By Laura Vecsey
Bruce & Rosie Snag Buyers in NYC
First, Rosie O’Donnell scored a $9 million sale on her 3,200-square-foot Greenwich Village apartment. Then it was Bruce Willis’ turn to gobble up a contract on his $12.995 million apartment on the Upper West Side.
All in all, a good December for two of NYC’s more colorful (former) residents.
Both O’Donnell and Willis had owned their respective apartments for about two years, but, for different reasons, decided to part ways with their city abodes, both of which had undergone renovations by their celebrity owners.
O’Donnell bought her pad in 2012 for $8 million after returning from Chicago, where her daytime talk show failed. However, after another big family move to New Jersey to access a school for her son Blake, Rosie decided to set up house in NYC and in Nyack, where she owned a compound of homes.
Willis, meanwhile, bought the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom unit in the El Dorado on the Upper West Side from U2 bassist Adam Clayton in 2013 for $8.9 million. But after a massive remodel, Willis and his wife, Emma Heming, found the apartment too small, so they listed and found a buyer within a week.
No word yet on where Willis will look for another NYC apartment. He and Heming have a 23-acre estate in Bedford, N.Y., about an hour north of Manhattan.
Rent Andy Garcia’s Own ‘Little Havana’ In Key Biscayne
Normalized relations by the United States with Cuba announced this week by President Barack Obama will bring an end to the Cold War-era hostilities between the two countries. For Cuban native Andy Garcia, who fled the island as a child after Fidel Castro took over, Miami has long been his second home.
Now the low-key actor who played Vincent Corleone in “The Godfather Part III” is renting out a 9,084-square-foot estate in Key Biscayne, Fla. The 4-bedroom. 5.5-bathroom property is described as having the “charming and delightful aura of a vintage Cuban estate.” There’s also a pool, dock and a master suite with a lagoon view.
Moby Scales Down in L.A.
Moby has pumped out all kinds of sample-infused electronic music over the years, but he does have other passions, including animal rights activism and … real estate. Now the descendant of Herman Melville has made another housing switch, trading a sprawling 3.31-acre Hollywood Hills compound with a castle known as the Wolf’s Lair for a smaller Tudor nearby.
According to reports, Moby sold the famous 1927-era Lair this fall for $12.4 million — possibly to graffiti artist Banksy. Moby paid almost $4 million for the property in 2010, and then spent about $2 million renovating it.
He’s now ensconced in a more modest $2.9 million home that has 4 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and opens onto some pretty nice outdoor space, including a pool with a wraparound deck.
Earlier this year, Moby reportedly sold a Manhattan apartment for just over $2 million. In 2012, he was reported to have sold a New York penthouse for almost $6 million. He has also owned a pretty interesting modern home in the upstate New York town of Carmel.
Remodeled "Ozzie and Harriet" Home Sold
The famous “Ozzie and Harriet” home recently sold for over its asking price, this time without many of the details so prominently displayed on television for years. The final price was $5.25 million.
The iconic home for more than a decade of America’s first television family was remodeled extensively for the modern household and listed for $4.995 million. The house has also shown up on “Entourage,” serving as Ari Gold’s home.
Ozzie’s wood-paneled pub still had his precious toy train and previous owners claimed it liked to run on its own. Adding to the rumor that the house was haunted, previous owners have also stated the drawer next to the sink mysteriously opened in the middle of the night, presumably for Ozzie’s midnight bowl of ice cream.
By Laura Vecsey
Ringo Starr Lists in Colorado
Fresh off selling their English estate in Surrey, Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, are looking to scale back their U.S. real estate holdings as well by listing their Colorado ranch north of Aspen.
The 15.8-acre estate located on the banks of the Roaring Fork River is listed for $3.85 million. Nicknamed the “Shoot N’ Star Ranch,” Ringo and Barbara have owned the 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom house since 1991.
According to The Sunday Times, Starr and Bach plan to divide their time between London and Los Angeles. They reportedly own a flat off King’s Road in London, and a Beverly Hills home near Jennifer Aniston’s former house.
They Have Let It Go
Idina Menzel and estranged husband Taye Diggs have sold their Studio City home for $2.555 million. The Hollywood couple called it quits on the 10-year marriage last winter amidst the heady success of the animated movie “Frozen,” in which Menzel sings the lead part that sparked endless sing-alongs in living rooms of little girls across the country.
The 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom home sprawls 5,000 square feet and had been listed for $2.995 million.
Rooney's Former Home For Sale
One of the last homes where legendary actor Mickey Rooney lived before he passed away at age 93 is back on the market for $2.495 million following a massive remodel.
The 3,200-square-foot home in Westlake Village just north of Malibu sold in April 2013 for just over $1 million, but since then, the 1976-era home has seen almost every square inch upgraded, including a state-of-the-art kitchen. The only telltale sign that Rooney lived there: A commemorative plaque and fountain on the property.
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.77 percent, down from 3.82 percent at this same time last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell steadily last week before settling at the current rate.
“Rates eased last week on Europe’s weak economic data and the unexpected rate cut from China’s central bank,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Looking ahead, with several important U.S. data reports scheduled for release, we expect modest volatility in this holiday-shortened week.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate this morning was 2.96 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.78 percent.
Lauren Bacall’s Iconic New York Apartment Just Listed
Classic Hollywood icon Lauren Bacall’s equally-iconic, long-time residence in New York is for sale following the actress’ August death at age 89.
Bacall purchased the elegant apartment in New York’s famed Dakota building after the death of her first husband, Humphrey Bogart, in 1957. She quickly wearied of the Hollywood scene and wished to move back to New York City. Bacall reportedly called her business manager and told him to cash in all of her stock. She had her eye on the Dakota and purchased the stunning apartment for a mere $48,000, an acquisition that served the actress well the rest of her life.
The uniqueness of this apartment can hardly be overstated, even for the Dakota. A private mahogany vestibule opens into the apartment, where five rooms have a combined 100 feet of Central Park views. An original fireplace is a stunning centerpiece, as are all of the original 19th-century details, including 13-foot ceilings, original pocket doors throughout the house, hard wood flooring, butler’s pantry, built-ins and a Juliet balcony that overlooks the Park, to mention a few. Having lived here since the 1960s, Bacall hardly made any changes and the original floor plan is still intact.
Other famous Dakota residents include John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Judy Garland, Roberta Flack, Connie Chung and John Madden. There are even reports of supernatural inhabitants of the building where John Lennon was killed just outside the gate. Yoko Ono still lives at the Dakota but has had trouble selling her other New York penthouse.
Pattinson No Longer Living in “Twilight”
With a new girlfriend in tow, English actor Robert Pattinson is the new owner of a two-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills.
According to Variety, the house was purchased under a trust for $2.176 million and fits Pattinson’s preferred style: Spanish Colonial. The low-slung hacienda sports vintage terra-cotta tile, wood flooring, curved archways and custom built-ins.
With this move, Pattinson further distances himself from the snag he hit in his Los Feliz home, the one he shared with Kristen Stewart until she so notoriously cheated on him. Pattinson sold that home to “Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons.
No Messing Around
Debra Messing is starring as New York Police Department homicide detective in “The Mysteries of Laura” on NBC, but in real life, she needed some new digs. With her two-and-a-half-year relationship with actor Will Chase kaput, Messing has moved on. Literally.
The actress paid $5.45 million for an elegant eighth-floor co-op on the Upper East Side. The prewar building boasts old-school style with its 10-foot ceilings and has a master suite plus three additional bedrooms.
Messing, best known for her starring role in “Will & Grace,” has been a busy real estate buyer and seller. She recently sold her L.A.-area home for $11.4 million.