Dream job alert! Trulia just launched the “Be the First Altman Brothers’ Intern” contest, which will give one lucky Trulia user the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the first intern to Josh and Matt Altman, two of the most well-known and well-connected real estate agents in the industry.
Amidst the glitz, glamour, and ultra-luxurious lifestyles of Hollywood, the Altman Brothers dominate their local housing market – now representing some of the biggest household names, from celebrities to entrepreneurs and socialites, and Josh Altman is becoming a bold-face name in his own right. You’ve likely seen Josh on TV, where he sells high-end real estate to the rich and famous. Together with his brother Matt, Josh recorded a staggering $200,000,000 in sales in 2012. With 2013 off to an even more impressive start, the duo is turning to Trulia to help them find their first superstar intern.
Could it be you?
The Altman Brothers’ very first intern will learn from Matt and Josh by witnessing and playing a part in their day-to-day business. Roles and responsibilities of their first Los Angeles-based intern include rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, as well as the following:
To enter, visit Trulia.com/altmanintern and complete the submission form. Entrants are asked to test their online marketing prowess by “writing a compelling – and authentic – local review that sells your neighborhood to potential buyers,” and by also penning a brief overview of why they want to work for the Altman Brothers. Submissions will be judged and select entrants will advance to the next round, where an eventual winner will named the Altman Brother’s first intern.
Trulia’s “Be the First Altman Brothers’ Intern” Contest Timeline:
Think you have what it takes to work for the best in the business this summer? Enter here!0 comments
After decades of living in Malibu, Barbie has decided to sell her Malibu Dreamhouse and make a change. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Mattel and Josh Altman, to list Barbie’s Dreamhouse exclusively on Trulia.
Valued at $25 million and scaled at 8,500 square feet, the three-story Dreamhouse features one bedroom and one bathroom. It’s the only mansion in Malibu with truly unobstructed views of the ocean – after all, it only has three walls! The Dreamhouse also includes the iconic pink elevator equipped with a state-of-the-art pulley system.
For 41 years, Barbie’s famous Dreamhouse has been one of the most-coveted homes, adored by millions. Throughout history, each model has represented its era with unique architectural features and interior design details, including a three-story model – the largest to date – introduced in 2012.
As a successful career woman and homeowner, Barbie’s Dreamhouse is one of her most valuable assets. Check out the listing at Trulia.com/Barbie and scroll through the images of the most desired mansion in Malibu!0 comments
To close out this year, we’ve compiled a short list of the most-viewed homes of 2012, including some seriously drool-worthy pieces of real estate that hit the market this year.
Kicking off this list is the King of Rock and Roll. The former Beverly Hills estate of the late, great Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla was briefly for sale from October to December for $12.995 million. Recently off the market, the 4-bedroom, 5-bath, 5,367-square-foot home set on 1.18 acres had been remodeled and renewed with fresh paint and flooring, a gorgeous kitchen with professional appliances, a new laundry room, upgraded electrical, and a resurfaced pool and spa. Check out details on Trulia’s Luxe Living blog.
2) Fleur de Lys
Most homes don’t have a name, but Fleur de Lys is no ordinary home. With a $125 million price tag, the 4-acre, 35,000-square-foot mega-mansion in Los Angeles, CA, is one of the most expensive homes in America. Built in 2001, this 12-bedroom, 15-bathroom home was designed to have the look and feel of a French château . But is it worth its hefty asking price? Just consider the fact that you’d not only be getting a single-family home, but also a ballroom, movie theater, jogging track, and a 9-car garage. Check out all the details on Trulia.
Don’t be fooled by this home’s guitar-shaped drive way, the exquisite 50,000-square-foot property sitting on 27 acres in Shoal Creek, AL doesn’t belong to a rock star. Nope. It’s actually the former home of Larry House, the one-time CEO of MedPartners. Don’t know who that is? Read this NY Times article to jog your memory of an executive who fell from grace. But enough of that, let’s talk about this house–now listed for $13.9 million. Like Fleur de Lys above, it’s styled after the châteaux of France. And in addition to 15 bedrooms, this mega-mansion also boasts a guest/service house, 2 poolside cabana homes, a barn with living quarters, and a 25-seat movie theater. Check out all the details on Trulia.
We’ve definitely sensed a lot of real estate movement in San Francisco’s sought-after Pacific Heights neighborhood this year, but the property that got the most attention (based on page views on Trulia) was 2901 Broadway. Having closed escrow earlier this month, according to SocketSite, this 3-story, 6,848-square-foot Italian Renaissance hilltop mansion is no longer on the market after looking for a new owner for over 5 years. Check out all the details on Trulia.
Perched atop one of the Sunset Strip’s most coveted ‘Bird Streets,’ Nightingale Drive, this newly constructed 3-bedroom, 3-bath modern home in Los Angeles, CA, has all the elements befitting this popular location, along with a $15 million price tag to match. While not the biggest home on our list, this 6,500-square-foot property features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, bringing the outside in, and providing a spectacular backdrop: panoramic views of the city below. But if buying a home isn’t in the cards, this stunner can also be leased for $55,000 a month. Check out all the details on Trulia.0 comments
A few months ago, we ran a fun contest on Facebook to give away a weekend in the epicenter of luxury – Los Angeles, California! The winner would get a weekend stay in a mansion in Beverly Hills, chauffeured day trip around the glammest parts of LA with Michael Corbett and $500 to spend on whatever their hearts desired. Our winner was Trulia super fan Christin M. from Nashville, North Carolina. No, not Nashville, Tennessee – the OTHER Nashville, an hour from the beautiful North Carolina coast.
Christin and her mom Brenda arrived in LA and set out to explore all that the city had to offer. Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beach – they saw it all! Together with Trulia PR manager Cristin Zweig and Trulia’s real estate expert Michael Corbett, Christin and Brenda got a sneak peek into luxurious living in Los Angeles on three amazing home tours.
A Day of Luxury in Los Angeles!
The first stop was “The House of Rock” in Santa Monica. Formerly the longtime home of the late screen legend Katherine Grayson, the home was purchased and transformed by well-known designer Elaine Culotti, and has become a showcase home with musical influences and incredible designer touches. For the next few months, the home will be a show-stopping venue for some select charity functions. It is set to hit the market later this year.
For Christin, Brenda, Michael and Cristin, this home hit a perfect note!
Our next stop was Bel Air, where we met with Eduardo Umanksy of The Agency. He’s as charming and smart as they come in the real estate industry, and he showed us around 655 Sarbonne Road. Listed for $16.495M, the magical Mediterranean estate appears to be worth every penny!
See more images and information about this home on Trulia!
Our last stop for the day was up in the “Bird Streets” of the Hollywood Hills. Perched high atop Nightingale Drive, this amazing, brand new listing is on the market for $16M with the Gary Gold of Hilton & Hyland. Gary welcomed us into this incredible home, which boasts some of the very best views in all of Los Angeles.
When it was finally time to say farewell, Christin said, “My mom and I had such a blast! It was amazing, best day ever! I’m pretty sure we’ll still be laughing and talking about that day weeks or months from now. We couldn’t of asked for a better time than we had.”
At Trulia, we always strive to give our users the inside scoop on real estate. Taking you inside the homes of the rich and famous is just one more way we do that. Keep up with Trulia on Facebook for a chance to win our next spectacular giveaway!
If you didn’t get enough of the images from this great weekend, view the Facebook album.0 comments
This month, Trulia Luxe Living celebrated one glamorous year of bringing you all the details on celebrity and luxury real estate. Launched last August, Trulia Luxe Living has showcased the fancy, the funky and the high-society, offering a virtual window into the out-of-the-world real estate of the rich and famous.
In honor of the one year anniversary, we thought we’d take a look back at the most popular posts on Luxe Living in the last 365 days. The homes Luxe Living readers loved most run the gamut, from the late Dick Clark’s wacky Malibu “Flintone’s” house, to the new NYC pad of reality TV maven Bethanny Frankle, to not one, but two well-loved posts about the real estate moves of our fickle “Friend” Jennifer Aniston.
If you missed any of these throughout the year, here’s the top 10. In the future, be sure to bookmark Trulia Luxe Living and come back often – we feature a swanky new pad almost daily!
Larry Ellison’s daughter may have inherited a famous last name and a strong work ethic from her father, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and it seems like she also picked up another habit from dear ole dad as well – a penchant for high-priced real estate. Megan Ellison is selling a $15.M Hollywood Hills estate.
Americans love love and reality TV, thus explaining the success of the long-running “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” franchises. The latest winner to receive the final rose from Bachelorette Emily Maynard was Jef Holm, a well-to-do Utah businessman. His family home is currently for sale, and Bachelorette fans across the nation couldn’t help sneaking a peek at the $3.39M estate Jef grew up in.
For many years, the American public couldn’t get enough of the TV train wreck that was MTV’s “The Hills.” Drama, cat fights, love triangles and the like kept viewers enraptured on a weekly basis. Based on the popularity of “The Hills” during its run, it’s no surprise Luxe Living readers were interested in reading more about the $2.25M home LC filmed the series in.
On “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” viewers could see that these particular wives had more than one house to toil away in. Camille Grammer, the famously scorned ex of megastar Kelsey Grammer, took cameras and the other “Housewives” to her vacation escape in Beaver Creek, CO before she was forced to sell it as a part of the divorce settlement. Originally listed for $7.9M, the home is still on the market with a reduced asking price of $6.995M.
Our fickle “Friend” Jennifer Aniston shocked real estate watchers earlier this year when she purchased a Bel Air spread for a whopping $21M. Just a few months earlier, she sold her Beverly Hills home for $37M and swore she and then-boyfriend (now fiancé!) Justin Theroux were going to become permanent East Coasters. She gobbled up a few apartments in NYC, but ultimately decided that the siren song of the Los Angeles area was too strong for her to ignore, and she was back – in a big way.
Just in time for summer 2012, Leonardo DiCaprio hoisted his beachfront Malibu home on the rental market. If you wanted to stay just for the summer months, it’d cost you $150,000 a month. If you signed a longer lease and stayed through the end of 2012, you’d only be shelling out $75,000 a month. Prior to placing it on the Malibu rental market, DiCaprio remodeled the 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 2,633 square foot estate.
Celebrity real estate watchers and Luxe Living readers were all in a tizzy over the news that Jen & Justin were shacking up in a $40k-a-moth Beverly Hills rental while they waited out the extensive renovations on their new Bel Air estate. The home was recently on the for-sale market for $11.5M, and Aniston and her man friend picked it up as a temporary rental for a sky-high price. Like all her other homes, this rental is modern and architecturally significant.
Bethenny Frankel, of “Real Housewives of New York” and “Bethenny Ever After” reality TV fame purchased a massive TriBeCa home in New York for $4.995M. The big buy came shortly after the news broke that Bethenny had sold her SkinnyGirl alcohol brand for upwards of $100 million dollars. On the following season of her hit Bravo show, much of the story line centered around the renovations of this particular apartment.
Luxe Living readers said “allllrighty then” to the news that funnyman Jim Carrey was selling his beachfront Malibu home for $13.95M. The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom, 2,866 square-foot home is situated on one of the best sections of sandy beach in coveted and celebrity infested Malibu Colony.
Prior to passing on and heading to the great “Rockin’ New Years Eve” party in the sky, the late, great Dick Clark placed his rather unusual Malibu home on the market for $3.5M. The Flinstones-esque home atop a bluff features 360 degree views, clocks in at 22.89 acres and and features 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. While many celebs hole up in massive mansions, the world was fascinated by the odd and understated home of the legendary Clark. Proving that bigger might not always be better, it was this unusual and quirky home that easily came in as the most popular home of the past year on Luxe Living.0 comments
2011 will forever go down in professional athlete history as the year of strikes. No, not strikes as in baseball strikes. Strikes as in long, drawn out labor disputes with both the NFL and NBA, which left poor sports fans in a state of limbo for a combined total of 273 days! Thankfully handshakes were made and now all is right in the sports world with both the NFL and NBA back on track with their regular seasons.
But all is not well where sports and real estate are concerned. A number of athletes with homes lingering on the market have yet to shake hands and make deals with potential buyers. Adding to our list of real estate hall of shame, we’ve put together a list of NBA and NFL stars who didn’t sell in 2011.
Scottie Pippen – Retired NBA player most remembered for his time with the Chicago Bulls. (above)
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Price: $13.5 Million
Nick Van Exel –NBA star who brought his skills to multiple teams over a 13 year career. (above)
Location: Houston, TX
Price: $3.9 Million
Size: 16,801 square feet
Alonzo Mourning –NBA baller with a long career with the Miami Heat. (above)
Location: Coral Gables, FL
Price: $14.5 Million
Bathrooms: 8 full, 1 partial
Size: 13,806 square feet
Jermaine O’Neal – Entered the NBA right out of high school and went on to be a 6-time All-Star. (above)
Location: Henderson, NV
Lot: 30,927 square feet
Amar’e Stoudamire – 6’10 NBA baller who plays power forward and center for the New York Knicks. (above)
Location: Phoenix, AZ.
Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 partial
Size: 3,000 square feet
Rashard Lewis – Former Seattle SuperSonic and Orlando Magic forward, who is now with the Washington Wizards. (above)
Location: Winter Park, FL
Size: 8,973 square feet
Troy Aikman –Former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. (above)
Location: Dallas, TX
Price: $24 Million
Size: 10,520 square feet
Walter Jones –One of the best players to ever wear a Seattle Seahawks uniform. (above)
Location: Harvest, AL
Price: $3.5 Million
Bathrooms: 9 full, 3 partial
Lot: 624,650 square feet
For celebrities, you’d think real estate would be nothing but a breeze. From decorating and designing their massive estates to renovating and expanding their compounds, it’s hard to envision difficult times for celebs and their real estate.
Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, stars stuck in real estate struggles definitely do exist. A handful have suffered what millions of American’s are battling across the U.S.: foreclosure. In recent years, celebs such as Toni Braxton, Nicolas Cage, Latoya Jackson and most recently Chris Tucker, have all gone through a foreclosure crisis and have lost millions.
For some rich and famous looking to either escape a foreclosure crisis, seek a change of scenery, or just rotate their property lineup, selling a million dollar home in this economy has proved to be quite the challenge. We have identified a list of 10 stars whose homes have been desperate for a new owner- some for over a year or more. Anyone interested in rescuing these infamous estates? See below for a real estate round up of celebs who just couldn’t sell in 2011.
1. Hulk Hogan | First Hit the Market: 5 years and 6 months ago – June 2006 (below)
Current Price: $8,871,527
Located: Belleair, FL
Bathrooms: 8 full, 3 partial
Size: 17,145 sq ft
2. Ryan Stiles | First Hit the Market: 1 year and 8 months ago – April 2010 (below)
Current Price: $3,499,000
Located: Encino, CA
Bathrooms: 6 full, 1 partial
Size: 7,361 sq ft
3. Anjelica Huston | First Hit the Market: 1 year and 3 months ago – October 2010 (below)
Current Price: $14M
Located: Venice, CA
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 partial
Size: 13,796 sq ft
4. Jesse Metcalfe | First Hit the Market: 11 months ago – Early February 2011 (below)
Current Price: $2.2M
Located: Beverly Hills, CA
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 partial
Size: 2,000 sq ft
5. Christina Aguilera | First Hit the Market: 10 months ago – Early March 2011 (below)
Current Price: $13.5M
Located: Beverly Hills, CA
Size: 10,000 sq ft
6. Dennis Quaid | First Hit the Market: 10 months ago – March 2011 (below)
Current Price: $10M
Located: Pacific Palisades, CA
Bathrooms: 9 full, 1 partial
Size: 8,400 sq ft
7. Mary J. Blige | First Hit the Market: 10 months ago – March 2011 (below)
Current Price: $12,500,000
Located: Saddle River, NJ
Bathrooms: 8 full, 3 partial
Size: 18,250 sq ft
8. Kelsey and Camille Grammer | First Hit the Market: 10 months ago – March 2011 (below)
Current Price: $7.3M
Located: Avon, CO
Bathrooms: 7 full, 1 partial
Size: 8,500 sq ft
9. Whoopi Goldberg | First Hit the Market: 9 months ago – April 2011 (below)
Current Price: $1.9M
Located: Marlboro, VT
Bathrooms: 4 full, 2 partial
Size: 6,100 sq ft
10. Leona Lewis | First Hit the Market: 7 months ago – Early June 2011 (below)
Current Price: $2.5M
Located: Los Angeles, CA
Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 partial
Size: 3,946 sq ft0 comments
Here at Trulia, we’re obsessed with beautiful homes and we believe that a life of luxury is best when lived. And it’s no surprise that some of the most beautiful homes on the planet are owned (and subsequently sold) by A-List celebrities. The homes are often so spectacular, you can’t help but gawk. If you’re not in the .0001% of people who can afford a home in a glitzy zip code, never fear. We’ve got you covered. We’ll bring you inside the abodes of your favorite stars so you don’t have to risk that restraining order.
We’d like for you to consider Luxe Living as your virtual guide to celebrity, athlete and luxury homes. Whether you’re buying from an A-lister, or you’re just a real estate and luxury property voyeur, this is the place to virtually gaze at the homes of the rich and famous
On the new blog, we’ve started you out with a star-studded map of Los Angeles, a market on fire with celebrity home sales. Malibu and Beverly Hills are the hotbeds of the rich and famous and where you’ll see a majority of celebs listing and buying homes. Poke around the map, and then peak into the homes of your favorite stars.
This is the first of many exciting and entertaining posts and maps that bring you all the juicy details on Hollywood homes and luxury real estate. Bookmark us, add us to your RSS feed, or do whatever you have to do to make sure you’re connected to Luxe Living to get the inside scoop.
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