Iron Man 3: Tony Stark and His Astonishing Home

Five interesting facts about Tony Stark’s House

Guest Post by Rob Wachter

I can’t deny it… Tony Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is one of my favorite movie characters on the big screen. And based on the scores of people who will pack the theaters on May 3rd for the debut of Iron Man 3, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one!

What I love most about Mr. Stark is that he transformed himself from a greedy, genius narcissistic who only cares about money to a bad-guy-fighting superhero that single handedly privatized world peace (albeit, still a narcissist).

Did you notice, like a teenage tech prodigy on steroids, Stark created his masterpiece from the basement of his own home? Which begs the question, what type of home does Tony Stark prefer? And what’s the story behind that house?

Here are five interesting facts about the superhero’s ultramodern dwelling.

  1. The residence was inspired by a real-life home designed by the famous architect Wallace E. Cunningham. The 11,000-square-foot house in La Jolla, California is called “The Razor” and took six years to build. It was completed in 2008 and features white polished concrete with spectacular panoramic windows designed to embrace sweeping ocean views. Did you think Tony would settle for anything less?
  2. The Razor sold for about $14 million. In the movies, however, Stark lives in Malibu where the same home (if it existed there) might be valued at approximately $40 million.
  3. The Razor has been used in commercials for Calvin Klein and Visa. Do you think Tony uses those brands? Just wondering.
  4. Stark’s house is depicted on a cliff near Point Dume, which is a state park. So it would be impossible to live in that actual spot. However, if Tony lived somewhere nearby, he might have celebrity neighbors like Barbra Streisand, Pamela Anderson, Owen Wilson, and Kenny G.
  5. The movie previews seem to indicate the bad guys do major damage to Tony’s home. Perhaps this time the home will be ruined forever.

It makes sense Stark would be attracted to a hyper-modern home with breathtaking views on a private mountain hill. Considering he’s already saved the world twice, I say he deserves it.

Guest Blogger Rob Wachter is the Inbound Marketing Manager for Coldwell Banker Bain. You can read more posts by Rob on Fences and Flowers.

Lindsay is the Senior Manager of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and is a licensed real estate agent. She was born and raised in New Jersey and just bought her first home in Livingston, where she grew up. When Lindsay isn’t busy facebooking, tweeting or instagramming she is enjoying life with her husband Joe and cat Rory. She enjoys binging on Netflix, cooking and Zumba.

  • Suzanne Mueller

    I just love that home AND the movies. It took a major hit in the Avengers too but seems to still be standing. Is the interior that is shown in the movie at all similar to the interior of the original home?

    • Rob Wachter

      I don’t know for sure if the interior is the same, but it sure seems very similar. Google “The Razor” and you’ll find lots of images featuring the incredible home. That would be fun to do for comparison before seeing the new flick.

  • Highlands Mommy

    Every detail of that home is unique and stunning. Like nothing I’ve seen. Only 14 million?

  • Laura Yamanoha

    Wow! Check out the pictures of “The Razor” what a beautiful home. Great post Rob!

  • Susan Stockmann

    Looking forward to the movie – and would love to see the home in person :) Thanks Rob!

  • maseyzara2

    The house is somewhat Jetsons inspired in the pictures–reminiscent of Seattle’s space Needle. I would like to see a superhero take over THAT as a domicile.

    • Rob Wachter

      Ha! Wasn’t the Space Needle in one of the Austin Powers movies?

      • Brenton Willingham

        Oh yes it was.

  • Nolan Walker

    Contrary to your post, this home was NOT inspired by the Razor house by Wallace Cunningham. The guy (Phil Saunders) who created the Iron Man house has stated on his own blog that:

    “Production Designer Michael Riva mandated a Malibu cliffside home in the vein of John Lautner’s really organic cast concrete & glass homes. The first designs were for set extensions of existing homes, but nothing we scouted looked like
    a billionaire’s home. A few multi-millionaires homes but…”

    The Razor house was completed sometime in 2007, Iron Man’s scenes at the
    house were shot in May 2007 and wrapped at the beginning of June. In
    other words, the design work for the Iron Man house would have been
    completed months before the Razor house was completed. Especially when you consider that they had already looked at existing homes and tried to design extensions to make them truly “billionaire” worthy, and had failed at the task.

    The Iron Man house exterior is CGI, the interiors were all created and built on a sound stage. No shots took place at an existing real house.

    Here is a fairly tongue-in-cheek valuation of the Iron Man house:

    • Rob Wachter

      Nolan – It looks like you’re correct in that there are conflicting stories online about the inspiration of the home. Thank goodness we’re talking about a fictitious home! Thanks for reading and sharing..

  • Kimber

    Seeing as how they design homes sometimes down the the very last detail (whether or not each detail actually makes the cut) especially such an expensive fictional or not home I dnt understand how it could not have bn motivated inspired or based on the Razor home. They are VERY similar. I’m certain it can take as much time to design a movie and it’s scenery as it does to design a billionaires home. I believe it’s quite possible to have been based on the Razor. Oh and I just have a disdain for rude know it alls tht take to blogs just to attempt a correction in an abhorrent and rude manner.

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