By Laura Vecsey
Guess It Wasn’t a Love Match
Poison frontman Bret Michaels -- who has unleashed himself into all manner of TV-star success stories (“Rock of Love” and “Celebrity Apprentice” which he won) -- is looking to unload his California beauty. In this case, the beauty is Michaels’ $3.649 million home in Calabasas.
The rocker has listed the 6,797-square-foot abode just as he readies for a tour to support his new album, “True Grit.” The spread contains 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a courtyard and a wine cellar. He only bought the place last year, proving once again that Michaels knows how to love ‘em and leave ‘em.
Higher Ratings – Or View – For Geraldo
Television personality Geraldo Rivera is looking for a broader perspective with his new penthouse condo overlooking Central Park.
Rivera and his wife, Erica, paid $5.6 million for the 40th-floor unit that’s 2,500 square feet with 4 bedrooms, including a double-sized master suite, and 3 bathrooms. That was a good deal off the $6.25 million list price.
The couple, who have a 9-year-old daughter, own a home in New Jersey overlooking the Hudson River, and they also own another unit in the building on 89th Street, just east of Central Park.
No Blurred Lines on Robin Thicke’s Malibu Spread
With his divorce from Paula Patton settled and his home in the Los Angeles area sold for a tidy profit, Robin Thicke is moving up. Or, at least, to Malibu.
The blue-eyed crooner who’s had more than his share of drama in the past few years bought a $2.4 million estate in Malibu. The 1.7-acre property includes a 4-bedroom mid-century modern abode with ocean views and fruit trees and a 4-stall horse corral. After too much spotlight, Thicke said he just wants to chill out.
“Blurred Lines” has also meant big profits for Thicke’s collaborator Pharrell. The “Happy” singer recently put down $7.14 million for a contemporary estate in the hills above Los Angeles.
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.95 percent, up 2 basis points from the same time last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 3.82 percent last Friday, then hovered around 3.86 percent before rising to the current rate on Tuesday.
“Rates fell last week due to continued uncertainty about Greece’s fiscal situation and the Fed signaling it might wait longer than expected to raise interest rates, but recovered as negotiations with Greece continue,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Rates will likely be volatile until a deal between Greece and its creditors is finalized.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.04 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.82 percent.
By Laura Vecsey
Kesha Lists Venice Beach Home
Kesha has undergone a few changes in her life in recent months, and now it looks as if the pop singer wants to change her address, too. She has listed her modest-but-cute Spanish-style home for $1.849 million.
The home sits in the heart of Venice Beach, and while small, provides a nice little oasis away from the bustle of this busy beachside community in L.A. The listing comes just as Kesha continues her nasty legal battle against her former producer, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, who signed Kesha at age 18 and, according to her, exerted too much control.
Aikman Scores Home Sale
Former Dallas Cowboys QB and NFL analyst Troy Aikman has sold his sprawling Dallas mansion for $5.4 million. That’s a little shy of the first down he was seeking from his original list price of $5.95 million, but it will get the job done.
The 4-bedroom, 6-bath home on a third of an acre boasts an elevator, an outdoor entertainment zone and a theater with a refreshments bar suitable for kicking back with a reel of play-by-plays. Aikman won’t be homeless, though. He owns another home in Dallas and one in nearby Coppell, TX.
Presto! Vegas Magic for Penn Jillette
Penn Jillette is the jaw-flapping half of the comedy/magic team Penn & Teller and has just pulled a huge rabbit out of his hat. Or, make that, a sleek modern home outside of Las Vegas.
Jillette paid $3.3 million for a 7,800-square-foot contemporary mansion that contains 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and a whole lot of living space. His agent said that the new spread was appealing because of the indoor-outdoor feel.
By Laura Vecsey
Neverland for Sale Again
Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch is back on the market for $100 million, but this time without the carnival attractions and animals that made the King of Pop’s palace more Disney than Motown.
The 2,700-acre ranch is just north of Santa Barbara and became Jackson’s dream escape after he bought the property in 1987 for $19.5 million.
The property features some 22 structures, including a 12,000-square-foot main house with six bedrooms and attached staff quarters. There are also two- and four-bedroom guesthouses, a swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court and 50-seat movie theater with a private viewing balcony.
Supermodel Home for Sale
Cover girl Cindy Crawford and her restaurateur husband, Rande Gerber, have made a big splash in the Malibu real estate market. The couple have listed for sale a home they bought last summer and then remodeled into a sleek, new beauty.
The 1.4-acre estate is listed for $15.45 million, or more than double than the $6 million they paid last year for the 1958 abode that features a great room, gourmet kitchen, wide-plank floors and exposed beam ceilings. There’s also a private path to the ocean and a backyard that features a lagoon-style pool.
‘Gotham’ Star Makes Getaway to NYC
Det. Jim Gordon can’t possibly do his job in New York City when his house is in California. So, what’s an actor to do?
Now that he’s starring as the famous detective in the New York-based TV series “Gotham,” Ben McKenzie has listed his 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath Hollywood Hills home at $1.895 million.
The home features a master suite with a steam room and tub and a private guest house.
Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner – the former Olympian and now reality star, has purchased a home in Malibu for $3.575 million.
The 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home takes full advantage of its location and blends the outdoors and indoors. A dining room features a full-glass wall to take in the water views. To keep things comfortable year-round, the cozy step-down living room has a fireplace. The open loggia, grilling area and outdoor pool/spa area also have a fireplace.
There's also a comfortable all-white kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances and a large center island.
Surprisingly, the home is not located in the same area as some of his famous family members. Daughter Kylie found a place blocks away from sisters Kourtney and Khloe earlier this year. Kylie paid $2.7 million for her home in Calabasas. Caitlyn's ex Kris Jenner and Kim live near them in Hidden Hills.