Real estate firm Douglas Elliman has announced via Business Insider a sale of a California mansion that, it claims, served as the inspiration for Tony Stark's iconic residence in the Iron Man and Avengers movies. The anonymous buyer may or may not have spent $20.8 million on the La Jolla home because of the Stark connection, but in looking at the home its futuristic, Starkian qualities are undeniable.
The 11,545-square-foot home doesn't quite have a JARVIS installed, but it does have an automated system that controls all the lights and shades in the house, as well as the sound system and a two-story home movie theater, all via an iPad remote. It's known as "The Razor House," and like Tony's oft-threatened mansion, it's located on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It even has its own official website, which describes the mansion's origins like this:
"This unique estate was designed by one of Architectural Digest's Top 100 Designers, Wallace E. Cunningham; his design vision and inspiration transpired into the definition of modern luxury and natural elegance. When Cunningham was designing the home, one of the primary objectives was to capture the view in a large sweep while simultaneously extending the usable spaces. Razor's cantilevered design offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean."
It also explains how it earned its unusual nickname:
"This modern estate was named after the one of the local natural monuments, Razor Point, which is fitting as the property truly pays homage to the spectacular surrounding landscape. The residence is located near Torrey Pines Golf Course, Del Mar Racetrack and the La Jolla Playhouse."
Whether or not The Razor House actually inspired the designers of Tony Stark's cinematic home is up for debate, but fortunately you don't need an Avengers ID to get a good look at the house right here, courtesy of SD Aerial Media: