From Paris to London to Malibu—the path opera singer and Il Divo tenor Sebastien Izambard has taken is truly magnificent. However, the French-born tenor has decided to change his tune and move on.
The singer recently listed his country-style compound in Malibu, CA, for $13.95 million—and he’ll throw in full-VIP treatment at an upcoming Il Divo concert in Las Vegas as a posh extra. Santiano Arana of The Agency has the listing.
Izambard, who, as part of Il Divo, has sold over 28 million records worldwide, bought the property in 2012 for $4 million. His wife, Renee, renovated the property, turning it into a modern, rustic farmhouse with “incredible light and energy.”
“My wife is a genius,” says Izambard. “She has an amazing eye.”
The place “needed so much love,” he recalls. The couple scoured flea markets, near and far, including in England and Paris, for vintage and reclaimed architectural features to design their compound.
The couple, who have three daughters, turned the compound into a hilltop paradise with ocean views. There are a main house and two guesthouses; in total, there are eight bedrooms, five full baths, and one half bath in 5,432 square feet of living space. The compound encompasses 4.16 acres.
The main residence features a spacious living room with a cathedral ceiling, chapel style windows, and wide-plank French oak flooring. The great room encompasses a chef’s kitchen, dining area, and family room, and has expansive glass doors that open to the natural landscaping.
The two guesthouses have plenty of entertainment space, kitchens, and bedrooms for extended family members and friends.
Outside there’s a tennis court, but it’s the extensive vegetable and herb garden that Izambard loves the most. He describes his work in the yard as “very therapeutic.” He adds, “We grow everything there. We could live off it and have to buy very little else.”
With all the traveling he does, Izambard says it’s good to get back to the soil. “My home is my suitcase so much of the time, it’s great to come home to my family in this house,” he says. While he doesn’t love to travel, he does love to sing for people, he says. His constant touring is one of the reasons he’s reluctantly saying goodbye to this coveted piece of property.
“It’s a very big property—too big for us,” he says. “We want to simplify our lives.”
Il Divo is preparing for another international tour. In addition to his duties with Divo, Izambard is working on a solo album unlike anything he’s ever done before. He describes it as taking inspiration from Adele, The Weeknd, and Daft Punk, among others.
And then there’s an Il Divo mini residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas in September. While he was chatting with us on the phone, Izambard spontaneously promised to throw lavish VIP treatment at a Las Vegas concert for a buyer. His pledge isn’t included in the listing details for the home, but if there’s an opera-loving buyer out there, it just might be the perk that closes the deal.
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