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.
Celebrity Real Estate: Miranda Lambert and Penny Marshall
By Laura Vecsey
Miranda Lambert’s New Pretty Little Big Thing
Country music superstar, and Blake Shelton’s ex-wife, Miranda Lambert has scored a 400-acre estate outside of Nashville for $3.4 million. The farm is sprawling and the main house is, well, adorable.
With all the coziness and charm of a farmhouse and all the upgrades and amenities that make farm living luxurious, Lambert will have to be extra motivated to leave home and get out on tour anytime soon. The living room is rustic/chic with a massive fireplace under pitched wood ceilings.
And if she ever does tire of having too much chill time inside the home, Lambert has plenty of options outdoors: The property comes with a horse barn and a private lake, complete with a dock and canoes.
Penny Marshall Lists NYC Penthouse
Sitcom pioneer and writer/producer Penny Marshall may hail from Brooklyn, but her Upper West Side penthouse was where she called home in New York the past few decades.
Now the “Laverne & Shirley” creator and star is opting for full-time life in California, so she has listed her 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom unit for $5.5 million. The co-op is in one of those classic prewar buildings and boasts a 1,000-square-foot private terrace with perfect views of Manhattan.
Celebrity Real Estate: Maya Angelou and Tyler Posey
By Laura Vecsey
Maya Angelou’s Harlem Home For Sale
Maya Angelou, who passed away in 2014, bought a Harlem townhouse sight unseen in 2002 at the urging of her friends, singer/songwriters Valerie Ashford and Nick Simpson. The celebrated writer and activist then had the entire, five-story building remodeled and went on to spend many good times in her New York City oasis entertaining friends like Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
Now Angelou’s family is ready to let the home go: They’ve listed it for sale for just over $5 million. The 6,500-square-foot home features 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, including two master suites. There’s also an elevator and two fireplaces. Harlem has a lot of history, but Angelou’s time in the historic part of New York could make this home extra special to some buyer.
No Place For a Wolf!
Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf” fame has made a very human decision: He bought a $1.32 million mid-century home in Studio City in Los Angeles. The 2,318-square-foot home is a nice little spot for someone young in Hollywood. The home comes with an open kitchen, landscaped yard with lagoon-style pool.
Celebrity Real Estate: Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Frankie Muniz
By Laura Vecsey
Louis C.K. Slowly Taking Over West Village Townhouse
Comedian Louis C.K. and his ex-wife continue to collect apartments in their West Village townhouse. The pair just bought a third unit at 346 West 4th Street co-op. The studio is among 10 units in the 1929 building and was sold for $564,000. The pair bought their first unit in 2006 for $250,000, and in 2013 added another unit for which they paid $475,000.
Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk Looking for NYC Love Nest?
After Irina Shayk listed her West Village condo for $3.995 million in December, she and beau Bradley Cooper have been spotted apartment hunting. Shayk is eager to give up her custom-finished condo at 166 Perry Street as her relationship with Cooper heads toward one year of canoodling bliss. The Russian model is reportedly on board with Cooper’s desire to get an apartment big enough to have his mother move in with them
Malcolm in the Middle Moving Out
Kid star Frankie Muniz from the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle’’ has listed his Scottsdale, Ariz., home for $2.895 million. The 5-bedroom, 7-bath home is a pretty sweet spread, featuring cathedral ceilings, a great room and swimming pool with three waterfalls.
Celebrity Real Estate: Tina Fey, Carole King, Bobbi Kristina
By Laura Vecsey
Tina Fey Doubles Up in Manhattan
Comedy writer and actress Tina Fey’s eyes must have lit up when she found out that the exact apartment above the one she already owned was up for sale. The idea of doubling the home she shares with her husband and two daughters prompted Fey to pay more than $2 million above the list price for the mint-condition Upper West Side apartment.
For $9.5 million Fey can create a duplex – providing she can sweet talk the co-op board into letting her renovate. If you know anything about New York City buildings’ co-op boards, Fey could find herself with enough material for another big screen satire.
Carole King Kissing Malibu Goodbye
Songwriter and singer Carole King is looking to part with her beachfront property in Malibu. The musician, who was recently honored at the Kennedy Center, saw Aretha Franklin perform an epic version of her hit “Natural Woman.”
The hit-maker from Brooklyn – who went West in the 1970s after scoring dozens of hits songs for others – found her paradise in California and other western states, where she has owned some properties over the years. However, she’s now looking to part with the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, listed for $2.295 million.
Bobbi Kristina’s Atlanta Townhouse for Sale
Known as “Krissy,” the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found unconscious a year ago before passing away in hospice last July. Now her former home is on the market.
The Atlanta residence, a 3-bed, 3.5-bath townhome just outside the city, spans 2,600 square feet and is listed for $469,000.
Mortgage Rates Drop After New Year Celebrations
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.74 percent on Monday, down 7 basis points from last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.78 percent on Thursday, then hovered there before dropping to the current rate on Monday.
“Mortgage rates fell early this week as financial markets returned from the New Year’s holiday to a collapse in Asian equities, which pushed capital flows to safe assets including U.S. mortgage bonds,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “We expect continued volatility this week leading up to Wednesday’s publication of the December Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes and Friday’s all-important jobs report.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.96 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.97 percent.
Celebrity Real Estate: Kardashians, Terry Bradshaw, Liev Schreiber
By Laura Vecsey
Kardashians Add Condo to Their Stash of L.A. Real Estate
A Kardashian real estate trust is the buyer of Century City condo.
Reports are the reality show stars’ trust paid $1.655 million for the 2,524-square-foot unit, which has two bedrooms, four bathrooms and modern kitchen and bath design. The sleek pad is located near Century City shopping and Fox Studios.
The purchase is one of several real estate moves made by the Kardashian and Jenner crew. Earlier this year, Caitlyn Jenner purchased a home in Malibu after splitting with wife Kris and Kylie Jenner moved out of the family home and snagged her own digs.
Less Is More for Terry Bradshaw in Hawaii
Terry Bradshaw is proving you don’t need to go big or go home. The NFL Hall of Famer and broadcast analyst and his wife, Tammy, have listed their 12-acre estate on Hawaii’s Big Island for $2.7 million -- but they don’t plan on high-tailing it off the Hawaiian island. They’re simply downsizing.
Earlier this year, they bought a $700,000 property, so the former Pittsburgh Steeler great doesn’t need the bigger compound. The 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home the Bradshaws have listed is pretty exquisite, with an in-ground pool in the yard which overlooks the ocean.
A-List Couple Getting Out of Hamptons’ Getaway
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are selling the Long Island cottage they’ve owned since 2007. The property, listed for $5.85 million, is located in Amagansett, just east of the Hamptons and before Montauk.
The 6,061-square-foot shingled home features vaulted ceilings, 6 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms and sits on just over half an acre. They purchased the home for $4.3 million, but the Hamptons are a scorching-hot real estate market for celebrities and Wall Street money makers, so of course it’s gone way up in value.
Celebrity Real Estate: Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Brangelina
By Laura Vecsey
Taraji P. Henson Lists Hollywood Hills ‘Cookie Jar’
Veteran actress Taraji P. Henson spent many years keeping a low profile in a San Fernando Valley home before making a move to Hollywood Hills in 2010. Well, now it looks like the “Empire” queen is taking her fame and fortune to new heights – or, at least new digs.
The woman who turned the character “Cookie Lyon” into one of TV’s great new characters is selling her 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom home for $3.25 million. Henson’s home, which has a giant Buddha statue sitting in its kitchen atrium, spans 4,202 square feet and features a theater, wine cellar and a dressing room suitable for a Cookie, or a Taraji.
One Year and Done for Kerry Washington
It didn’t take long for “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and her husband, retired NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, to tire of their Hollywood Hills compound. The couple has listed the French country-style home for $2.695 million. They bought the place last year for $1.865 million.
In addition to the main house, there’s a chauffeur’s quarters, a guest house and swimming pool with entertainment area.
Brad and Angie Looking for Big Easy Sale
It’s been a downer for Brangelina these days. While Angelina Jolie’s new movie “By The Sea” – featuring Jolie and husband Brad Pitt – has been widely panned, the couple is also having a tough time selling their New Orleans home. They’ve just chopped the price on the property by $850,000 to its current $5.65 million list price.
The couple have owned the 1830s-era, French Quarter mansion since 2006, when Pitt was on location in the Big Easy for the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.’’ The house has 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, an elevator and period features like marble mantles and a spiral staircase.
Celebrity Real Estate: Selena Gomez and Adam Carolla
By Laura Vecsey
Selena Gomez Selling Mansion
Looks like Selena Gomez is looking for revival in her choice of homes. The former Disney star and ex-flame of Justin Bieber has listed her sumptuous Calabasas mansion for $4.495 million.
Sitting on 3 acres in the exclusive Mureau Estates, the main house features 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms done up in stucco and neutral tones of tile and marble. The property also features an amazing outdoor area complete with hardscaped patios and an inviting in-ground pool.
Gomez bought the place in 2014 for $3.69 million, around the same time Bieber was living in the star-studded L.A. neighborhood. Bieber has rented several homes in the Calabasas area, including a cylindrical glass abode. The pair are still splitsville, but there’s no love lost between them, according to the Biebs, who said he could see getting back together one day. In the meantime, by listing her home, the Calabasas days for Gomez are now coming to an official close.
Adam Carolla Ready to Relinquish L.A. Pod
A Spanish Revival home owned by podcast king Adam Carolla and his wife has been listed for sale for $5.3 million. The Hollywood Hills property sits on just over a half-acre in the historic Hollywood Knolls section of this famous L.A. zip code. The maverick comedian podcaster had been renting the place out for $11.5 a month, but, in keeping with his forward-thinking and direct style of action, Carolla has planted the “For Sale” sign.
Earlier this year Carolla offloaded another property. In September he sold a La Canada Flintridge home for $3.39 million that he purchased in 2013.
Market Rates Unlikely to Move Due to Europe, Inflation
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.79 percent, down 4 basis points from last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell Friday, then hovered around 3.80 percent before dipping to the current rate on Tuesday.
“Last week, mortgage rates remained flat until weak U.S. economic data and stronger than expected oil supplies caused a drop at the week’s end,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Rates are unlikely to move much higher this week, as markets make sense of the political situation in Europe and look to U.S. inflation and output data, as well as the release of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s October meeting and commentary from several committee voters.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.95 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 3.00 percent.
Celebrity Real Estate: Neil Young, Diane Keaton, Tim Allen
By Laura Vecsey
No More Rocking On the Big Island
Rocker Neil Young has sold his old-school Hawaii home for $20 million. The sale came quickly after the 69-year-old legend listed the oceanfront oasis this past summer for $24.5 million. The Big Island property featured a 5-bedroom main house, two guest cottages, two greenhouses and a pool house.
The sale is one of several big changes in Young’s life following the divorce of his long-time wife, Pegi.
Diane Keaton Ready for a New Project
Ever-popular and always artistically-engaged Diane Keaton has listed her Pacific Palisades house. She bought the property in 2012 for $5.6 million and now the actress, author, photographer, interior designer and architect buff is seeking $6.995 million for the 7,800-square-foot traditional-style abode.
With a string of historic and interesting property makeovers under her belt, including a Bel-Air Spanish Colonial that earned her center stage in “Architectural Digest,” this was a rather pedestrian purchase by the decorated Hollywood star. But with two teenage kids maybe she needed a more “normal” place to carry out the daily routine. But, now this serial flipper is moving on.
Mr. Fixit Not Needed for Tim Allen’s L.A. Getaway
Three years after paying $1.4 million for a rustic-chic mid-century modern off Mulholland Drive, actor Tim Allen has apparently decided he no longer needs the glorified California man cave. The 2,600-square-foot home has been listed for sale for $1.95 million.
The open floor plan allows for plenty of entertainment space, including a kitchen bar area in a sea of Vermont pine floors. The house flows nicely out to full-length decks with spectacular canyon views.
Celebrity Real Estate: Bruce Springsteen, Jonah Hill, Roger Ebert
By Laura Vecsey
Springsteen’s Creative Cottage for Sale in Jersey
How important is the little house in Long Branch, NJ where Bruce Springsteen lived in when he penned “Born to Run,’’ among other of his early hits? Important enough to allegedly get Bob Dylan out on a secret search mission in 2009 to get a gander of the 828-foot cottage.
The creative abode belonging to “The Boss,” located in his hometown, is now on the market for $299,000.
Springsteen once opined about the work he did in that little house.
“I worked very, very long on the lyrics to ‘Born to Run,’ because I was very aware that I was messing with classic rock’n’roll images that easily turned into clichés,” he reportedly said.
The current owners bought the home in 2009 for $280,000 because of its rock legacy with the intent of turning it into a little museum in honor of “Born to Run” and Springsteen, but those plans have fallen through.
Jonah Hill Exiting Mulholland Drive
Jonah Hill is jumping houses again. Just weeks after selling a pretty cool NYC condo loft for $3 million, the actor listed – and sold – his mid-century modern house on famed Mulholland Drive. He bought the place in 2010.
The list price was $2.995 million, about $1.1 million more than the star paid five years ago. The 3,660-square-foot home was built in 1959 and features 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, walls of glass, skylights and a separate guest house.
That’s a Wrap for Roger Ebert’s Home
Esteemed film critic Roger Ebert lost his battle to cancer two years ago, and it has taken that long for his widow, Chaz, to finally be ready to sell their lakefront getaway on Lake Michigan. The weekend home for the famous Chicagoans is $4 million.
Chaz said she’s ready to let go of the 1934 traditional home where the coupled gathered with her grown kids and grandkids. There are 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a kitchen where Roger loved to cook, views of Lake Michigan and, for Mrs. Ebert, a lot of great memories.
Celebrity Real Estate: John McEnroe, Yolanda Foster, David Foster
By Laura Vecsey
Love Match for McEnroe in Malibu
For at least the third time, tennis great John McEnroe and his wife, Patty Smyth have bought themselves a spread in Malibu. It may mean the couple will be looking to cast off one of the two other properties they own in the beachfront Los Angeles outpost.
Unlike the $3.35 million modern they purchased off Pacific Coast Highway in 2013, this modern masterpiece is directly on the ocean on one of the most desirable beaches in Malibu: Paradise Cove. The multi-level home was built in 1994 but has been completely redesigned inside by interior designer Michael Lee.
Goodbye, Malibu for Yolanda and David Foster
A few years after first trying to sell their fabulous Malibu home, Grammy-winning music impresario David Foster and his wife, former supermodel and “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Yolanda have done the deal. According to property records, the couple netted $23.5 million after first looking to get $27.5 million.
The sprawling, 11,600-square-foot home was the gleaming setting for several episodes of the reality show as Yolanda Foster hosted several parties for her castmates. But with Yolanda’s struggle Lyme disease and her two girls (Bella and Gigi Hadid) off on their international modeling careers, the home may have proved too big. In any case, Yolanda posted a romantic photo of her sharing a kiss with David on the pool deck of the home. The caption read: Beautiful ending to a beautiful chapter in our life.
Celebrity Real Estate: Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Robin Williams
By Laura Vecsey
Childhood Home of Angelina Jolie Pitt for Sale
Angelina Jolie Pitt and her husband, Brad Pitt, have owned a fleet of houses from California to New Orleans to the wine country of France. But the childhood home of the Hollywood star and United Nations special envoy has just hit the market in Palisades, New York.
Dubbed “The Whitney House,’’ the mid-century modern is listed for $2.049 million after a major renovation that has given new life to the 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home. It’s about 30 minutes north of NYC.
Jolie and her brother lived there during the 1980s with their mother, Marcheline Bertrand, after she split with their father Jon Voight. The home is right up Brad Pitt’s alley, given his penchant for modern architecture. But with six kids, there’s probably not enough room for the Jolie/Pitt clan.
Oops, She Did It Again.
Britney Spears may be playing at Planet Hollywood in Vegas for another two years, but the pop star wanted another southern California estate – so she bought one! Spears’ new abode contains 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, cost $7.4 million and sits on 20 acres high in the hills just outside of Los Angeles.
When she’s off-duty from her extended Vegas show, Spears will have plenty of entertainment choices for herself and two sons. The property includes a golf course, a tennis court and a 1,000-square-foot pool house with a full kitchen, bath and 3,800-bottle wine cellar.
Robin Williams’ Estate Gets Another Price Cut
Before his death in 2013, Oscar-winner Robin Williams sometimes lamented the high cost of maintaining his fabulous Napa estate. Perhaps this issue has figured into the difficulty the actor’s heirs have had finding a buyer?
With Williams’ children and wife now battling over his estate, a decision was made to drop the price on the Napa property down to $22.9 million. It was originally listed for $29.9 million.
Spread over 640 acres, the property contains vineyards, olive trees, hiking and horse trails, ranch facilities, a huge infinity pool, home theater and climate-controlled wine rooms. The main house is a massive, 20,000-square-foot limestone edifice complete with 5 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. A caretaker house on the property adds another 4 bedrooms.
Celebrity Real Estate: Dave Grohl, Amy Irving, Betsey Johnson
By Laura Vecsey
Dave Grohl’s Cali Beach House Gets Price Drop
Proof that he’s eager to make a deal, Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl has shaved a couple of bucks off his Oxnard beach house. The current list price is now $2.995 million. The 3,000-square-foot home sits a few sandy steps from the ocean and is big enough (4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and tons of decking) to hang 10 with some fellow surfer dudes. Grohl may need a day to catch a few waves near his well-appointed surfer’s den.
Amy Irving Downsizing in Her Adopted Hometown
Amy Irving was born in California, but after her starring role in “Crossing Delancey,” the actress always seemed to have a bit of New Yorker deep within. Now the 62-year-old star of screen and stage has decided to part with her sprawling apartment at 50 Central Park West.
The 3,200-square-foot residence in the prestigious Prasada building is for sale for $11.5 million. Irving, who famously received a $100 million divorce settlement from Steven Spielberg, has lived in the building since 2005.
Betsey Johnson Heads West
Wild and crazy fashion designer Betsey Johnson was an accidental tourist when she first visited the Hamptons more than 40 years ago. As a pal of Pop Art kingpin Andy Warhol, Johnson was an art groupie who went out to the East End of Long Island for some kind of event, only to wind up doing something improbable: She decided to buy a traditional-style home in East Hampton.
Now the septuagenarian has listed the long-loved property for $1.75 million, as she plans to spend time in Malibu near her daughter and grandkids. The 4-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom home was listed for as much as $2.2 million earlier this year. The only real clue that the home is owned by an eclectic designer? Floral wallpaper on some of the angled ceilings.
Mortgage Rates Fall to Low Levels
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.73 percent, down 2 basis points from last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 3.67 percent on Friday before rising to the current rate Tuesday.
“Mortgage rates fell last week to their lowest levels since early May after the Fed deferred its first rate hike yet again,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “We expect rates to be mostly stable this week now that the uncertainty about the Fed’s decision has subsided.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.89 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.71 percent.