Celine Dion is one of the world’s best selling music artists of all time and she’s used that fame and a big chunk of her fortune to build a dream house on Florida’s Jupiter Island. The cross-shaped white mansion sits on nearly six acres of beachfront property that Dion bought in 2005 for $12.5 million. She had the original house and guest quarters torn down and in their place constructed a fanciful estate that includes a two-story, 9,825-square foot main residence, a 6,740-square foot guest house, a pool cabana, and a 2,800-square foot beach cabana. In total, there are 15 bedrooms, 14 full and six half-baths, and nearly 18,000 square feet of living space. The architecture of the house and its-out structures is in a Key West style with balconies, verandas, French doors, Bahama shutters, and cupolas on the copper roofs.
The property has more amenities than your average five-star resort, including a tree house with attached slide, a small fitness gym, two tennis courts that double as basketball courts, and a half million gallon water-park featuring two Olympic-sized swimming pools, two curly water slides, and an artificial wave pool—all surrounded by a “lazy river” pool that gently propels floaters along it via a built-in current. The water-park uses six wells that Dion had specially drilled into the barrier island, and the water is treated by a reverse osmosis process.
Dion, who has three children and a large extended family via her 13 siblings’ families, says the water-park was designed for family gatherings. “That space, that lot, that beach, those pools are [for] when we get together as a family, everybody can have a grandiose time with each other,” Celine says. “Everybody can soak in.”
Originally designed by architect Randall Stofft and later finished by Roger Janssen, the inside of the house, decorated almost exclusively in black and white, is no less spectacular. The eight-sided center of the house features a panoramic view of the Atlantic. The living room and kitchen have an open design meant for entertaining. On the second floor are Dion’s childrens’ bedrooms, a playroom, and the master bedroom, which consists of three fireplaces, an outdoor spa, and a 460-square foot walk-in closet.
An elevator connects the upper floors to the basement and staff quarters.
Dion, who personally helped design the house and grounds, says she found the process fun and relaxing. “I buy a lot of magazines and I have a lot of dream files [of]… the best jewelry, the best babies, and the best homes… whatever.”
The property’s value is now estimated to be $19.5 million. Dion also owns a home in Las Vegas.