Billy Joel Sells Miami Mansion To Italian Billionaire

    Posted by Cristin  |  June 11, 2013  |  3:14 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

    Billy Joel

    Miami Beach, FL

    Most Known For

    Crooning some of the most classic hits of all time

    Home Stats

    7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, pool, 165 feet of water frontage



    The ‘Piano Man’ is Movin Out!’ Singer Billy Joel has sold his nearly 9,000 square foot Mediterranean Revival style mansion on Miami Beach’s swanky La Gorce Island for just under $14,000,000. Property records show the buyer is the deep-pocketed Italian billionaire shoe and handbag mogul Diego Della Valle, who founded and still owns a controlling interest in the Italian luxury leather goods brand Tods.

    Joel paid $13.5M in 2006 for the 8,880-square-foot Mediterranean-style home, set on a .67-acre slice of waterfront on the luxe, celeb-studded island of La Gorce.

    The home boasts expansive open areas with breathtaking views of the bay. Home amenities include a luxurious bar with wine cellar, gourmet chefs kitchen, formal living and dining room, office and sumptuous master suite, all of which showcase the finest details and finishes. A must have in Miami, the home has 165 feet of water frontage and room for new owner Valle’s yacht.


      Report: Rosie O’Donnell Sells Swank Miami Home

      Posted by Cristin  |  June 11, 2013  |  8:22 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,


      Rosie O'Donnell

      Miami, FL

      Most Known For

      Controversial former daytime talking head

      Home Stats

      6 bedrooms, 5.5. bathrooms, 11,104 square feet



      Time to take down the “For Sale” sign? According to the always-in-the-know Real Estalker, chat show hostess Rosie O’Donnell has sold her waterfront mansion on Miami Beach’s Star Island for $12,675,000 to an unknown buyer. While property records do not yet reflect the sale, sources close to the deal say it’s in the bag.

      Property records DO show that the actress, comedienne and former “The View” co-host bought the 1+ acre property in March 1999 for $6,750,000. O’Donnell first listed the home on the open market in March 2012 with a $19,500,000 price tag. In March 2013, the price was cut to $17,500,000. With no buyer coming forward with that kind of cold, hard cash, O’Donnell had to dig deeper into her profit margin to get the deal done.

      The home is a gem on the high-priced celebrity enclave of Star Island and the entrance and brick motorcourt is punctuated by a massive tree. The home opens to a double height foyer and formal living and dining rooms. There’s also a den/library/office, media room, and a well-equipped, two-island kitchen that’s open to a family room and informal dining area. The second-floor bedrooms include a vast master suite with sitting room, fireplace, private office, and direct access to a large terrace that overlooks the water.


        Christian Slater Spends $2.2 Million On South Florida Villa

        Posted by Cristin  |  May 22, 2013  |  4:00 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

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        Christian Slater

        Coconut Grove, FL

        Most Known For

        Actor and reformed bad boy

        Home Stats

        4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3,440 square feet, pool, guesthouse



        Reformed bad boy Christian Slater has just spent $2.2 million on a Italian-style villa in Coconut Grove, Florida. The property is a meticulously renovated 1926 estate on a lush, gated and secure street in the warm-weather, vacation home mecca of Coconut Grove, FL. The home, named “Villa Dolce Far Niente” truly lives up to its name: an estate of blissful idleness. Perfect for lounging and enjoying the beautiful Florida weather.

        The 3,440 square-foot property welcomes you with a long brick driveway and through a grand foyer entry. Dark hardwood floors lead you through arched doorways and french doors. An all-white eat-in kitchen includes statuary marble floors and stainless steel appliances. The formal living room features a fireplace and a dramatic dining room framed by arched mahogany french doors leading out to a very green and private outdoor area with patio and large heated pool.

        Beyond the pool, a private, self-contained guesthouse has a full bedroom setup with a luxurious steam-shower in the bathroom.

        Not too shabby, Mr. Slater.


        Rumor Alert! Howard Stern Drops $52 Million on Palm Beach Estate

        Posted by Daisy  |  May 17, 2013  |  10:36 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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        Howard Stern

        Palm Beach, FL

        Most Known For

        Self-proclaimed "King of All Media" who also serves as a judge on America's Got Talent

        Home Stats

        39,094 square foot of living space on 3.25 acres of beachfront property



        Hold the presses! This may be one of the biggest celebrity real estate purchases this year. According to the Palm Beach Daily News, Howard Stern has snapped up an expensive piece of South Florida real estate this week in a private sale. Reportedly, the infamous shock jock isn’t just making headlines for stirring up controversy on the airways, he’s also shocking America by paying an alleged $52 million for the beachfront property in Palm Beach, FL. The estate was sold to Stern by American businessman Martin Trust and his wife, Diana.

        Custom built in 1992 on 3.25 waterfront acres on the North End of Palm Beach, the property boasts an impressive 39,094 square feet of living space, including a five-bedroom, 11-bathroom, 18,673-square -oot main house. The estate also features a swimming pool and spa, and well-manicured landscaping.

        Stern and his wife, Beth Ostrosky Stern, currently calls New York City home, where he produces and hosts The Howard Stern Show for Sirus Radio. Now, the couple will now be neighbors with fellow radio personality, Rush Limbaugh, and conservative political commentator, Ann Coulter.


          Two-Time Super Bowl Champion and Retired NFL Star Ray Lewis Lists Florida Home For Nearly $5 Million

          Posted by Cristin  |  March 13, 2013  |  4:14 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,


          Ray Lewis

          Highland Beach, Florida

          Most Known For

          NFL great with a very public run in with the law

          Home Stats

          7 bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, pool, rooftop deck



          Ray Lewis, the once legally embattled NFL champion who retired from the Baltimore Ravens last month, is selling a stunning South Florida mansion. The newly minted Super Bowl champ just placed his dramatic oceanfront estate in Highland Beach, Florida on the market for $4,995,000. Lewis’ new gig on ESPN, which will include regular appearances on Sunday and Monday night shows, some pregame spots on Sundays and occasional SportsCenter shows, means he’ll be spending his “retirement” in ESPN’s Bristol, CT headquarters, rather than lazy days on the beach.

          Lewis’ for-sale home in a prime Florida neighborhood comes complete with endless ocean views, seven-bedrooms, eight-and-a-half-baths, a wineroom, office and fourth floor roofdeck. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with state-of-the-art Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances.

          Upon opening the front door you are amazed at the ocean and in awe of the wall of windows and views that surround. Large living and entertaining areas are perfect for formal or more casual beachfront entertaining. The master bedroom has a dual-door entrance, sitting area and closet. The master bath incudes his-and-hers sinks and a glamourous vanity area, large jacuzzi style tub, shower and water closet.

          All bedrooms have their own private bathrooms and are situated nicely throughout the home. Enjoy evenings overlooking the ocean from the top floor roof deck with elevator access, barbeque area and granite bar for serving and dining.


            Derek Jeter Scores $15.5M For His Trump Tower Bachelor Pad

            Posted by Cristin  |  October 12, 2012  |  11:26 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

            Derek Jeter

            New York, NY

            Most Known For

            New York Yankee shortstop known for playing the field professionally and personally

            Home Stats

            4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,425 square feet



            For once in his career, Derek Jeter is sliding away from home. His longtime New York City home, to be exact. Just this week, Jeter sold his 88th-floor penthouse to Brazilian business man Claudio Ferro for $15.5 million, as first reported by the New York Post.

            Jeter bought the penthouse pad at Trump Tower directly from Donald Trump himself for $12.72 million in 2001. After almost a decade in the penthouse, he listed the East Side apartment for $20 million in 2010. No buyer stepped up to the plate and Jeter made the call to take it off the market. In April, the bonafide bachelor pad was back with a lower asking price – $17.95 million. Jeter didn’t get his full asking price for the home, but it was in no way a botched play. Jeter’s final sales price was still a cool $3 million more than what he paid for it.

            So now the home is being traded to Ferro, and he’s getting an all-star abode! The 88th floor penthouse is set high amidst the tallest residential building on the eastside, the Trump World Tower. The location offers un-paralleled views of the Manhattan skyline and this particular penthouse has a bird’s eye view of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Bank of America building, One World Trade and other key landmarked buildings framed by the Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Verrazano Bridges and the East & Hudson Rivers – the picturesque views are unsurpassed. Complimenting the views – Jeter’s former penthouse features 16 foot floor-to-ceiling windows, 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths with 77 feet in length of grand entertaining space encompassing the living room, billiards room and formal dining room. A Creston system controls the lighting, audio, video and privacy shades with one touch of a button. Adding warmth and texture to the apartment is a wood burning fireplace, ultra-suede wallpaper, slate mantle and hardwood flooring.

            Word on the street is that Jeter hasn’t yet put down more of his millions on a new place. He’s been staying under the radar and hopping from hotel-to-hotel until he finds another bachelor pad. But don’t worry about him not having a place to call home. He still owns this sprawling estate in Florida.

              Water and Sky Views Define this Florida Dream Home

              Posted by Matt  |  May 24, 2012  |  3:38 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

              Home Stats

              8 bedrooms, 10 full and 2 partial bathrooms, 15,080 square feet



              Interested in living in a 15,000 square foot home situated on it’s own mini-peninsula? Then Coral Gables has the place for you.

              Relax in style as you soak up some sun and take in the view from this lush resort-style estate. Or maybe you want to take the boat for a spin from one of the two docks on the property? Either way, life is good when you are living on the water.

              Designed by Chris Fergis and built by Coastal Construction in 1996, this ridiculous 8 bedroom, 10 full and 2 partial bathroom estate has it all. The home boasts a theater, game room and shooting range as well as a gorgeous cherry wood library and observatory for scanning the heavens, with outdoor amenities including a heated pool and spa, along with multiple grottos and almost 1,000 feet of prime waterfront.


                Watcha Gonna Do? Hulk Hogan Sells Florida Mansion At Loss

                Posted by Daisy  |  April 18, 2012  |  12:29 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

                Hulk Hogan

                Belleair, FL

                Most Known For

                An epic wrestling career, an iconic mustache, and one of the biggest reality TV trainwreck families in history

                Home Stats

                17,145 square feet, 8 bedrooms, 5 full and 3 partial bathrooms



                Guess 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.

                Formally the set of the Hogan family’s short-lived VH1 reality TV show, “Hogan Knows Best,” this 8-bedroom, 5 full /3 partial bathroom single family home was originally built in 1996. It sits on an acre and a half of land,  high on a bluff with views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Clearwater Pass to the Gulf of Mexico.

                The new owner, who ever he/she may be, must love water sports because this home caters to swimmers and boat-lovers alike. The property features a beautifully landscaped pool and spa, as well as a dock and two boat lifts and “space for a personal watercraft” – a.k.a you can park your yacht here, no questions asked.




                  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Buys Flordia Mansion From NFL Star Vernon Carey

                  Posted by Cristin  |  March 8, 2012  |  12:43 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

                  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

                  Southwest Ranches, FL

                  Most Known For

                  Former WWE wrestling superstar, now a legit Hollywood actor

                  Home Stats

                  6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 13,153 Square Feet



                  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a new place to call home! On February 29, 2012, the former WWE superstar turned legit Hollywood actor, closed on the purchase of a $3,450,000 6 bedroom, 6 bath, 13,153 square foot estate in Southwest Ranches, Florida. He made the purchase from Miami Dolphins lineman Vernon Carey, who previously resided in the home with his wife and three children.

                  Described as “grandiose,” the home is a single-story estate on a 96,439 square foot lot. The gated estate features a circular driveway adorned with a fountain leading to the grand entrance.  The home features top-of-the-line appliances, a chef’s kitchen and butler’s pantry, home theater with kitschy ticket booth, a resort-style pool with summer kitchen (perfect for warm Florida nights), a gym, a en-suite master bedroom.




                    Washington Wizard’s Rashard Lewis Selling Florida Mansion

                    Posted by Cristin  |  December 28, 2011  |  1:16 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

                    Rashard Lewis

                    Winter Park, FL

                    Most Known For

                    Former Seattle SuperSonic and Orlando Magic forward, who is now with the Washington Wizards

                    Home Stats

                    5 bedroom, 7 bathroom, 8,973 square feet



                    Former Seattle SuperSonic and Orlando Magic forward, Rashard Lewis, who is now with the Washington Wizards, is selling his Winter Park, FL house. Rashard purchased his home back in October of 2007 for $4,495,000 and he is now currently selling it for $3,950,000 – an immediate loss of $545,000, if he gets full asking price on the home.

                    While Lewis lived in Florida and played for the Orlando Magic, he lived in this stunning ‘Santa Barbara’ style home with expansive rooms detailed with river washed wood beams, Peruvian travertine and a reclaimed terra cotta roof. The home boasts 5 bedrooms, including 2 master suites, as well as 5 full and 2 half baths. The master suite has a beautiful view of the gardens and the master bath features a rain shower, warming drawer for towels, and an oversized closet with organizers. A hidden passage to the office completes the master wing. A second master suite is located upstairs along with 3 guest suites; all complete with crown moulding, niches, and beautifully detailed baths. An outdoor cigar terrace adjoins the “gentlemen’s lounge” with theatre, and the home features an extraordinary kitchen with every top-of-the-line amenity.

                    The estate is gated and situated on a .58 acre lot, with a 3 car garage and extended parking space on a Chinese quartzite driveway. Other amenities include a Lutron lighting system and a 1,200 bottle wine room. Outdoor living includes a pool with water deck, swim shelf and fire pits.