Baseball Legend Barry Bonds Just Sold His Beverly Hills Mansion For $22 Million!

    Posted by Cristin  |  March 7, 2014  |  1:49 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

    Barry Bonds

    Beverly Hills, CA

    Most Known For

    MLB star with the home run record and a tarnished reputation due to doping allegations

    Home Stats

    1.85 acres, 7 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, pool, guesthouse



    Retired MLB slugger Barry Bonds just hit it out of the (Beverly) Park!

    The controversial home run king sold his massive Tuscan-inspired pad in the ultra-fancy Beverly Park area of Beverly Hills for $22 million. Property records show the deal closed on March 5, 2014 – 14 months after Bonds put the incredible estate up to bat for $25 million.

    Inside sources say he had his eye on that initial $25 million list price for two reasons. First – and most importantly – he’d make an insane profit, considering he spent $8.7 million for the house in 2002. Secondly, Bonds gave the Mediterranean stunner a $25M price tag as an homage to his former jersey number – 25, which he considers to be his lucky number.

    Lucky or not to him, it wasn’t the number buyers were willing to pay for the 1.85 acre, seven-bedroom, 13-bathroom manse. He price-chopped the home to $23.5M in December 2013 and finally signed a contract with a buyer at $22 million.

    Bond’s just-sold estate was a faux Tuscan villa in the heart of Los Angeles’s most desirable area. Fully renovated, Bonds added 30-ft soaring ceilings in the grand entry foyer, gorgeous hand-painted Trompe L’oeil murals, and Venetian plaster throughout. The home boasts over 17,000 square feet of living space and unparalleled California living.

    Outside, the grounds feature over 2,000 square feet of spacious loggias, a pool and cabana, and 2-story guest house.

    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.

      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.

        Rob Zombie Lists Los Angeles Home For $3.95 Million

        Posted by Cristin  |  September 20, 2013  |  8:02 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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        Rob Zombie

        Los Angeles, CA

        Most Known For

        Musician and horror-genre filmmaker

        Home Stats

        6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, pool, pool house, guesthouse



        Musician and horror-genre filmaker Rob Zombie has just listed his stately Tudor-style home in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood for $3.95 million.

        According to property records and reporting by the LA Times, Rob purchased the home in 1999 for $1.799 million. In 2002, he married his girlfriend of 13 years, Sheri Moon Zombie, and they’ve called this estate their West Coast home ever since.

        Built in 1924, the home features wood paneling throughout, a remodeled kitchen and an adjacent butler’s pantry. 6,249 square feet include spacious living areas and 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Outside, the property features a pool, spa, pool house and guesthouse.

        Aside from this estate, Zombie  also owns a home in Woodbury, Connecticut.

        Michael Goldberg of the Brokerage Beverly Hills is the listing agent.

          Chuck Norris Lists Dallas Home For $1.2 Million

          Posted by Cristin  |  July 17, 2013  |  6:16 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,


          Chuck Norris

          Dallas, TX

          Most Known For

          Actor, martial arts star and famous internet meme

          Home Stats

          4 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 7,362 square feet, pool, guest house



          Chuck Norris counted to infinity – twice.

          Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

          Chuck Norris is selling his house in Dallas.

          The first two “Chuck Norris Facts” are absurdly false and part of the internet meme that made Chuck Norris a household name to a new generation in 2005, and the last statement is definitely true – Chuck Norris has just put his Dallas, Texas home on the market for $1.2 million.

          The roundhouse-kicking martial arts legend and star of the hit TV show, Walker, Texas Ranger, is selling his gorgeous 7,362 square foot ranch home in the Northwood Hills neighborhood of Dallas. The home was built in 1975 and has since been renovated and expanded to feature 4 oversized bedrooms, 7 full baths and 2 half baths, a large media room, a home gym with a Chuck Norris Total Gym (naturally), large patio off a sparkling pool, 3 car garage, and an 884 square foot detached studio.

          The property is registered in Chuck’s legal name – Carlos Ray Norris.

          Rogers Healy of Rogers Healy and Associates is the listing agent.



            NBA Great Kenny “The Jet” Smith Selling Encino Estate For $2.795 Million!

            Posted by Cristin  |  July 17, 2013  |  9:17 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,


            Kenny "The Jet" Smith

            Encino, CA

            Most Known For

            Retired NBA star and current TV basketball analyst

            Home Stats

            5 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom, 6,106 square foot main residence with detached 760 square foot guest house. Pool.



            Former basketball great and current broadcast star, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, is selling his Encino mansion for $2,795,000.  Smith had an illustrious NBA career that included being the sixth pick of the 1987 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA from 1987 to 1997 as a member of the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, and Denver Nuggets. He won two NBA championships with the Rockets in 1994 and 1995. Now, Smith is still in the game via his career as a successful TV basketball analyst.

            Smith and his stunning “Price is Right” model wife Gwendolyn welcomed their second child in fall 2012. With their two children together, and kids from previous relationships, the married duo are in need of some new digs.

            Brand new to the market, the Smith’s Encino home is a private and sophisticated 5 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom 6,106 square foot contemporary estate. Hidden at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac behind gates on a 30,000 square foot flat lot, the property includes a stunning main residence and detached 760 square foot guest house.

            The main residence features four en-suite bedrooms downstairs, an upstairs master suite with spa tub, steam shower and balcony, and a separate upstairs wing with an incredible movie theater.

            The estate’s exteriors include a motor court with plenty of parking, a sparkling swimming pool and lush landscaping.

            Kofi Natei Nartey and Craig Knizek of The Agency are the listing agents.

              Katy Perry Officially Lists Uninhabited Love Nest She Intended To Live in With Russell Brand

              Posted by Cristin  |  April 9, 2013  |  10:52 am  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

              Most Known For

              Pop songstress with a tabloid-worthy personal life

              Home Stats

              7 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, 8,835 square feet, pool



              Katy Perry is selling her “California Girl” estate for $6,925,000. Purchased by the songstress on June 24, 2011 for $6,500,000, Perry intended to make the 3-acre estate compound near the famed Chateau Marmont her and then-husband Russell Brand‘s marital love nest. Amid rumors of an impending divorce and before the moving vans could even get in the front gates, the duo split for good – and the home remained vacant. Perry was reportedly secretly hoping to find a buyer for her unlucky love nest without having to officially list the home for sale. Perhaps she was asking too much money or people just didn’t want the bad juju associated with the home, but Perry couldn’t find her buyer.

              Now, the home, dubbed “Park Hill,” is officially for sale, as first reported by The Real Estalker. Built in 1921, the estate is comprised of a significant Mediterranean residence with two-story grand entry that continues into two-story living room overlooking all of Los Angeles and the city’s dramatic skyline.

              Additionally, the property has a separate two-story guest house that was formerly a caretaker’s apartment on the lower level and a Carriage House on the second level for auto storage. In 2004, another guest house was built and could be used as a private residence, as it comes complete with a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.

              The lushly landscaped backyard has a lagoon-style pool with waterfall and small bridges. Adding to the allure of this property, the home neighbors Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Storer House.

              Images via the MLS.

                Casey Kasem Puts $42M Price Tag On Holmby Hills Estate with Heart-Shaped Pool

                Posted by Cristin  |  April 8, 2013  |  4:43 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

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                Casey Kasem

                Beverly Hills, CA

                Most Known For

                Radio personality and voice actor who is best known for being the voice of Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

                Home Stats

                8 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, 12,000 square feet, heart-shaped pool, guest house



                Casey Kasem, longtime host of ‘American Top 40′ and one of the most iconic voices of all time, is saying goodbye to his Beverly Hills home, which comes complete with one of the romantic details we’ve ever seen – a heart-shaped pool! First reported by The Real Estalker, the home is newly listed for the sky-high price of $42,000,000. The estate sits on 2.4 acres and has 8 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms and 12,000 square feet.

                Described as a “Classic Revival,” Kasem’s home has gone through a recent renovation and expansion. Now, the home includes a living room, salon, formal dining room, English-style library, bar room and a family-style kitchen. Double master suites feature  2 bathrooms, a hair salon  and dressing areas.

                Outside on the expansive grounds, you’ll find the ‘love’-ly heart-shaped pool with 2 swim pavilions, a sunken, North/South tennis court and guest House.

                Love Kasem’s house but don’t quite have the funds to afford the $42M price tag right now? Well, take Kasem’s signature advice to “keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars” – and maybe you’ll own it someday.

                Images via the MLS.

                  Director Judd Apatow and Wife Leslie Mann Buy in Malibu Colony

                  Posted by Cristin  |  April 1, 2013  |  8:21 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

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                  Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann

                  Malibu, CA

                  Most Known For

                  A-List director and his actress wife who stars in all his flicks

                  Home Stats

                  4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 2,550 square feet, guest house.



                  A-list director Judd Apatow, famous for movies like ’40 Year Old Virgin,’ ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Knocked Up,’ and his actress wife Leslie Mann have just purchased a Malibu Colony home for $10,825,000 from the estate of late ‘Pretty Woman’ producer Laura Ziskin. Property records show that the deal closed on March 19, 2013.

                  The Apatow/Mann family’s new oceanfront contemporary cottage is theirs just in time for summer! The home is situated in the exclusive guard gated and celebrity-laden community of Malibu Colony. A romantic 1930′s bungalow, the home is tranquil yet chic and comfortable and sits directly on the beach. A gourmet kitchen and cozy family room open to a private, lush courtyard entry. The living room, dining room and cozy sunroom all feature expansive ocean views and lead to patios and the private Colony Beach. The second floor features 3 ensuite bedrooms.  The large master bedroom overlooks the Pacific Ocean through a wall of glass. The master also includes a wood-burning fireplace and a spacious patio leading to the sand. The property also features a two-car garage and a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom guesthouse.

                  According to other plugged-in real estate sources, the Apatow/Mann family are looking building a massive custom home on a lot they purchased in Santa Monica last year for $8,600,000. Their forthcoming custom digs must be something amazing, because they’d be decamping from a home in Brentwood that they paid $18,250,000 for in 2009. Apatow also still owns a 4,356 square foot Beverly Hills Post Office-area home that he purchased in 2005 for $1,656,000.

                    Former Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel Sells Malibu Home for $37M to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison

                    Posted by Cristin  |  September 26, 2012  |  9:19 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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                    Larry Ellison

                    Malibu, CA

                    Most Known For

                    CEO of Oracle and avid collector of exceptional personal properties across the globe.

                    Home Stats

                    nine bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and 10,317 square feet of living space that stretches along 151 feet of beach frontage



                    Talk about a high tech, high dollar deal! Former Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel has sold his compound on Malibu’s Carbon Beach for $37M to none other than Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who has been dubbed “The Nation’s Most Avid Trophy-Home Buyer.” This real estate transaction between Semel and Ellison is strictly a B2B deal. No, we don’t mean business-to-business. We’re talking about billionaire-to-billionaire here!

                    Malibu’s Carbon Beach has been dubbed “Billionaire’s Beach,” and Ellison already owns numerous properties along that strip of sand. Perhaps he only lives on streets named exclusively for billionaires, because his primary residence in San Francisco sits on “Billionaire’s Row” in Pacific Heights.

                    The seller, Terry Semel, was at the helm of Yahoo! from 2001-2007 and made quite the nice stash of cash from the gig. Since leaving Silicon Valley behind, Semel has resided in Los Angeles and has gobbled up some exceptional real estate in the area. Just last year, Semel and wife Jane listed and sold their swank Beverly Hills mansion.

                    The Malibu home that just transferred hands from Semel to Ellison sits on a three-quarter-acre lot includes three structures, creating a compound just steps from the sand. The main house is entered through a three-story skylit rotunda. Aside from the main home, there is also a two-story guesthouse for a total of nine bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and 10,317 square feet of living space that stretches along 151 feet of beach frontage.

                    We’re not surprised to hear Ellison was the buyer in this big deal. Since becoming one of the biggest earners in America while at the helm of Oracle, Ellison has spent hundreds of millions of dollars acquiring incredible properties across the globe. Ellison’s known property roster includes five adjacent lots in Malibu, a Newport, R.I., mansion formerly owned by the Astor family; a historic garden property in Kyoto and an estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif., with a private, 19-hole golf course. He’s currently adding a Lake Tahoe compound to that incredible line-up and is rumored to be on a buying spree in his native San Francisco.

                      Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell Price Chop Buddhist Beach Estate By $5M

                      Posted by Cristin  |  September 25, 2012  |  5:13 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

                      Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell

                      Malibu, CA

                      Most Known For

                      The longtime unmarried duo have had decades-long careers and strings of hit movies between the two of them

                      Home Stats

                      4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, guest house, beachfront



                      Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are having a heck of a time selling their longtime Malibu estate. Described as a “Bali-influenced contemporary hideaway,” the estate sits on the big-money stretch of Malibu sand called Broad Beach.

                      For many years, Goldie and Kurt have put this 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.

                      Now, they are resorting to drastic measures – price chopping nearly $5 million clams off the asking price. Are they going Overboard, or is this a shrewd and savvy real estate move?

                      At the new, lower price, the home’s real estate agent says this home is “simply the best priced home on the beach!” The exotic and inviting residence was extensively redesigned  to offer tranquil light-filled living spaces, a spacious ocean-view designer kitchen, an integrated entertainment system that includes a Creston media room, and peaceful bedroom retreats that open to balconies and courtyards.

                      The luxurious oceanfront master suite has awe-inspiring views and a spa-inspired bath area with onyx surfaces. The expansive grounds feature tranquil fountains, lush mature landscaping for added privacy, an grand oceanfront patio with covered outdoor living room and fireplace, and a grass covered fenced yard with a path across the sandy dunes. It’s quite the spread for a beachfront property on this stretch of sand. The property also features a detached 2-room guest house with full bath. As parking is hard to come by in Malibu, this estate naturally features a 3-car garage.

                      Property records show the unmarried duo of 29 years picked up the Malibu beach estate sometime in the late 1980′s for an undisclosed sum of cash.

                      Hawn and Russell own quite a few other residences, including a 5,057 square-foot-house in Pacific Palisades purchased in August 2004 for $4,124,591. They also own in Snowmass, CO, a waterfront estate outside of Toronto and a Midtown Manhattan penthouse.