Celebrity Real Estate: Ryan Lewis, Tommy Hilfiger, Selena Gomez
Macklemore’s Ryan Lewis Home More Ritz Than Thrift Shop
After their chart-topping, concert-hopping debut a few years back, Macklemore DJ Ryan Lewis has been busy. Lewis oversaw a complete renovation of a waterfront estate in one of Seattle’s most prestigious westside neighborhoods.
Lewis paid $3.3 million for the 7,610-square-foot home in 2014, then went to work. But as it is with many creative types, it looks like the thrill has worn off. The dramatically remodeled and decorated mansion is on the market for $7.95 million. That’s after a $1.5 million price cut from its original list price of $9.45 million.
Given the unique setting -- overlooking Puget Sound -- and the exclusive nature of the Perkins Lane address, it’s no wonder Lewis attempted to bust the charts with his original list price. And given Seattle’s white-hot real estate market and a slew of dot com millionaires, maybe he’s getting closer to a buyer-friendly price point.
Tommy Hilfiger Lists Another Fashionable Home
As it is with his boldly designed clothes and other wares, Tommy Hilfiger has brought that same sensibility to his homes. That style is on display now at Miami residence Hilfiger and his wife, Dee, have listed for sale.
The couple is seeking $27.5 million for the eye-grabbing, 14,000-square-foot home that features 7 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms. Decked out in whimsical patterns and furnishings in signature Hilfiger color palette, the residence features an infinity pool and 100 feet of water frontage.
Meanwhile, as they hoist this gem onto the South Florida real estate market, the Hilfigers are still looking for a sale on their NYC digs. Their stunningly decorated apartment inside the iconic Plaza building had been listed for $80 million, but after several price cuts, it is now on the market for $58.9 million. Like the Miami home, the Plaza abode is a work of art.
Selena Gomez Looks To Sell Her ‘Family & Friends’ House
In 2015, Singer and former Disney star Selena Gomez plunked down some of her hard-earned cash on a Fort Worth home. After a ton of concert touring and years of living in Los Angeles, she needed a place to hang with her Texas-based family and friends.
But Gomez no longer needs the 10,000-square-foot mansion complete with 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, chef’s kitchen, home theater on 1.5 acres with a great saltwater swimming pool with rock slide. She listed the estate for $3.5 million, but has since reduced the price to $3 million.
With a new romance brewing with singer The Weeknd, including romantic getaways to Paris, plus a new Netflix project (13 Reasons Why) that keeps her in L.A., getting down to Texas is probably not convenient for the 24-year-old star.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Meg Ryan, Bethenny Frankel, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn
Sensational In Manhattan
She may not be making a slew of rom-com movies these days, but “Sleepless In Seattle” star Meg Ryan has made good on her other artistic talents. In what was her ninth mega-home do-over project, Ryan has proved she can remodel with the best of them. Now the finished product is on display in New York City -- and up for sale for $10.9 million.
The 4,100-square-foot residence sits in one of SoHo’s classic Cast Iron District buildings. Ryan spared no expense in the top-to-bottom redo. The stunning interiors feature black French doors, glass doors, 12-foot ceilings and numerous columns.
She works fast, too. Ryan purchased the loft in 2013 from actor Hank Azaria for $8 million. Next?
Skinny Girl In High Gear
For the second time in less than four months, former Real Housewives of New York star and founder of SkinnyGirl products Bethenny Frankel is looking to sell her home. This time, it’s a luxury loft that she has listed for $5.25 million.
The 2,400-square-foot residence features 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, but does not appear to be big enough -- even for the diminutive Frankel, who says she and her young daughter, Bryn, need a little more room in their next pad.
The listing comes just a few months after Frankel listed and sold the embattled NYC apartment she won back from her ex-husband following a bitter divorce. Clearly, Frankel knows how to bounce back!
Goldie & Kurt Close The Deal
Hollywood’s longest-running couple have found a buyer for their Palisades Riviera property. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn collected $6.9 million for the home they shared for 12 years.
Homey but chic, with a wonderful inground pool taking center stage in the backyard, the 6,400-square-foot ranch was no longer a necessary item. In 2011, the couple paid $5.7 million for a lot just down the street and have since built a new, custom estate.
Hawn, who stars in a soon-to-be released “Snatched” with Amy Schumer, and Russell -- who will appear in “Fast 8” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vo. 2” -- sold their Malibu home for $14 million a few years back. They continue to own a place in Colorado and a vineyard in southern California.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Scott Pelley, Donald Trump, Jane Fonda
Looks Like Scott Pelley Is Downsizing
Here’s an update. CBS news anchor Scott Pelley and his wife have listed their Darien, CT estate for sale. The lovely, white colonial has hit the market at $3.98 million.
The property sits on a lovely lot complete with a pond and a picturesque footbridge in the sprawling backyard. This move comes about six months after the Pelleys bought a $2.25 million condominium in the Flatiron District of New York City.
According to local news reports, Pelley has called the basement of the 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom home his “Darien Bureau.” A former White House correspondent, Pelley was seen anchoring the recent presidential inauguration in addition to his duty on “60 Minutes.”
Auction Action For Trump Childhood Home
The art of the deal for Donald Trump’s childhood home now includes a sale for $1.39 million and an auction in January for an undisclosed sum. That means the newly installed president’s first home as a kid in Queens, N.Y. has changed hands twice since he was elected.
The latest buyer does not appear to be anyone connected to Trump or his real estate company, according to the lawyer handling the auction. But who knows? Maybe the landmark status will one day draw Trump to reclaim his early digs.
The Tudor home sits in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood and was built in 1940 by Trump’s father, Fred, a real estate developer and landlord. The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home sat on the market during the presidential primary season, but has gained in value since Trump beat Clinton on Nov. 8, 2016.
Beverly Hills Adieu For Jane Fonda
With her relationship with music producer Richard Perry now over, Jane Fonda is selling the couple’s former Beverly Hills Mansion. The $12.995 million home was built in 1961. It sprawls 7,102 square feet and sports a modernist feel both in its design and decor.
The 4-bedroom, 7.5-bath home is located in the Trousdale Estates area, where stars like Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx and Elvis Presley once owned homes. Not included in the list price are Fonda’s magnificent artwork, including some Andy Warhol paintings.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Ivanka Trump, Gwen Stefani, Emily Blunt
Obama Neighbors Now Include Ivanka Trump & Jared Kushner
Well, partisan politics may divide people, but when it comes to the best places to live in Washington, D.C., birds of all feathers flock together.
Witness the new D.C. digs of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, which is located in the Kalorama neighborhood. This is the same residential part of the nation’s capital where the President Barack Obama will move to after Donald Trump takes over the White House.
Ivanka and Kushner, who has been named senior advisor to Trump, will live in a 1923 Colonial.
The 6,870-square-foot home sold for $5.5 million in December, but it was not clear whether Trump & Kushner were the buyers, or will just rent.
Given family ties to New York City, where Kushner, like his father-in-law is a real estate developer, it could be the couple will split time between D.C. and NYC. Either way, the stately home with 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and fireplaces galore is plenty of room for Kushner, Trump and their three young children.
Not-So-Sweet Escape For Gwen Stefani
They tried to keep it quiet and execute a split without a lot of publicity. In the end, Gwen Stefani and her ex, Gavin Rossdale, have decided to go public -- and list their house on the open market.
The high-profile but former couple have set the price for the 12,000-square-foot estate at $35 million. There’s no mistaking the Stefani touch on the place. The 7-bedroom, 11-bathroom modern mansion is mod, posh and glamorous.
In fact, the decor and furnishings reflect exactly the kind of style that made Stefani the fashion and cultural “IT” girl in addition to her fronting the band No Doubt.
The compound sports a 250-foot-long private driveway, tennis court, pool, spa and guesthouse. The listing comes a year or so after Stefani and Rossdale had shopped it off-market, hoping for a quick deal amongst the well-heeled Beverly Hills 90210 set.
Bye-Bye Ojai for Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski have been the leaders of the pack when it comes to real estate wheeling and dealing. Now that the star couple are the proud owners of a fabulous townhouse in Brooklyn, they had little need for their weekend home -- in California.
Luckily for the couple they have now divested of this 4,000-square-foot home in Ojai. They scored $4.25 million for the 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home set on a 5-acre site of the Ojai Foothills Hotel.
The sale comes a year after Blunt and Krasinski sold one L.A. home near Mulholland Drive for $3.5 million and a $6.5 million home in Hollywood Hills purchased by Kendall Jenner.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Kylie Jenner, Walt Disney, Leonardo DiCaprio
Surprise! A Kardashian Changes Her Mind
The $4.5 million Hidden Hills home that Kylie Jenner bought this past summer turns out to be unnecessary baggage. Or, something nearly as expedient as a Snapchat post.
The littlest Kardashian kid has now decided she doesn’t want the 4-bedroom home. It’s back on the market with a “slight” upcharge: $5.5 million is what she seeks for the sprawling abode decked out with custom woodwork and an enchanting outdoor pool.
A person would almost need a celebrity homes road map to keep up with Kylie Jenner, let alone all the other real estate wheeling and dealing amongst reality TV’s first family. But this isn’t the first and it won’t be the last home purchase or sale for Kylie Jenner. She bought another $12 million in Hidden Hills this year, too.
Between Malibu, Calabasas and Hidden Hills, the Kardashian-Jenner clan is keeping doing their part to steam up Los Angeles’ hot real estate market.
The Happiest Palm Springs Home For Sale
It’s not the Magic Kingdom, but for anyone who appreciates a mid-century modern home that typifies the style and mood of Palm Springs, this whimsical home is the one for you.
Walt Disney’s 1962-era home is for sale for $899,000. The exterior shows off the clean lines of the era, but the interior color scheme is more Technicolor than sonoran. The new owners did their part to uphold the interior design and motifs employed by Disney and his wife, Lillian, who lived there in their latter years.
If there was any mistaking the original owners of this desert oasis: A Pinocchio poster hangs in a bedroom.
Leo Awarded $2.24M For His Modest L.A. Ranch
With an Oscar to his credit now, Leonardo DiCaprio continues to churn through his real estate holdings. The globe-trotting star collected just a hair under his $2.4 million list price for the 3,400-square-foot home in Studio City.
Meanwhile, Leo has trimmed $1M from the list price on his Malibu beachfront home down to $9.95M. All of this real estate news comes just a few days after DiCaprio took a $2M loss on a 3-bedroom condo in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
The five-time Academy Award-nominated actor and one-time winner (“The Revenant”) originally purchased the 3,663 square foot Greenwich Village condo in May of 2014 for $10M. Leo recouped $8 million in the sale. He still owns four other NYC residences, including a spread at the green-living Riverhouse in Battery City Park.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Julia Roberts, Bob Hope, Pat Benatar
Julia Roberts’ Hawaiian Estate Finally Sells
After more than a year on the market and several price cuts, Julia Roberts finally found a buyer for her Kauai estate. But the “Pretty Woman” star only got $16.2 million for the 3,800-square foot beachfront home -- far less than the $29.85 million original list price.
The 1940s-era home has a 5-bedroom main residence and a 2-bedroom guest cottage. The home was formerly a sugar plantation along Hanalei Bay. Roberts bought the home five years ago for $13.375 million, but with homes in NYC, L.A. and New Mexico, there’s no crying for this A-list celebrity when it comes to real estate wheeling and dealing.
Bob Hope’s Spaceship Lifts Off
Palm Springs and Bob Hope were once semi-synonymous. It was in the desert enclave where the legendary entertainer made a big splash by having visionary architect John Lautner design a 23,000-square-foot house that resembled a flying saucer for him and his wife.
Set on 6 acres, the Coachella Valley estate has a swimming pool, tennis court and waterfall. Three years ago, Hope’s estate sought $50 million for the 1979 marvel built of steel, concrete and glass. But no buyers were drawn in at that listing price. The home finally sold for a final tab of $13 million.
Bob Hope died in 2003, and his wife, Dolores, passed away in 2011. Meanwhile, Hope’s other home, a mid-century modern home in the Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles has seen its price reduced from $27.5 million to $12 million. The 15,000-square-foot mansion sits on 5 acres in a gated community and was where Hope entertained his troops of fellow entertainers like Frank Sinatra.
Pat Benatar Lists In Maui
Love isn’t a battlefield anywhere near the sensational, oceanside home of legendary rocker Pat Benatar owns. However, it looks like Benatar and her husband are ready to call it a wrap for their island manse. They’ve listed the high-ceilinged, open-air home for $3.2 million.
Word is that Benatar named her daughter after Hana Bay. But now the family is back stateside due to their work schedules, so the Maui retreat will be a “Heartbreaker” loss in the move.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Uma Thurman, Ben Feldman, Alyson Hannigan
Net Gain For Uma
Uma Thurman, the “Kill Bill” star and longtime New York City resident, collected $6.608 on the sale of her stellar duplex in the swanky Gramercy Park section of Manhattan. The 5-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom co-op had been on the market for $6.25 million.
Thurman has owned other apartments in this classic NYC prewar building. She and her ex, Ethan Hawke, were co-owners for a unit and she owned another on her own, which she sold in 2006. And there’s a reason the 1910 building was so inviting: Thurman’s duplex featured herringbone oak floors, wood-burning fireplace and a library.
Super Sale Wanted
The time has come for “Superstore” star Ben Feldman and his actress wife, Michelle Mulitz to move on. The couple has listed their mid-century home in Los Angeles. The Runyon Canyon Park ranch is listed for $1.489 million and contains 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The 2000 square-foot home feels even larger with an open floor throughout and French doors that lead to the back patio. Time for a little more room to roam: the couple bought comedian Joel McHale’s former digs in Los Feliz for $2.55 million.
Holy Flipping Vampire
After spending the last year revamping their Los Angeles home, “How I Met Your Mother” star Alyson Hannigan and her husband, “Grimm” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actor Alexis Denisof, have listed it for $8.795 million. The New England-style home in Brentwood cost the couple $7.89 million, and now it’s been spruced up with a remodeled kitchen that includes marble counters and state of the art appliances.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Billy Bush, Donatella Arpaia, Christie Brinkley
Billy Bush Lists NYC Townhouse
The fallout continues for Billy Bush. After an “Access Hollywood” tape was released showing the new “Today” co-host egging on Donald Trump about groping women, Bush lost his job. Now he’s giving up his NYC townhouse for which he had big plans to coincide with his big job.
Bush has just listed the Chelsea residence for $8.25 million. Bush bought the 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom townhouse and was going to renovate it, but now there’s no reason to go ahead. The 7,200-square-foot townhouse was formerly an apartment complex but Bush—had he stayed on at NBC—was going to transform it back into a single-family home.
Iron Chef Donatella Digs Into New NYC Condo
Culinary mogul Donatella Arpaia has become a major player in the NYC restaurant world (Mia Dona, Anthos, kefi and EOS) and as a Food Network star. Now the 40-something entrepreneur has a new Manhattan condo, fitted with a top-of-the-line kitchen.
Arpaia and her cardiac surgeon husband, Allan Stewart, have just purchased a $2.9 million apartment along Fifth Avenue. The One Museum Mile condo sits above the Museum for African Art and has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and, of course, a ton of counter space.
East-End Girl Lists Her White-Columned House
Christie Brinkley will forever be known as the “Uptown Girl,” after her ex-husband Billy Joel’s famous song about her. But she really is an East End of Long Island girl. After decades of home ownership in the Hampton, Brinkley now has two mega-properties up for sale.
The latest is a $25 million estate in Sag Harbor. The historic 1843-era home sits on 4.5 acres with 330 feet of beach frontage on Sag Harbor Bay. The listing comes just months after Brinkley listed her Bridgehampton Estate, Tower Hill, for $29.5 million. With her kids in college now, the Uptown Girl is the Empty Nester Mom.Full Story
Wealthy Millennials, Baby Boomers Prefer D.C. Area
By Paul Tooher
They’re hip, cool and confident. They're shaping the housing market. And now they’re the largest living generation in the nation.
And the ones with money apparently love to live in Arlington, Va.
That’s the conclusion of a new report produced by Zillow that found that the Virginia city just outside the District of Columbia has the largest share of rich millennial households – defined as those earning more than $350,000 a year – as well as the largest share of wealthy baby boomers.
When Zillow analyzed the generational income in 73 U.S. cities, it found that 8.7 percent of millennial households in Arlington earned more than $350,000, the largest percentage in the nation. Wealthy baby boomers, meanwhile, made up 7.9 percent of the city’s households.
Meanwhile, the nation’s capital itself has the third-largest share of wealthy baby boomer households and the ninth-largest share of rich millennial households.
While millennials who have already made it live in the Washington, D.C., metro area, it turns out that both haves and have-nots of that generation are making Pittsburgh their home in ever-increasing numbers.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Steel City has the third-highest concentration of millennials in the nation at 22.1 percent, trailing only Boston and Minneapolis.
Nationwide, the Census Bureau reported that the number of millennials surpassed the number of baby boomers – 75.4 million to 74.9 million in 2015.
And as might be expected, the wealthiest members of this up-and-coming generation have made their fortune in the high-tech mecca of San Francisco, which boasts the second-highest concentration of rich millennials at 7.8 percent, followed by Huntington Beach, California, at 5.1 percent, and Sunnyvale, California, and Seattle, both at 3.9 percent.
What might not have been expected is the relatively small percentage of wealthy millennials found in academic centers such as Cambridge, Massachusetts, home of Harvard and MIT, and Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the University of Michigan.
Only 2.8 percent of millennials in Cambridge earn more than $350,000 compared with 7.7 percent of baby boomers. In Ann Arbor, the percentages are 1.6 percent and 5.8 percent, respectively.
That’s still a higher percentage than can be found in some cities like Detroit, where 0.1 percent of millennials and 0.2 percent of baby boomer households earn more than $350,000 a year.
Area Housing Inventory Increases
By Paul Tooher
Pittsburgh and the national housing market appear to be heading in opposite directions. The number of homes on the market in the metro Pittsburgh area increased during 2015, while the inventory of homes on the market nationally shrank dramatically.
Those are the findings of a report by Zillow that found that housing inventory in Pittsburgh increased by 1.7 percent during 2015, while the number of homes for sale nationally declined by 8.6 percent.
Of the 35 major metro areas reviewed by Zillow, Pittsburgh was among only four that saw the supply of homes for sale increase last year. The other three were Houston, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta.
Even in those four metro areas, the number of homes for sale in each market is significantly below peaks in inventory reached when the market bottomed in 2011 and into 2012.
Meanwhile, the supply of homes for sale last year declined by 30.2 percent in San Diego and 29 percent in Charlotte, North Carolina, the sharpest inventory declines in the nation.
Home values increased 1.3 percent to $126,000 in the Pittsburgh metro area in 2015, according to Zillow. In July, the median home value was $131,100.
Nationwide, home values remain 6.2 percent below their pre-recession peak of $196,100 in May 2007. But median home values in Pittsburgh, along with 10 other large metro markets, have never been higher, having surpassed their recession-era peaks.
While rents nationally rose at a 2.9 percent rate last year, rents in Pittsburgh climbed at a 0.9 percent pace in 2015.
For those looking to make a move, Zillow ranks Philadelphia as the top buyers’ market in the nation, followed by Chicago, Baltimore, Hartford, Connecticut and New York City.
Zillow reports that sellers have the most negotiating power in San Jose, California, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle and Nashville, Tennessee.
Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Boost Nearby Home Values
By Paul Tooher
Do you live near a Whole Foods supermarket?
Or maybe you own a home near one of the three Trader Joe’s located in The Steel City.
If you do, you’re in luck. According to Zillow, homes grow more rapidly in value if they are closer to a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
Between 1997 and 2014, homes near the two grocery chains were consistently worth more than the median U.S. home. By the end of 2014, homes within a mile of either store were worth more than twice as much as the median home in the rest of the country.
That’s one of the findings contained in the paperback edition of “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate,” released in paperback in January.
The book, written by Zillow Group chief economist Stan Humphries and Zillow Group CEO Spencer Rascoff, became a New York Times best-seller after its hardcover release in January 2015. The book draws on Zillow’s 10-year history collecting and analyzing real estate data.
“Like Starbucks, the stores have become an amenity in their own right – a signal to the home-buying public that the neighborhood they’re located in is desirable, perhaps up-and-coming, and definitely improving,” Humphries stated. “Like a self-fulfilling prophecy, the stores may actually drive home prices. Even if they open in neighborhoods where home prices have lagged those in the wider city, they start to outperform the city overall once the stores arrive.”
According to the Zillow analysis, the median home within 1 mile of a future Whole Foods store appreciates more slowly than other homes in the same city before the store opens. After the stores’ opening dates, however, homes near Whole Foods appreciate more quickly than other area homes.
Homes near future Trader Joe’s locations appreciated at nearly the same rate as other area homes before the stores opened. But two years after a Trader Joe’s opened, Zillow found the median home within a mile of the store had appreciated 10 percentage points more than homes in the city as a whole over the previous year.
Whole Foods operates 416 stores in 42 states, while Trader Joe’s has 457 stores in 41 states.
Celebrity Real Estate: Julia Roberts, Kylie Jenner, Mandy Moore
By Laura Vecsey
Hawaiian Price Cut for Julia
If at first you don’t succeed … knock $10 million off the list price. That’s exactly what Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts has done at her beachfront Kauai estate.
The 3,800-square-foot property hit the market last year for $30 million, but Roberts has been slowly stepping off the accelerator over the past year, dropping the price along the way. She’s now willing to take $19.5 million – not far off from the $13.375 million she paid for it five years ago.
Kylie Jenner Lands New Home
Reality star Kylie Jenner, 19, has purchased a $12 million, 13,200-square-foot home in Hidden Hills – a popular enclave for the reality TV star family.
The Cape Cod-like mansion sits on a 1.42-acre Southern California lot, complete with a private swimming pool. Inside, there are no less than 12 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, so should Kylie decide to have a family sleepover, there’s plenty of room to spare. And, of course, the home comes with a gym and a movie theater and just about every other amenity a Kardashian could dream of.
Mandy Moore Selling Los Angeles Home
It looks like a pretty swell spread, but “This Is Us” series star Mandy Moore may be in the market for something newer and shinier. The singer-songwriter has listed her 1920s Mediterranean-style home in the Los Feliz neighborhood for $2.95 million.
At a whopping 4,700-square-feet, the 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom home has been tastefully renovated. The home features an open chef’s kitchen, exposed beams, resurfaced oak floors and wrought iron railings.
Celebrity Real Estate: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jackie Kennedy, Roberta Flack
By Laura Vecsey
Leo Lists Again!
Leonardo DiCaprio is slimming down – his real estate holdings, that is. The Oscar-winning actor has added a Studio City home to the list of properties he’s seeking to sell. The 3,400-square-foot mid-century modern is on the market for $2.395 million.
The move comes just weeks after DiCaprio hoisted his Malibu home on the market, where his mother reportedly lived. That home is located on the notable “Billionaires Beach.”
Kennedy Compounds Continue To Make Headlines
Jackie Kennedy was determined to find a countryside getaway for her young family, so she persuaded President John F. Kennedy to agree to purchase a Virginia estate called Wexford. Sadly, the young president and his family did not get to enjoy the place long. Now Wexford is on the market again. The 166-acre estate is listed for sale for $5.95 million.
Meanwhile, the Hamptons estate where a young Jacqueline Bouvier resided and summered before her parents’ divorce is also on the market. The grand estate at 121 Further Lane known as Lasata is being sold for $54 million. The 11-acre property had been owned by Jackie’s grandfather, Major Bouvier.
Lasata – built in 1917 – is currently owned by fashion designer and former Coach CEO Reed Krakoff. The estate is being sold in two parcels: $39 million for the 11-bedroom main house plus 7.2 acres; $15 million for 4 acres and the tennis courts.
Back On the Market Again For Roberta Flack
The first two list prices Roberta Flack tried to get for her 2,000-square-foot residence in the famous Dakota apartment building in New York City did not produce a hit.
So now the legendary singer has dropped another octave, placing the 2-bedroom co-op that has views of Central Park for sale at $7.5 million. The “Killing Me Softly” chanteuse first sought $9.5 million in 2015, and then $8.9 million earlier this year. Maybe she’ll throw in the grand piano that’s parked in the large living room.
Celebrity Real Estate: Reba McEntire, Michael J. Fox, Brian Wilson
By Laura Vecsey
Reba No Longer ‘Starstruck’
A year after selling her Beverly Hills mansion, country music & entertainment juggernaut Reba McEntire is looking to sell her Nashville spread. The 83-acre property is listed for $7.9 million and is located on a street name perfect for a country tune: Old Hickory Lane.
Reba’s place is called Starstruck Farm and includes a 12,800-square-foot Colonial house that overlooks a lake. Fresh off a divorce from her husband of 26 years, Reba is clearly ready for a new start, so it’s goodbye to the farm and all the amenities – which include a tennis court, swimming pool, guest house, 8-car garage and equestrian center with a 16-stall barn and 12 fenced paddocks.
Michael J. Fox Kissing Connecticut Goodbye
The 72-acre Connecticut spread where Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, raised their kids is on the market. The list price is $4.25 million for the sprawling estate, which includes a custom-built home where the family had lived since 1997.
The 5,000-square-foot home is noted for a two-story great room that overlooks rolling fields and a pond. The home has 6 bedrooms and 5 baths, but Fox particularly likes the rustic fishing shack on the property. It’s an immensely nice property, without any Hollywood pretension.
Maybe This Time It’s Good Vibrations For a Sale
For a music icon who originated the smooth harmonics of the Malibu beach scene, Brian Wilson picked a lake not the ocean by which to live. Now, with the Beach Boys epic “Pet Sounds” celebrating its 50th anniversary, Wilson is still trying to sell his Arrowhead Lake home. It’s been on the market for a few years and is now listed for $3.299 million.
The 4,500-square-foot home contains 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and sports teak floors and vaulted, beamed ceilings. A wall of windows lends for epic views of the water. And, if you’re too tired from a night of music making or music listening courtesy of the first-class sound system, there is an elevator.
Celebrity Real Estate: Michael Phelps and Joel McHale
By Natalie Wise
Michael Phelps Has a New Place to Hang His Gold Medals
Michael Phelps ended his swimming career by breaking even more records at this summer’s games, but he says he’s officially retired now. Since he just purchased a gorgeous estate in Scottsdale, Ariz., perhaps we really won’t be seeing the superstar in the pool anymore.
At least not on television. The custom pool at his new house is quite the showstopper itself. The pool and hot tub will be used for relaxing with his fiancé and child, though, instead of training. He’s found a new place to call home and hang his 22 medals. Phelps purchased the home for $2.5 million.
The home itself is an Arizona masterpiece, made with European stone and terra cotta roof tiles. The interior, though, is a contemporary marvel. High coffered ceilings, plenty of skylights, gleaming marble countertops, gleaming stainless steel accents, and a sense of airiness permeate the house.
There are 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms should the couple wish to have more children, or perhaps entertain. Speaking of entertaining, there’s plenty of room for that in the 6,000-square-foot home and its outdoor living spaces. Guests can relax in front of one of 4 fireplaces, including one outdoors. A floating fireplace connects the living and dining rooms.
Both the indoor and outdoor kitchens are fully stocked with the best appliances. The kitchen features bar seating for four and a more intimate breakfast nook with benches.
The house is gorgeous and spacious, but why Scottsdale? Rumor has it Phelps will be coaching there. And there’s plenty of sunshine, so he and his family can enjoy the outdoor pool year-round.
Joel McHale’s “Great Indoors” For Sale
Actor and comedian Joel McHale, star of the upcoming CBS series “The Great Indoors,” must be feeling like his great indoors are a little too small. The actor has listed his 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom house in the Hollywood Hills for $2.395 million.
The traditional, unassuming exterior of the home belies its striking interior that is well-designed with the highest level of attention to detail. Originally built in 1947, the house has been fully updated. There are rounded corners to the ceilings, tucked-away nooks, plenty of built-ins and lots of light.
Shades of brown mix with pure white to bring a sense of comfort to the interior. In the kitchen, a farmhouse sink and Subway tile bring vintage nods to the modern kitchen.
There are built-in bookshelves throughout the house with detailed wainscoting and built-in lights, glass French doors, plenty of wallpapered ceilings, and no shortage of contemporary lighting fixtures. Considering this house was built in the 1940s, it’s astounding that there’s so much light and plenty of windows to open the space up.
Outdoors, there is a well-landscaped blue stone patio that extends the length of the house and features plenty of outdoor entertaining space, including a fireplace. There are three separate areas to the space: the relaxing fireplace with 2 couches for lounging, a dining table that seats 8, and a comfortable sitting area near the grill.
The private cul-de-sac location makes this Los Feliz Oaks home even more lovely.Full Story
Celebrity Real Estate: Seth Meyers, John Legend, Stella McCartney
By Laura Vecsey
‘Late Night’ Switch
Seth Meyers, the former SNL star and host of “Late Night,” has traded his average-sized-for-Manhattan apartment for a much bigger duplex, complete with 32 windows. That should ensure Meyers and his lawyer wife, Alexi Ashe, have plenty of light as they cook dinner. There’s also a home office where Meyers can cook up jokes for his night-time monologues.
The couple paid $7 million for the 5-bed, 4.5-bathroom apartment that looks out over the Empire State Building and the Hudson River. The couple, who welcomed a baby girl into their lives earlier this year, previously had lived in a smaller apartment in the Village that they paid $3.2 million for in 2013.
After making their move to Los Angeles, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have bid adieu to their 1-bedroom New York City apartment for $4.5 million. They’d purchased the home in 2013 for $2.4 million. The lofty crib-like dwelling had been completely redecorated for the A-list couple and featured in all kinds of glossy magazines.
However, with 4-month-old daughter Luna now part of the happy couple’s life, Legend and Teigen decided to give up the downtown pad for some bigger digs. Their $14 million L.A. home was once owned by Rihanna.
Stella McCartney Probably Won’t Let It Be
Fashion designer Stella McCartney has made a play in a familiar Long Island beach town where her famous father (Sir Paul) has long vacationed with the family. Stella and her husband, Alasdhair Willis, paid $1.3 million for a small home in Amagansett that included two additional and adjacent parcels.
With about three-quarters of an acre with bayfront access, plans are probably being stitched together for something bigger and better for the getaway spot. After all, where would she put her four kids in the existing 1,300-square-foot bungalow?
Celebrity Real Estate: Kelsey Grammer, David Geffen, Craig Newmark
By Laura Vecsey
Kelsey Grammer Green Lights NYC Sale
With good news from Amazon that his streaming series “The Last Tycoon” is good to go for a full season, Kelsey Grammer is ready to make a change in New York City. The actor has listed his West Chelsea residence for $9.75 million.
The former “Frasier” star says the 3,000-square-foot condo is no longer large enough for his family, which includes two youngsters among his total of six kids. The 3-bedroom apartment is in a 23-story luxury glass-tower building in Chelsea. Grammer paid $6.4 million in 2010, a year before he married his fourth wife, Kayte.
Free Man in the Hamptons
David Geffen has no shortage of cash to plunk down on fantastic homes – or yachts. Now the music and movie industry mogul has settled on a $70 million oceanfront estate on the beaches of Long Island.
Geffen, who owns homes in Malibu, Beverly Hills and a mega-penthouse on Fifth Avenue in addition to his outsized private yacht, bought the Hamptons home of Josephine Chaus. The clothing line mogul passed away last year at age 64, leaving her beloved estate up for a well-heeled buyer. Geffen had previously owned a large estate nearby, but sold it to developers eager to stash more celebrity homes in the pricey Hamptons.
Not Listed On Craigslist!
When it came time to find a New York City pad, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark bypassed his mastermind search site and went right to the source: A NYC power broker. Now the billionaire and his wife, Eileen, is set up in a $5.9 million Greenwich Village co-op.
The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom duplex is on a small brick building on a lovely street. The New Jersey native has long lived in San Francisco, but the return to the East Coast will at least be made less stressful by the backyard garden courtyard outside his door.
Celebrity Real Estate: Donald Trump, Kevin Jonas, Merv Griffin
By Laura Vecsey
Trump’s Boyhood Home for Sale in Queens
Before eyeing his Manhattan future in big, gold block letters – and before he became the Republican nominee for president – Donald Trump hailed from Queens.
The outer borough was where Trump’s father, Fred, made a fortune building housing complexes for middle-class families, thus turning the Trumps into millionaires. Now the boyhood home of Trump is for sale in the stately Jamaica Estates section of Queens.
The 2,000-square-foot Tudor on Wareham Place is listed for $1.65 million, with listing notes making no secret that one day Trump’s “birthplace” could be a national landmark. The Trumps lived in this 6-bedroom home until Fred Trump built a much bigger mansion nearby on Midland Parkway.
Depending on how he does against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, maybe The Donald’s original home will be decked in a gold-plated plaque, too.
Trump’s former weekend residence, as well as a penthouse he’s never lived in, hit the real estate market last year.
The Oldest Jonas Spreading Out
Kevin Jonas needs bigger digs? Apparently the 7,390-square-foot manse he built for himself and his wife can’t contain a family of four. With wife Danielle expecting their second child, Jonas says it’s time to switch homes and neighborhoods.
The Boonton, N.J. spread is listed for $2.325 million – far less than the $3.2 million Jonas sought for the place in 2014. With all the custom finishes, the 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home might be a little over-improved for the environs. After all, how many people need a 1,500-bottle wine cellar, putting green and cigar man-cave?
$100M for Merv’s Old Digs
Entertainer and uber-rich producer Merv Griffin’s Beverly Hills is up for sale. The 1940s Georgian-style manse sprawls 12,000 square feet and sits on a pretty juicy 5-acre lot in the heart of 90210, so this is not your average A-list celebrity real estate listing.
Josh Flagg of “Million Dollar Listing LA” is the broker for the spread, which was owned by Griffin the 1980s and 90s. Griffin passed away in 2007 after a storied career as talk show host and media mogul who created hit shows like “Jeopardy.”
The estate is now owned by filmmaker Jefery Levy and Pamela Skaist-Levy, co-founder of Juicy Couture. They paid $17.5 million for the estate and then spent millions bringing it back to full Technicolor.
Celebrity Real Estate: Christie Brinkely, Scottie Pippen, Matt Lauer
By Laura Vecsey
Christie Brinkley Lists Beloved Estate
Christie Brinkley may have a little more freedom to meet up with her “new” beau, John Mellencamp, who lives in South Carolina. The Uptown Girl has listed her 20-acre waterfront compound for $29.5 million. With her son off to college in the fall, Brinkley said she’s preparing to be an empty nester.
Dubbed Tower Hill for the 50-foot observation tower attached to the historic home, the property has been under Brinkley’s ownership for 18 years. The property was a bone of contention during Brinkley’s tabloid-fodder divorce from Peter Cook. With Atlantic Ocean frontage to the south, Tower Hill also boasts views to the north toward Connecticut.
Scottie Pippen Selling Mansion
Former Chicago Bulls’ star Scottie Pippen is looking to sell his suburban Chicago mansion. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer is seeking $3.1 million for the 10,000-square-foot home that comes complete with an indoor basketball court – emblazoned with a rendering of Pippen’s No. 33 jersey. The Highland Park home sits on almost three acres.
After earning six titles with Michael Jordan during one of the greatest runs in NBA history, Pippen’s legacy is forever entwined with Sir Air’s. However, here’s one instance in which Pippen can out-do basketball’s greatest competitor: Jordan has been trying to sell his estate for four years. It is now listed for sale for $14.855 million after many price drops from the original list price of $29 million. Pippen may soon have him beat.
Matt Lauer Doubles Down in the Hamptons
Matt Lauer and his wife, Annette, have been longtime residents of Sag Harbor. The couple has owned two homes and a horse ranch. Now, in addition to a shakeup at the “Today” show, Lauer is shaking up his Hamptons’ living quarters.
The handsomely paid veteran of TV talk shows recently listed a waterfront cottage for sale for $3.95 million. Now Lauer and his wife are selling their sprawling Sag Harbor home. The price is $17.995 million.
Their gated estate contains about 25 acres of lawns and gardens and an 8,000-square-foot mansion. They’ve owned it since 2001.
But it was time for a change, and opportunity presented itself. The Lauers are under contract to buy Richard Gere’s nearby spread, Strongheart Manor. Gere had been trying to sell the 6.5-acre estate since 2013, when he and his former wife announced their divorce. Word is that Lauer nabbed it for under $36 million, the last list price. Gere originally sought $65 million for the unique property.
Celebrity Real Estate: Cher, Ben Stiller, Hope Solo
By Laura Vecsey
Tres, Tres Cher
When it comes to Hollywood divas, no one can really hold a candle to Cher. She has always done things big. Songs. Dresses. Hairstyles. Twitter put-downs. Now she can add real estate price whoppers to her legend, as her former estate has hit the market at $85 million.
Even in California, that is a large price tag, even for a 16-acre spread with a 20,000-square-foot main house and 7,000-square-foot Moroccan guest house. Eddie Murphy also once owned the place after Cher’s stint there back in the 1980s. Boy, if she could turn back time …
Stiller Buys in West Village
Native New Yorker Ben Stiller and his wife, actress Christine Taylor, have traded their Upper West Side co-op for a snazzy new condo on the West Village. The couple and their two kids are moving into the uber-hot building at 150 Charles Street, home to other celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi and model Irina Shayk.
The full-floor unit that spans approximately 3,400 square feet cost the mega-movie star $15.3 million. It’s loaded with a library, white marble kitchen counters and full-window views of the Hudson River.
Hope Solo Ready to Leave Home
After kicking it here for several years, U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Hope Solo is moving on. Not from the soccer pitch, but from her home, which is located in Kirkland, WA, just across Lake Washington from Seattle.
With Solo and her teammates heading to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games this August, the star is likely to snag a sale before she comes back to the U.S. – probably donning with another Olympic medal. The Seattle metro area real estate market is sizzling and Solo is asking $1.85 million for her 5,330-square-foot contemporary home.
Solo, 34, and her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, have lived in the home for several years, which the Solo called her sanctuary. And it's no wonder. In addition to 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a chef’s kitchen and master suite, the property sports an outdoor pool and sumptuous mountain and lake views.
Celebrity Real Estate: Puff Daddy, Playboy Mansion, Rebel Wilson
By Laura Vecsey
Diddy Digs Dropping Down the Charts
Puff Daddy or P. Diddy or whatever Sean Combs is calling himself these days is really, really ready to divest of his Manhattan crib. The music mogul has slashed another $2 million off his party pad near Central Park for a new list price of $6.5 million.
He’s been trying to sell the place since 2012 and with a $39 million mansion he bought two years ago in L.A., Combs has little use for the condo, which features a soaking tub and a wet bar.
Playboy Mansion Comes With Heffner
Hugh Hefner’s neighbor, Daren Metropoulos, has dibs on the Playboy Mansion. Despite an initial list price of $200 million, a $120 million deal was struck that allows Metropoulos to assume possession of the 5.3-acre spread after Heffner’s has passed away.
The famous Holmby Hills estate has 29 rooms and over 20,000 square feet of interior space, plus a separate 4-bedroom guest house. Oh yeah, and there’s the spa grotto.
Rebel, Rebel, She Bought a House
With her “The Little Mermaid” alter ego “Ursula” taking a break after a live run of the play at the Hollywood Bowl, Rebel Wilson took a moment to buy herself a little gift: a $2.95 million home in the Hollywood Hills.
This is the second L.A. property for the Australian comedian and actress, who paid $2.2 million in 2014 for a smaller pad, also in the Hollywood Hills. The new digs sprawl over 4,000 square feet and contain 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.
Celebrity Real Estate: Salma Hayek, Beyonce, Kylie Jenner
By Laura Vecsey
Rentals of the Rich & Famous
In Los Angeles, actress Salma Hayek has put her mid-century modern home in the Hollywood Hills up for rent. The fully-furnished abode has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and is located in the exclusive Outpost Estates. The price: $11,000 per month. The views: lush grounds and a swimming pool, of course.
In the Hamptons, anyone who wants to live like Jay Z and Beyonce can have at it. All it will take is forking over $500,000 for the 25,000-square-foot mansion that the entertainment industry power couple shacked up in in 2012. The 11-acre spread is in Bridgehampton and features 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
In D.C., the buzz was all about the 8,000-square-foot brick Tudor where President Barack Obama and his family will rent after the 44th U.S. President leaves office in January. Obama had told reporters earlier this year that the First Family was going to stay in D.C. to allow Sasha time to graduate from high school. Well, they’ve apparently settled on a 9-bedroom is near Embassy Row and features an au pair suite. It also has enough driveway space for 10 cars – important for a former President and his Secret Service attache.
Kardashian Compound Grows in Calabasas
Word is that 18-year-old Kylie Jenner is the new owner of a 7,000-square-foot home in Calabasas, the Hidden Hills enclave where Kardashian family holes up. That’s nearly double the space of her “old” spread in the same nabe, but why should a young socialite have to scrimp on space? Kylie now has plenty of room to roam on her 3-acre property.
Alexander Wang Has Designs on New Home
Thirty-year-old designer phenom Alexander Wang has listed his dramatic loft in New York City. The Tribeca pad has hit the market at $3.75 million.
With dramatic big windows, high ceilings and a huge open living area, the 1-bedroom comes with – of course – a huge walk-in closet capable of holding the fashionista's best-selling clothes. Wang paid $2 million for the place in 2010, and had it remodeled in bold black and white decor featuring fur-covered furniture and Zebra-print rugs.
Celebrity Real Estate: Alan Cumming and Colin Powell
By Laura Vecsey
Alan Cumming Lists in NYC
With renovations on the 1899 East Village townhouse he and his husband bought a few years back, actor Alan Cumming is ready to sell the couple’s East Village apartment. “The Good Wife” actor and Grant Shaffer are seeking 2.2 million for the 4-bedroom apartment that overlooks Tompkins Square Park. The couple is set to move into their townhouse complete with garden in a matter of weeks.
Cumming previously owned a posh penthouse across from the historic Gramercy Park Hotel. The renovated studio featured hardwood floors and a designer bathroom.
Fit For a Four-Star General
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife, Alma, have listed their New York City apartment for sale for $2.8 million. The New York native's 3-bedroom co-op is on the Upper West Side and has just undergone a pretty thorough renovation, rendering the 1,566-square-foot unit pretty bright and spiffy with a new kitchen. The Powells have a home in McLean, VA.
Investor Fears Lead to Drop in Mortgage Rates
Current mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages decreased this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.41 percent, down 3 basis points from last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage mortgage fell throughout the week, dipping below 3.40 percent before rising to the current rate.
“Mortgage rates fell for the second week in a row and are now back near three-year lows due to the combination of investor fears after weak European financial sector earnings and a relatively weak jobs report last Friday,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Several Fed speeches are likely to drive rates this week, although markets will also keep an eye on oil markets.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.66 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.67 percent.
Celebrity Real Estate: Jonah Hill and Mickey Drexler
By Laura Vecsey
Jonah Hill: The Wolf of Bleecker Street
Last fall, Jonah Hill went into accelerated “sell” mode on his SoHo apartment, dropping the price from $3.75 million all the way down to $3 million to close the deal. Now we know why. It turns out that the actor/comedian had found a way better Big Apple crash pad.
Hill’s new $9.2 million residence is a 3,200-square-foot loft in the newly remodeled Greenwich Village area condo building call The Schumacher. A former printing press, the building is classic old New York, though now the residences are completely modern and decked out in top-notch finishes and amenities. Hill’s unit sports 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and views overlooking an arty inner courtyard. For a non-Wolf in New York, living this large is a pretty sure sign of success.
Hill made a bit of a profit with his last real estate endeavor. He previously owned a Hollywood Hills home which he sold in 2015 for $3.65 million – twice what he paid in 2010.
Housing ‘Crew’ Cut for Fashion House Kingpin
J. Crew CEO Mickey Drexler is no stranger to big deals and amazing houses. He’s owned and tried to sell at least two others in Manhattan and the Hamptons in the past few years as his clothing company weathers headwinds. Now Drexler is looking for a sale of $29.995 million on his pretty amazing art deco, steampunk home in Tribeca.
The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom loft building spans a pretty surreal 9,000 square feet over five floors – all of it decked out in the most elaborate finishes and decor that puts the residence in a class by itself. The building was a former coffee roasting plant, but you could never tell given this fashionable makeover.
Celebrity Real Estate: Phil Lesh and Don Cheadle
By Laura Vecsey
Grateful Dead Bassist Selling Home
There’s nothing jam-session casual about the home of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. The 7,900-square-foot Dutch colonial is the model of very upscale suburban sprawl. The world got a look at the 7 bedroom, 6-bathroom abode when Lesh listed the Marin County property for sale for $10.35 million.
The home is located on two acres across the bay from where Lesh joined forces with Jerry Garcia back in the Haight-Ashbury heydey of San Francisco flower power. Lesh has been keeping busy with Terrapin Crossroads, a food and music venue in San Rafael, CA that he started with his wife, Jill, and where Phil Lesh & Friends concerts go down.
Bandmate Jerry Garcia lived in Marin County at the time of his death in 1995. His home, a Mediterranean-style abode, was later put on the market for $3.995 million.
Home Flipper Don Cheadle Offloading Another Property
With Don Cheadle’s new film about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis soon releasing, the actor and frequent home flipper is hoping to be “Miles Ahead” in the real estate game.
The “House of Lies” and “Captain America: Civil War” star and his partner, actress Bridgid Coulter, have listed their Venice Beach home for sale for $2.45 million.
Located in the Oxford Triangle section of this western L.A. neighborhood, the former 800-square-foot bungalow is pretty nifty after a remodel that pushed it to 2,400 square feet, complete with rooftop deck. The look is very industrial-modern and the chic interiors are pretty cool, too.
Celebrity Real Estate: Judy Blume, Jillian Michaels, Marvin Hamlisch
By Laura Vecsey
Judy Blume’s Lists Key West Blockbuster
Hemingway isn’t the only great American writer to call Key West their creative paradise. Celebrated novelist Judy Blume and her husband, crime writer George Cooper, have long been drawn to the Florida key that’s the southernmost tip of the U.S.A. But just a few years after completing a marvelous renovation of her mid-century home, Blume is ready to sell. The 3,500-square-foot ranch has been listed for sale for $4.25 million.
The “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” author, who is 78, had the home featured in Architectural Digest in 2012. She has used a separate guest home on the compound as her writing studio. A self-proclaimed “houseaholic” may be ready for a new project. In 2014, she sold an adorable lake house she remodeled on Martha’s Vineyard, so she knows the drill on creating perfect homes and then sending them off for others to enjoy.
Jillian Michaels Looks To Shed Malibu Home
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels proves once again she’s no big loser. Her stunning Malibu home has been listed for sale for $9.75 million – about $3 million more than she paid. Then again, she did order up a pretty amazing renovation. The 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home will take the breath away of anyone who gets a look at this glass-walled, beachfront beauty.
Michaels is also willing to take on a tenant, providing they’re willing to fork over $40,000 a month. They’ll also settle for a summertime rental at $65,000, complete with furnishings. In the meantime, Michaels has another amazing property nearby. The star paid about $3 million in 2014 for very cool, secluded Craftsman set on 7 acres, complete with horse barns. The year before she had put her LA home on the market.
Marvin Hamlisch’s NY Home Sells
Barbra Streisand’s favorite pianist’s New York state estate has sold for $5 million. Marvin Hamlisch owned the 4.6-acre spread in Bedford, a hilly Westchester County enclave where celebrities like Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and Glenn Close are among some of the townies.
The composer and conductor, who made his home there and enjoyed 30-mile views overlooking the Hudson River, died in August 2012. Hamlisch won three Grammy’s in 1974 for “The Way We Were” and “The Sting,’’ and continued on as conductor of the Pittsburgh Pops Symphony until his death. He was memorialized on Broadway and with a musical tribute from Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin.
Celebrity Real Estate: Benji Madden, Keith Olbermann, Moby
By Laura Vecsey
Benji Madden Sells Bachelor Pad
Back when he was a bachelor and the frontman for the now defunct band Good Charlotte, Benji Madden went out and bought himself a nice little bungalow in Nichols Canyon in Los Angeles. That was in 2013, before the many-tattooed Madden met and married Cameron Diaz after his brother, Joel Madden, and Nicole Richie introduced the couple.
After moving into Diaz’s Beverly Hills estate, there was no reason for Madden to hang onto the past. So he sold his 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom chill house to Australian drummer Chris Cester for $1.55 million.
Olbermann Takes Parting Shot at Trump
Former MSNBC political commentator Keith Olbermann has left Trump Palace with an attack on the GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump. Olbermann has listed his Trump Palace condo for sale for $3.9 million. So what that he paid $4.2 million for it in 2007?
Olbermann said he feels a lot less “icky” about himself and feels a lot lighter now that he’s out of the Trump property at 200 East 69th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Trump, meanwhile, commented that Olbermann is just trying to get some buzz off the Trump name. Maybe. Maybe not.
Trump also offloaded an NYC apartment recently. According to the listing agent, the candidate never lived in the home in Trump Park Avenue tower. He first priced the apartment at $35 million and cut the price twice, finally getting $24.995 million for the property.
Moby Strikes Again
With a string of interesting real estate purchases in New York and California behind him, electronic music producer Moby has bought another property. This time, the Herman Melville descendent paid $3.4 million for a Tudor in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.
Moby must like the neighborhood – and fixing up houses. Two years ago, after selling a storied Hollywood Hills property called Wolf's Lair, Moby bought another Tudor on the same street for $2.9 million. This spate of West Coast real estate wheeling and dealing comes a few years after Moby sold a very cool, modern retreat in upstate New York.
Celebrity Real Estate: Britney Spears, John Cusack, Ice-T, Kathleen Turner
By Laura Vecsey
Britney Spears Selling Home in Thousand Oaks
Her lip-syncin’ good show at Planet Hollywood in Vegas has kept Britney Spears in Sin City for the last few years, so it’s little wonder she’s taken some time to part with her Southern California mansion. She has listed the marble-laden estate for $8.995 million.
Located in the Lake Sherwood area of Thousand Oaks with views of the mountains, Spears’ 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom property boasts a Spanish architectural flavor and comes with a backyard fit for kids of all ages. But her children still have plenty of space to play. In October, the pop star and mother of two bought a $7.4 million, 21-acre estate, also in Thousand Oaks.
John Cusack Parting With Malibu Home
Chicago native John Cusack has owned a Malibu beach house since 1999, but the actor is looking for an out – any way he can. His beachfront home is listed both for sale and rent, at a respective $13.5 million or whopping $75,000-per-month.
By waiting a long time to sell, Cusack is sure to make a pretty profit from his California beach community home. The actor paid $2.1 million for the 4,300-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home 17 years ago.
Actor-Rapper Ice-T Lists Jersey Pad
With a new baby with wife Coco Austin and a new suburban home in Edgewater, NJ, Ice-T is looking to dispense with his New Jersey penthouse apartment. The Newark, NJ native is seeking $1.1 million for the 2-bedroom, 2-bath that shows off nice views of the Big Apple across the Hudson River.
Kathleen Turner Settles in Tribeca
A few months after selling her 3-bedroom, Upper West Side condo for $3.8 million, Kathleen Turner has found a new home in downtown NYC. The “Body Heat” actress and longtime theater star paid $2 million for her 2-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom loft. The 1899 building is a perfect NYC mix of old-school, cast-iron behemoth and sleek and slightly industrial chic interiors.
Celebrity Real Estate: Brooke Shields, Shirley Jones, Ashley Benson
By Laura Vecsey
Brooke Shields Renting Home
It was good enough for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to temporarily hole up in. So who will be the next tenant to occupy Brooke Shields’ well-appointed Los Angeles home? The chalet-style abode is up for grabs for $35,000 a month and while it may sound like a pretty penny, the gated home packs a generous 5,345 square feet into its secluded confines.
Set in Pacific Palisades, the home served Affleck and Garner back when they were renovating their own home – prior to divorce plans. With 5 bedrooms and family-friendly spaces for dining and TV watching, Shields’ rental is pretty enticing. Plus, there’s a blue lagoon-style pool.
Shirley Jones Rides Real Estate Carousel Again
It’s been awhile since Shirley Jones was the queen of prime-time television, but “The Partridge Family” matriarch is still looking to sell her Encino ranch. The price is just under $2 million.
While the interior is more in line with the decor dating back to the popular 70’s sitcom, there’s no arguing with the space inside this 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom ranch. It sits on just under three-quarters of an acre, which in L.A. these days is a generous lot.
Ashley Benson Lists Her Pretty Little Abode
“Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson has listed her Hollywood Hills home for sale for $2.995 million. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home, which once belonged to Dave Stewart of Eurhythmics’ fame and singer Kylie Minogue, is light-filled and promises fun times in the backyard, which has a pool, spa and cabana.
Zaha Hadid Leaves NYC with Lasting Memory
With her sudden death at age 65, internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid left a lasting impression on the design world. But the Iraqi-born Hadid’s passing at age 65 last week in Miami means she will not see the opening of the curvaceous Manhattan building that she recently designed.
The masterpiece, which is 11 stories of interlocking levels containing 39 condo units, sits next to the High Line urban park in the Chelsea section of Manhattan’s West Side. The iconic landmark is one of her final building designs – and sure to attract attention for years to come.
Celebrity Real Estate: Alicia Keys, Kesha, Fred Armisen
By Laura Vecsey
Alicia Keys Scales Real Estate Markets in Arizona and Jersey
Recording artist Alicia Keys and her music-producer husband, Swizz Beatz, have listed their Phoenix-area modern home for $3.85 million. The decision to unload the modern Arizona gem comes just after the couple listed their majestic New Jersey spread for $14.9 million. They bought that Garden State estate in 2013 from Eddie Murphy and then set about a pretty cool makeover in order to display their pretty amazing art collection.
With two little kids, the musically-inclined couple said they aren’t making much use of the 7,881-square-foot view home just north of Phoenix. The new moves in the desert and in Jersey come a few years after Keys and Beatz unloaded a pretty sensational loft in her native New York City.
Kesha Finds Buyer in Nashville
With a high-stakes and increasingly ugly legal battle with Sony Music, pop star Kesha is looking to shed her lovely Nashville oasis. The expansive, 4,800-square-foot home was on the market for $1.449 million and has a pending offer.
It may be tough to say goodbye to the place, which is open and light-filled and backs onto a tree-filled state park. It’s the second home the “Tik Tok” singer has parted with, including her Venice Beach abode which fetched her $1.81 million.
Fred Armisen Lists in L.A.
It wasn’t “Portlandia,” but Fred Armisen’s bungalow in Silver Lake did give the comic actor a leg up in one of Los Angeles’ more indie-chic neighborhoods.
Now Armisen is looking to sell the no-nonsense pad for $949,000. The 1927 Craftsman is a cozy 1,400 square feet and contains 3 bedrooms and a plateaued backyard with a deck. He paid $763,000 for the home in 2014.
Celebrity Real Estate: Charlie Sheen, Katie Couric, Stockard Channing
By Laura Vecsey
Charlie Sheen’s Former Home for Sale
Prior to his announcement that he was HIV positive, Charlie Sheen liked to think of himself as #winning. But given the circumstances around one of the Los Angeles homes Sheen recently sold, the hard-partying actor may have to reconsider his hashtag choices.
That’s because the Mediterranean-style home in Beverly Hills that Sheen sold for $6.6 million in December is back on the market as the new owner looks to make big bucks flipping his home. At $2.6 million more, the new price for the mansion is $9.2 million.
With high real estate prices still holding steady in hot markets like L.A., maybe Sheen ought to take a look at the price he has on another 90210 home, which the actor has listed for $6.1 million. Given his recent track record, second thoughts could be in order for the list price of this 6-bedroom, 7-bathroom property.
Katie Couric Makes News
She may not be quite as ubiquitous as Global News Anchor at Yahoo, but Katie Couric’s $10 million salary can still foot some real estate bills. She and her husband of two years, John Molner, have just bought a new condo on the Upper East Side.
The sleek new pad cost $12.23 million and spans a generous 4,000 square feet. It’s also not far from the Park Avenue apartment where Couric had lived since the early 1990s with her first husband, who passed away from colon cancer, and her two daughters. But a fresh start is what the TV personality will get in her majestic new NYC digs.
‘Rizzo’ Selling Her L.A. Area Home
“Grease” is always the word when it comes to enduring entertainment. Now Tony-award winning Stockard Channing, who first brought Rizzo to life in the classic film and on Broadway, is looking to dump her Hollywood Hills home for $1.895 million.
Channing bought the 1950 mid-century house above Laurel Canyon in 2003, but her career continues to keep her hopping, including her work in “The Good Wife,’’ which keeps her in New York.
Celebrity Real Estate: Joy Behar, Jason Segel, Jackie Collins
By Laura Vecsey
Joy Behar Lists Her Beach Home for $3.8M
Joy Behar, the newly-returned host of “The View,” has listed her East Hampton vacation home for sale, seeking $3.8 million for the 4,000-square-foot, cedar shake-sided home. She paid about $1 million less than that for the light-filled home about four years ago.
Set on just under an acre of grassy, flat land about 3 miles from the beach, Behar said she liked the spaciousness of the 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home. But with a new deal inked for “The View,” and a history of owning homes on the East End of Long Island, maybe Behar is ready for something new.
Behar is not the only talk show host seeking to make some real estate changes. Oprah, Suze Orman and Rosie O’Donnell have recently made some big moves.
Jason Segel Buys Los Feliz Digs
“How I Met Your Mother” star Jason Segel has bought a Mediterranean-style home in Los Angeles. The 1929 classic, with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, cost the actor $2.25 million.
He purchased the 2,500-square-foot home from Shepard Fairey, the artist who designed the bold Obama “Hope” poster during the 2008 presidential election. Segel is apparently keen on collecting property all around L.A. He owns a home in Hollywood Hills and two others in West Hollywood.
Jackie Collins’ Listing May Prove Best Seller
After losing her battle to breast cancer last year at age 77, Jackie Collins’ Beverly Hills’ mansion is ready for a new owner. The 21,000-square-foot blockbuster will hit the market for $30 million.
The prolific author of sexcapade books is said to have purchased the property back in 1988. Then she had a new home built on the property in 1992. The home has 8 bedrooms, 10 full and 5 half bathrooms and just a whole lot of interior bling to pump up the volume. That includes a 100-foot gallery space, where Collins hung her prized artwork.
Celebrity Real Estate: Kris Jenner, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez
By Laura Vecsey
Lots of Kardashian Kids, More Kardashian Home Buying
She’s at it again! Kardashian Dynasty "Momager" Kris Jenner has picked up another house near the Hidden Hills estate she calls home. With her kids and ex Caitlyn Jenner located all over Calabasas, Hidden Hills and Malibu, Kris hooked up with another real estate acquisition – reportedly for son Rob. She paid $2.285 million for the 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom colonial, which features a triple-waterfall pool in the southern California splendid backyard.
Charlize Sells Hollywood Home
She rid herself of Sean Penn, so Charlize Theron may be able to appreciate the theory that sometimes, it’s just better to be done with it. Same might apply for her Hollywood condo. The actress took a $1-million loss on the 1-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo she bought for $2.786 million back in pre-bubble days of 2007.
Perhaps the Academy Award winner moved on to a property more suitable for her growing family. The actress adopted another child in the fall of last year.
J. Lo Knows How to Make the Cut
The sprawling Los Angeles home that Jennifer Lopez first listed for sale for $17 million last year has failed to attract a buyer. So after one price cut last September that took the list price down to $14.5 million, the 17,000-square-foot is now listed for $12.5 million.
Lopez gave up on West Coast living last year and bought a mammoth duplex penthouse in lower Manhattan last year, so it’s not like the “American Idol” judge and ubiquitous entertainment world staple is ailing for a place to live with her twin children. While J. Lo waits for a buyer to come along, she can take solace in the $10 million summer home in Long Island’s East Hampton area she also bought last year.
Celebrity Real Estate: John Legend, Daisy Fuentes, Mike Tyson
By Laura Vecsey
Legends Live Here
It wasn’t home sweet home to Rihanna when she owned it, but a newly remodeled Beverly Hills house that the singer ditched a few years back is now the property of John Legend and his supermodel wife Chrissy Teigen.
The power couple – who are expecting their first baby – paid $14 million for the majestic modern. The spread has 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms and is loaded with amenities (gym, billiard room and theater) so the new parents won’t have to head out for anything except maybe diapers.
MTV Love Match Prompts Malibu Rental
What do you get when you marry a 1990s MTV VJ to a 1990s recording star? You get Daisy Fuentes and Richard Marx needing one less Malibu property to deal with.
Fuentes, 49, and Marx, 52, were married recently and are now living at his southern Cali abode. That has led Fuentes to list her oceanfront home for rent for $25,000. The 3,800-square-foot home is on Las Flores Beach and makes for a cozy little retreat, featuring 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms with vaulted ceilings and French oak floors.
Tyson Pulls Punch on Neighboring Home
Mike Tyson is a big spender. He’s shown that over the years by seeing his multi-million dollars in prize fighting money go down the tubes. But with his star rising again on the heels of his post-fighting career as actor and entertainer, Tyson is back to buying property.
Tyson has purchased a $2.5 million home on the same street in Las Vegas where he already owns. The new, 10,400-square-foot property is a 6-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom spread in a suburban enclave with a golf course. While there are no white tigers, like Tyson goofed with in his cameo in the Vegas-centric movie “The Hangover,’’ the new home does have a lot of marble and a swimming pool.