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    Backstreet’s Back! A.J. McLean Relists Mediterranean Mansion In Los Angeles

    Posted by Cristin  |  September 8, 2014  |  11:11 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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    Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean

    Los Angeles, CA

    Most Known For

    Bad boy member of the Backstreet Boys

    Home Stats

    3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and over 3,000 square feet of open living space

    Price

    $1,795,000

    Backstreet (bad) Boy A.J. McLean has just relisted his Mediterranean mansion in Los Angeles - at a major loss. 

    McLean paid $2,458,000 for the spot in September 2006, and now, he’s asking just $1,795,000 for the 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom spot. A potential loss of that size can’t be music to the former boy bander’s ears. He tried to recoup some of the money he paid for the place when he first listed the home in April 2012 for $1,999,999. With no buyers in sight, McLean and his new wife, Rochelle Karidis, pulled the home off the market for a bit. 

    Now, the home is back! 

    An “oasis” located on the most prestigious, privately owned and tree-lined street in The Oaks, the house has over 3,000 square feet of open living space. There’s a large formal living room, and a dining room with built-ins. The gourmet kitchen is a chef’s dream, with stainless steel appliances, granite counter-tops, a built-in wine refrigerator and plenty of space atop the island.

    Creatively planned, the home’s indoor/outdoor flow is perfect for entertaining. The home is highlighted by a gorgeous backyard with gas fireplace, built-in BBQ, and a magical water fountain. Lush landscaping throughout the property creates the ultimate in home privacy.

    Adam Sires of Nourmand & Associates holds the listing.

    • That's what we thought too, Michelle Tanner

      The Real Estate Reality Of Our Favorite TV Shows From The 90s

      Posted by Cristin  |  September 5, 2014  |  2:43 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

      TV Show Homes

      San Francisco & New York

      In collaboration with the pop culture experts over at People magazine, we looked at the real estate reality of two of the most iconic TV shows of all time: Full House and Friends!

      According to Trulia data, the iconic home used for exterior shots on Full House is located at 1709 Broderick Street in San Francisco. It last sold for $2,865,000 in 2013. Based on our calculations, even with the whole brood living there, Danny Tanner, Uncle Jesse and Joey would be priced out of the pricey property.

      If they put down a 20% down payment and got a 30-year, 4.1% fixed-rate mortgage, their monthly mortgage payment would top $14,000.

      Let’s do the math: if Danny (played by Bob Saget) made close to $160,000 a year as the host of the local Tv show, Wake Up San Francisco, Joey made $30,000 doing stand-up gigs around the country, and Uncle Jesse raked in $48,000 as a musician, together,  they could only afford a home around $1.23 million or about a $6,000-a-month mortgage. Not even close!

      That's what we thought too, Michelle Tanner

      That’s what we thought too, Michelle Tanner

      Want to know how the cast of Friends stacked up in the brutal New York rental market? Head over to People magazine to get all the details!

        Inside The Florida Castle Where Dwayne Wade And Gabrielle Union Wed!

        Posted by Cristin  |  September 2, 2014  |  11:23 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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        Dwayne Wade & Gabrielle Union's Wedding Mansion

        Miami, FL

        Home Stats

        3 stories, moat, custom-built, 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms

        Price

        $12,900,000

        NBA baller Dwayne Wade and actress Gabrielle Union wed this weekend…and they did it in style!

        The newlyweds exchanged vows at a private, custom-built, castle-like estate in the Miami area, complete with a moat!

        The black-and-white affair was attended by sports and Hollywood A-listers, and guests were able to explore the grounds of the gorgeous venue, a for-sale home called “Chateau Artisan” that was recently up for grabs for $12.8 million.

        Designed and built in 2007 by famed architect Charles Sieger, the fabulous 14-acre estate sits in the middle of a moat, with water on all sides. The home has 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a wine cellar, sprawling lawns, a koi pond and incredible gardens.

        If the moat isn’t enough, in case of emergencies, the home has impact glass and a full-house generator.

        The castle, with all its bells and whistles, was the perfect place for Dwayne and Gabrielle to start their ‘fairy tale’ life.

         

          Bold Pop Star Kesha Buys Understated Venice Bungalow For $1.65 Million

          Posted by Cristin  |  August 29, 2014  |  8:26 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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          Ke$ha

          Venice, CA

          Most Known For

          Bold, over-the-top pop star

          Home Stats

          3 bedrooms, 1.75 bathrooms, 1,416 square feet, artist's studio

          Price

          $1,650,000

          Pop’s colorfully bold bad girl, Ke$ha, has just shocked everyone and bought a very vanilla Venice bungalow.

          The artist with the dollar sign in her name dropped $1.65 million of her own dollars for a pristine 1925 Spanish bungalow in a primo Venice Beach location.

          Who knew the edgy singer would be into vintage details? Her new home has oodles of them, including arched entryways and hardwood floors. The throwback details are combined with modern amenities, including an updated kitchen with Italian marble counter tops, new stainless steel appliances, a brand new master bath, dual paned windows and central AC.

          From a very romantic and feminine master suite, French doors lead to a secluded backyard, featuring an outdoor fireplace and arbor-covered hot tub.

          Ke$ha can now entertain to her heart’s desire on the side-to-back spanish-tiled patio and cook on the built-in outdoor kitchen.

          A one-car garage has been used as an artist studio/office by it’s previous owner.

          Kesha rose to fame in 2010 with the release of her first album, which spun out multiple number-one hits. She’s had a bumpy road in the last few years, including a stint in rehab. With the purchase of her new Venice retreat, she has a calm and serene place to call home.

          Matthew Irmas of Partner’s Trust Beverly Hills represented the sellers and Kesha’s real estate agent was Peter Lorimer of Peter Lorimer Group Estates.

            Jensen Ackles Lists Remodeled Malibu Dream Home For $7 Million

            Posted by Cristin  |  August 27, 2014  |  12:19 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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            Jensen Ackles

            Malibu, CA

            Most Known For

            Known for his roles on TV shows, including Days of our Lives, Dark Angel, Smallville and Supernatural

            Home Stats

            5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 5,940 square feet, pool, remodeled

            Price

            $6,995,000

            ‘Supernatural’ actor Jensen Ackles, and his wife, actress Danneel Harris, have just listed their gorgeous, gated Malibu home for $6,995,000.

            The just-remodeled house sits on more than an acre of prime Malibu land, and features 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 5,940 square feet of exquisite living space.

            The entry leads to a grand living room surrounded by garden view windows that fill the home with natural light. The gourmet kitchen includes custom cabinetry, Sub-Zero/Wolf/Miele appliances, Calcutta marble, and hand painted tile.

            Upstairs, the master suite is the ultimate luxury experience with ocean views, a private balcony, and an adjoining multi purpose room and his/hers separate walk-in closets. A large master bath includes a steam shower, sauna, freestanding air tub, and his/hers private bathrooms.

            An entertainers backyard comes complete with a pool/spa, outdoor kitchen/BBQ, and three grassy yard areas with room for a tennis court.  Want to have guests? Jensen’s for-sale spread also has an attached guest suite above the garage. 

            Last year, Jensen and Danneel sold not one, but two! of their homes in the Los Angeles area. They don’t currently own any more homes, but considering their history of owning multiple residences, they’re likely on the hunt for their next spectacular mansion!

            Shen Shutz of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing, which was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

              Vince Vaughn Buys Kate Bosworth’s Los Angeles Hideaway

              Posted by Cristin  |  August 26, 2014  |  1:15 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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              Vince Vaughn Buys From Kate Bosworth

              Los Angeles, CA

              Most Known For

              Comedic Actor with hits like Swingers, Wedding Crashers and The Break Up

              Home Stats

              3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,890 square feet, lap pool

              Price

              $2,375,000

              Celebrity Switcheroo!

              Vince Vaughn has just been identified as the buyer of Kate Bosworth’s open and airy Los Angeles hideaway. First revealed by the Real Estalker, property records show that Vaughn is indeed the buyer of Bosworth’s hills spread.

              Vince and his wife splashed out $2,375,000 for the 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom, 2,890 Nichols Canyon home, which is a  little less than what Kate was hoping to get for it (original asking price was $2,499,000), but the blonde beauty has by no means sold at a loss to Vince. The ‘Blue Crush’ actress paid $2,100,000 when she purchased the 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom place in 2005.

              Vaughn’s new private pad is set behind a discreet gate that leads you down a long drive to this contemporary home on over half an acre.

              The floor plan is open and flowing, with the dining and living areas seamlessly connected. In the heart of the home, a chef’s kitchen features professional appliances and huge windows that overlook the patio and views beyond.

              The home’s 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths include the upstairs master retreat with sitting area, two walk-in closets, spa-like bath with double Carrara marble vanity and a jetted tub.

              French doors leads to multiple outdoor areas, including a lap pool and an outdoor living room with incredible light and canyon views.

              Why would Vaughn buy from Bosworth, when he just snapped up two other properties in the last year? To add to his collection, of course! He currently owns a 12,000 square-foot penthouse in the historic Palmolive Building and another smaller apartment in the River North neighborhood of his hometown of Chicago, as well as two Los Angeles-area properties. The first is a $3,925,000 property in La Canada Flintridge, and the second is a Manhattan Beach mansion he bought for $6,447,000 from former USC football coach, Lane Kiffin.

                Jason Biggs Lists Modern Hollywood Hills House For $3 Million

                Posted by Cristin  |  August 25, 2014  |  11:42 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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                Jason Biggs

                Hollywood Hills, CA

                Most Known For

                Actor in the 'American Pie' movies and currently starring in the NetFlix hit "Orange Is The New Black"

                Home Stats

                3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,756 square feet, pool, views

                Price

                $2,995,000

                ‘American Pie’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’ actor Jason Biggs has just listed his Mid-Century Modern home in the Hollywood Hills for $2,995,000.

                In a prime Sunset Strip location, the swank home has a semi-private drive and is walled and gated for the utmost privacy. The hillside locale highlights city-to-ocean views within this 2,756 square foot home, which Biggs purchased from Wonder Years actor Fred Savage in 2007 for $2,249,000.

                The main level provides generous open-concept living room, vaulted ceilings and abundant light with a great room, dining room and kitchen areas all opening up to both the view and the pool/terrace.

                The first floor is completed by a spacious office or den, a massive en-suite guest room and courtyard-access, a secured garage and a large dog run.

                Elsewhere inside, Biggs’ Master suite has the same explosive views, a luxe en-suite bath, and a sensational media/screening room with its own bath and state-of-the-art entertainment system.

                The reason for the move? Perhaps Jason and his wife, Jenny Mollen, are looking for a place that’s a bit more family-friendly. Married since 2008, the duo welcomed their first child, a boy named Sid, in February 2014.

                Peter Maurice of Rodeo Realty holds the listing. 

                Hat tip to the Los Angeles Times, who first reported on the listing.

                  Katie Holmes Buys Mansion In Calabasas, Moves Suri Back To The West Coast

                  Posted by Cristin  |  August 22, 2014  |  12:53 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                  Katie Holmes

                  Calabasas, CA

                  Most Known For

                  Actress with a breakout role on "Dawson's Creek," ex-wife of Tom Cruise

                  Home Stats

                  6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 6,200 square feet, pool

                  Price

                  $3,795,000

                  A new home for Holmes!

                  Katie Holmes has left her life in New York City and moved back to California.

                  According to a report by TMZ and property records, Katie dropped $3,795,000 on a 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath, 6,200 square foot mansion in the celebrity-infested LA suburb of Calabasas.

                  TMZ says that Katie’s high-tailing it back to California to be nearer to Hollywood, so she can get her career back on track. Ex-husband Tom Cruise must be thrilled – he’s got a massive estate in Beverly Hills, and this moves brings daughter Suri closer.

                  Katie’s next phase in live will start inside a “Grand European Manor with contemporary flair,” situated on an expansive lot.

                  Located atop a cul-de-sac and bordering pristine conservancy land, Holmes’ new home is an expansive main residence with a separate guest casita. Extensively customized with the finest finishes, the home’s features include a gourmet center island kitchen with professional appliances, dark distressed wood floors, and use of rare stones and marble accents.

                  The open floor plan includes several entertaining courtyards, including one adjacent to the dramatic formal living and dining rooms. A grand foyer is accentuated by an open library/loft and Katie’s brand new master retreat has a sitting area and a large sun deck.

                  Outside, resort-like grounds feature an oversized pool with sunken fire pit lounge area, several seating enclaves, a covered loggia, large grassy area, kitchenette, and sports court. Perfect for Suri as she grows!

                  Images via the MLS.

                   

                  • Justin Bieber's Hollywood Hills Rental
                  • Paris Hilton's Malibu Rental
                  • The Kardashian's Hampton's Rental
                  • Bruce Jenner's Rented Malibu Bachelor Pad
                  • Jennifer Aniston Rented This Beverly Hills Mansion
                  • Rihanna's Insane Aspen Vacation Rental

                    6 Millionaire Celebrities Who Have Landlords

                    Posted by Cristin  |  August 21, 2014  |  11:45 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

                    Celebrity Renters

                    Stars, they’re just like us! In a world of insane, high-priced luxury real estate, many celebrities decide to go the rental route. Whether it’s for the long-term, or just during transitions – like divorce, a bi-coastal move, a lengthy vacation, a renovation project – and more, celebs are signing leases from coast-to-coast. Let’s take a peek inside the fabulous rentals of some of the biggest stars!

                    Justin Bieber

                     

                    Justin Bieber's Hollywood Hills Rental

                    Justin Bieber’s Hollywood Hills Rental

                    Ever since he was deemed the ‘world’s worst neighbor’ by anyone who’s ever lived next to him, Justin Bieber has been living the life of a renter. He sold his Calabasas mansion to Khloe Kardashian and booked it to Atlanta for a couple months. The lure of the West Coast got ahold of him again, and he was back in no time, this time shacking up in two rented Beverly Hills condos. When the neighbors there had enough, he moved on…again. Now, Bieber is renting a $29,500 a-month Hollywood Hills mansion with its own nightclub, indoor gym, home theater and three bars.

                    See more images of Justin Bieber’s Hollywood Hills rental here 

                    Paris Hilton

                     

                    Paris Hilton's Malibu Rental

                    Paris Hilton’s Malibu Rental

                    The jet setting hotel heiress can never stay in one place for too long, which is why she likes to sign short-term leases. This summer, Paris signed on the dotted line for a $65,000 a-month Malibu beach rental, where she shacked up for the entire month of July. She threw an A-list 4th of July party and soaked up the sun, until August, when she was on the run again!

                    See more images of Paris Hilton’s Malibu rental here

                     

                    The Kardashians

                     

                    The Kardashian's Hampton's Rental

                    The Kardashian’s Hampton’s Rental

                    Khloe, Kourtney and the entire family became renters in the world-famous Hamptons this summer, while they filmed their reality TV show “Khloe and Kourtney Take The Hamptons.” During their time there, they ‘took’ a lease on a $14 million waterfront mansion, where they spent gorgeous summer nights enjoying the peace and quiet of the 3 acre, 5 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom property.

                    See more images of the Kardashian’s Hampton’s rental here

                     

                    Bruce Jenner

                     

                    Bruce Jenner's Rented Malibu Bachelor Pad

                    Bruce Jenner’s Rented Malibu Bachelor Pad

                    Speaking of Kardashians, Bruce Jenner, the family patriarch, became a renter in Malibu earlier this year. He and wife Kris Jenner very publicly decided to live apart, and Bruce booked it as fast as he could to the shores of Malibu, where he took up rented residence in a $14,500 a-month bachelor pad. The 4-bedroom, 3 bathroom, 4,400 square foot beachfront home is Bruce’s place to get some R&R away from the madness that comes along with ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians.’

                    See more images of Bruce Jenner’s Malibu rental here

                    Jennifer Aniston

                     

                    Jennifer Aniston Rented This Beverly Hills Mansion

                    Jennifer Aniston Rented This Beverly Hills Mansion

                    Jennifer Aniston may not be a perma-renter, but she knows how to work her way around a lease when she needs to. The well-tressed ‘Friend’ bought a massive $21 million dollar mansion in Bel Air in January 2012, but quickly decided it needed a major overhaul. While the contractors and construction crews moved in, Jen and longtime fiance, Justin Theroux, rented a very Zen-inspired Beverly Hills mansion with a very un-Zen $40,000 a-month price tag. They shacked up there for at least a year, while they waited out the final touches on their Bel Air dream home.

                    See more images of Jennifer Aniston’s rental here

                    Rihanna

                     

                    Rihanna's Insane Aspen Vacation Rental

                    Rihanna’s Insane Aspen Vacation Rental

                    RiRi is the ultimate celebrity renter! The world-famous pop diva has rented at least four high-priced properties in her short time in the spotlight. According to reports, she’s currently shacking up in two bi-coastal rentals. The first is a penthouse in New York City, where she’s paying $39,000 a month for swanky Chinatown pad. Back on the West Coast, she left a stalker-riddled estate and moved into a massive rental atop the Hollywood Hills, where she has the views and privacy she needs. When she’s just in vacation mode, Rihanna goes the rental route as well. This past winter, she took up residence in the most expensive home in Aspen to celebrate her 26th birthday, instagramming the luxe vacation along the way. Back in her hometown island of Barbados, Rihanna rented a massive $20 million dollar oceanfront villa with her family. It’s good to be Rihanna!

                    See more images of Rihanna’s Aspen rental here

                    You Can Rent Like A Celeb!

                    Don’t have an A-lister’s bank account and want to live like a celebrity for a year? Enter Trulia’s Pay My Rent Sweepstakes for a chance to win $25,000!

                    If you need help making the “should I rent or buy?” decision, check out Trulia’s handy Rent vs. Buy Calculator!

                      The Late, Great Robin Williams’ Napa Estate Still Seeks A Buyer

                      Posted by Cristin  |  August 20, 2014  |  10:44 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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                      Robin Williams

                      Napa, CA

                      Most Known For

                      The late, great actor and comedian brought smiles to millions of people through his iconic roles, which include "Mork and Mindy," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "Good Will Hunting."

                      Home Stats

                      9 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 20,000 square feet, pool, vineyards

                      Price

                      $29,900,000

                      The Napa estate belonging to the late, great Robin Williams is still seeking a buyer.

                      Appropriately named “Villa Sorriso,” which means “House of Smiles,” the massive estate was owned by a man who brought smiles to the face of millions of people in his lifetime, via his iconic roles in “Mork & Mindy,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Good Will Hunting,” and others.

                      Listed for $29,900,000, Villa Sorriso is situated atop the Mayacamas Mountains between the world-famous Napa and Sonoma Valleys,  on approximately 653 acres. The property borders Sugarloaf Ridge Park, allowing access to thousands of adjoining acres.

                      The property features a 20,000 square foot main residence, a 3,200 square foot guest house, a 7-stall horse barn, tennis court, hiking/riding trails, a spring-fed pond, 100+ olive oil producing trees, and approximately 18.4 acres of vineyards producing Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc wines, with existing winery contracts.

                      The main residence was built in 2003 from Portuguese limestone, and includes 5 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, 5 half baths, a library, theatre, family room, elevator, climate controlled cellars for wine/art, 3 safe rooms and smart house technology.

                      Exterior features include a private tower and bridge, 65-foot infinity pool, manicured lawns and sculpture gardens.

                      Villa Sorriso is located at the end of a road, making it easily accessible, yet private. For those seeking a getaway, the home is close to Yountville and a very quick helicopter ride from Napa’s private airport.

                      Williams first attempted to sell the estate for $35 million in 2012.