residence because that view captures the ruggedly beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains. Out back, there’s an infinity-edged swimming pool with its own swim-up bar and Baja shelf for watery sunbathing, plus a patio with a firepit and built-in BBQ center. Air-conditioned loggias provide the perfect place for al fresco entertaining. And for socializing, all Madison Club residents to a central clubhouse with fine dining and exclusive spa/gym facilities.

My take: Cook has earned the right to buy whatever $10 million bauble he wants. To me, though, his house looks like a hotel suite on steroids. And who would want the Kardashians as neighbors?

Cue some interiors...

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  1. Jonny T said:
    I’d say that that looks in pretty good taste. Well done Tim.

    September 27, 2021
  2. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    Now that’s a MacMansion!

    I’m sure there’s Ethernet running thru every wall, with Airport WiFi, AND 5G (real 5G) repeaters. And HomePods. Everywhere.

    Plus an underground lair for the MacCar, MacSpeedBoat, and MacCopter.

    September 27, 2021
  3. Jerry Doyle said:
    “…. To me, though, his house looks like a hotel suite on steroids.”

    Wow! It sure does PED. I like its minimalist design factor. Something tells me that this “hotel suite on steroids” is a design consistent with the social purpose for which Tim Cook purchased this home. It makes you feel comfortable for entertaining, socializing and for conducting business. It is as if you are on the road staying in a five star hotel. I suspect his main residence reflects a completely different design consistent with Tim Cook. That is a design not opened for public viewing.

    September 27, 2021
  4. Gregg Thurman said:
    A bit too austere for my taste, but certainly appropriate for the area and Apple’s design ethos.

    September 27, 2021
  5. Bart Yee said:
    “To me, though, his house looks like a hotel suite on steroids.”

    The design of hotels has changed radically over the past 30 years where renovations and new designs have converged onto much more open and boxy designs, leaving behind the more cramped and traditional designs of the past (except for the most opulent and iconic addresses). Similarly, middle to moderate upper class home design has gravitated to similar boxy open designs, emphasizing SPACE, the one thing that money can buy in a residence. Clean, minimalist design is a canvas, how you want to fill it is what makes it a home reflecting its owner and their sensibilities. To me, the interiors already look comfortable, lived in, and eminently efficient without clutter.

    These newer designs are not for everyone and because of our ages, we sometimes nostalgically long for older home designs of our youth or experience. It’s all good unless IMO it’s really cramped with narrow doors and hallways, poor accessibility, too many steps and stairs, and having compromises because of limited SPACE on the property or layout.

    September 27, 2021
    • David Emery said:
      Yeah, HGTV has homogenized a lot of interior design…

      This looks nice, but sterile.

      September 27, 2021
  6. Robert Stack said:
    I wonder if Tim consulted with Jony Ive on his choice? Regardless, there does appear to be some “Ivy-ian”, minimalist esthetic to the interior decor – maybe Tim consulted with Jony on his interior decor?!

    On another note: $10M would seem to be a bargain for such a “MacMansion” (to quote Romeo – quite a punster he!), as in many places here in CA $1M buys you next to nothing.

    September 27, 2021
  7. Tom Farris said:
    I’m imagining that he bought there after having been a guest somewhere thereabouts and really enjoyed it. Buying in spite of the ‘celebrity’ neighbors as opposed to ‘because of’ those same celebrity neighbors.

    I echo Jonny T otherwise…

    September 27, 2021
  8. Darren DMW said:
    I am sure by now he has ripped out all those ceiling speakers, plastered over the cavities for a more minimalist look and put 2 HomePods in every room, right?

    September 28, 2021

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