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The English born star, winner of two Academy awards and known for her style, extravagance and husbands, is the owner and resident of these stunning American mansions:
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
The 7,172 sq ft home has six bedrooms and bathrooms, multi-car garaging, stunning gardens and swimming pool.
Miami Beach, FLORIDA
Situated right on the waterfront on the suitably named Star Island Drive, the residence, complete with lush gardens, tennis court, pool and private jetty, is 9,364 sq ft and has seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. Fit for a Queen of the Silver Screen.
(images courtesy of Microsoft Earth)
Whatever level of real estate, at whatever price, there are still numerous stories of people that, whilst not necessarily “doing it tough” are still struggling to find success in the current real estate market.
The world’s greatest ever tennis player, Pete Sampras (based on Grand Slam titles I must add, before I get heaps of corrections!), recently sold his 10,000 square foot mansion in Beverly Hills, California for $2 million USD less than the $25 million USD he was looking for when he put it on the market in January 2008, having paid $8.3 million USD for the six bedroom property in December 2001.
For those interested, the property has six bedrooms, 12 bathrooms as well as its own guest house, gym, tennis court, and theater.
When most houses in the UK are losing value one home is actually increasing at an enormous rate. This house is the former home, and indeed the birthplace of soccer mega-star David Beckham, the property which should have a price tag of about £250,000 based on the local Leytonstone, East London market.
The three bedroom house, however, has been listed for sale for a staggering £850,000 and an offer of one million pounds has allegedly already been offered by an Australian collector of Beckham memorabilia.
If every property that Beckham ever lives in should turn to gold, imagine the huge theoretical increase in value to David and Victoria Beckham’s current home on San Ysidro Drive in Beverly Hills California, which they purchased for $18.2 US in 2007. (image courtesy of Microsoft Virtual Earth)
It may not be too long until Barack Obama and his family call the White House in Washington their home. Until then, however, they’ll be making do with their property in Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois which was purchased in 2005 for $US1.65 million.
The existing owner, real estate developer Jane Popple, is hoping that that the prospect of owning a prospective President’s home will tip the balance in achieving a great price and indeed buck the current trend in a tough market.
The house in North Central Phoenix, which is certainly fit for a long-term Senator, 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and a seven-car garage.
The home was Cindy McCain’s childhood abode and she and John McCain called it home for 20 years. Having purchased the property in 2006 for $US3 million, a $US9 million profit in current conditions would certainly be something of Presidential proportions. Will the result of the auction campaign mirror the Republican Candidate’s presidential campaign? We’ll know soon enough.
Comedian and actor Kelsey Grammer has listed an English Country-style estate in Malibu’s Serra Retreat for $US19.9 million, having bought the property with his wife Camille last year for $US13.7 million.
The “Cheers” and “Frasier” star, five time winner of an Emmy Award, is hoping to defy the current lackluster real estate market. Whilst he plans to keep his home in Hawaii, his Malibu mansion that has just been listed is 10,567 square feet and features features seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms and seven fireplaces.
There are beamed ceilings, Palladian-style French doors, his-and-her bathrooms in the master-suite and a media room with integrated bookshelves and bar. The home is nestled behind high hedges, and there is a large motor court with covered parking for four cars. A vine-wrapped covered terrace overlooks the swimming pool.
With the news that Shadow Treasurer, Malcolm Turnbull, the Member for Wentworth, has purchased three investment properties on his door step, could there be much better confirmation that now is a good time to be investing in real estate?
A clear sign of Mr Turnbull and his wife, former Mayor of Sydney Lucy Turnbull, have every confidence in the real estate market, between them they have purchased two commercial properties and one residential in Potts Point, in the Eastern Suburbs in Sydney and incidentally Marquette Turner’s HQ.
These details were tabled in the changes to the register of MP’s interests in Federal Parliament on Thursday 26 June.
To update you on a story recently posted by Marquette Turner, Donald Trump’s $US100 million Palm Beach property has reportedly been purchased by Russian billionaire, 41 year old Dmitry Rybolovlev. Rybolovlev, who is ranked number 58 by Forbes in the World’s Rich List, is Chairman of the Russian chemical’s company UralKali.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, despite the magnificence of the mansion, Rybolovlev plans to demolish the 33,000 sq foot property – clearly the purchaser sees the value in the size of the estate (6.5 acres), including 475 feet of frontage on the Atlantic Ocean.
Perhaps Trump could have perhaps made a greater return if he’d have demolished the property himself two years ago rather than making the cosmetic renovations during the hotter market.
Nicole Kidman is selling $24 million of prime Australian real estate as she prepares to set up home in Nashville.
The expectant mother and country-music star husband Keith Urban, are selling her $20 million Sydney villa and a $4 million beachfront retreat on the NSW south coast.
With the properties on the market, there is speculation they will buy a property on Sydney’s North Shore to escape the paparazzi, whilst also being near to her parents’ home and to her sister, Antonia.
The villa at Darling Point was her Sydney home with former husband Tom Cruise. She received it in their divorce settlement.
Kidman has visited her 3000sq m country retreat, 20km south of Batemans Bay, only a handful of times since buying it in 2004.
What do Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, and Francis Ford Coppola have in common besides directing? They are all hoteliers.
Web site ProfessionalTravelGuide.com has come up with a list of the world’s top nine celebrity-owned resorts where the celebrities lay out the red carpet.
The 5,000-acre resort at the base of Mount Timpanogos hosts musicals six times a week in summer, shows screenings of indie films and documentaries, and offers art classes.
Branson’s private island resort is one of the Caribbean’s most exclusive and expensive retreats where guests rent the entire island at a cost starting from US$23,500 per night. Its sister property comes No. 7 in this list.
Located 3 kms out of town, this luxury resort with 18 rooms skirts a palm-studded beach. It is a chic beach counterpart to the jungle-bound Blancaneaux, listed No. 5 in this list, which is also owned by Coppola. Guests will often book partial stays at both.
Founded in 1852, the property was a declining middle-grade house until its 1996 reincarnation as a posh 50-room boutique hotel. Across the river from The Morrison, this hotel is partly owned by impresario and venture capitalist, Bono, the frontman for the rock band U2, but his interest is purely profit.
Located 130 km southwst of Belize City, in the hard-to-reach foothills of the Mountain Pine Ridge National Park, guests can sip cocktails in a bamboo bar or play croquet on the velvety lawn amid lush foliage.
Located on the Carmel River facing extensive wetlands, this resort has a reputation as an unpretentious and affordable retreat which continues to thrive under the guidance of owner Clint Eastwood. He converted a working ranch into this unique farm-style hotel. Local craftsmen replicated the original woodwork and iron hardware during restoration.
At $2,400 a night, the Ulusaba Game Reserve on the banks of the Mabrak River is a place to relax after a long day of safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Just six blocks east of the ocean, this Carmel landmark has been successfully owned and operated by Doris Day and her son Terry Melcher for nearly three decades. Pet friendly — with dogs parading and playing in all public areas — this 1929 Moorish Mediterranean landmark property is for travellers and their four-legged friends.
Owned by singer Gloria Estefan and producer and husband, Emilio Estefan Jr., this 1939 art-deco hotel is a frequent backdrop for celebrity sightings, and its popularity with Cubaphiles and salsa fans.
Take your pick as to where you start on the list – you are likely to be pampered regardless.
Donald Trump has sold the Palm Beach estate he bought for $US41.35 million in 2004 for $US100 million.
The lowdown of what the buyer is getting for their money:
- 6 acres
- 475 feet of oceanfront
- 62,000-square-foot home with nine bedrooms
- Media room
- Wine room
- Art gallery
- 4,100-square-foot conservatory
- Two guest houses
- 48-car garage
The 80,000-square-foot property at 515 N. County Road sits on 6 acres and has 475 feet of unobstructed oceanfront, making the price per linear foot $210,526.
The deal reflects the still-booming mansion market in Palm Beach, a market seemingly immune to the gyrations in the residential real estate industry.
The unnamed buyer is considering tearing down the recently remodeled mansion and possibly subdividing the property, according to sources. Although bulldozing an 80,000-square-foot luxury estate might seem bizarre for the average homeowner, it’s nothing new for ultra-rich buyers willing to pay huge sums for precious oceanfront property.
Trump paid the fire-sale price of $41.35 million for the estate in 2004. He bought it from bankrupt Abe Gosman, a former health-care magnate and Palm Beach philanthropist, then poured $25 million into a renovation overseen by Kendra Todd, winner of the third season of Trump’s TV show The Apprentice. The redo resulted in a 62,000-square- foot mansion with nine bedrooms, a ballroom, a conservatory and a 48-car garage.
But as proof that even the super-rich are not completely immune to the whims of the market, Trump did have to come down from his original asking price of $125 million.
When he put the estate up for sale in October 2006, it was the most expensive property listed for sale in the United States at the time. The part-time Palm Beach resident, owner of Mar-a-Lago, only recently dropped the price to $100 million.
It’s been more than two decades since Elle Macpherson called Australia home, but The Body is reportedly bound for the beach after putting her plush London property in Notting Hill on the market last week.
British newspaper The Mail on Sunday has claimed the model businesswoman will this year trade the hectic London pace for the quieter hum of Sydney’s stunning Harbour and beaches.
While she has resided in London for 10 years, Macpherson bought her current house – a luxury seven-storey estate estimated at $16 million – in 2006, following her split with partner Arpad “Arki” Busson.
Macpherson converted part of the house into an office space, from where she runs her successful lingerie business – Intimates.
But, despite its custom-made creature comforts – Macpherson was also said to have added a swimming pool, a gym and a ballroom to the property after she purchased it – The Body is on the move.
With her sons, Macpherson revelled in the laid-back surrounds of the Northern Beaches over Christmas – spending her days taking surfing lessons, eating at cafes and rubbing bronzed shoulders with locals on the sand.
Mukesh Ambani, head of India-based petrochemical giant Reliance Industries, and the fifth richest man in the world, is having a 27 floor skyscraper home built in Mumbai for approximately $2 billion.
Forbes estimated Ambani’s net worth at $43 billion in March. Reliance Industries was founded by Mukesh’s father, Dhirubhai Ambani, in 1966, and is India’s most valuable firm by market capitalization. Mr Ambani and his wife, who have three children, currently live in a 22-story Mumbai tower that the family has spent years remodeling to meet its needs.
Like many families with the means to do so, the Ambanis wanted to build a custom home. They consulted with architecture firms Perkins + Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates, the designers behind the Mandarin Oriental, based in Dallas and Los Angeles, respectively. Plans were then drawn up for what will be the world’s largest and most expensive home.
The architects and designers are creating as they go, altering floor plans, design elements and concepts as the building is constructed.
Nine elevators dot the lobby floor: Two are designated for parking areas, three for guest quarters, two for the Ambani family residences and two for service. The lobby opens to numerous lounges, reception areas and powder rooms. Dual stairways lead from the lobby floor down to the ballroom, which is designed in an open layout with a two-story roof.
The most striking features of the Antilla ballroom are the crystal chandeliers that will take up approximately 80% of the ceiling. The silver stairways lead to a central landing, behind which two retractable doors can open to display works of art. There is also a stage for entertainment or speeches, with a projection screen behind it. A kitchen, about the same size as the ballroom itself, can service hundreds of guests.
Ambani’s home features countless lounges, offering Reliance Industries guests a quiet escape. Chandeliers and mirrors are a common feature of these rooms, as are finely woven Indian area rugs.
Each space and floor uses materials not seen anywhere else. The idea is that spaces will blend into one another, giving the impression of consistency and flow, while at the same time displaying different influences and traditions. This furniture, floors, lines and dark woods of this lounge have a more minimalistic approach than the home’s other lounges.
The indoor/outdoor health level features a lap pool and Jacuzzi that take in views of the city skyline, as well as lounge chairs shaded by trees. Yoga and dance studios, changing rooms for men and women, gyms and a solarium with a juice bar fill out the interior space. There are plans to include an ice room in the center space, where the Ambanis could sit on a hot Mumbai day to cool off in a man-made snow flurry.
It’s very common in large homes to have a theater or screening room, but usually they’re just large projection screens with a few nice seats. The Ambani’s theater is more like those seen in George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch or Frank Pritt’s Portabello Estate–a full-fledged theater, indistinguishable from a cinema. A wine room, snack bar and entertaining space, including couches and tables, fill out the room.
One of Antilla’s key design themes is the mix of lavish features seen in worldwide homes and elements that are distinctly Indian. The Gingko-leaf sink designs are a good example. Native to India, the leaves in the sinks are shaped in such a way that their stems guide water into the bowl created by the basket of the leaf.
The first six floors of the residence will be dedicated to parking for the Ambani family, guests and employees. Hanging vertical gardens dot the exterior. While they make for good decoration, their key function has to do with energy efficiency: The hydroponic plants, grown in liquid nutrient solutions instead of soil, lower the energy footprint of the home by absorbing heat and sunlight and providing shade that helps keep it cool.
The top floor features a covered, outdoor entertaining space with panoramic views of the Mumbai skyline as well as the Arabian Sea. On those days when it’s too hot, or cold, an interior space with floor-to-ceiling windows provides the same luxury.
East Hampton, New York
Net Worth: $3 billion
Called Quelle Farm, Steven Spielberg’s 12-acre summer retreat sits on Georgica Pond, the A-lister playground of such stars as Calvin Klein. The Hollywood kingpin and his wife play host to a retinue of top stars and their families each summer, the Clintons and Gwyneth Paltrow and her brood among them.