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    Reese Witherspoon Quietly Spends $12.7 Million On Revamped Pacific Palisades Home

    Posted by Cristin  |  September 11, 2014  |  8:22 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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    Reese Witherspoon

    Pacific Palisades, CA

    Most Known For

    'Best Actress' Academy Award winner for 'Walk the Line;' and starred in all Legally Blonde films and other romantic comedies

    Home Stats

    5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, pool, views

    Price

    $12,705,000

    Reese Witherspoon is doubling down on fancy houses, buying her second multi-million-dollar estate in the last month, this time in Pacific Palisades, California.

    Just last month, she paid $1,950,000 for a stately fixer-upper in her hometown of Nashville.

    When Reese bought the big Nashville mansion last month, it looked like she was packing up the family and decamping to Tennessee, shedding her glamourous life in California. It seemed like a real possibility, especially since she and Jim had their Brentwood mega-mansion quietly on the market for $14 million. With this brand new West Coast purchase, it seems that Reese and Jim aren’t leaving the Golden State, they’re just changing things up and moving to a new pad!

    For their new West Coast deal, property records show that Witherspoon and her agent hubby, Jim Toth, paid $12,705,000 for a 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 4,344 square foot home. The home was never publicly for-sale and the deal was an off-market transaction that closed on August 28, 2014.

    Sneaky, sneaky.

    The home was last sold in December 2012 for $4.9 million to award-winning “starchitect” Ken Ungar, who worked his magic on the property and created an estate worthy of an A-lister. Based on the sold price and the “before” pictures you can see above, Unger took a outdated estate and turned it into something worthy of a $12.7 million price tag, netting a nice profit when the deal closed.

     

     

     

      Cheryl Hines Becomes A Kennedy, Sells Bel Air Estate

      Posted by Cristin  |  September 10, 2014  |  8:25 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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      Cheryl Hines

      Bel Air, CA

      Most Known For

      'Curb Your Enthusiasm' actress, now third wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

      Home Stats

      5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,756 square feet, pool, views, gated

      Price

      $3,105,000

      Less than a month after becoming Mrs. Kennedy when she married Robert F. Kennedy Jr., actress Cheryl Hines has sold her estate in Bel Air for $3,105,000.

      Reminiscent of the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, Cheryl’s just-sold home is a Cape Cod-style stunner in upper Bel Air. The home has 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and 3,756 square feet of living space. A formal entry gives way to an expansive one story home centered around a grassy backyard with sparkling pool and large brick patio.

      The center of the home features a great room with exposed wood-beamed ceilings and custom shelving and a den. Nearby, the kitchen has a large center-island with Viking appliances, abundant storage space, a walk-in pantry and built-in breakfast area. The formal dining room has wood floors and overlooks the grassy front yard.

      The master suite features a fireplace, beautiful bathroom with spa tub and large walk-in closet. French doors lead to the backyard, with coveted views of the canyon, city and ocean.

      The newest Mrs. Kennedy made a tidy profit on the deal. She bought the home for $2,350,000 in August 2010, and sold it for $755,000 more, just four years later! Now, that’s a great wedding present from the real estate market!

       

        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.

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          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.