By Laura Vecsey
Zellweger Selling Hamptons Home
Frist she listed her historic Connecticut property for sale. Now the Academy Award-winning actress has listed her East Hampton home for $4.45 million. Located just a few blocks from the ocean, the newly-renovated retreat has 3 bedrooms, a den, 2-car garage and loft.
It’s No Joke: Jon Stewart Sets Record Sale
Comedy Central star Jon Stewart of “The Daily Show” may have been laughing all the way to the bank after he snagged $17.5 million for his lower Manhattan penthouse. The New York Times reported that it was the highest-priced sale in the city for the week.
Stewart bought the 5,800-square-foot duplex at 161 Hudson Street in 2005 for $5.8 million, but saw a whopping $3,000-per-square-foot deal close on the massive 9A/9B unit. The penthouse is inside a 1911 building that had been converted to 24 loft units in 2003. The Tribeca building has also been home to the likes of actor Jeremy Piven and former NY Mets catcher Mike Piazza.
Cumming Sells Small Abode Way Off Broadway
Alan Cumming’s penthouse studio at 7 Lexington Ave across from the Gramercy Park Hotel has sold for $762,500. “The Good Wife” and “Cabaret” star quietly owns two other properties in Manhattan, so the renovated alcove studio was ready for its final curtain. Cumming bought the property in 2011 for $580,000, but has since found a new home in the East Village.
By Laura Vecsey
Taylor Swift Shaking It Off In High Style
While native New Yorkers may have their feathers in a flap over Taylor Swift’s Big Apple invasion, you have to hand it to the savvy songstress. When she buys real estate, whether in Nashville, Beverly Hills or Rhode Island, she’s goes big and calls it home.
Swift recently purchased a Tribeca penthouse from “Lord of the Rings” movie maestro Peter Jackson. Rolling Stone made a stop at the apartment recently, now that Swift is promoting her new album, “1989,” and has been a fixture on all sorts of magazine covers and the occasional New York Knicks’ games.
Swift’s NYC digs cost her $19.95 million and leaves her no shortage of room to hang with buddies like Ed Sheeran. There are 7 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a cool warehouse-loft feel with exposed brick and overhead beams. And given Swift’s fastidious call for security, she is said to have purchased a smaller, 3-bedroom unit across the hall for her staff.
Tom Cruise, Jeff Gordon Selling Big Colorado Estates
The Tom half of TomKat is looking to unload his Telluride estate. The price is $59 million for the cedar and stone estate that the Hollywood star designed and built back in 1994.
With no wife these days, his two older children grown and daughter Suri with Katie Holmes most of the time, Cruise has little need or time for the Colorado spread.
The estate includes 298 acres of national forest land and the nearly 10,000-square-foot main residence has 4 bedrooms and 6 full bathrooms. There’s also a 1,600-square-foot guesthouse with 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths.
Meanwhile, another pretty-faced thrill-seeking star is looking to unload his Colorado ranch. NASCAR king Jeff Gordon has dropped the price of his 1,930-acre ranch in Missouri Heights, north of Aspen.
Gordon originally listed for $12.5 million in May 2013 and knocked down to $10.95 million last October. The eternally verdant land is now priced at $10.5 million. In addition to killer alpine views, one major draw of Gordon’s ranch is its ample water rights and no conservation restrictions.
By Laura Vecsey
Celebrities Picking Up Bedford, NY Properties
Now here’s a threesome: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and Bruce Willis.
Well, not completely together, but in the same tony area of Bedford, New York.
After reconciling, Zeta-Jones and Douglas have sold one Bedford area home and bought another for $11.25 million – perhaps a way for the Oscar winners to make a fresh start in a bigger, better Colonial in Westchester County, about an hour north of New York City.
How hot is Bedford? Hot enough to attract yet another Hollywood star.
Willis has purchased a hilltop property overlooking the bucolic Croton Reservoir for $12 million. The estate has 5 bedrooms, 6 baths, a pool and heated cabana. He also purchased adjoining properties that include an additional 8 acres and 2 guest cottages.
The spread gives Willis an option for when he and his family need a break from the sumptuous Central Park West apartment he bought from U2 bassist Adam Clayton.
Willis has long been a fan of country living. In fact, he owned tons of property in Hailey, ID dating back to when he was married to Demi Moore. But his new place still gives Willis room to roam: 22.32 acres on one of the highest points in Bedford.
As for Zeta-Jones and Douglas: Their new digs come in the form of a 19th-century estate that spans 15,458 square feet and includes 8 bedrooms, 13.5 baths, equestrian facilities, gardens, greenhouse, tennis court and pool.
Other famous residents of Bedford include Bill and Hillary Clinton and Ryan Renyolds and Blake Lively.
By Laura Vecsey
LeBron’s Miami Vice House For Sale
He’s definitely hot now that he’s back home in Cleveland, so what good would a luxury home in Miami do anymore for LeBron James?
Not a lot, which is why the NBA great’s waterfront home has hit the market for $17 million. That’s well over the $9 million LeBron paid back in 2010, but hey, maybe the aura of those four NBA Finals appearances gives the place added value. The home has also been finished to the hilt and staged for maximum exposure.
The concrete concoction is being hailed as the “most opulent estate in Miami” and sprawls over 12,000 square feet. There’s a huge kitchen, wine cellar, movie theater and private sun deck on the roof accessible from the master bedroom. And, this being Miami, there’s a concrete dock with ample room for not one but two 60-foot yachts.
Graceland West Hits The Real Estate Jungle
The Palm Springs residence of Elvis Presley that was dubbed “Graceland West” is heading for auction. Any offer the owner receives in the next 10 days will become the starting bid, said listing agent Jeff Egan of Keller Williams Realty.
The house, currently priced by the lender at $2.59 million, measures 5,040 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a wet bar, sauna and steam room. Many of the fixtures, decor and appliances are original.
Presley bought the home in 1970 because Palm Springs had always been a quiet place for him to escape, especially during the late summer and early fall. By ’73, after the divorce from wife Priscilla, Presley began partying with his large entourage at the property, making use of a large hot tub and 2,000-square-foot wing.
After Presley’s death in 1977, the home was sold to crooner Frankie Valli. Despite attempts to capitalize on Elvis’s legacy, the home, which has had several owners since his passing, fell into foreclosure two years ago.
Reportedly, She Went Gaga In Malibu
She may be a native New York City girl who kicked it up in Brooklyn, but this time, Lady Gaga has looked west, where she reportedly bought her first California home for $22.5 million.
And in true Mama Monster spirit, Gaga went big: The $24.95 million home sits on six acres across from Malibu’s prime Zuma Beach.
When Gaga isn’t living for the applause on the beach, she can turn to her new 800-bottle wine cellar, a home theater and the bonus: A 1960s era bowling alley.
Ted Turner Lists His S.C. Coastal Island
For the man who’s the second largest private landowner in all of North America with over 2 million acres to his name, what’s the big deal about listing for sale a coastal Carolina vacation spot of a “mere” 4,680 acres?
Well, even for Ted Turner, the CNN founder-turned-philanthropist, environmentalist and land baron, the listing of his pristine St. Philips Island comes with a few pangs.
For the past 35 years, Turner and his family and friends created a lot of nice memories on the white sand beaches, marshland and hills of this pristine oasis. But with less opportunity to get to the place – accessible only by boat near Beaufort and Hilton Head – the island is for sale for $23.777 million.
In addition to beaches, ponds, marshes and more than 1,000 acres of uplands, the property includes a 5-bedroom main house that Turner had built after he bought the place in 1979, plus a caretaker’s house. The island has its own water and power supply, complete with generator.
Despite a conservancy easement from The Nature Conservancy that restricts use of the land, there is a provision that allows for 10 additional dwellings.
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.81 percent, down from 3.96 percent at this same time last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate dropped Wednesday, then hovered around 3.88 percent for most of the week before falling to the current rate.
“Rates dropped to the lowest level since June 2013 on news that the Federal Reserve has more reservations about the health of the U.S. and global economy than expected, which in turn, may delay rate hikes,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “With little economic news planned to overshadow the Fed’s latest comments, this week we expect rates to fairly remain stable, hovering just shy of 4 percent.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate this morning was 2.96 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.70 percent.