Celebrity Abode

Throughout 2017, many of the world’s superstars tried to sell their glamorous mansions and compounds. From Beverly Hills to Florida and New York City, there was a celebrity property for almost anyone who is extremely wealthy. Here are some of the highlights from the year gone by.

Taylor Swift Restored Samuel Goldwyn’s Mansion
America’s #1 sweetheart, Taylor Swift, is one of the world’s richest celebrities, with estimated career earnings from her music, concerts, acting, and endorsements approaching $800 million. What would one do with all that money? Taylor has invested much of it in real estate with homes in New York City, Rhode Island, Nashville, and her most recent purchase of Samuel Goldwyn’s mansion
in Beverly Hills. Included in this sprawling mansion are a library-screening room, a guest suite with a private entrance on the home’s main level, a library, card room, gym, and an additional private guest apartment above the garage. The master suite has a veranda that overlooks the city lights. Outside is a swimming pool and pool house with a kitchenette and sunken tennis courts. Her home is now an official Beverly Hills city landmark.

Ellen DeGeneres’s Montecito Flip
Ellen DeGeneres is well-known for her endless energy, dancing up and down the aisles of her TV show studios, headlining numerous Hollywood award shows and her frequent charity work and performances. Ellen and her wife, Australian–American actress Portia de Rossi’s latest real estate investment and a predominant subject in Ellen’s book, Home, is an expansive house and grounds on a Montecito, California Hill overlooking the ocean and mountains and also next door to Oprah. Known as “The Villa,” it was designed by noted architect Wallace Frost after returning from Italy. Entranced by 17th century Italian villas, this was the home he envisioned and built for himself and his family, which he replicated with great accuracy. Ellen and Portia purchased the estate in May 2013 for $26.5 million and expanded it through the acquisition of two adjacent properties, which now totals 16.88 acres. The 10,500-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, eight baths, nine fireplaces, multiple libraries, a marble-wrapped chef’s kitchen, and formal rooms. An indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion was built from stone excavated on-site, with handmade iron windows. The couple also added a lap pool, a sunken championship tennis court and installed state-of-the-art irrigation, mechanical, electronic, and security systems. Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Santa Barbara, California is the listing agent.

Jackie Kennedy’s Girlhood Home
Even though she was the first lady for less than three years, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy is one of the most famous of the presidents’ wives. After spending her early years in the New York area where her father, John “Black Jack” Bouvier, was a stockbroker, Jackie’s mother, Janet, divorced John in 1940 and two years later married Standard Oil heir Hugh Auchincloss. The marriage precipitated a move to his home in McLean, Virginia when Jackie was 13. The divorce had been hard on Jackie and it seemed to make her withdraw into herself. After moving to McLean, she found solace in the home’s location with its panoramic views over the Potomac River and the lushly landscaped seven acres that she enjoyed exploring.

The 23,000-square-foot, four-level, brick-and-limestone mansion with its nine bedrooms and 13 baths was built in the classic Georgian style. Outside are terraces for dining and entertaining with a full outdoor kitchen along with various long established vegetation-enclosed garden rooms and a terrace overlooking the river. Grounds include a tennis court, indoor swimming pool with separate gym and changing rooms, and an outdoor swimming pool.

The Audrey Hepburn & Eva Gabor Estate
Located in the celebrity-infused neighbourhood of Holmby Hills, the 7,000-square-foot traditional mansion is accessed through a gated entrance down a paved drive to the motor court. The private compound includes over an acre of lawns, tennis court, swimming pool, terraces, a 700-square-foot guest house with a kitchen and a detached 1,000-square-foot staff quarters/office with living, dining, kitchen, one bedroom, and two baths. The main house, originally built in 1938 and designed by popular architect-to-the-stars Paul Williams, includes a grand foyer with focal curved stairwell, formal living room with a fireplace and dedicated library nook, dining room, family room, kitchen, breakfast room, and two staff bedrooms on the first floor. Upstairs are four bedrooms, including the master suite, totalling six bedrooms and four baths. Some rooms have glass walls overlooking mature gardens.

Marilyn Monroe - A House of Her Own
Blonde bombshell, a highly successful actress, and close friend of the Kennedy men Marilyn Monroe, starred in many of the 1950’s and early 60’s biggest box-office hits including Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Misfits. Proceeds from her films, which grossed over $200 million, would have afforded her the ability to buy almost any home her heart desired. However, she purchased only one house in her own name during her 36-year lifetime when she bought a home in the Brentwood neighbourhood of Los Angeles in early 1962 - just a few months before her overdose death from sleeping pills. She paid $75,000 for the partially furnished home; whereas her mortgage payments were only $320 a month.

Situated on a private gated half acre, the 2,624-square-foot house built in 1929 still retains all the beautiful architectural details that made it feel like home to Marilyn. Details include four bedrooms, three baths, cathedral ceilings with wood beams, a fireplace in the living room with Mexican tile surround, casement windows, arched doorways, Saltillo tile floors, a citrus orchard and her famous kidney-shaped swimming pool. Outside is a tree-shaded brick patio overlooking the pool and the original guest house.

A poignant arrangement of tiles at the front door proclaims Cursum Perficio, which when translated means “My journey is over.”
Marilyn Monroe’s beloved home, the only one she ever purchased alone, was for sale, priced at $6.9 million and sold in 2017 for $7.25 million - $350,000 above the asking price.

Text courtesy : Top ten real estate deals