Reese Witherspoon Buys A Stately Nashville Fixer-Upper

    Posted by Cristin  |  August 18, 2014  |  11:41 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


    Reese Witherspoon

    Nashville, TN

    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

    4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,855 square feet



    Reese Witherspoon is taking on a project!

    The ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ actress just bought a second home in Nashville, paying $1,950,000 for an amazing, stately mansion that’s in a sad state of disrepair.

    Described as a “once in a generation opportunity,’ the home is a stately 1930’s era home on massive 6.5 acre Oak Hill lot that’s in need of some major, major TLC. The home, as it stands now, has 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 3,855 square feet.

    Reese and Jim have some serious love for Tennessee. After all, they named their young son after the state. With a son named “Tennesee,” it’s no surprise that the showbiz duo are doubling down there. Reese already owns one Nashville mansion, which she picked up for $760,000 in 2005. She grew up in Nashville, and her parents still live nearby. Although she’s been a long time California girl, times, they may be a-changin’.

    Currently, Reese and Jim have their Brentwood, California mansion for-sale as an off-market deal. They’re asking $14 million for their 5-bedroom estate and an adjacent lot. They also used to own a place in Ojai, CA, but that sold at a loss late last year.

    This new Nashville buy isn’t really a shocking purchase for “America’s Sweetheart.” Reese has always had an affinity for revamping homes and making them her own. She completely redid her ranch in Ojai, CA when she first bought it, and all of her other homes have been upgraded and renovated to perfection.

    Her new Nashville mansion has great “bones” and oodles of charm. There’s a masculine wood-paneled library, amazing hardwood floors throughout, and traditional details that give the home a distinguished feel. Each window looks out upon a picturesque brook and sweeping views of the sprawling grounds.

    Hat tip to The Real Estalker, who first reported the news of Reese’s new home.


      Funny Girl Nicole Sullivan Selling Stunning Estate in Los Angeles

      Posted by Cristin  |  April 28, 2014  |  9:11 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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      Nicole Sullivan

      Los Angeles, CA

      Most Known For

      MadTV actress who also appeared on 'Cougar Town' and many other hit shows

      Home Stats

      5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,444 square feet, pool, guest house



      Actress, comedienne and all around funny girl, Nicole Sullivan, is selling her beautiful gated estate in Los Angeles.

      The ‘MadTV’ actress is asking $1,699,000 for her 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 3,444 square foot estate with a guest house and pool.

      What’s not funny – she’s listing at a loss. She purchased the place in January 2007 for $1,810,000, so unless she gets way over asking for the estate, she’s going to lose some money on the deal.

      Located at 3001 Passmore Drive in the hills of LA, Sullivan, her husband Jason Packham and their two sons called this French Country estate on a 30,000 square foot lot ‘home sweet home.’

      The remodeled main house still retains vintage detailing from the 1920’s and boasts five bedrooms, all on one floor.

      A converted ‘Chauffer’s quarters’ with a separate entrance is the perfect office or study.

      Outside, meandering paths lead through rolling and flat lawns, mature lush gardens, organic planter boxes, and stone patios.

      The pool area is adjoined by a covered cabana, perfect for al fresco dining and days spent outdoors with friends and family.

      Perfect for visitors, in-laws, etc, a  separate 1 bedroom/ 1 bathroom guest house has views and enjoys complete privacy.

      Sullivan also has another, smaller LA-area home that she bought in 2000 for $465,000.

      Boni Bryant of Sotheby’s holds the impressive listing.

        Los Angeles Super Mansion ‘Fleur De Lys’ Sells For A Record-Breaking $102 Million

        Posted by Cristin  |  April 1, 2014  |  7:25 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

        Fleur De Lys

        Holmby Hills, CA

        Most Known For

        The "unsellable" estate sat on the market for more than $7 years, with a $125 million price tag

        Home Stats

        50,000 square foot home on 4.6 acres, 600 foot tree-lined driveway, pool, 3,000 square foot wine cellar



        One of the world’s most incredible ‘mega-mansions’ just had a mega sale!

        The world famous ‘Fleur De Lys’ mansion in the Beverly Hills enclave of Holmby Hills just sold to ‘junk bond king’ Michael Milken for $102 million IN CASH, as first reported by Lauren Beale at the Los Angeles Times.

        Fleur De Lys was sold by socialite Suzanne Saperstein, who custom-built the mansion in 2002 with her then-husband, Metro Networks founder and billionaire David Saperstein. They divorced just three years after the home was completed and she received the property as part of her divorce settlement. She first listed property in 2007 for $125 million and never once wavered on the asking price.

        The estate is 50,000 square feet of living space, which includes innumerable rooms, a 3,000 square foot wine cellar, a grand ballroom, a marble-floored two-story entry hall, gold paneled ceilings and much more grandeur.

        Outside, two motor courts, a 600-foot tree-lined driveway, a pool, spa and sprawling lawns are just mere highlights of the 4.6 acre estate.

        As the LA Times reported, Michael Milken bought the home through an LLC tied to the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, a nonpartisan think tank chaired by the businessman and philanthropist.

        Los Angeles-based super agent Kurt Rappaport of the Westside Estate Agency represented Saperstein in the sale and Fred Bernstein, also of the Westside Estate Agency, represented the Milken, who reportedly beat out billionaires from England and China in a bidding war for the pricey estate.

        Images via the MLS.

          Gwyneth Paltrow Buys Malibu Estate For $14 Million

          Posted by Cristin  |  March 14, 2014  |  2:58 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,


          Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin

          Malibu, CA

          Most Known For

          She's an Academy Award-winning actress, turned Goop lifestyle goddess, and he's the frontman of Coldplay

          Home Stats

          4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, pool, beach access



          Gwyneth Paltrow and her Coldplay rocker husband Chris Martin have just spent $14 million on a seaside escape in Malibu.

          First reported by The Real Estalker, Paltrow and Martin purchased ‘The Garwood Residence,’ designed by world-renowned architect, John Lautner. This secluded and gated Malibu estate in the heart of the celebrity-infested Point Dume area is inspired by the award winning luxury brand, Aman Resorts.
          Inside the four bedroom post-and-beam estate, Gwyneth and Chris’s new home has heated sandstone floors, a Chef’s Kitchen, and a unique floor plan encompassing both indoor and outdoor living space.
          The estate’s grounds offer ocean views, landscaped gardens, a pebble stone pool, tennis court, gym and yoga studio. It is set on Malibu’s most coveted beach, Little Dume, which offers a protected backyard anchorage for a yacht, should they decide to scoop one up in the future.

          The famous (and incredibly rich) duo own a massive estate in London, a place in New York City and in 2012, they spent about $10 million for an equestrian estate in Los Angeles.

          After enduring rumors for the past six months that Vanity Fair magazine was expected to publish a sensational and damaging ‘takedown’ piece about the actress, she undoubtedly needs a place to escape from the madness of life in the public eye – and this seaside escape is just the place.

          Inside sources say they’ve already had design firm Windsor Smith into the home to ‘do it over’ and they’ve moved in.

          Images via the MLS.

            Former Dallas Mavericks Coach Avery Johnson Seeks Buyer For Stunning Texas Estate

            Posted by Cristin  |  January 22, 2014  |  2:24 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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            Avery Johnson

            The Woodlands, TX

            Most Known For

            San Antonio Spurs star, turned coach, turned ESPN analyst

            Home Stats

            7 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 14,396 square feet, pool, theater, sports court



            Avery Johnson, the former NBA star who transitioned to coaching and then to a post-league career as an ESPN analyst, is seeking a buyer for his sprawling – and stunning – Texas estate.

            At just 5-foot-11, Johnson was dubbed the “Little General” during his years on the San Antonio Spurs, but there is nothing “little” about the 7-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 14,369 square foot estate at 23 Grand Colonial Drive in The Woodlands, TX, a community in the Houston-area.

            Listed for $7,500,000, Johnson’s home was built on the 17th Hole of the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at The Club at Carlton Woods. Inside, museum-quality finishes include ornate stone work, hand-scraped wood floors, heirloom feel built-ins, pristine wall treatments and murals.

            The main floor features game and theater rooms with a working concession stand and a super swank climatized wine grotto.

            Outside, the private and gated estate features a motor court, full basketball/sport court, incomparable pool and gorgeous grounds.

            Johnson’s been seeking a buyer for the past year, and he originally asked $9 million for the estate.

            Aaron Harris of Re/Max Carlton Woods is the listing agent.

              Billionaire Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Buys $27 Million Dollar Silicon Valley Mansion

              Posted by Cristin  |  November 25, 2013  |  11:00 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

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              Paul Allen

              Atherton, CA

              Most Known For

              Billionaire Microsoft co-founder

              Home Stats

              8 bedrooms, 9.5. bathrooms, 1.97 acres, pool, guest house



              Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has just paid $27 million for a sprawling mansion in Atherton, CA, a ritzy town in the heart of Silicon Valley.

              According to Forbes, Allen has a net worth of $15.8 billion dollars, and he’s an avid collector of trophy properties and yachts. His newest acquisition was purchased via a family trust and the deal closed on November 12, 2013.

              Allen lives full-time in the Seattle area, where he has a sprawling, state-of-the-art residence on tony Mercer Island, with a yacht parked out front. He also owns multi-million-dollar properties all over the world, including Cap Ferrat in France, Hawaii, Malibu, Manhattan, Idaho, Beverly Hills and London.

              Aside from his residences, Allen has a world-class collection of World War II aircraft, a fleet of private jets and two yachts. A yachting enthusiast, he has a 303-foot-long, $125 million yacht named Tatoosh, and a 414-foot long superyacht named Octopus. Octopus costs an estimated $400,000 a week to operate.

              Allen started on his road to riches in 1975, when he co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. In 1983, he he left the company after a cancer diagnosis, which he battled successfully. Allen is still a major Microsoft shareholder and an avid investor.  Since the 80’s, he has been involved in a strong of high-profile investments, including buying the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team in 1988, the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in 1997, and co-founding the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project Museum in 2000 in Seattle.

              Allen recently opened an arm of his investment firm, Vulcan Capital, in Palo Alto, to “focus on expanding the firm’s investments in the Internet and technology sectors,” according to a corporate announcement. With that entree into Silicon Valley, his newest purchase in nearby Atherton makes sense.

              Allen’s brand new Northern California property was listed in late September for $31.8 million, but Allen ended up closing the deal for $27 million. The newly-built estate sits on an impressive 1.97 acre lot, and has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a spa, theater and 7 fireplaces in the 22,005 square foot main home. Adjacent, the guest home has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen and a 5-car garage that also includes a House Manager Suite.

              Images via property developer Pacific Peninsula Group.

                Bob Hope’s Toluca Lake Estate Officially Hits The Market For The First Time Ever, Asks $27.5 Million

                Posted by Cristin  |  September 24, 2013  |  9:26 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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                Bob Hope

                Toluca Lake, CA

                Most Known For

                Beloved comedian

                Home Stats

                8 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, 15,000 square feet on an 87,000 square foot lot, pool



                The late, great Bob Hope‘s incredible Toluca Lake estate has just hit the market for the first time ever!

                The home at 10346 Moorpark St, is a former walnut orchard where Bob and Delores Hope built their dream mansion in 1939. Bob Hope died in 2003 at the age of 100 and his widow Dolores Hope died in 2011 at 102 years old.

                Now, the couple’s estate has put the home on the market with a $27.5 million dollar asking price. The Tolucan reported the imminent listing in November 2012, when a garage sale was held to clear out many of the Hope’s belongings.

                The walled, gated and private Toluca Lake compound consists of 4 parcels totaling 5.16 acres. The original English Traditional main home was designed by architect Robert Finkelhor and then remodeled in the 1950’s by architect John Elgin Woolf. The home is 14,876 square feet and includes an indoor pool and spa. A formal reception and foyer leads to a vast formal living room with walls of glass overlooking the grounds.

                The residence also includes an office, family room, bar, billiard room, formal dining room, family dining room and chef’s kitchen. Upstairs, you’ll find 4 bedroom suites and a remarkable master wing with his and hers bedrooms, bathrooms, closets and a shared study.

                The 5+ acre grounds feature an outdoor pool, patios, motorcourts, sprawling lawns with 1-hole golf course, pristine gardens. Also on that property is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom guesthouse and a 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom staff quarters.

                Images via the MLS.

                Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker is the listing agent.

                  Howie Mandel Plays the Real Estate Game; Relists Malibu Home for $7,750,000

                  Posted by Vanessa  |  January 15, 2013  |  4:57 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,


                  Howie Mandel

                  Malibu, CA

                  Most Known For

                  Stand up comedian, host of NBC's "Take it All', FOX's "Mobbed" and former host of "Deal or No Deal"

                  Home Stats

                  5,936 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms



                  The king of game show hosts Howie Mandel is looking to unload one of his biggest prizes yet: a beautiful 5,936-square-foot, ocean-view Malibu estate. However, Mandel isn’t giving it away on one of his four game show gigs. Instead, he’s looking for a lucky buyer as he’s relisted it on the open market for a cool $7,750,000.

                  Back in December 2011, the former “Deal or No Deal” host had originally put the home up for sale and was looking to lock in a deal of his own for $7,250,000. Since taking down the original listing, Mandel is now taking a gamble in hopes of winning big by relisting the property for $500k more.

                  Located in the prestigious Point Dume area, this Cape Cod-inspired mini-compound was exquisitely crafted by renowned architect Douglas Burdge. Unveiled in 2009, the home boasts five bedrooms, five and a half baths, an office, theater, gym, and guesthouse. Constructed with the finest of finishes, the timeless architectural style weds both elegant sophistication and casual seaside living with a seamless indoor/outdoor flow. The airy main living area includes double-height formal living and dining rooms–both with French doors lining the walls–leading to a large, open kitchen with center island.

                  With panoramic Santa Monica ocean views, the home sits on over an acre of flat land with expansive lawns, a huge outdoor patio, and a gorgeous infinity pool.

                    Rihanna Buys $12 Million Dollar Mini-Villa in Pacific Palisades

                    Posted by Vanessa  |  December 18, 2012  |  11:51 am  |  Tags: , , , , , ,


                    Los Angeles, CA

                    Most Known For

                    world-famous pop star

                    Home Stats

                    11,000 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 9 bath



                    Rihanna, one of the today’s hottest pop stars, recently snagged an exquisite $12 million dollar estate in coveted Pacific Palisades, according to X17 Online. The Barbados native cashed in on the massive 11,000-square-foot, seven bedroom, nine bath home in the midst promoting her seventh studio album, “Unapologetic,” which features the hot number one single “Diamonds” and “Nobody’s Business,” a collaboration with her famous ex-boyfriend-slash-rumored-current-boyfriend, Chris Brown. After putting in such hard work releasing a new album, Rihanna can now relax poolside at her new resort-inspired home.

                    Built in 2010, the freshly constructed estate is nestled in the Los Angeles hills and features a neutral-to-warm color scheme throughout, with sandy walls and dark wood and tile flooring from head to toe. The home exudes a strong modern-Caribbean influence, offering simple architecture and sleek finishes, with a slight twist. Reminiscent of a tropical villa, almost every room comes complete with walls opening to the backyard allowing for plenty of natural light and easy access to the pool and spa. A super-modern kitchen offers 14-foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances,  and a full bar. In addition to the pool and spa, the outdoor entertaining area offers a 6,000-square-foot garden area with outdoor BBQ, bar, and sundeck.



                      Following split with long-time boyfriend, Hilary Swank lists $9.5M Pacific Palisades home

                      Posted by Vanessa  |  September 27, 2012  |  8:31 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,


                      Hilary Swank

                      Pacific Palisades, CA

                      Most Known For

                      two-time Oscar winning actress for Million Dollar Baby and Boys Don't Cry

                      Home Stats

                      6,722 square-feet, 6-bedrooms, 6.5 bath



                      We all know relationships can be a roller coaster ride, especially in Hollywood, and when relationships or marriages come to a screeching halt, sadly we very often see the couple letting go of a huge asset – their home. Unfortunately that is the case with two-time Oscar-winning actress Hillary Swank. Let’s jump into the ring and take a look back at the Million Dollar Baby star’s recent love affair with John Campisi and her Pacific Palisades estate.

                      According to property records, Swank purchased the ocean-view Pacific Palisades property for $5.8 million in March 2007, around the same time she began dating her then agent, John Campisi. Five long years of business, pleasure and Hollywood bliss passed until news of a recent split hit newsstands in May of this year. After a few months of silence it looks like it’s time to start letting go.

                      Fast forwarding to present day, Swank is looking to unload her semi-swanky pad for more than just a million dollars, baby. Try a $9,495,000 price tag.

                      Built in 1928 and designed by Mark Zeff,  the gated six-bedroom, six and a half bath estate sits in a coveted Los Angeles neighborhood known for housing noted celebs on every other block. Hardwood and Mosaic tile flooring line the 6,722 square-foot property, pairing well with Mediterranean-style arched French doors and walls. Glass walls allow plenty of natural sunlight to shine through the open space and warm Spanish-style textures and colors add to the European charm. According to the listing, the gourmet kitchen features a center island, state-of-the-art appliances, dining area seating 16-20 guests with adjacent family room. The downstairs patio and master suite balcony offer stunning ocean views.  The lower level features a lounge with wet bar, state of the art surround sound theater with custom seating for 17 guests and private cigar room and wine cellar.

                      Additionally the property features a guest bedroom, gym, powder room and wonderful outdoor entertaining area with fire pit, swimming pool, spa.