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.

      Jake Gyllenhaal Asks $3.5 Million For Hollywood Hills House

      Posted by Cristin  |  September 19, 2014  |  12:41 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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      Jake Gyllenhaal

      Hollywood Hills, CA

      Most Known For

      Actor with roles in Brokeback Mountain, The Day After Tomorrow and many more

      Home Stats

      3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,836 square feet on 2 acres, with a pool and views

      Price

      $3,500,000

      Jake Gyllenhaal is selling his gated Hollywood Hills house for $3.5 million!

      Gyllenhaal has morphed into an A-list actor during his tenure in Hollywood, and off-screen, he’s a very popular choice for a semi-temporary boyfriend by many actresses and singers, including Kirsten Dunst, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift, Rachel McAdams and others.

      When he’s not stepping out with the hottest young thing in Hollywood, Gyllenhaal holes up in this gated compound on almost two acres of land. Perfect for staying out of the limelight, the home is located down a private drive and has sensational panoramic views. Insiders even say they’re some of the best in L.A.

      The lushly-landscaped, estate-size lot has trails and a large, sprawling grassy yard.

      The one-story home itself may appeal to the geriatric set, but what it lacks in modern amenities and of-the-moment trends, it makes up for with charm, space and light throughout.

      The home also embraces the sprawling acreage and opens up to a large swimming pool and multiple entertaining areas.

      The Real Estalker first reported the listing and hinted that Jake may have been renting the place out for the last couple years and living elsewhere. He put down $2.5 million for the home in 2005 and has recently been spotted house-hunting in New York.

      Denny Kagasoff of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services holds the listing.

        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.

          New Jersey ‘Housewife’ Theresa Giudice Lists Mansion Amid Legal Troubles

          Posted by Cristin  |  September 12, 2014  |  12:45 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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          Theresa and Joe Giudice

          Towaco, NJ

          Most Known For

          Real Housewives of New Jersey stars with serious legal troubles

          Home Stats

          3.5 acres, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, grand staircase

          Price

          $3,999,000

          Theresa and Joe Giudice of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame are selling their large Towaco, NJ house just weeks before they’re set to be sentenced to time in “the big house” – aka jail.

          The longtime Bravo TV stars and fan favorites ran afoul of the law this past year, when they were indicted and eventually plead guilty to numerous counts of tax and mortgage fraud. Their sentencing is set for early October, where they’ll find out how many months they’ll spend in the slammer, where they’ll undoubtedly experience a new kind of reality.

          With lawyers bills piling up, Joe and Theresa are selling their Jersey estate for $3,999,000. They picked up the vacant lot in 2002 for $530,000, and proceeded to build a massive Chateau-style mega-mansion.

          Located at 6 Indian Lane, the home sits on 3.5 acres and has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 10,044 square feet. There’s a lot of Theresa touches throughout, including an abundance of brown and bling. As seen many times on the TV show, the Giudice home has a grand two- story entrance with double Cinderella staircases.

          The gourmet kitchen is the center of the home, and is often the scene of Giudice family get-togethers and moments with their four daughters. The kitchen features a butlers pantry and large working center island, perfect for entertaining.

          The grand formal great room doesn’t get much screen time, but in the photos, you can see that it features a huge wood-burning fireplace, a soaring two-story ceiling with upstairs balcony overlooking the room.

          The master bedroom is just what you’d expect from Theresa – over-sized and over-the-top! It features three custom designed walk-in closets, a massive gas fireplace, and master bath with onyx tile, steam shower, soaking tub.

           

            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.

             

             

             

              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.

                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.