Los Angeles, CA
Former Playboy model and Baywatch babe, but most recently a parody film star of Scary Movie fame
4-bedrooms, 5-bathroom, 5,255-square foot neo-mediterranean villa
Former Playboy model and star of the parody film star (you’ll know her best from Scary Movie, Date Movie, Epic Movie, Meet the Spartans, and Disaster Movie), Carmen Electra, has just purchased a spectacular neo-mediterranean villa in Nichols Canyon, approx. 8 min. north of Sunset Blvd, in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles for $2,685,000.
Built in 1986, this exquisite 4-bedrooms, 5-bathroom, 5,255-square foot home features crisp custom details, fixtures and finishes with a fully-gated courtyard and turret-styled entry. Three of the bedrooms include en-suite baths, while the fourth bedroom can serve as either a large office or nursery. The luxurious gourmet kitchen opens into the breakfast room and family room, formal dining room, living room and gym. Meanwhile, a large media room, game room, and one-bedroom suite opens to the private pool and patio space. The home offers mountain views, excellent daylight, and soaring, beamed ceilings throughout.
To help fund this new home, Electra sold her 2,506 square foot Beverly Hills abode in April for a $2.4 Million profit! Sold for $3,750,000, she originally bought the 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home in 2002 for $1,350,000.
Images via MLS
Agoura Hills, CA
Artist, dancer and actor who's had multiple brushes with the law
6-bedroom, 10 bath rental with dance floor, commercial ice-cream bar, billiards room, private dance studio
$15,500 a month
When Hip-Hop’s bad boy Chris Brown goes house hunting, his must-haves include all the amenities that make up the ultimate party palace. Given he was essentially pushed out of his former Hollywood Hills bachelor pad due to feuds with the city and his neighbors, it’s no surprise he was determined on landing bigger and better entertaining grounds. Well Brown has done it again and has now found his party’s final resting place: an 8,128 square-foot San Fernando Valley rental.
With all the unique luxe amenities, this new home is nothing short of another exquisite adult playground. Paying a hefty $15,500 a month, Brown enjoys a sprawling, furnished estate with 6 bedrooms, 10 baths, a dance floor, commercial ice-cream bar, billiards room, private dance studio, detached pool cabana and tennis clubhouse and a lot 75-car parking lot.
Showing a slight resemblance to his former quirky Hollywood Hills condo, the new estate also features contemporary aesthetic with neon accents, a light and bright interior and glass walls.
Fit for an entertaining guru, this new pad is a slice of heaven on earth, however, every rose has its thorn. Shortly after settling in, TMZ reported one of Brown’s new neighbor isn’t too pleased with his neighborhood’s newest addition. The opinionated neighbor has been quoted saying that he would shoot the singer if he were to ever step foot onto his property.
Brown may have thought moving to a more secluded Los Angeles area would help him escape any pestering neighbor, city or police trouble – but he was dead wrong.
Nothing’s for sure, but potential neighbor headaches may have been why Brown took the non-committal approach of renting vs. buying.
Images via MLS.
Studio City, CA
Bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy; Former husband of Ashlee Simpson
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,000 square feet
With a little one on the way, and a five-year-old son with Simpson, Wentz needed to a bigger home base, so he sold his Studio City abode just two short years after moving in.
Wentz purchased the place on April 13, 2012 for $1,050,000. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom, nearly 2,000 square-foot home is situated in the foothills amongst a forest of tall trees, waterfalls and exotic plantings. The property has been lovingly maintained and enhanced over the years and the interiors are filled with designer touches. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen have a wood burning fireplace and a wall of French doors open to a grand, Wisteria covered veranda. The convertible third bedroom or den also open up to the lush outdoor area. Upstairs is the master suite, office and guest bedroom and third bath. The custom baths feature vessel sinks, glass tiles, stone and custom cabinetry.
Outside, lush grounds surround the house and meandering pathways take you to a tree shaded spa, Japanese tea house, children’s play house, waterfalls and architectural koi pond. The separate guest quarters and bath complete this amazing property. Hardwood floors, recessed interior lighting, extensive outdoor lighting, security cameras, built-in speakers and music are just a few of the many features that made this a great nest for Wentz for the last two years.
When Wentz was still married to Simpson, the two lived in a pricey place in Beverly Hills.
Thomans Atamain represented Wentz and Gregory Zmrukhtyan repped the sellers. Both work for Dilbeck Real Estate.
Studio City, CA
She's a Broadway star and the voice of Else in 'Frozen,' he's a successful actor.
6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4,931 square feet, pool, treehouse
Time to “Let It Go.”
Originally purchased for $2,090,000, the busted-up couple are asking $2,995,000 for the 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom digs they lived happily(?) in for years.
An ideal family home, the Diggs/Menzel property is a traditional-style home set privately at the end of a country lane.
With an open floor plan and a dramatic two-story foyer that perfectly suits the Broadway diva, the main level boasts a chefs kitchen, vast living and dining areas for entertaining or raising a large family, an expansive master suite, and three additional bedrooms.
In happier times, Taye and Idina retreated to an upstairs area with a private office and bedroom suite with vaulted ceilings and wood floors.
Jason Oppenheim of The Oppenheim Group holds the listing.
Atlanta & Chicago
Atlanta native who is looking for love on ABC's hit reality TV show
The men have ‘told all,’ and now The Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, is just a week away from handing out the final rose. Will she choose Nick Viall, a 33-year-old software sales executive from Chicago, or Josh Murray, a 29-year-old former professional baseball player from Dorfman’s hometown of Atlanta?
Since she’s now thisclose to her happily ever after (fingers crossed), Trulia has made it easier for Andi and Josh/Nick to take their relationship to the next level and move in together!
Will they rent or will they buy?
Conventional real estate wisdom says to wait to buy, unless you know you’ll be able to stay put for 5-7 years. With the track records or other Bachelor/Bachelorette alums as precedent, let’s assume they should rent…for now.
But, if Andi and Josh/Nick decide they do want make a commitment to both themselves and real estate, we have some great for-sale options for them as well!
Will they settle in Andi’s native Georgia, where Josh lives as well? Or will they head to the Windy City of Chicago and take up residence in Nick’s town?
Here’s some amazing options in both cities:
Buy: At the Buckhead Grand, this $320,000 condo is the right combo of grown up and sophisticated, with room to grow. If Andi and her man want to put down roots and have room for what’s ahead, this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is a great choice.
Rent: For $1,630 a month, Andi and her chosen beau can lay their heads in a super swank rental with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and every modern amenity under the Georgia sun. If you can’t be happy here, you have bigger problems.
Buy: Modern and girly, this $399,000 Chicago condo in the highly-desired Old Town neighborhood, is just what a girl like Andi needs to start her post-Bachelorette life. It has amenities and a great central location, just steps from a gorgeous park.
Rent: Chicago’s hottest new apartment building, Hubbard Place, is in the booming River North neighborhood, and right across the street from the East Bank Club, where on any given day, you’re liekly to spot Oprah, Obama, and array of Chicago-based celebrities. This rental building shoots 43 floors into the sky and opened – Andi and her chosen beau would be the first people to live int heir condo. After living their lives in front of a camera, this apartment would be the perfect blank slate to start a life together.
Lead singer of alternative rock band, Puddle of Mud
3 bedroom, 4 bath, 2,350 square feet
Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin is looking to unload his rundown West Hollywood pad at a loss of about $200k. Scantlin purchased the home in 2005 for $1.7 million, right around the height of his career, and has since partied himself out of the three bedroom, four bath, 2,350 square foot home. He’s seeking a buyer to give the place some tender love and care for the small price tag of just $1,499,000.
There are few pictures to show of Scantlin’s property — and that’s not a good sign. With the pool looking like a puddle of algae, it’s no wonder the home has lost some value since its initial purchase about 10 years ago. However, between having epic on-stage meltdowns and being arrested multiple times, maintaining a million-dollar property may be the last thing on this bad boy rockstar’s mind.
Nevertheless, the show must go on. According to the listing, the home is ‘in good condition with great bones.’ Renovated in 2009, the contemporary home is in a prime Hollywood location as it sits perched up on the Hollywood Hills right above the Sunset trip. Walls of glass line the living and dining area and offer stunning city and ocean views. The exterior is surrounded by trees and shrubs, giving the pool and patio ultimate privacy.
Images vis the MLS.
Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous actress with breakout roles in Blue Crush, Superman Returns and 21
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,890 square feet, lap pool
It’s a little less than what she 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. The ‘Blue Crush’ actress paid $2,100,000 when she purchased the 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom place in 2005.
This private pad is set behind a discreet gate that leads you down a long drive to this contemporary home on over half an acre.
Inside and out, the home has incredible space for entertaining and casual living – and it’s decorated just as you’d expect from the fashionista actress, who has perfected the ‘minimalist chic’ look.
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.
Images via Sally Forster Jones of Coldwell Banker, who held the listing.
Los Feliz, CA
Grammy-nominated British songstress, with hits like "Pocket Full of Sunshine" and 'Unwritten"
5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4,792 square feet, home theater, pool
She’s asking $3,499,000 for the 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 4,792 square foot home. The ‘Unwritten’ singer wrote a check for $2,300,000 when she bought the place back in July 2009.
Five years later, the home is back on the market after an extensive remodel. According to listing agent Andrew Mortaza of the Core Group, “rarely does a home this perfectly done come on the market.”
Privacy, security, and gorgeous views are the highlights of Natasha’s “perfectly done” architectural home, which is nestled behind gates within the prestigious gated community of Laughlin park.
The home has a massive master bedroom with a retreat, steam shower and a true walk-in closet. As an added bonus, the house has a second master bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. The home also has a full gym, 3 car garage, a den/office, double access from street to street, a theatre, two kitchens, patios and multiple balconies.
If Natasha’s home strikes your fancy, write an offer ASAP, so you can spend tranquil nights on one of the many balconies staring at the Griffith Observatory or the city lights. Perfect for life in Southern California, the home also has a sparkling pool and hot tub.
Hollywood Hills, CA
Actress with a string of hits in the 1980's and beyond
3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,937 square feet, views
The purchase follows the recent sale of her estate in Thousand Oaks, where she lost $331,000 on the sale.
She can drown her sorrows by soaking in the gorgeous views from her brand new home in the Hollywood Hills. Panoramic views can be seen from the kitchen, master bedroom, grand room and backyard. Souther California perfection!
Completely remodeled, Madsen’s new 3 bedroom, 2-bathroom digs has a new kitchen with granite counters, travertine floors, back-splash and new appliances. Each of the bathrooms are new and have new custom vanities, stone counters and modern sinks and faucets that match the home overall modern vibe.
In the center of the home, a grand room has 20-foot ceilings and large windows with panoramic views.
Outside, the views can be taken in from the terraced backyard.
Images via the MLS.
Spanish singer-songwriter and musician who has won a total of fifteen Latin Grammy Awards and three Grammy Awards.
33,000 square foot waterfront lot, 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, pool, gated
Spanish singer/songwriter, Alejandro Sanz, is selling his sizzling South Beach estate for a lot more than a song! Just listed, the gorgeous waterfront home has price tag of $18 million! The property sits on a 33,000 square foot lot, with an exterior pool, tennis court, loggia and private dock!