The rise of the $100,000-plus closet

Closets are growing and adding such features as wine bars, breakfast areas, acres of shoe racks and, in a few cases, even an escalator.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Feb 11, 2013 2:13PM

Master closets are becoming larger and more elaborate. © LA Closet DesignAdd this to the list of trends among the very rich: closets as big as your house.


And about as expensive, too. Wealthy homeowners are adding custom closets that cost $100,000 or more to outfit, The Wall Street Journal reports.


"We don't call them closets anymore," Gary Drake, a Los Angeles contractor, told The WSJ. The preferred term, just in case you need it for your next social outing, is "dressing room."


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If you think $100,000 or more sounds like a lot for a custom closet, know that the costs can go higher – much higher. Clos-ette, a high-end New York closet company, built a $2.5 million, three-story closet with an escalator for a client in Mississippi. The company’s usual closet jobs range from $50,000 to $250,000.

"It's a becoming somewhat of a trophy room," Melanie Charlton, the company’s CEO, told The WSJ. "[Clients] care about having a nice kitchen, too, but that's old hat at this point."


We found reports of a $5 million closet in a Texas megamansion. That closet, inspired by Coco Chanel, included a $30,000 custom chandelier and a $10,000 area rug.

The shopping website Racked recently ran a series on over-the-top celebrity closets. We like Mariah Carey’s space, which has an adjoining room that houses some of her 1,000 pairs of shoes. (She is quoted as saying: "It's not really a traditional closet, but I worked hard for this mess.") No word on exact size or cost.


The Wall Street Journal writes of this trend:

Once a secondary space designed primarily for storage, the humble closet is taking center stage. The latest in high-end master closets go well beyond the typical walk-in and are created to look more like plush lounges or designer stores. Clothing and handbags in glass display cases are lighted like sculptures; custom-designed couches are arranged near Baccarat crystal bars or dedicated breakfast areas.

Some closets also have flat-screen TVs or wine bars, in case you want to invite friends over to look at your clothes. And I thought I was getting a fancy closet when I added drawers, shelves and double hanging racks.

Once they have built these fancy closets, homeowners are using them not just as a place to store clothes but a place to hang out – though you have to wonder why you’d want to hang out in your closet if you lived in a 6,000-square-foot house.


High-end condos are also offering bigger and more tricked-out closets, although a 300-square-foot closet is sounding modest at the moment.


In Boston, Nancy Selldorff’s renovations included the addition of more closet space to her 850-square-foot master suite. Her custom space includes Wenge cabinets, a center island and lighted glass racks for shoes and purses.


"I really wanted a place that felt special and was a personal retreat," Selldorff told The WSJ. "When I get dressed every day, it makes it feel like a special event."

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Feb 23, 2013 4:15PM
This looks like another version of hoarding. Some just have too much money, and too much time. Pathetic that both money and time can't be put to something more useful, less egotistical and not wasteful.
Feb 13, 2013 2:24PM
That woman describes herself as designing a lifestyle around home. She's a blogger. In other words, she has no life outside her home. So what does she need all of those clothes for? Buy yourself some mix and match sweats and t-shirts. Stay frumpy and hidden from the world. On the rare occasion you go out in public, have a make-over need more help than a closet.
Feb 13, 2013 2:03PM
So, if that's what they want to spend their money on, and they can afford it, what difference does it make to those of us who can't spend that or don't want to spend that much?  The people mentioned in this article appear to be in the private sector, not government employees or politicians so it really makes little difference to me.  I think it is pretty silly to go that far overboard with a "closet", but I also think its silly for the posters making such a fuss about it to be doing so.  Live and let live.
Feb 13, 2013 1:41PM
Would it be wrong to beat these people to death with coat hangars and lavender filled sachet bags?

This really makes me sick.

Feb 13, 2013 1:41PM
What you hear. Don't raise minimum wage!!! NOOOOOO!!!! Now I can only get a $75,000 closet.

What you don't. Nahhh, we'll just raise prices to maintain profit margins, negating said raise, and blame the working poor.
Feb 13, 2013 1:40PM
some people have more money to do with and are so fixed on their image they lack common sense. I think everything in my closet is maybe 4K. That includes clothes, shoes and the materials and hardware associated with the entire closet. 
Feb 13, 2013 1:00PM
I wonder if the author of this article says that she bikes to work on a $10,000 bicycle, and her bicycle is fitted with an extra pair of tires, a 6-cylinder engine, extra seating for passengers, a steering wheel, and four doors.  Sorry, but at some point, your "bicycle" became a car.

Once you're using your "closet" to watch TV, drink wine, and have friends over to hang out in it, you can be pretty certain that "closet" isn't the correct word.  At that point, it just becomes a "room."  
Feb 13, 2013 1:00PM
this crap costs a hell of a lot more than most ppls homes.. fricken retards
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