Rosie O’Donnell Flips Out in Chicago

    Posted by Cristin  |  March 7, 2012  |  9:56 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

    Rosie O'Donnell

    Chicago, IL

    Most Known For

    Controversial daytime talking head

    Home Stats

    6,000 square feet, 5 bedroom, 5+ bathrooms

    Price

    $2,500,000

    Faster than you can say “welcome home,” Rosie O’Donnell is already trying to part ways with a Chicago home she purchased in September of 2011 for $2,250,000. Last Fall, Ms. O’Donnell made the decision to plant roots in Chicago as she prepped for her hopeful career comeback with her eponymous show on Oprah Winfrey’s O Network. With that in mind, she purchased a stunning West Grace Street home fully furnished and “as-is” from an executive at the Oprah Winfrey Network.

    Now, it turns out she’s had a change of plans. According to The Real Estalker, the newly-engaged star’s publicist told the Chicago Tribune that Rosie purchased the property on impulse and that a “corporate-supplied apartment had proved sufficient” for her residential needs in Chicago.

    Back on the market for $2,500,000 – a cool $250,000 more than she paid last year, O’Donnell is hoping for a buyer to swoop in and take this impulse purchase off her hands.

    Measuring in at 6,000 square feet, the 5 bedroom, 5+ bath home is in the heart of the southport corridor in the desirable Lakeview neighborhood. The home’s outstanding features include high ceilings ceilings, extensive millwork, custom cabinetry and rich designer flare. The previous owner made massive improvements, including adding a top-of-the-line audio/visual and security system for the entire house, a home theater and a sports bar. A marvelous outdoor living area includes a massive, 2,000 square foot roof deck. Perfect for Chicago winters, the home also has a 3 car heated garage.

     

      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

      Price

      $3,950,000

      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.

       

        Could This Be Jessica Simpson’s New Real Estate Reality in Manhattan?

        Posted by Cristin  |  December 27, 2011  |  2:01 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

        Jessica Simpson

        New York City

        Most Known For

        Former pop star and reality TV newlywed who reinvented herself as a fashion mogul and soon-to-be first time mommy

        Home Stats

        5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, 7,236 square feet

        Price

        $19,500,000 or $55,000 a month

        There’s plenty of speculation happening about Jessica Simpson’s next steps on the real estate front as she preps for the arrival of her first child with fiance Eric Johnson. She’s been spotted touring big, beautiful properties on both coasts, so it’s likely the pop singer-turned fashion mogul will swoop in on something spectacular in the coming weeks. After all, it’s the classic celebrity real estate equation. New baby + new or impending marriage almost always = a fancy new home to nest in.

        We’ve just received word from our friends over at the New York Post that Simpson and Johnson recently toured the spectacular penthouse at 25 Bond Street in New York City. Listed for sale for $19,500,000, but reportedly available for rent for $55,000 a month, the home is a big-time New York pad, and definitely spacious enough to accommodate the growing Simpson-Johnson family. With 5 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, and about 7,300 square feet, there is room for a nursery, as well as Jess’ parents Joe and Tina, who are always photographed tagging along with their famous daughter.

        The penthouse that Jess could make her East Coast home is a magnificent full-floor condominium loft in the coveted 25 Bond Street complex in the chic NoHo neighborhood. The full-floor home has grand proportions, soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, plus 4 parking spaces and private storage space. An NYC rarity, gorgeous bronze elevators open directly into the incredible 90-foot-long great room. An elegant chef’s kitchen is beautifully designed by Balthaup with an eat-at counter, top-of-the line finishes, double appliances, a wine cooler and an enormous walk-in pantry. On the south wing of the home there are 5 bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom. The master bedroom suite has a wood burning fireplace, an office, a private balcony, a dressing room and a luxurious master bathroom with a soaking tub, steam shower and double vanity. There is a mud room and laundry room with an adjoining full bathroom, plus a powder room for guests. The luxury building features a 24-hour doorman, private garden with outdoor barbeque and dining area and exercise room.

         

        Carrie Chiang and Janet Wang of Corcoran hold the listing

          NBA Baller Amar’e Stoudamire Selling Phoenix Condo

          Posted by Cristin  |  November 30, 2011  |  12:16 pm  |  Tags: , , , , , , ,

          Amar'e Stoudamire

          Phoenix, AZ

          Most Known For

          6'10 NBA baller who plays power forward and center for the New York Knicks

          Home Stats

          2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 3,000 square feet

          Price

          $1,375,000

          NBA baller Amar’e Stoudamire is selling his 8th floor Phoenix condo. Like the NBA lockout, the sale of this particular property has been difficult to sort out for the 6’10 New York Knicks star.  The Real Estalker has the full run-down of Stoudamire’s full real estate portfolio drama, but this particular Phoenix property has it’s own interesting backstory.

          The condo was first listed on the open market in February 2008, and was subsequently placed on and pulled off the market multiple times in the succeeding years. Not one to give up, Stoudamire put the property back on the market in June of this year, with an asking price of $1,375,000. The NBA player paid $1,775,000 for the condo, so even if he can get a slam-dunk buyer for the entire listing price, he still stands to lose $400,000.

          For a buyer that wants to take the condo off Stoudamire’s hands, they’ll be getting a luxury 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, 3,000 square feet unit on the 8th floor of the Esplanade Place. Built in 2003 and purchased by Stoudamire in 2004, the unit is upgraded with top-of-the-line finishes. It has a large, open great room and flowing floor plan. A gourmet, eat-in kitchen features stainless steel appliances, custom cabinetry and granite countertops. The huge master bedroom has a sitting room and mountain views. A guest suite has a separate entrance for complete privacy. Esplanade Place is a full-service, luxury building that features a roof-top swimming pool, a clubroom/party room with catering kitchen to host large parties, a conference room and round-the-clock security.

           

            Kurt Warner Selling One-Of-A-Kind Contemporary in Paradise Valley, Arizona

            Posted by Cristin  |  November 24, 2011  |  6:00 am  |  Tags: , , , , ,

            Kurt Warner

            Paradise Valley, AZ

            Most Known For

            A 12-year career and known as as one of the greatest stories in NFL history

            Home Stats

            11,000+ square feet, 7 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms

            Price

            $4,998,500

            Retired NFL quarterback and All-Star Kurt Warner is selling a one-of-a-kind contemporary showplace in Paradise Valley, Arizona. The home is readying for its moment in the spotlight – it will be featured on HGTV next month in a show featuring homes with elaborate Christmas and holiday lights.

            Listed on the open market for $4,998,500, the home is the perfect blend of modern style, family living and stylish entertaining. Commanding over 11,000 square feet, the dramatic 24-foot-high entry foyer with grand circular staircase and elevator lead to 2 master suites with private patios overlooking a diving pool, unique water features, connecting 62 lap pool and spa. A gourmet granite kitchen blends into expansive family entertaining areas, butlers kitchen and a spectacular dining room. Light, open exercise room and a large billiards/game room with wet bar both open to backyard mountain views. A spacious guesthouse with separate entry can double as a large office. Other amenities include a gated entry, piano room, formal living, theater room, outdoor Ramada with a TV and much more.

            Before Kurt Warner had stunning $5,000,000 estates, he had one of the most magical stories in the NFL. He was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 1994 after playing college football at Northern Iowa. After being cut by the Packers, Warner worked the night shift as a grocery store stock boy, making minimum wage. Never giving up hope in his football career, Warner persevered and would go on to be considered one of the best undrafted players of all time, following a 12-year career regarded as one of the greatest stories in NFL history.

              The Most Expensive Home in America’s Most Expensive Zip Code: 07620

              Posted by Cristin  |  October 27, 2011  |  4:39 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

              Home Stats

              30,000 square-feet, 12 bathrooms, state-of-the-art amenities

              Price

              $53,000,000

              Forbes magazine has just published their annual “Most Expensive Zip Codes in America” list, and Alpine, New Jersey tops the list. Home to Chris Rock, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Stevie Wonder and others, Alpine is located just 8 miles from New York City, making it the perfect big-city escape for those with big bank accounts.

              In Alpine, real estate is the real deal – the average listing price is an eye-popping $7,310,140. So, what does the most expensive for-sale home in the most expensive zip code look like? One word: impressive.

              Located on the only gated street in Northern New Jersey, never before has a home of this grandeur been available. Measuring in at thirty thousand square feet, the sprawling home has 12 bedrooms and bathrooms galore. Perfect for the ultimate entertainer, reception rooms and a ballroom were built with grand scale proportions. Rare woods, stone, marble and twelve foot high ceilings are found throughout. The pool house includes a kitchen and two baths, a sixty five foot pool and tennis court. For the cold New Jersey winters, the property boasts a heated driveway and gated motor court with six garages. A generator, fire compression system and the most advanced security system are just the start of  the state-of-the-art amenities. This massive estate is a “smart house” which can be operated anywhere in the world from an iPhone. Nothing like it exists in any other zip code.

                Tahoe Lakefront Glass Home Listed for $43 Million

                Posted by Cristin  |  September 26, 2011  |  12:46 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

                Home Stats

                8,694 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

                Price

                $43,000,000

                A modern, angular six-story lakefront stunner on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Nevada is on the market for $43,000,000, making it one very expensive lake house. It trails only behind the $75,000,000 Tranquility estate as the priciest property in Lake Tahoe.

                As seen in the Wall Street Journal, the home sits on an impressive half acre and boasts almost 100 feet of lake frontage, punctuated by a steel pier. After 9 years of construction, the home was completed by philanthropists Linda and David Shaheen in 2010. Built from the ground up (literally), only the unassuming garage is viewable from the street. The rest of the six-story home is built into a slope and faces out directly onto the lake.

                The listing describes the home as “architecturally significant and spectacularly engineered to maximize views.” The home has sheer walls of glass, a glass elevator and a 6-story glass stairwell to ensure that all views are accessible at all times.

                While the home is 8,694 square feet, it has only 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, but it does boast a gym, spa and some impressive living areas.

                 

                 

                  Modern Mansion on Berkeley Hilltop

                  Posted by Cristin  |  September 21, 2011  |  3:34 pm  |  Tags: , , , , ,

                  Home Stats

                  6 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 8,100 square feet

                  Price

                  $9,500,000

                  High in the hills of Berkeley, California is the opportunity to buy a home with unrivaled San Francisco Bay views. This modern masterpiece on top of the world was designed by Robert Swatt of Swatt Miers Architects. The home is situated at the highest elevation in Berkeley and Oakland, and was designed to enhance jaw dropping, 300 degree San Francisco Bay and five bridge views, including Mt. Diablo and Mt. Tamalpais. The top level of the six bedroom, three level home is essentially a complete home including a master bedroom suite, kitchen, breakfast room, living room, dining room, library and cantilvered roof terrace that dissolves the separation between interior and exterior access. Materials include elegant Halila limestone floors from a single quarry in Jerusalem, Honduran mahongany ceilings, and Japanese black rock. The master bedroom suite is separated by a nine foot pocket door. This private sanctuary includes a master bathroom, sitting/media room, office, laundry, and huge walk in closets.

                    Rosie O’Donnell Buys in the Windy City

                    Posted by Cristin  |  September 16, 2011  |  2:32 pm  |  Tags: , , , ,

                    Rosie O'Donnell

                    Chicago, IL

                    Most Known For

                    Controversial daytime talking head

                    Home Stats

                    6,000 square feet, 5 bedroom, 5+ bathrooms

                    Price

                    $2,500,000

                    Rosie O’Donnell is making a career comeback on Oprah Winfrey’s O Network, which means she needs to show up on time for work everyday. Rosie’s a long-time resident of New York City, so the only way to do that is to plant some roots and buy some high-priced property in the Windy City of Chicago, Oprah’s long-time professional home base.

                    In the 1990’s, O’Donnell hosted her own successful daytime TV show, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” for which she picked up quite a few shiny trophies at the Daytime Emmys. She moved on to a quick stint on “The View,” where she again picked up a paycheck for talking on television, and she made headlines every week by clashing with ultra-conservative co-host Elizabeth Hasslebeck.

                    Rosie had a fiery exit from “The View,” but she’s now ready to give it another go with Oprah as her boss and Chicago as her new hometown. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Rosie is under contract to purchase a stunning $2,500,000 home in the Lakeview neighborhood. She’s reportedly purchasing the home fully furnished and “as-is” from an executive at the Oprah Winfrey Network.

                    Measuring in at 6,000 square feet, the 5 bedroom, 5+ bath home is in the heart of the southport corridor in the desirable Lakeview neighborhood. The home’s outstanding features include high ceilings ceilings, extensive millwork, custom cabinetry and rich designer flare. The previous owner made massive improvements, including adding a top-of-the-line audio/visual and security system for the entire house, a home theater and a sports bar. A marvelous outdoor living area includes a massive, 2,000 square foot roof deck. Perfect for Chicago winters, the home also has a 3 car heated garage.

                      Former Marc Jacobs Rental Hits NYC Market at $23,000 a Month

                      Posted by Cristin  |  September 14, 2011  |  11:38 am  |  Tags: , , , , , ,

                      Marc Jacobs

                      New York City

                      Most Known For

                      Fashion designer of his eponymous line and creative director at Louis Vuitton

                      Home Stats

                      3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,062 square feet

                      Price

                      $23,000 a month

                      According to our friends at Curbed,  fashion designer and icon Marc Jacobs has just vacated the Chelsea penthouse rental that he’s been shacking up in since 2009. Jacobs has been renting while anxiously awaiting the completion of a full renovation of his brand-new townhome.  According to New York Magazine, Jacobs’ new home is one of six built as part of Superior Ink, the much-buzzed-about Robert A.M. Stern–designed condo project.

                      As it turns out, Jacobs wasn’t the only recognizable head to ever lay on the pillows at 252 7th Avenue.  The 2,062-square-penthouse at the Chelsea Mercantile actually belongs to former New York Ranger and current Montreal Canadien hockey star Scott Gomez.

                      If you’re interested in taking over the lease from Marc, prepare to pony up $23,000 a month (that’s $8k MORE than the $15k Marc was paying). Seem steep? Perhaps you can justify the cost, since the 3 bedroom, 3  bathroom home comes fully-furnished. It’s a classic New York City penthouse with an expansive furnished terrace, making it the perfect setting for cocktail parties.

                      The home is currently configured as two bedrooms with den, and features a full kitchen, entertainment system and sweeping city views of the Hudson and Downtown skyline. Designed with high ceilings and a huge terrace, this Penthouse feels more like a home than an apartment. The open kitchen comes complete with Subzero, Miele, and Viking appliances.

                      As if a fashion designer and clothes hound like Marc Jacobs would have it any differently, the penthouse has abundant closet space and also comes with a washer/dryer and additional storage unit in the basement. The Chelsea Mercantile is one of Chelsea’s premier full-service buildings boasting full-time doormen, concierge, valet, gym, roof deck, childrens play room, and bicycle storage.

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