Billy Bob Thorton Downsizes, Sells in Beverly Hills for $8 Million and Buys in Brentwood for $2.7 Million!

    Posted by Cristin  |  March 7, 2013  |  4:01 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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    Billy Bob Thorton

    Brentwood, CA

    Most Known For

    Actor, screenwriter, director and musician; once married to Angelina Jolie

    Home Stats

    5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2,818 square feet, pool

    Price

    $2,700,000

    Billy Bob Thornton is downsizing!  According to public records, the aging actor sold his Beverly Hills estate on North Roxbury Drive on December 31, 2012 for $8,000,000. The estate, once shared with ex-wife Angelina Jolie, was massive – with nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 11,012 square feet.

    Thorton’s new home officially became his on February 1, 2013, and is a more modest 2,818 square feet. Purchased for $2,700,000, the home has just five bedrooms and four bathrooms. Nestled in the Mandeville Canyon area of Brentwood, Thorton’s new home is a perfect Country Traditional that was seamlessly remodeled and expanded to create a two-story secluded retreat on a gated, flat lot. The living room has a fireplace, as does the open country dining/family room. Continuous French doors open to spectacular professionally-designed garden great room with a dry stacked stone fireplace, outdoor kitchen and salt water pool with solar heater.

    Inside, a gourmet kitchen has stainless steel appliances, Carrera marble counters, walk-in pantry, and large eat-in banquette breakfast room. Downstairs, the home has four bedrooms, 2.75 bathrooms, and a maid’s suite off the kitchen.

    Upstairs, Thorton’s master suite has an adjacent office/den/gym/nursery and private balcony.

    This is quite the family-friendly estate for a man not always known as the most domestic man in Hollywood. Married and divorced five times, most notably to Angelina Jolie, Thorton has said that he believes marriage “doesn’t work” for him. Since 2003, Thornton has been in a relationship with makeup effects crew member Connie Angland, with whom he has a daughter, Bella.

    Think Thorton and his family are slumming it in this newer, much smaller home? Not quite. The star still owns a home in Malibu that he paid $2,350,000 for in 2007.

     

     

     

      Flipper Alert, Mates! Crocodile Dundee’s Paul Hogan Lists Malibu Mansion

      Posted by Daisy  |  February 5, 2013  |  12:00 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

      Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski

      Malibu, California

      Most Known For

      On screen couple in Crocodile Dundee turned real-life husband and wife

      Home Stats

      5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6,382 square feet

      Price

      $5,250,000

      Since their heyday as Hollywood’s ‘it’ couple following the ’80s hit movie, “Crocodile Dundee,Paul Hogan and his longtime wife and former co-star, Linda Kozlowski, have been busy climbing the property ladder. Last July, we reported that the real estate power couple bought a five-bedroom, six-bath pad for $3,800,000, after listing another palatial Malibu home in February 2012 for $6,475,000.

      After only six months, the Hogans are ready to sell their most recent purchase — the 6,382 square foot estate nestled in a prime location in Malibu — which was impeccably revamped in 2012, blending modern European sensibility with the home’s existing Victorian elegance. Featuring spectacular ocean views, the property is designed to let in plenty of natural light. The gourmet chef’s kitchen boasts top-of-the-line appliances, while the master suite includes a sitting area, two large walk-in closets, and a private lanai. A library, office spaces, three additional en-suite bedrooms, plus a bonus bedroom round out the rest of the main home. A short walk outside leads you to the one-bedroom guest house and the additional three-car garage.

       

        Ethan Hawke To Seize the Day and Sell His New York Townhouse

        Posted by Matt  |  January 24, 2013  |  4:34 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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        Ethan Hawke

        Chelsea, New York City

        Most Known For

        Multi-talented actor, writer, and director

        Home Stats

        6 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 3,500 square feet

        Price

        $6,250,000

        From young star, to generation-X poster boy, to multi-talented and multiple-times-married father of four, Ethan Hawke has managed to delight the public throughout his career. Even his less-successful films, such as Gattaca, where he met his first wife Uma Thurman, are engaging and fun to watch. And if he’s able to sell his New York townhouse for the asking price of $6,250,000, we can add real estate mogul to his list of talents — after all, he did initially purchase the home in 2005 for the low, low price of $3,000,000.

        Although it’s hard to imagine Officer Jake Hoyt living in Chelsea, you have to love the location of this home, surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. And there’s enough eye candy in the area to make you wonder if, indeed, you are living amongst a race of genetically perfect human beings.

        Once inside Hawke’s nest, you’ll find the four-story Chelsea townhouse has six bedrooms, four-and-a-half bathrooms, and clocks in around 3,500 square feet. The custom kitchen with dining banquette and large dining room highlight an inviting, open floor plan that’s just steps away from the patio and garden. But the master suite — which encompasses the entire top floor and features a private terrace — is perhaps the highlight of the home.

        Now this is a place that is perfect for the buyer who’s looking to take a bite out of life in the Big Apple.

          Barry Bonds Puts His Beverly Hills Mansion Up to Bat

          Posted by Matt  |  January 17, 2013  |  12:42 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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          Barry Bonds

          Beverly Hills, California

          Most Known For

          Baseball's all time leading home run hitter, BALCO scandal

          Home Stats

          17,100 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms

          Price

          $25,000,000

          Love him or hate him – there’s no in between – Barry Bonds is one of the biggest sports characters of the last two decades. Rocketing to superstardom in Pittsburgh and helping make a forlorn franchise a regular in the playoffs while winning his first league MVP award, Bonds made it clear he had all the tools to become one of the greats. He took his talents back to Northern California in 1993, where he was born and raised, to play for the San Francisco Giants and resurrected that franchise while winning 6 additional MVP awards (4 in a row at one point), leading the team to the World Series in 2002, and cementing his place in baseball history. Of course, this was before the BALCO scandal and perjury investigation which has cast a shadow over Bonds’ mountain of accomplishments to the chagrin of some and the delight of others. So where does a sultan of swat live?

          What can possibly be a large enough space for a larger than life character such as Bonds? Well, how about a 17,100 square foot palace of a home in Beverly Hills?

          Word on the street is that Barry is putting his expansive, fully furnished property on the market for a cool $25 million. So what does the home of a baseball superstar offer? Well to start, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, and a two-story guest house, all situated on a manicured property modeled after a fine Italian Villa, from the olive tree-lined private drive to the Tuscan-style architecture.

          The features of the home, like Barry’s 73 home runs in a single season, boggle the mind. With high ceilings up to 30 feet high throughout the grand living and family rooms and special details such as Italian floors and hand-painted murals, it’s a dazzling home. The gourmet kitchen (of course, this is a Tuscan-style home right?), feeds into a roomy dining room that is perfect for entertaining.

          Should we stop there? Well, Barry didn’t stop playing until he was 43 and still a dominating hitter, so we’ll keep going. The rest of the home includes a walnut-paneled office and custom home movie theater with seating for 12. If you’re feeling tense the home also features a full service spa, including steam room, jacuzzi and body therapy rooms.

          It wouldn’t be California living without some outdoor fun and this home delivers. There’s a full outdoor kitchen with pizza oven and wet bar, manicured lawn, swimming pool, cabana, and multi-use sport court.

          In short, this home should be in the hall of fame. Maybe Barry too?

          Check out the full listing from The Agency here.

            2012 Celebrity Real Estate Losers

            Posted by Cristin  |  December 27, 2012  |  4:31 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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            2012 brought us oodles and oodles of celebrity real estate news and tidbits. From salacious to snooze-worthy, if it was happening in celebrity real estate, you could read about it on Trulia Luxe Living.

            This year in celebrity real estate wasn’t positive for everyone. Some stars were actually losing money on their big ticket real estate items. Let’s take a look at some of the losers:

            Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell in Malibu

            The longtime Hollywood lovebirds aren’t loving the $5 million-dollar price cut they had to make on their Bali-style Malibu mansion. For many years, Goldie and Kurt put their Malibu beach house on the summer rental market with an asking price of $95,000 per month. In the summer of 2011, the longtime duo  not only lowered their monthly asking price to $80,000 per month, they also placed the beachfront property on the open market with an asking price of $14,749,000. Two scorching summers and many months passed and no buyer stepped up to the plate. It’s still lingering on the market.

            Matthew Perry in the Hollywood Hills

            Matthew Perry has been trying to “unfriend” this home for the better part of a year.  After hitting the market in October 2011, Perry took it off the market and then relisted the home for $5,295,000 – a price reduction of $400,000. It’s still waiting for a buyer to come in and make an offer.

            Kimora Lee Simmons in Beverly Hills

            The usually fabulous Kimora Lee Simmons, faced a not-so-fabulous situation when it came time to unload her relatively modest Beverly Hills estate for $4,650,000. The Style Network star of her own reality show, “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane” purchased the “country home” around the height of the market in 2007 and is now taking a dose of a different kind of reality – that of a down real estate economy. Like many sellers in today’s struggling market, Kimora sold at a loss and was forced to slash 21 percent of her original $5.9 million buying price.

            Meg Ryan in Bel Air

            In 2008, Ryan had her Bel Air home listed for an optimistic $19,500,000. With no buyers at that price, the asking fell to $14,200,000 and was eventually converted to a $40,000-a-month lease. Ms. Ryan tried her luck again in the real estate game in April 2012 by listing her 6 bedroom, 7 bathroom, 6,877 square foot home for a new, improved and much lower asking price of $11,400,000. It eventually sold for $11,000,000.

            Hulk Hogan in Bellaire, Florida

            Maybe Hogan doesn’t know best after all, at least when it comes to real estate. Former Wrestlemania super-star, Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) sold his 17,145 square foot Tudor-style mansion in Bellaire, FL for $6.2 million. The property has been on and off the market since 2006 and was originally listed for $25 million, then discounted to $9.24 million in July 2011.

            Lauren Conrad in the Hollywood Hills

            Lauren purchased the home for a very star-like sum of $2,360,000 in early 2008. Her neighbors weren’t big fans of Conrad or the caravans of tour buses that rolled by the home on a regular basis, so Lauren fled for a another residence higher in the hills (naturally), and rented the home out for a while, before putting it on the market for $2.25M. It eventually sold for $2M and Conrad lost almost $400,000 on the deal.

            Reese Witherspoon in Ojai, California

            Reese Witherspoon is trying to let go of her Tennessee-style Ojai, CA estate. She listed it with a bang, asking for a cool $10 million. Within weeks, Witherspoon lowered the price to a more realistic asking price of $8.9M. It’s still awaiting a buyer.

            Since we’re not all doom and gloom over here, there’s one beacon of hope in the celebrity real estate game this year:

            Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi 

            The married duo sold the Malibu beach home that they purchased from Brad Pitt  for $12M in December 2011. They sold the home in June 2012 for $13M to cosmetics entrepreneur Victoria Jackson. That’s a nice profit after less than a year of ownership. Oh, and they also sold their other monster estate to Ryan Seacrest for $37M. Not too shabby, ladies.

             

              UUUEEGGHH?!?! Tim Allen Purchases New Home in Los Angeles; Presumably with ‘More Power’

              Posted by Matt  |  November 1, 2012  |  10:13 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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              Tim Allen

              Los Angeles, California

              Most Known For

              Lead role as Tim Taylor on Home Improvement and the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise

              Home Stats

              3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,604 square feet

              Price

              $1,400,000

              As a comedian, actor, voice-over artist and author, Tim Allen has been entertaining audiences for years. But he’ll always have a place in everyone’s heart as the bumbling, yet lovable Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor in one of the greatest sitcom hits of the 1990′s - Home Improvement. It’s safe to say the royalties of that show, plus his work in major motion pictures, continue to pay off for Allen much more than any hosting gig for Tool Time ever could have. Case in point: the recent purchase of a rustic $1.4 million Los Angeles retreat just off legendary Mulholland Drive.

              It’s doubtful you’ll encounter the partially obscured face of Wilson just across the fence from this property, but we think the Taylor family would still feel at home in this serene ranch-style retreat in the Hollywood hills. The 2,604 square foot home includes 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and custom Vermont pine floors with wood finishes throughout. The open floor plan, which connects the living room, dining room and den, features French doors and a wall of windows that open onto stunning views of the canyon.

              The chef’s kitchen features an expansive stone island that seats ten and the requisite Viking range. Additional amenities include a stone fireplace in the living room, a built-in, high-definition television and sound systems throughout the house.

              Once outside, it’s hard to imagine Al uttering the words, “I don’t think so, Tim,” as you gaze at the canyon from the full-length deck in the yard that features a fire pit, water feature and luxurious outdoor shower. Sorry Al, I’m siding with Tim on this one.

               

                Albert Brooks To Sell Upper Bel Air Manse

                Posted by Matt  |  October 4, 2012  |  3:17 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                Albert Brooks

                Bel Air, California

                Most Known For

                Oscar nominated actor, writer and director

                Home Stats

                4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, $6,995,000

                Selling his beautiful Bel Air abode has been no laughing matter for the multi-talented, Oscar-nominated actor, writer, directer and all around funnyman, Albert Brooks. Originally listed in March of this year, Brooks is asking $6,995,000 for the secluded home.

                The home has a show business history, having been owned by Merv Griffin before being purchased by Brooks for $3,650,000 in 1992, following his critically acclaimed star performance alongside the legendary Meryl Streep, in Defending Your Life. And anyone can see why a Hollywood star would be interested in such an exclusive, tucked away retreat.

                Located on over 2 acres, featuring mature trees and lots of privacy, the property is accessed via a gated private drive. The 5,000 square foot home including 4 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, is entered through the dramatic living room, which features wood-paneled ceilings over 20 feet high, skylights and massive glass walls that blur the distinction between the spacious home and the well manicured property surrounding it.

                Outside there is a tennis court and a large grassy area that could play host to any number of events, either birthday parties or warm summer evening cocktail parties. But the highlight is the pristine infinity pool that looks out over a perfect Los Angeles view.

                  ‘Love’ It or Hate It? Jennifer Love Hewitt Lists Toluca Lake Home

                  Posted by Cristin  |  August 23, 2012  |  5:51 pm  |  Tags: , , , , ,

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                  Jennifer Love Hewitt

                  Toluca Lake, CA

                  Most Known For

                  Roles on hit TV shows "Party of Five" and "The Ghost Whisperer," among others

                  Home Stats

                  6 bedrooms, 5,921 square feet

                  Price

                  $2,895,000

                  Jennifer Love Hewitt is selling her longtime Toluca Lake home for $2.89M! Perfect for a party (or family) of five, the spacious 5,921 square foot home features 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms. Hewitt has held on to the estate since 1998, originally paying $1.7M for the private and secure home on one of Toluca Lake’s most desirable streets.

                  Described as “gracious and inviting,” the home has a wonderful flow for both living and entertaining. The floor plan is spacious and flexible and the outdoor pool area features a large patio complete with built-in bar. There are custom, quality features throughout, as well as high ceilings, built-in bookcases, marble fireplaces, expansive closets and more!

                  While I don’t know what Jennifer Love Hewitt did last summer, I do know she didn’t hire an interior decorator for this home. While it’s quite the lovely home from the exterior, the interior needs some serious design updates.

                  It’s likely this wasn’t JLH’s personal home for quite a while. According to property records, she also owns another home just down the street. She purchased that property in 2006 for $5.5M.

                  Kathy Fisher of Gibson International holds the for-sale listing.

                    Bye, Bye, Baby – New Mom Hilary Duff Sells Toluca Lake Home

                    Posted by Cristin  |  August 10, 2012  |  7:16 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                    Hilary Duff

                    Toluca Lake, CA

                    Most Known For

                    Disney pop princess, now all grown up with a husband and baby

                    Home Stats

                    5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 9,277 square feet

                    Price

                    Just under $6,250,000

                    With a professional athlete husband and a brand new babyMiss Hillary Duff likely leads a busy life. Now, the singer-actress can check “selling her other multi-million-dollar house” off her to-do list. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the house that Lizzie McGuire built has just sold for just under its asking price of $6.25M.

                    While she awaited the sale of this stunning Toluca Lake home, Duff and family cozied into their other home: a 5,260 square foot, 5 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom Beverly Hills mansion, which was purchased in July 2010 for $3.85M.

                    So what’s the skinny on their dearly departed home? The estate was a unique Mediterranean dream home situated on the prestigious Toluca Lake. The home sits behind a grand gate and is extremely private and secure.  The floor plan is open and airy, while also boasting some serious celeb-worthy amenities, including a den/office, library, billiard room, cognac room, wine cellar, gym, gift wrapping room, chef’s kitchen, a game room and so much more. The master suite is complete with his and hers walk-in closets and bathrooms. Each custom made master bath includes heated floors and custom made finishes from the stonework to the Murano lighting fixtures. The floors of this magnificent estate are blanketed with antique French oak floors. Additional custom features include soaring cathedral ceilings, triple stacked deep base moldings, black marble countertops, waterworks tiles utilized in the kitchen and bathrooms, pool and spa.

                    With amenities like that, it’s no surprise that the home sold to a couple of ‘creative types.’ The buyers have been identified as designer Don Stanzione and Sheri Callanwho owns Callan Advertising, which focuses on the independent film industry.

                     

                      Say “I do” To Jef Holm’s Childhood Palatial Utah Estate; Become A Part of Bachelorette History

                      Posted by Matt  |  July 20, 2012  |  2:00 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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                      Jef Holm

                      Saint George, Utah

                      Most Known For

                      Finalist on the Bachelorette

                      Home Stats

                      9 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, 15,794 square feet

                      Price

                      $3,390,000

                      Well, the drama is in full swing on the Bachelorette. This Sunday, the entire nation will find out who Emily Maynard has chosen to be her man on the latest installment of the television franchise. Who knows how it will go, but one can hope they fare better than most of the ill-fated relationships that have been spawned from the Bachelor and the Bachelorette. So who are the two lucky remaining men? Well, in one corner, we have Arie Luyendyk Jr., who has an exciting job as a race car driver and an equally exciting track record of groping Emily. What more could a girl ask for? Well how about Jef Holm, Utah native and do-gooder, entrepreneur and all around hipster with some serious hair?

                      Now for all you super fans of the show, you can now own a piece of Bachelorette history.  Jef Holm’s childhood home in Saint George, Utah is now on the market. The 9-bedroom, 8.5-bathroom mansion has a stunning 15,794 feet of living space that is calling for a new owner with a passion for interior design. For $3,390,000 you get the entire estate, as well as 3 acres of deeded land and a number of impressive features including a beautiful infinity edge pool with views, luxury spa, pitch and put golf course and tennis and sports courts. With all that activity you’ll be sure to work up an appetite, so there are 2 custom-built outdoor cooking areas, which are great for entertaining.

                      Images via the HomeSmart Advantage.