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Star neighbours in Mexican villas

We all have best friends, but not many can say that they bought side-by-side houses in Los Cabos, Mexico with them. Except if you are George Clooney and Rande Gerber.


Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, at their Los Cabos home

The pair recently showed off their homes to Architectural Digest. The aptly named Casamigos - House of Friends, is a true testament to the 20 year friendship between Clooney, Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford.

Gerber had said that the idea for creating this compound came around several years ago while the two men were there on vacation with a few friends. “It was a desire fueled by wanting a place where family and friends could come together comfortably” 


A frangipani tree lends a verdant note to the couple’s courtyard, which is furnished with teak tables and seating custom made by Jasper; the cushions are upholstered in a Ralph Lauren Home fabric, and the accent pillows are by John Robshaw.

Initially the trio thought of creating one house large enough for everyone, but that concept was eventually foregone in favor of two independent structures. “It’s just nice at the end of the night to have your own place to go back to,” Gerber says. 

Even if the two houses are split it is still basically used as a single house, this due to the fact that many of the activities overflows into each other. “We’ll have cocktails at our place and dinner at George’s, and vice versa,” Crawford said.


In the master bedroom, a landscape photo by Bowen Smith hangs next to a Jasper chair and ottoman and a Ralph Lauren Home side table

The two homes were designed and built in tandem, and Clooney happily allowed Gerber and Crawford to take the lead on the project, knowing he could trust their taste implicitly. 

“Rande has this amazing eye for houses and style,” says Clooney, who nonetheless was a regular presence at meetings and traveled to the site every couple of weeks to give input. “I wanted something that would blend in,” he notes, “something indigenous that would feel in harmony with the setting.”


The couple’s master bath, which opens to an outdoor shower, has a Legorreta-designed stone tub with Waterworks fittings; the photograph is by Herb Ritts, and the leaf photogram is from the Jalan Jalan Collection.

Another priority, all agreed from the outset, was to avoid the type of hacienda-style villa commonly found along this coast and aim for something more distinctive. The group decided to approach the firm of Ricardo Legorreta, one of Mexico’s preeminent architects, and his son, Víctor, a star in his own right. 


Crawford and Gerber’s pool; Mia Lehrer + Assoc. oversaw the landscaping for both properties.

Like his celebrated mentor Luis Barraga´n, the elder Legorreta was known for crafting muscular geometric volumes where the interplay of light and shadow is created by large windows and doorways, as well as open-air courtyards. 


Twine-wrapped lanterns are suspended from the slatted canopy over Clooney’s courtyard, which features a Legorreta-designed cement-plaster table and L-shaped sofa, the latter topped with cushions in a Holly Hunt fabric and vintage pillows from John Robshaw; the armchairs are by Ralph Lauren Home.

All of those elements are present in the Crawford-Gerber and Clooney residences, which the Legorreta's tailored to suit the trio’s relaxed, social lifestyle. “They wanted houses that were very elegant and almost like an art piece,” says Vi´ctor, “but where you would still be comfortable walking around barefoot and in a swimsuit.”


In Clooney’s living room, a slipcovered sofa and armchairs and a pair of stools by Casamidy are grouped around a cocktail table by SL Westwood Design; the Alison Berger–designed surveyor’s lamp is from Holly Hunt, the striped throw pillows are made of a Ralph Lauren Home fabric, the curtains are of a Holly Hunt linen, and the carpet is by Lawrence of La Brea.

Each structure is entered via a long hallway that flows gracefully into a dramatic double-height central courtyard, which connects to a series of sitting areas, dining spaces, an open kitchen, and, of course, a bar—an especially roomy one at Clooney’s, where the friends often assemble to watch sports on the wide-screen TV. And fronting the beach, each house has its own sizable swimming pool and terrace, as well as ample outdoor seating and dining areas. 


Clooney’s bed, featuring a woven-leather headboard, is flanked by Legorreta-designed tables and Lika Moore lamps from Blackman Cruz; the throw pillows are by John Robshaw.

To soften and contrast with the residences’ expanses of cement plaster, many of the spaces feature wood ceilings, beams, and brise-soleils. “Using wood was something we pushed for,” Crawford says. “It’s not the material the Legorretas are best known for, but we wanted the warmth.”

(Via Architectural Digest)


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