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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Selling their LA House

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are selling their house in L.A. for nearly $13 million. The listing calls it a “Magnificent Hamptons-style estate on an acre with views to the Stone Canyon Reservoir.” Here are 9 things their house has that yours (probably) doesn’t…

Polished Hardwood Floors You Can See Your Reflection In:

A Theater Room with Lounge Seating

Pink & Blue Clouds (?) on the Bedroom Ceilings

A Bathroom Island

An Aspen Room That Accommodates Several Hundred

A Basketball Court and Gym

A Moroccan-Style Gazebo

Staggering 360-Degree Panoramic Views from City to Ocean

A Monogrammed Pool

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Lady Gaga's Ocean Front Luxurious Home

When I heard that Lady Gaga bought a $22 million estate overlooking Zuma Beach in Malibu, I kind of expected it to be something flashy and contemporary. I was pleasantly surprised to see it’s actually a more traditional French Provincial-style home that was designed by architect Steve Giannetti.
Steve Giannetti and his wife Brooke, who writes the popular design blog Velvet&Linen, are amazingly talented. I’ve got their book Patina Style sitting on the coffee table in my sunroom right now. So I was excited to see what he did with this house in Malibu.
His portfolio describes this project as “An Equestrian Estate overlooking Zuma Beach in Malibu that was based on a collection of European farmhouses. Construction by John Finton and interiors by Madeline Stuart.
The house was built in 2006 on nearly 6 acres. It comes with a barn for up to eight horses, a riding arena, and a number of pens and riding trails.
The kitchen has a limestone island, a Wolf range, and a terrace with ocean views.
There’s a “secret door” that leads to what the former owner called the Bat Cave — an 800-bottle wine cellar, home theater with bar, and a way cool vintage Brunswick Bowl two-lane bowling alley from the 1960s with original scoreboard.
This bedroom is in a separate guest house with a kitchenette:
Here’s how it looked when it was featured in Veranda:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tom Cruise Secretly Lists His Beverly Hills Mansion

Tom Cruise may be in the throes of a real estate overhaul. In the past year alone, he's listed three homes, including his Colorado vacation home, which asked $59 million last October, one of hisLA mansions, priced at $13 million in March, and now, his impressive Beverly Hills estate.
According to Variety, the uber-private Cruise is reportedly shopping the mansion as a whisper listing, asking $50 million for the home he and ex-wife Katie Holmes bought for $30.5 million in 2007.
While married, Cruise and Holmes used the multi-winged, seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom mansion as their primary residence, as the 1.3 acre property provided plenty of privacy for the sought-after couple.
Although it's unclear where Cruise will settle after he sells this home — he also parted with his two New york City properties in 2013-if his previous real estate holdings are any indication, it will surely be impressive. Or, at the very least, expensive.
Because Cruise's Beverly Hills mansion isn't on the open market, interior shots are not available. But we have an idea of what it looks like based on what we've seen of the A-lister's other homes, below.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne Snag $2.2M Brooklyn House

Boerum Hill has long been a favorite neighborhood for celebrities putting down roots in New York City: Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger famously settled in a house there, as did Ethan Hawke, Keri Russell, and Hope Davis, to name a few. Add to that list Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale: the couple recently snagged a three-bedroom townhouse at 453 Warren Street for just under $2.2 million, according to the Daily News. The couple, who recently co-starred in the movies Annie and Adult Beginners, had been living in the East Village; their new pad, which is technically a two-family house, has two separate gardens, an open kitchen, and laundry and storage space.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Penn Jillette Nabs $3.8 Million Las Vegas Mansion

Penn Jillette Nabs $3.8 Million Las Vegas Mansion

In late April, just when property owners were touching up their landscaping strategies, illusionist and entertainer Penn Jillette, one half of the famed Penn & Teller duo, made a major change of his own. He bought a 7,808-square-foot mansion in Las Vegas for $3.8 million – and it is outstanding!

Nothing bland is to be found in this two-story residence. Not the facade of windows that have front-row seats to desert mountain views and the famed Strip. Not the two-story great room with one – sorry two – fireplaces, and certainly not the swimming pool with the waterfall feature and adjoining hot tub. Most patios and outdoor parlors are outfitted with fireplaces and plush, elegant seating. This property has those too, but the big-screen television takes it up a notch and practically creates a bonus, al fresco great room.

But on to practical matters. Inside, the kitchen beckons from the back corner of the cavernous open floor plan, and it has enough room for guests to sit while chatting up the busy chef. There is a two-tiered breakfast counter, and beyond that a cook-top island with prepping sink. That leaves loads of free countertop space behind it, especially because the ovens, refrigerator, and other heavy appliances are installed in the walls.

The house offers five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. It sounds very nice and all on paper, but the master suite also has double bathrooms and closets, and an oversized Jacuzzi tub, plus access to a balcony, according to Zillow.

Jillette's newest acquisition is located in The Ridges, according to listing information from the Shapiro & Sher Group. While information on the house did not mention a gym, The Ridges is an uber upscale gated community with access to a top-notch, 9,000-square-foot fitness facility.

Word has it that Jillette will now list his bachelor pad of a house, which he nicknamed "The Slammer." Interesting choice of words (it is Penn, of course), and the new house is definitely a nice place to escape.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Ultra-Luxurious And Secluded Estate In Maine Can Be Yours For $9.5 Million

Ultra-Luxurious And Secluded Estate In Maine Can Be Yours For $9.5 Million

Maine gives America lots to talk about, including its seafood industry, landscape and literary hero Stephen King. But for those who need to own a getaway retreat and are up for a bargain, the Grace Estate is an option that may really get their attention. The landmark residence, along the Penobscot Bay in Maine, is on the market and offers ample tranquility and all the comforts of grand, luxurious living for $9.5 million.

Grace Estate is elegance itself, with a design theme straight from the Renaissance Revival. Set on a peninsula spanning 8.8 acres, the main residence was built in 1918, and offers virtually endless water views from almost every window. It also has 3,500 feet of shore front. Christies's International Real Estate describes it as a year-round cottage, but this is unlike any modest cottage most people have ever seen!

Of course, all houses – the well-designed ones, anyway – easily blend with their surroundings. Grace Estate is included in that group of grand homes. Its wide staircases, and tall, cathedral-like windows all seem to invite the outdoors inside, while maintaining elegance and beauty at every turn. It has hardwood floors throughout the first and second floors. It offers eight bedrooms, including luxurious master quarters with a large bay window and sitting area, and one of the house's many fireplaces. A kitchen leads to a large and fully-equipped butler's pantry, which transitions to a formal dining room that seats ten.

But Grace Estate possesses more than just inner beauty. There is, of course, an in-ground saline pool that is tucked away in a lush garden. In addition, the home has a backyard golf course with a sand trap, which offers the owner and their guests the opportunity to practice driving, chipping and putting to improve their score. If the eight bedrooms are not enough to accommodate all guests visiting at any given time, there's also a guest house on hand to offer additional space along with even more comfort and privacy.

It is no wonder that Grace Estate was once featured in Architectural Digest. Just one question remains: At $9.5 million, who is going to say no?!

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