Enter Tyrese Gibson’s dream home in Atlanta
It all happened because of Robin Leach. When Tyrese Gibson was a kid in the Watts section of Los Angeles, he couldn’t imagine fabulous wealth existed. “I grew up in poverty, with all forms of public support, while my mother worked multiple times and raised four children on her own,” said the five-time Grammy-nominated singer and star. The Fast and the Furious recalls of blockbuster movie franchises. That is, until this kid becomes a super fan of the Australian personality TV show, Lifestyles of the rich and famous. “My first instinct was like, I can’t believe human beings can actually own Rolls Royces and castles!” he laughs. “But ultimately this TV show gave me the audacity to believe that it was possible to have these things, to break the cycle of poverty.”
Now Gibson’s circa 2000 French chateau-style mansion could easily be featured on this 1980s and 1990s pillar. At 25,000 square feet, with seven bedrooms (and two 16-foot-tall Transformer statues), the home port of this hollywood triple threat exudes a tasteful majesty that is more welcoming than precious. Sure, there are golden thrones, heaps of shag rugs and everything bespoke, but as a leading artist Gibson envisioned every room to be open to friends and guests who wouldn’t. afraid to relax on a leather chair or make music with the golden microphone in his home studio. “I wanted the guests to feel the royal energy, the royal vibe,” says the man behind Roman Pearce’s character in the ninth installment of the hit racing movies. âBut it’s very livable. No one comes to my house and, I’m like, I’m sorry, you can’t sit here.
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Gibson surely had a clear vision, but he hired Los Angeles designer and owner Sue Wishengrad. Sue Wishengrad’s trade secrets, to see that vision through, as she did with some of Gibson’s other houses (including one for his mother). “He flew me to Atlanta, I took a tour with the previous owner and got the floor plans, then I was back to LA, all in one day,” says the designer, who spent two months buying everything his client wanted. She sent three semi-trucks full of furniture to Atlanta. Mona Stephen, owner of the Atlanta-based business M One Design Group, accessorized each piece, also in a few weeks, to tie everything together. “He said, ‘Mona, I need you to do some magic.'”
When Gibson hosts post-pandemic parties, as he recently did for vaccinated guests in support of former Atlanta mayor and current mayoral candidate Kasim Reed, the magic is there. âAs I go to my house every day, I’m literally in disbelief that it’s mine,â the 42-year-old actor said. âPeople come and they don’t want to leave. This place has been a gift that keeps on givingâ¦ and I’ll never, ever let it go.