Singer Sarah Brightman Lists Santa Monica Remodel For $3.195 Million

    Posted by Cristin  |  October 15, 2014  |  12:07 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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    Sarah Brightman

    Santa Monica, CA

    Most Known For

    Classical crossover soprano who is also an actress, songwriter and dancer.

    Home Stats

    4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,000 square feet, remodeled

    Price

    $3,195,000

    Soprano singer Sarah Brightman just listed her picture-perfect remodeled home in Santa Monica Canyon for $3,195,000.

    A single-level Cape Cod-style home, the 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom, 3,000 square foot spot has been extensively remodeled, with walnut floors and high ceilings throughout.

    With a fabulous open floor plan, a living room with stunning rock wall and fireplace leads to a beautiful Cararra marble kitchen with breakfast bar and dining area.

    Brightman’s master suite is bright and airy and opens to a tiled backyard and cabana. The master bath comes complete with a spa tub, double sinks and rain shower.

    Throughout the 3,000 square foot home, there’s three additional sky-lighted bedroom suites, plus a detached studio/bonus room with half bath.

    In a primo Santa Monica location, Brightman’s for-sale house is in an exceptional school district and close to beach and restaurants.

    Perhaps Sarah is getting rid of her worldy possessions as she prepares for her mission to space in 2015. According to media reports, Brightman will part of a three-person crew traveling to the international space station. From there, she be the first person to sing from space.

    Out of this world!

      Sheryl Sandberg Quietly Sells Atherton Mansion For $9,250,000

      Posted by Cristin  |  October 13, 2014  |  4:48 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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      Sheryl Sandberg

      Atherton, CA

      Most Known For

      Facebook COO and 'Lean In' author

      Home Stats

      7 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, 11,430 square feet, sprawling lawns, guest house

      Price

      $9,250,000

      Facebook COO and “Lean In” author, Sheryl Sandberg, has quietly sold her sprawling estate in Atherton, CA for $9,250,000.

      The deal closed on September 19, 2014.

      Sandberg purchased the private and gated 7 bedroom, 8.5 bathroom, 11,430 square foot estate with her husband, SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg, on December 17, 2004 for $7,995,000, when she was still a high-ranking executive at Google.

      Flash-forward to March 2008, when she officially joined Facebook, which was then headquartered less than 10 minutes away in Palo Alto, CA. With a short commute and a gorgeous place to call home, Sandberg was living the Silicon Valley dream.

      The prestigious home sits in desirable Atherton, CA, which was just named as the ‘Most Expensive Zip Code in America‘ by Forbes magazine. Exemplifying a classic, time-honored appeal, Sandberg’s just-sold three-story home is stylishly appointed, with exceptional finishes throughout.

      Completed in 2004 and sold to Sandberg a year later, the property has both a main residence and a guest house with full kitchen and bathroom.

      In December 2009, Sheryl and her husband bought a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,900 square foot home on a large lot in nearby Menlo Park, CA, where Facebook moved their headquarters to in 2011. There, amid traditional and Spanish-style homes, they proceeded to build a slightly smaller, but much more modern family home. Stretching over 9,200 square feet, her newly-built home has a futuristic glass and steel exterior.

      According to plans and permits filed with the city of Menlo Park, the house has 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. The first floor has a great room stretching over 800 square feet and a subterranean basement houses an office, gym, wine room, theater, and guest bedroom. Atop the home, Sandberg installed solar panels and a “living roof.”

      The Symon Group of Alain Pinel Realtors represented Sandberg and Goldberg in the sale and Kay Wang, also of Alain Pinel Realtors, represented the buyer.

       

       

       

       

       

       

        James Marsden Buys Mid Century Home in The Hills For $1.8 Million

        Posted by Cristin  |  October 9, 2014  |  10:34 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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        James Marsden

        Hollywood Hills, CA

        Most Known For

        Hunky actor who has appeared in the X-Men films, 27 Dresses, The Notebook and more

        Home Stats

        4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,265 square feet, pool

        Price

        $1,834,075

        Actor James Marsden just dropped $1,834,075 on a Mid Century home in an exclusive neighborhood in the Hollywood Hills!

        Built in 1959, the post-and-beam-style home is the quintessential Hollywood Hills home designed for indoor/outdoor living with timeless design.

        Inside, Marsden’s new digs has wide spans of open living space and walls of glass that merge the indoors and out. When he needs privacy, James can retreat to a large master suite with a massive walk-in closet. Just down the hall, there’s two more large bedrooms. The fourth bedroom is a great versatile space, and would make either a great office or and additional guest suite.

        The lush and private lot has a large swimming pool and spa and expansive outdoor entertaining areas.

        James has become a household name via his roles in ‘The Notebook,’ ’27 Dresses’ and the X-Men series. James has parlayed all that on-screen success into a nice off-screen real estate portfolio. He currently owns two additional homes: a $1.3M home in Burbank, CA and his starter home in Studio City that he bought for $454,000 in June 1998.

         

          Minnie Driver Buys Traditional Home In The Hills

          Posted by Cristin  |  September 24, 2014  |  1:11 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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          Minnie Driver

          Hollywood Hills, CA

          Most Known For

          Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress, known for 'Good Will Hunting' and more

          Home Stats

          3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,768 square feet, gated, pool

          Price

          $2,465,000

          Actress Minnie Driver just wrote a check for $2,465,000. Her purchase? A 3 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2,765 square foot traditional-style estate nestled in the Hollywood Hills.

          Recently remodeled, Drivers new digs sit on a magnificently landscaped, private lot. The verdant setting features a lagoon pool, spa, waterfall, gazebo and large lawn areas for entertaining.

          Impeccable taste and quality workmanship are reflected throughout the house and evident in the dark hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings and paneled wainscoting. The living room has a wood burning fireplace and a stunning diamond hatched bay window to take in the views.

          A brand new kitchen has a farmhouse sink, stone countertops, beautiful cabinetry and a gracious breakfast room.

          Minnie’s new master suite features French doors to the yard, a luxurious granite bathroom with soaking tub, a huge shower, double sinks and celebrity must-have: a custom-built walk-in closet.

          All bedrooms are en-suite, and the third bedroom has a separate entrance, ideal for use as an office or guest suite.

          The gated property has a two car garage, parking for eight additional cars, and another celebrity homes must-have: a primo security system.

          Driver has lived for nearly two decades in a home nearby, which she bought for $775,000 in 1998. She still currently owns that property, but with this new purchase, be on the look out for the listing soon!

          Eric Lowry of Coldwell Banker represented the home’s sellers, and Joe Reichling of Sotheby’s International Realty was Minnie Driver’s real estate agent.

            Newlyweds Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Buy Gorgeous $5M Malibu Compound

            Posted by Cristin  |  September 22, 2014  |  8:14 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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            Cheryl Hines & Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

            Malibu, CA

            Most Known For

            She's famous for her role on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm;' He's a part of the famous Kennedy family.

            Home Stats

            4 bed, 3 bath, 2,959 square feet, guest house, pool.

            Price

            $4,995,000

            Newlyweds Cheryl Hines and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are puting down roots on the West Coast!

            The just-married duo just purchased a gorgeous East Coast-style compound in the Point Dume area of Malibu, CA. Property records show that the home became property of Mr and Mrs. Kennedy on September 9, 2014, and they paid $4,995,000 for the 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1 acre estate.

            Melding her West Coast life with Kennedy’s East Coast roots, the Connecticut barn style main house has all new wood floors and wood elements throughout. The romantic guest house has a fireplace and full bath. The pool house has a laddered sleeping loft, full kitchen, huge shower, and a professional, soundproof recording studio!

            In addition to the guest and pool house, there is a refrigerated wine shed, a two-story tree house, fire-pit, heated pool, Gunite spa, full built-in BBQ area, barn storage shed and digital phone and intercom system throughout the compound!

            As she prepped for life as Mrs. Kennedy, Cheryl listed her former home in Bel Air, which just sold for $3,105,000.

              American Idol’s Randy Jackson Loses $825k On Sale Of Tarzana Home

              Posted by Cristin  |  September 16, 2014  |  8:51 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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              Randy Jackson

              Tarzana, CA

              Most Known For

              Grammy-winning producer who spent 12 years as a judge on 'American Idol'

              Home Stats

              5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, pool, guest house, gated

              Price

              $1,900,000

              Oh No, Dawg!  Former ‘American Idol’ judge, Randy Jackson, just lost a chunk of change on the sale of his Tarzana, CA home.

              Purchased by the Grammy-winning super-producer in May 2005 for $2,725,000, Jackson just sold the 5 bedroom, 8 bathroom, 5,878 square foot place for $1,900,000. That’s $825,000 less than what Jackson paid when he bought it. Ouch.

              He listed the gated estate for $2.199 million in June 2014, price chopped it to $1.99M, and then quickly found a buyer…but not one willing to pay full asking on the gated estate in the El Caballero area of Tarzana.

              The buyer got a bargain basement price on a large custom-built estate with a newer gourmet kitchen with high-end amenities, including granite countertops, stainless steel Viking appliances, a SubZero fridge/freezer.

              In the master suite, Jackson’s house had his/her bathrooms, with direct access to the spa. All five bedroom are over-sized, with their own en-suite bathrooms and walk-in closets.

              The exterior features a sparkling swimming pool and manicured, lush green lawn. Beyond the pool, the property also featured a stand-alone guest house with full kitchen and central air and heat.

              Kenneth Margolis of Soetheby’s International Realty was Jackson’s agent and Alan Parness of Rodeo Realty represented the buyer.

                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!

                   

                    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.

                      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.