December 19, 2013
10 Priciest Streets in the World, and Their Billionaire Inhabitants
With inhabitants like the duke and duchess of Canbridge, Brad Pitt and Angenila Jolie, and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, it's no wonder these ten streets have the highest average prices per square meter. Starting with Hong Kong's Pollock's Path on the Peak at $120,000 per square meter, is home to famous martial arts and comedy actors including Stephen Chow. Other notable streets include London's Kensington Palace Gardens, home to Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince George, Frances Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, home to Angelina Joli and Brad Pitt, and New York's Fifth Avenue, home to Tom Brokaw and Bill Muray, to name a few.
1. Pollock's Path, The Peak, Hong Kong
Average price per square meter: $120,000
With some of the best views of Hong Kong Island, Pollock's Path on The Peak is the world's most expensive street. Famous residents include actor Stephen Chow (pictured), star of the film "Shaolin Soccer" among other martial arts action and comedy films.
2. Kensington Palace Gardens, London, UK
Average price per square meter: $107,000
Among the notable residents in this historic London street: Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George), Lakshmi Mittal, and Bernie Ecclestone's daughter Tamara.
Wealth-X says that the arrival of the royals has helped boost prices in the area. The street is also home to French, Russian and Japanese embassies.
3. Avenue Princess Grace, Monaco
Average price per square meter: $86,000
Among the notable neighbors: Andrea Bocelli, Roger Moore, Lewis Hamilton, and Helena Christensen. "Glamorous Monaco, host to the F1 Grand Prix and the annual Monaco Boat Show, is a melting pot for Europe's super-rich," Wealth-X says. "The most-exclusive street in this tiny principality is iconic Avenue Princesse Grace, which winds along the sea front."
4. Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, Cap Ferrat, France
Average price per square meter: $79,000
Besides notable residents Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, investor Paul Allen reportedly owns a holiday home there, as did Charlie Chaplin. "The highly exclusive peninsula of Cap Ferrat may be the most-sought-after piece of land along the Mediterranean Côte d'Azur, resulting in it being the world's priciest non-urban location," Wealth-X writes. "Situated about 15km from Monaco, the Cap, as it is affectionately known, has long been a Mecca for the rich and famous."
5. Paterson Hill, Singapore
Average price per square meter: $42,500
Notable neighbors in Singapore's "Billionaire's Row" include Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and former Miss Singapore beauty queen Rachel Kum. Last year, Saverin made headlines for renouncing his U.S. citizenship, which rallied members of Congress to criticize taxpayers who abandon the country.
"My decision to expatriate was based solely on my interest in working and living in Singapore, where I have been since 2009," Saverin said in a statement last year. "I am obligated to and will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes to the United States government. I have paid and will continue to pay any taxes due on everything I earned while a U.S. citizen."
6. Chemin de Ruth, Geneva, Switzerland
Average price per square meter: $37,000
Notable residents include France's Peugeot family, former French tennis player Henri Leconte (pictured) and former French alpine-skier Jean-Claude Killy. "Located in the heart of Switzerland's Cologny, close to the shores of Lake Geneva, the prestigious Chemin de Ruth is Switzerland's most-expensive street," Wealth-X says. "The mansions on this stone-walled street come with more land than most other streets of Cologny, many with beautiful landscaped gardens and large swimming pools. Many properties on the street overlook the lake, with views of the famous Jet d'Eau, the United Nations buildings and the headquarters of the World Economic Forum."
7. Romazzino Hill, Sardinia
Average price per square meter: $32,900
Among the residents of Romazzino Hill are Saudi Arabian politician Ahmed Zaki Yamani, Ural steel tycoon Alexei Mordashov (pictured), and Qatar royal family members.
"The Aga Khan turned the Costa Smerelda, Sardinia, into his holiday retreat in the 1960s; ever since then it has been known as the quintessential billionaire's holiday playground," Wealth-X writes.
8. Ostozhenka, Moscow, Russia
Average price per square meter: $29,000
Russian oligarch Alisher Usmarnov is one of the wealthiest residents of this area. "The darling of Muscovite aristocracy and wealthy merchants, Ostozhenka in downtown Moscow is one of the oldest streets in Russia and its most expensive," Wealth-X says. "Dotted with Art Nouveau buildings and famous landmarks, including The Kremlin, the Pushkin Museum and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, this street is Muscovite heritage at its finest."
9. Fifth Avenue, New York
Average price per square meter: $28,000
New York City is home to the most billionaires in the world, according to Wealth-X: 96 with a primary business address in New York City, to be exact. But you don't have to have billions to snag the best property here. Among the residents: news anchor Tom Brokaw and actor Bill Murray.
The United States is home to 515 billionaires with a combined net worth of more than $2 trillion.
10. Avenue Montagne, Paris, France
Average price per square meter: $26,000
Before she died in 1992, actress Marlene Dietrich was a resident of Avenue Montaigne. The Canadian Embassy is also on this street.
"Located in the 8th arrondissement in the Champs Élysées quarter, this 350-year-old avenue is steeped in cultural history," Wealth-X says.
But it has also been the target of some of the largest jewel heists due to the famous business on the block: Harry Winston.
In 2008, jeweler Harry Winston (located at number 29) was robbed of more than $108 million worth of diamond rings, necklaces and luxury watches, the second robbery within two years for the store, Wealth-X reports.
September 2, 2013
Where do Stars Stay While Filming in Vancouver?
Ever wonder where celebrities stay while filming in Hollywood North? Take a look inside these exclusive properties — some of them renting for as much as $50,000 per month.
Actor Matt Damon and his family stayed in Vancouver for the summer of 2011 while filming Elysium. They rented a secluded home on the North Shore with a budget believed to be around $50,000 per month.
This resort-style luxury home in West Vancouver’s Gleaneagles area rents for $50,000 per month. It’s the type of secluded property that celebrities request while visiting Hollywood North. This 9,013-squ-ft home is on a private, gated property with views of the ocean, mountains and Howe Sound, with a hot tub, media room, billiards room and two wine rooms.
Actor John Cusack rented a downtown condo on Richards Street on two occasions. It rents for $25,000 per month, furnished. It has chandeliers throughout, 360-degree water and city views, lounge with a pool table, and a 1,600-sq-foot deck with a hot tub.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jeff Bridges each rented out this Beach Avenue penthouse in downtown Vancouver, which goes for $20,000 per month furnished. The 3,000-sq-ft, 3 bed, 4 bath pad is on its own private floor, with spectacular views of the city, mountains and English Bay. Entertain on two sun terraces, complete with fireplace.
Tom Cruise with wife Katie Holmes and daughter Suri outside Science World in Vancouver on Feb. 9, 2011. The family rented out an entire floor of the Shangri-La while filming Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
The view from the top of the Shangri-La hotel. Tom Cruise rented out an entire floor of the Shangri-La while filming Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.
Channing Tatum has been hopping between the U.S. and B.C. lately to visit wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum (pictured) and newborn baby Everly. They are rumoured to be staying in a secluded home on the North Shore. Dewan-Tatum is here filming new TV series The Witches of Eastwick.
Jennifer Aniston in Love Happens, which was filmed in Vancouver. The actress reportedly rented out an entire floor of The Metropolitan Hotel while working here.
Retrieved from: http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Hollywood+away+from+home+Where+stars+stay+Vancouver/8746242/story.html?tab=PHOT
June 26, 2013
Celebrity Real Estate Update: Jodie Foster Lists Private Residence
For a celebrity known for keeping her private life private, a home can serve as a window into the past. Such is the case with Jodie Foster’s Hollywood Hills home, now on the market for $6.399 million.
The 50-year-old actress, director and producer has let her resume do most of the talking. But her personal life made headlines while she was living at 9219 Flicker Way, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.
Foster was set to play the lead in “Double Jeopardy,” when word quickly spread that she was pregnant with her first son, Charlie, raising questions about paternity and conception. Fortunately, Foster had an escape from the paparazzi in her new Spanish villa, which could be discretely accessed from a rear-gated driveway.
The home, located in the distinguished Bird Streets, has 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 half-baths and an attached guest suite — plenty of room for her new baby and partner at the time, Cydney Bernard.
“The Silence of the Lambs” star reportedly updated part of the home soon after she bought it in 1997, while maintaining its 1930s Spanish style. Overhead beams, brick patios and a backyard pool are a few highlights, as well as a large media screening/kids’ play room.
With her second son, Christopher “Kit” Foster, entering his teenage years, Foster isn’t an empty nester quite yet. Last year she bought a new Beverly Hills home for $11.75 million, which will likely become her new primary residence.
Rosie O’Donnell has also sold her waterfront property, this one on Star Island, for $12.675 million. The same day her show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN TV Network was canceled in April 2012, O’Donnell listed the 1.1-acre estate for $19.5 million.
Surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, the estate features a 11,035-square-foot main house, two private guesthouses, a pool and 203 feet of beachfront property. O’Donnell bought the place in 1999 for $6.79 million and has done extensive upgrades over the years, including a gourmet kitchen and custom millwork.
Billy Joel just sold his La Gorce Island home for nearly $14 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Piano Man bought the 7,856-square-foot Mediterranean mansion for $13.5 million in 2006. Six years later, he listed the beachfront property for $14.75 million.
With 7 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a wine bar, covered poolside patio and private courtyard — not to mention 165 feet of beach looking out over Biscayne Bay — the home looks more like a five-star resort than a vacation home. Located in a popular spot for A-list celebs and Wall Street bigwigs, Joel was neighbors with Cher, who previously owned a home down the street.
Joel and O’Donnell join a handful of celebs who have listed or sold their South Florida homes over the past month. Alex Rodriguez made headlines for selling his modern Palm Beach home for $30 million, while Olivia Newton-John decided to list the home she moved into after marrying John Easterling in 2008.
Retrieved from: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/celebrity-real-estate-jodie-foster-lists-super-private-residence-6C10367268
April 17, 2013
Most Expensive Homes in the World
Billionaires have been trading multimillion-dollar real estate with tremendous zeal in recent years, slapping down record sums for trophy homes while quietly floating other properties in their portfolios through brokers in unofficial, off-market offerings. For your entertainment and envy, here are the priciest billionaire homes in the world.
Antilia, Mumbai, India
Owner: Mukesh Ambani, worth $21.5billion
Value: upward of $1 billion
The twenty-seven storey, 400,000-square foot skyscraper residence, named after a mythical island in the Atlantic, has six underground levels of parking, three helicopter pads, a 'health' level, and reportedly requires about 600 staff to run it. It is by far the world's most expensive home with construction costs topping $1 billion.
Villa Leopolda, Villefranche-sur-mer, France
Owner: Lily Safra, worth $1.2 billion
Price: 500 million euro in 2008 ($750 million at the time)
King Leopold II reportedly built a series of waterside homes for his many mistresses. This 20-acre estate was valued at 500 million euros in 2008, when Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov attempted to buy it. He eventually pulled out of the deal, forfeiting a 50 million euro deposit.
Fair Field, Sagaponack, N.Y.
Owner: Ira Rennert, worth $6.5 billion
Property value: about $248 million, according to 2012 tax assessments
The industrial billionaire's hulking 29-bedroom, 39-bath Hamptons compound has not one, but three swimming pools, plus its own power plant on premises.
Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.
Owner: Lakshmi Mittal, worth $16.5 billion
Purchase price: 117 million pounds in 2008 ($222 million at the time)
The steel magnate is believed to own three homes on the high-security street known as Billionaires Row, including a neo-Georgian mansion near the Israeli embassy. The home, rumored to have been purchased for Mittal's son, was sold by hedge fund billionaire Noam Gottesman.
One Hyde Park, London, U.K.
Owner: Rinat Akhmetov, worth $15.4 billion
Sale price: $221 million in 2011
The world's most expensive apartment, located in posh Knightsbridge, was purchased by Ukraine's richest man. It boasts a staggering 25,000-square feet, bulletproof glass and 24-hour hotel concierge service.
Ellison Estate, Woodside, Calif.
Owner: Larry Ellison, worth $43 billion
Value: estimated $200 million to construct
The Oracle founder, arguably the world's most avid collector of real estate, built his 23-acre Japanese-style estate in 2004 with 10 buildings, a man-made lake, a tea house, a bath house and a koi pond. The property is currently assessed at just over $70 million.
Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.
Owner: Roman Abramovich, worth $10.2 billion
Purchase price: 90 million pounds in 2011 (about $140 million)
The Russsian tycoon owns several huge London estates (not pictured), including a Billionaires' Row mansion. Since purchasing, plans to build a subterranean extension that includes a tennis court, health centre and auto museum were approved by the city. He also owns a French Riviera château and in 2009 spent a record $90 million on a 70-acre estate on St. Bart's.
Further Lane de Menil, East Hampton, N.Y.
Owner: Ron Baron, worth $1.6 billion
Purchase price: $103 million in 2007
The investment guru snapped up more than 50 acres of undeveloped oceanfront Hamptons land during the market's height with the intention of constructing his own home.
Silicon Valley Mansion, Los Altos Hills, Calif.
Owner: Yuri Milner, worth $1.1 billion
Purchase price: $100 million in 2011
Bought as a secondary home, the Facebook investor broke records with the recent purchase of a French châteaux-inspired limestone abode that touts indoor and outdoor pools, a ballroom and second-floor living areas that gaze out on San Francisco Bay.
Broken O Ranch, Augusta, Mont.
Owner: Stanley Kroenke, worth $5 billion
List price: $132.5 million
Purchase price: undisclosed
Thanks to state laws, the final sale price of this 124,000-acre operational ranch is undisclosed and unconfirmed. The estate boasts a 10,000-square foot main house with indoor pool, horse stables, nearly 4,500 heads of cattle, extensive water rights, and substantial agricultural capacity for small grain crops and alfalfa hay.
Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.
Owner: Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone
Purchase price: 45 million pounds in 2011 (roughly $70 million)
Estimated construction costs:20 million pounds (about $30 million)
The heiress has spent an estimated $98.7 million on a 55-room house (not pictured) on Billionaires Row. This price factors in renovations that include a $1 million Amazonian crystal bathtub, a private nightclub, a bowling alley, a subterranean swimming pool, a beauty salon, a dog spa and a car lift.
15 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.
Owner: Daniel Loeb, worth $1.5 billion
Purchase price: $45 million in 2008
The hedge fund titan owns the coveted 10, 674-square foot penthouse on the very top of the exclusive Central Park-flanking high rise. It has been rumoured to be for sale with an asking price of $100 million.
Kensington Palace Gardens, London, U.K.
Owner: Lakshmi Mittal, worth $16.5 billion
Purchse price: 57 million pounds in 2004 (nearly $90 million)
The Indian steel magnate picked up a 55,000-square foot mansion (not pictured) from billionaire Bernie Ecclestone and, after pouring millions more into its renovation, named it 'Taj Mittal.' Located on Billionaires Row, it has 12 bedrooms, a pool and marble sourced from the same quarry as the Taj Mahal.
Maison de L'Amitie, Palm Beach, Fla.
Owner: Dmitry Rybolovlev, worth $9.1 billion
Purchase price in 2008: $95 million
Originally listed for $125 million, the sprawling oceanfront 60,000-square foot compound, bought from real estate billionaire Donald Trump, includes diamond and gold fixtures and a garage with space for nearly 50 cars.
Promised Land, Montecito, Calif.
Owner: Oprah Winfrey, worth $2.8 billion
Market value: $88 million, according to 2012 tax assessments
Purchased in 2001 for nearly $52 million, the media queen's 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style manse sits on more than 40 acres, boasting a tea house, more than 600 rose bushes and an upscale outhouse.
15 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.
Owner: Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev
Purchase price: $88 million in 2012
An LLC associated with the Russian heiress scooped up the Central Park-facing 6,744-square foot penthouse for the full asking price, less than six weeks after it came to market. At roughly $13,500 per square foot, it's the most expensive sale by square foot ever in the U.S.
The Manor, Los Angeles, Calif.
Buyer: Petra Ecclestone, daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone
Sale price: $85 million in 2011
Originally listed for $150 million, the 56,500-square foot Holmby Hills mansion is stocked with every amenity imaginable including a dog grooming room, five bars, a gift-wrapping room, a flower-cutting hall with professional florist fridge, and a bowling alley.
Retrieved from: http://money.ca.msn.com/savings-debt/gallery/the-most-expensive-billionaire-homes-in-the-world#image=1
March 20, 2013
Hockey Players' Luxury Homes
The worlds of hockey and interior design are miles apart, but these athletes score big on style both on and off the ice. Take a look inside the homes of Kirk McLean and Wayne Gretzky — there's no doubt about it, these all-stars have the home game in the bag.
Wayne Gretzky's Palatial California Estate
Elegant European style on the West Coast.
Set in the picturesque Santa Monica Mountains, Gretzky's stately home is a little slice of heaven. The porte cochère at the house's entrance exemplifies the symmetrical Georgian exterior. A dramatic fountain echoes the interior's ornate architectural detailing.
A baroque-inspired room.
The parlour, off the foyer, exudes an elegant mix of English, Asian and Regency influences. The richly hued silk upholstery pops against the white-glazed walls and moulding and understated ebonized walnut floors. Luxurious gilt pieces tie in with the fireplace's hearth and surround made of ivory and gold onyx.
French Country Kitchen
A classic French look.
In the kitchen, the beadboard-panelled ceiling and range hoods, butcher-block countertops and a chunky tea-stained oak top on the island imbue a homey look. The precise floral hood trim exemplifies the attention given to the house's visual flow; it reflects the extensive mouldings used throughout. The louvered pocket door leads to an ample walk-in pantry.
Regal Living Room
Richly detailed retreat space.
With french doors (not visible) that lead to the garden, intricate floral motifs and a green-based palette — in the bespoke silk-blend cotton area rug, deep olive mohair-covered sofa, and green onyx fireplace surround, for instance — the living room has a soothing botanical look.
A bathroom fit for French royalty.
In his wife Janet's private tub room, the bath enclosure is defined by an arch with detailing that emulates a keystone and pillars. The floral and lattice pattern on the tub's apron is French-inspired. The ivory and cream palette makes for a soothing retreat.
Kirk McLean's Kitsilano Home
A West Coast home with a view.
With a view like this, it's no wonder why former Canuck goaltender Kirk McLean chose to settle in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood.The nature-entrenched hillside was the perfect match for McLean's down-to-earth personality. Let's take a peek inside the house!
Classic Contemporary Kitchen
Timeless design and elegant details define Kirk's kitchen.
An expansive window floods the kitchen with light and affords views of a lush garden. Kirk's designer and girlfriend, Wendy Williams Watt, wanted the kitchen island to feel solid and sculptural, so she stained it ebony and topped it with black granite. Rather than use barstools, she set a long, low leather seat by the window to accommodate guests but keep them out of the way.
Traditional Living Room
Comfort is key for Kirk.
Clean and spare but utterly comfortable, the living room is a mix of traditional and updated pieces with lots of strong shapes and minimum clutter. The old coffee table, which Kirk and Wendy have had for years, pairs handsomely with a tweed Ralph Lauren sofa and an antique Chinese cabinet. A simple sisal area rug defines the space.
A spare bedroom was madeover into a serene retreat.
The den is Kirk's favourite room. Previously a gloomy spare bedroom, it was opened up by adding french doors along the back wall and creating a small garden reading area outside. The walls are covered in French pen-and-ink drawings.
Kirk McLean's Bachelor Pad
Before settling in Kitsilano, Kirk called this downtown Vancouver condo home.
Kirk met his girlfriend, Wendy Williams Watt, when she signed on to makeover his downtown condo. She bestowed the bachelor pad with a handsome, classic aesthetic. Mud hues used throughout counter the abundant natural light. In the living room, slouchy, feet-friendly furniture creates an inviting space. Two leather club chairs, a classic rolled-arm sofa and round ottoman are traditional elements. Tall windows overlook a spectacular view of Stanley Park, English Bay and the Vancouver skyline.
Retrieved from: http://houseandhome.com/design/photo-gallery-hockey-player-homes
January 16, 2013
Best Celebrity Homes of 2012
Celebrities love to flash the cash - and who can blame them when their millions continuing to roll in.
And one of the biggest purchases stars like Ellen DeGeneres and Nicole Kidman make is real estate and 2012 has been no exception with the A-listers buying some lavish new homes. We're so jealous!!
Let's take a look at the 10 most expensive real estate deals of the year starting at number 10…
10. $11 MILLION - TORY BURCH'S HAMPTONS MANSION
Tory Burch had initially picked up the seaside home in the Hamptons for $22.5 million but after water damage was found on the property it was considered a "teardown" and the price reduced drastically.
9. $11 MILLION - RYAN SEACREST'S HOLLYWOOD HILLS SPANISH STYLE
The American Idol host is moving on up and sold his 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom Spanish style mansion for $11 million. He had first listed it on the market for $14.95 million.
8. $12 MILLION - EDDIE MURPHY'S NEW JERSEY HOME
Celebrities tend to like to buy from each other and in that vain, Eddie Murphy sold his Englewood, New Jersey estate to Alicia Keys. Although it was initially listed for $30 million, the 25,000 square-foot home went for a more modest $12 million in the end.
7. $12.8 MILLION - RICKY MARTIN'S MIAMI BEACH MANSE
Ricky Martin has made the move to New York and he offloaded his third Florida mansion before hitting The Big Apple. He suffered a loss on the Mediterranean masterpiece that he bought for $16.25 million back in 2007. The 4-bedroom, 6-bath home comes with an 108-foot private beach.
6. $13 MILLION - ELLEN DEGENERES' MALIBU PAD
Ellen DeGeneres is one of the savviest real estate buyers in showbiz. Having bought a mid-century home from Brad Pitt in December 2011 for $12 million, she put it back on the market just six months later for $13 million. The bluff-top home sits on 1.26 acres with spectacular views of the ocean.
5. $15.5 MILLION - DEREK JETER'S TRUMP PENTHOUSE
Derek Jeter sold off his Manhattan bachelor pad back in October. He had bought the home from Donald Trump in 2001 for $12.72 million.
4. $16 MILLION - NICOLE KIDMAN'S CONDO
Nicole Kidman has offloaded a swanky New York pad that she never actually lived in. The actress bought the West Village apartment which overlooks the Hudson River in 2001 after her divorce from Tom Cruise but became disenchanted with the condo after her view was blocked by a nearby construction. She was renting it out for $45,000 a month but finally sold it in August.
3. $18.1 MILLION - MICHAEL JACKSON'S FINAL HOME
The King of Pop only rented the Beverly Glen, California estate but it became infamous after the music star died there. The 17,000 square-foot French chateau-style home has a wine cellar, movie theater, 14 fireplaces and large pool.
2. $19.5 MILLION - ADRIENNE MALOOF'S TV HOME
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Adrienne Maloof's home became well known from her turn on the hit Bravo show but she has now sold up after filing for divorce from estranged husband Paul Nassif. The 7-bed, 9-bath estate has a tennis court, media room and guest house. It sold in about a month which is very quick for such an expensive property.
1. $49 MILLION - ELLEN DEGENERES' BEVERLY HILLS ESTATE
The talk show titan made the biggest real estate deal this year when she sold her Beverly Hills compound to Ryan Seacrest. The home is a full city block with a gated drive leading to the mid-century modern home and has high-end security, pool tennis court and guest houses.
Retreived from: http://www.okmagazine.com/news/posh-pads-biggest-celebrity-home-sales-2012
December 6, 2012
Celebrity Real Estate- Awesome Amenity Addition
At Realtor.com we love when a home with an over-the-top amenity appears in the round-up of listings we view on a daily basis. Sure, we’ve seen a home with a hydraulic car lift that hoists your ride into the living room, and who doesn’t enjoy an abode with an indoor gun range, bowling alley, or nightclub?
Many times the best features appear in celebrity real estate. Some have home features that match their profession – musicians have recording studios or basketball players have indoor courts. Whether related to a career or not, here’s a look at some of the cool amenities we’ve seen in celebrity homes recently.
The former home of Mel Gibson in Greenwich, CT is a Tudor-style manor house set on over 75 lush acres. Currently on the market for $32,995,000, the 15,862 square foot home is secluded in a heavily-wooded area. Our favorite features of Old Mill Farm are definitely the sculpted-hedge maze and life-sized lawn chess game.
Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets
Currently listed for $4,700,000, Johnson’s home in Atlanta has many exciting features like a billiard room, movie theater and recording studio. Our favorite amenity, however, is the full-service barbershop and salon. It can be so hard to find the time to get a cut and color, but with this home, you’ll never have to worry about penciling in a blowout again.
Marky Mark’s Beverly Hills mansion leaves no detail unaccounted for, but the standout amenities are definitely outside. The pool, featuring a grotto and waterfall, sits next to a putting green and basketball court. The most impressive feature is the 2,500 square foot gym with a boxing ring, where he must have trained for “The Fighter.” The home is currently on the market for $12,995,000.
Gilbert Arenas of the Memphis Grizzlies
Basketball stars definitely enjoy luxe real estate and Gilbert Arenas is no exception. His Great Falls, VA home, presumably his pad when he played for the Washington Wizards, features a pool with a grotto and waterslide. The most interesting features by far though, are the multiple fish and shark tanks. If you love to be surrounded by the aquatic life, this home could be yours for $3,500,000.
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June 26, 2012
Top 10 Celebrity Dream Homes Now For Sale
Check out these luxury properties with star attraction now on the real estate market, as reported by toptenrealestatedeals.com
Follow the link below to find out who these chosen top 10 are and to see pictures of their estates being sold!
June 12, 2012
Celebrity Home Foreclosures
Homes are expensive … even for celebrities. Take a look at a few star who’ve faced foreclosure on their homes in recent years, according to Forbes.com.
Follow the link below for 35 celebrities forced into forclosure including pictures of their used to be residences.
March 21, 2012
Britney Spears Home Back on the Market
After trying to get rid of her Los Angeles home once and failing, Britney Spears is hoping that she can shift the property at a bargain price.
The Toxic singer is prepared to swallow her pride and is selling her home for more than $4million less than she paid for it.
The huge loss that she will be making on the property is barely a drop in the ocean for the singer who is worth an estimated $155million.
Nevertheless, the huge decrease in price is a sign that the 30-year-old is desperate to get rid of the luxury property.
After purchasing the Mediterranean-style villa in 2007, Spears is taking a hit by selling it for only $2.995million, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
The property boasts five bedrooms, six bathrooms and it has around 7,500 square feet of living space.
Britney, who has two sons, Sean Preston Federline, six, and Jayden James Federline, five, originally put the family home on the market in 2008 after having lived there for just one year.
With a back yard that opens up into a swimming pool and spa area, it is an enviable property situated in the exclusive Summit gated community in Beverly Hills.
Although the singer has listed the property at a low price, the small print does say that this will be a 'probate sale' and 'subject to court confirmation'.
The Summit area is revered as one of the most expensive and exclusive places to live in Los Angeles, although there is some debate as to whether it is classed as being in Beverly Hills or Studio City.
Britney has hardly spent anytime in the villa and has recently concluded her six-month tour to promote Femme Fatale.
With so many large rooms and high ceilings, Britney shouldn't have any trouble finding a buyer now, especially at such a bargain price. It is believed that the star wants to get rid of her old home for good so that she can fully start her new life withe fiancé Jason Trawick.
The couple spend most of their time together in Las Vegas and it most likely that they will tie the knot in the city famous for its gambling and bright lights.
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Source: dailymail.co.uk March 8, 2012
January 8, 2012
Breakfast at Tiffany�s Brownstone House Hits the Market
As the Breakfast at Tiffany’s celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Brownstone House at 169 East 71st Street where Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, lived and hosted her wild cocktail parties, has gone on the market for $5.85 million.
One of New York’s most historic and romantic landmarks, the four-floor townhouse is currently divided into two duplexes, but could easily be converted into a ten bedroom family home. Located on the Upper East Side, it comes with a glass enclosed solarium, backyard, several fireplaces and a library.
The house was previously owned by Peter Bacanovic, a former Merrill Lynch broker who got caught up in the Martha Stewart insider trading case and did some time in the pen. He purchased the home in 2000 for $1.88 million.
As The New York Times reports, the house no longer features the green and white striped window awnings spotted in the movie. But many of its landmarks remain in place. The top apartment features two bedrooms with en-suite baths and three fireplaces. Downstairs, a lower apartment features two bedrooms, two fireplaces, a solarium and a large backyard.
“Beautiful brownstone with elegant stoop divided into 2 duplexes located off Lexington Avenue. The upper duplex consists of a sunny living room with wood burning fireplace and sweeping staircase, powder room, dining room with a wood burning fireplace and a renovated kitchen with laundry. Upstairs are two bedroom suites each with its own renovated bath. The garden duplex apartment with a separate entrance has a living room with a wood burning fireplace, full bath, kitchen and glass enclosed solarium with backyard perfect for entertaining. The upper level includes a front library/office with wood burning fireplace and powder room and a rear large bedroom with wood burning fireplace and bath.”
November 22, 2011
Welcome To Candy Land
The Spelling Manor is not only the largest home in Los Angeles, but also the most expensive residential real estate listing in the United States, priced at a staggering $150 million. Starting in 1991, socialite Candy Spelling spent four years planning and building the monstrous mansion with her late husband, Aaron Spelling, the prolific TV producer behind Beverly Hills, 90210, Charlie's Angels and Dynasty. Now, Candy is hoping to sell The Manor and downsize to more manageable digs -- namely a 16,000-square-foot penthouse in L.A.'s Century City. After three years on the market, Spelling Manor— which daughter Tori Spelling grew up frolicking in—has finally sold. So what makes Spelling Manor so special?
Well, to start, the French chateau style home is 57,000 square feet. It has 123 rooms and 27 bathrooms. The entry foyer was designed to look like the famous double staircase in “Gone With The Wind.” There’s a beauty salon. Swimming pools (yes, plural). A bowling alley, a screening room, gym, a tennis court, Rooms dedicated solely to flower arranging and gift wrapping. A library full of Aaron’s bound scripts. A “Prince Charles Suite,” where the royal once stayed. And a parking lot that fits more than 100 cars.
So, who bought the mammoth abode? A Formula One racing heiress by the name of Petra Ecclestone, who is (gulp) 22 years old. Even more baffling—this mansion will be her part-time home as she also owns a gargantuan home in London.
August 24, 2011
Mark Wahlberg buys $12M Yorkville penthouse
Hollywood has landed in Toronto. It has been reported that actor Mark Wahlberg has uncorked one-of-a-kind luxury by purchasing an exclusive, 4,600-square-foot penthouse at 36Hazelton, which comes with a $12 million price tag.
Wahlberg, who just turned 40 on June 5, played boxer “Irish” Micky Ward in the 2010 Oscar-winning movie The Fighter. He’ll enjoy the 360-degree knockout views in his Toronto suite, which occupies the entire seventh floor and overlooks Hazelton Ave. The penthouse includes two levels of private outdoor space, totaling more than 2,800 square feet, says Molly Watsa, account manager with Siren Communications, the firm handling publicity for the project.
“36Hazelton is a residence for owners who demand the best in location and lifestyle,” says Watsa in an email. “It is for those who appreciate quality, extraordinary service and attention to detail.”
But there’s plenty of selection to tempt other buyers, with suites starting at 1,073 square feet and priced from $1.6 million. With a total of 18 suites incorporated into the historic facade of the former St. Basil’s Separate School, buyers can own a unique part of the seven-storey terraced building.
Oenophiles will find much to toast with several distinctive amenities, including a modern version of a traditional wine cellar lined with 21 private climate-controlled, lockable fridges. Adjoining the wine cellar will be a tasting room — an ideal spot for intimate dinner parties or small get-togethers.
“Compared with other luxury developments in the city, 36Hazelton is a smaller, boutique-style building on a real residential street,” says Robert Cooper, president of the Alterra Group. Cooper, along with Ken Zuckerman, owner of Zinc Development Corp., are the developers behind the project. The design team includes Quadrangle Architects, Chapman Design Group and Ron Holbrook.
Quality and custom detail is seen in the suites, which went on sale on May 16. No construction date is confirmed but occupancy is set for late fall 2013. Maintenance fees at 80 cents a square foot are comparable to other buildings in the area and hydro is individually metered, says Watsa.
Two-storey configurations are found in four suites from around 1,300 square feet to more than 2,100 square feet. Also being offered is a distinctive townhome unit with a private courtyard. The townhome will be built into the facade of the heritage building (constructed in 1928) and will offer 13-foot ceilings in the living room and a semi-private elevator.
Each of the units — with open-concept layouts, 10-foot ceilings and custom finishes — has a balcony or terrace. The outdoor spaces, say Watsa, range from roughly 160 square feet to about 1,300 square feet, while the penthouse has 2,881 square feet of outdoor space on two levels.
What makes the project so unique, says Watsa, is that it sits in the heart of Yorkville on a historic, tree-lined street and is a development that will never be repeated on Hazelton Ave.
“Residents will feel like they live in a true neighbourhood — one that still retains the village atmosphere of Yorkville,” says Cooper.
Also setting the project apart are distinctive suite features and building amenities. These include custom kitchens by Marana with Miele appliance packages and individual wine refrigerators. Suites will feature warming drawers and the latest speed ovens — benefits include faster cooking time, better retention of food nutrients and moisture — as a standard feature.
36Hazelton will also offer 24-hour concierge, a billiards room and executive boardroom. A fitness centre includes treadmills and elliptical trainers by Technogym and PowerWatts virtual cycling systems. Simulated cycling tracks include the Tour de France, which will recreate the actual tension felt by cyclists on the course. As well, a holistic room equipped with massage table, sink and lockable cabinets allows residents to bring in their own personal masseur.
A private underground garage comes equipped with a car washing station, while the garage’s dog-washing station ensures that four-legged friends (and their muddy paws) are not forgotten.
36Hazelton sits “at the epicentre of Toronto’s most stylish neighbourhood, with a village atmosphere and home to Canada’s exclusive shops and restaurants,” says Watsa. But this project also offers residents front-row seats on the action and excitement that heats up the neighbourhood each September during the Toronto International Film Festival. The building is close to the city’s cultural corridor, including the Royal Ontario Museum, she says.
June 9, 2011 Janice Bradbeer
SPECIAL TO THE STAR
May 25, 2011
Spectacular celebrity home for sale: $7.2 million
He may be out of a job nowadays, but Charlie Sheen is clearly hoping his celebrity status can help shift his Beverly Hills mansion. The 45-year-old actor has put his home on the market for $7.2 million, describing his plush pad as a 'spectacular celebrity home' on the real estate listing. The home, which he once ironically nicknamed 'Sober Valley Lodge, is described as an 'entertainers dream' - hardly surprising, given the star's well known love of partying.
The listing reads: 'This custom-built Mediterranean in Mulholland Estates is an entertainer's dream with spacious public rooms, most of which open to a beautifully landscaped yard featuring a professional outdoor kitchen with dining area, pool and spa. The home boasts nearly 8,000 square feet of space along with five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
Other features include a private screening room and 'top of the line appliances and finishes.' The sale came a few weeks after Sheen's divorce from Brooke Mueller was finalised, with a judge granting her $55,000 a month in child support on top of a lump sum of $757,698.70. He also agreed to pay her another $1 million for her share of their marital home, which may explain his decision to sell. Brooke was also granted custody of their two-year-old sons Bob and Max.
There is also speculation that the sudden sale is due to Sheen running short of money.Earlier this month it was revealed Sheen, who was the highest paid actor on television, earning over $45million a year borrowed $10m from the Hollywood studio who made Two and Half Men.
Sheen has been living in the mansion with his so-called 'goddesses' Natalie Kenly and porn star Bree Olson, although Olson has since left the house.
He was sacked from the hit comedy show Two and Half Men because of his drug addled behaviour and rants against its creator Chuck Lorre.
Sheen then launched a one man show called My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option and toured the US.
Ashton Kutcher has been signed as his replacement for Two and Half Men
By Daily Mail Reporter
May 16, 2011
Home Alone House For Sale 2.4 million
Lorianna De GiorgioToronto Star
The red-brick colonial Georgian home made famous in the Home Alone movies is up for sale. It’s price tag? A cool $2.4 million U.S.
The roughly 4,240-sq.-ft home in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka was purchased by John and Cynthia Abendshien in 1988 – 18 months before the home was scouted for John Hughes’ iconic 1990 film and its subsequent sequel, Home Alone 2.
The film catapulted child star Macaulay Culkin to fame as he played the loveable prankster Kevin who at age 8 is accidentally left behind while his family flies to Europe for Christmas and has to protect his home against burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
The home’s real life couple are empty nesters, and with the sale are looking to downgrade to something a little bit less grandiose, Leslie Cornett, spokeswoman for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, told the Toronto Star Friday.
“John Hughes had a real interest in filming in community settings. . . he really wanted his sets and backgrounds to have a real world, a real true neighbourhond and a true home ambience,” John Abendshien said in promotional video for the home.
“This is our home, it is our everyday life. . . And frankly we don’t think about it all that much. And yet there are times when we are reminded that the house is somewhat of an icon.”
“The house is famous but we’re just a family living here,” Cynthia added in the video.
Located 50 km from downtown Chicago, the home, which sits on a wide lot was built in the 1920s and includes four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a large family area and an eat-in kitchen.
Since the home’s listing by Marissa Hopkins, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on May 5, Facebook and Twitter have been ablaze with everything from people rehashing their Home Alone memories to others creating a Twitter hashtag #homealonehome where fans of the movies can tweet about their dreams of affording the multi-million dollar home.
March 24, 2011
Celebrity Real Estate Goofs!
According to this article from www.thestreet.com
, when it comes to property, even celebs get it wrong!
No matter how big they are, how many cars their garages fit, how many pools they have or how many of them a celebrity owns around the world, celebrity homes are subject to the same market forces as anyone else's.
Investing millions of dollars in a home doesn't mean a celebrity won't take a bath if the market wanes or their own finances whittle away. Real estate data firm RealtyTrac found that foreclosures rose to a record 1.05 million last year, eclipsing the previous record of 918,000 a year earlier. That means 26% of all homes sold in 2010 were foreclosures.
That came during a period when personal bankruptcies rose 9%, to more than 1.5 million, reaching their highest point since bankruptcy law reform was introduced in 2005, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute and National Bankruptcy Research Center. Meanwhile, the National Association of realtors notes that the median price of existing homes plunged from $198,100 in 2008 to $158,800 in January.
Those foreclosure numbers aren't expected to wane anytime soon. RealtyTrac found that 2.9 million homes got foreclosure notices in 2010, with 20% more than that total expected to be in trouble this year.
Celebrities may be better able to weather a huge loss on a home sale, but that doesn't mean they're immune from losing a bundle on their extra-large listings. The following are just five of the famous faces who took a hit in the housing market:
When you lose $2 million on your house and that's not even your biggest public loss of the year, that's a pretty good sign you're on the A-list.
Such are the woes of Scarlett Johansson, who parted with $7 million for a 1931-vintage Spanish hillside villa in Los Angeles' swanky Outpost Estates neighborhood back in 2007, the same year she started dating Ryan Reynolds . After three years, one marriage, turns in Iron Man 2 and Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and renovations to the mansion including windows, doors, appliances and tech upgrades, Johansson inexplicably turned around and listed her 4,300-square-foot, seven-bedroom manse in 2009 for $5.1 million.
Maybe neighbors such as Charlize Theron, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Orlando Bloom gave off too much star power to get a decent sleep without blackout curtains. Maybe the lap pool and spa were just too small. Either way, she likely didn't have time to look the place over before she left; she sold it for just less than $5 million. Six months later, she and Reynolds called it quits.
It's getting tougher to figure Beck out. When fans think he's a stripped-down antifolk hero, he goes and blows some serious cash just to remind them he's a millionaire Scientologist.
At least now they can safely subtract "real estate expert" from his resume. Last year alone, Beck lost about $1.5 million trying to flip two properties in a tough California housing market.
The first -- a 1,600-square-foot, three-bedroom, two bathroom ranch with a two-bedroom guest house with a massive fireplace -- sold for $1.7 million last February after Beck bought it for $2.1 million in 2007. As Beck's losses go, dropping $400,000 is like dropping a $10 bill on the subway.
Beck probably didn't count on that three-year strategy biting him twice when he bought a 5,700-square-foot, six-bedroom, nine-bathroom home with a library, recording studio and lane pool for $6.8 million back in 2007. In fact, he had such high hopes for the place that he put it back up a year later for $9 million. Years passed, the recession came, fewer people cared that Beck was the guy who sang Loser and the property lingered on the market until last year, when it caught the eye of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice producer and writer Shonda Rimes. Instead of meeting Beck where he was at, however, Rimes saw his unrealistic asking price and undercut it by about $4.4 million -- or $1.2 less than Beck initially paid. Loser, indeed.
If you think Beck would have had an easier time in New York, just ask Kravitz how little the homebuying public is willing to spend on '90s rock stars' unwanted real estate. In Kravitz's case, though, it wasn't as much about money as it was about timing.
Back in 2001 -- when Kravitz was still three years into his streak of winning four Best Male Recording Artist Grammy awards, still had songs such as Again and Dig In getting airplay, was making cameos in films such as Zoolander and was generally cared about -- the rocker listed a 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom duplex in New York's Soho for more than $17 million.
Though the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took a toll on all New York real estate, the property failure at Kravitz's peak should have been the first warning sign. Three years later, Kravitz dropped the asking price to roughly $13 million. The 3,000 feet of outdoor space wasn't enough, however, and Kravitz had to take the place back off the market in prerecession 2006.
Kravitz then put $1 million worth of work into the place, brightening it with a marble fireplace, two suspended glass staircases, a terrace with a wood-burning fireplace and roof deck with a built-in barbecue. The asking price this time around? Back up to $19.5 million.
Anyone who's tried to sell property in the past four years -- high-end or otherwise -- knows what happened next. Kravitz's home languished for another three years until Kravitz's agents smacked some sense into his selling price and dropped it to $14.9 million.
That was the magic number. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beats took the place off his hands last year.
Kravitz isn't taking it too badly: He still owns properties in Paris, New Orleans and Rio, among other places, and still sold the Soho place for more than the $7 million to $8 million he paid for it in 2001. By having no clue about the real estate world around him or how bigger events could influence his seemingly small sale, Kravitz went $1 million and almost 10 years into pocket just to unload a place he clearly never wanted.
Instead of just taking every bad sci-fi and "action" script thrown at him, Nicolas Cage should just concede his money troubles and make a documentary called How To Take A Multimillion-Dollar Bath.
Cage has a $1.7 million home in Newport Beach , Calif., listed for less than $1 million and a $15.7 million Rhode Island estate on the market for $7.8 million. It seems crazy, but so does Cage's roughly three-year adventure in the real estate market.
In 2009, the IRS filed a put a lien on some of Cage's property in Louisiana and said he owed them roughly $6 million for purchases made in 2007. Cage wasn't undergoing quick sessions of shop therapy at the local mall, mind you, but picking up that Rhode Island mansion, the more than $8 million Milford Castle in Bath, England, and some car leases: a five-year, $7,700-a-month lease on a 1964 Rolls Royce SC III; and a $3,600-a-month lease on a 2002 Rolls Royce Corniche. As a result, his two $3.5 million homes in New Orleans were sold back to the bank for a combined $4.5 million, an $8.5 million home in Las Vegas went for $5 million, a $9.5 million Manhattan apartment for $7.5 million and -- most crushing -- a Bel-Air Tudor mansion he'd listed for $35 million hit the bargain bin at $10.5 million after it went into foreclosure.
Cage sued his business manager for $20 million over these losses in 2009, which which didn't do much good when that manager countersued and spilled the beans about other portions of his spree, including $33 million in homes, 22 cars, 47 pieces of artwork and a $276,000 skull of a Tarbosaurus dinosaur.
If ever there was a year for Toni Braxton to write another sad love song, it was 2010.
The six-time Grammy winner saw her $2.6 million home in Henderson, Nev., go into foreclosure and sell for little more than $1 million after she and her company, Liberty Entertainment, filed for bankruptcy last September. Braxton ran up debt ranging from $10 million to $50 million against only $1 million to $10 million in assets, and the worst of her troubles haven't ended.
Her $1.2 million home in Duluth, Ga., just went into foreclosure proceedings, marking the latest financial aftershock from a string of dates Braxton canceled in Las Vegas in 2008 after chest pains she experienced during performances. Those pains were later diagnosed as a heart problem that insurer Lloyd's of London called a "pre-existing condition" when refusing to cover her losses.
Later that year, she was forced to pull out of the series finale of ABC's Dancing With The Stars when she had a breast tumor removed. Braxton can't be blamed for her health issues, but creditors including the Internal Revenue Service , Flamingo Las Vegas hotel and casino, the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., Cedars-Sinai Medical Center , Neiman Marcus , the Screen Actors Guild , RCA Music Group and Tiffany & Co.(TIF) aren't very sympathetic.
If anyone knows the difference between medical hardship and outright financial irresponsibility, though, it's Braxton. This is the singer's second bankruptcy after filing in 1998. Unlike her current situation, her past troubles were brought on by a split with her record label and poor financial choices, including accumulating $500,000 in overdraft fees in 1997 alone.