By Laura Vecsey
Maya Angelou’s Harlem Home For Sale
Maya Angelou, who passed away in 2014, bought a Harlem townhouse sight unseen in 2002 at the urging of her friends, singer/songwriters Valerie Ashford and Nick Simpson. The celebrated writer and activist then had the entire, five-story building remodeled and went on to spend many good times in her New York City oasis entertaining friends like Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
Now Angelou’s family is ready to let the home go: They’ve listed it for sale for just over $5 million. The 6,500-square-foot home features 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, including two master suites. There’s also an elevator and two fireplaces. Harlem has a lot of history, but Angelou’s time in the historic part of New York could make this home extra special to some buyer.
No Place For a Wolf!
Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf” fame has made a very human decision: He bought a $1.32 million mid-century home in Studio City in Los Angeles. The 2,318-square-foot home is a nice little spot for someone young in Hollywood. The home comes with an open kitchen, landscaped yard with lagoon-style pool.
By Laura Vecsey
Louis C.K. Slowly Taking Over West Village Townhouse
Comedian Louis C.K. and his ex-wife continue to collect apartments in their West Village townhouse. The pair just bought a third unit at 346 West 4th Street co-op. The studio is among 10 units in the 1929 building and was sold for $564,000. The pair bought their first unit in 2006 for $250,000, and in 2013 added another unit for which they paid $475,000.
Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk Looking for NYC Love Nest?
After Irina Shayk listed her West Village condo for $3.995 million in December, she and beau Bradley Cooper have been spotted apartment hunting. Shayk is eager to give up her custom-finished condo at 166 Perry Street as her relationship with Cooper heads toward one year of canoodling bliss. The Russian model is reportedly on board with Cooper’s desire to get an apartment big enough to have his mother move in with them
Malcolm in the Middle Moving Out
Kid star Frankie Muniz from the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle’’ has listed his Scottsdale, Ariz., home for $2.895 million. The 5-bedroom, 7-bath home is a pretty sweet spread, featuring cathedral ceilings, a great room and swimming pool with three waterfalls.
By Laura Vecsey
Tina Fey Doubles Up in Manhattan
Comedy writer and actress Tina Fey’s eyes must have lit up when she found out that the exact apartment above the one she already owned was up for sale. The idea of doubling the home she shares with her husband and two daughters prompted Fey to pay more than $2 million above the list price for the mint-condition Upper West Side apartment.
For $9.5 million Fey can create a duplex – providing she can sweet talk the co-op board into letting her renovate. If you know anything about New York City buildings’ co-op boards, Fey could find herself with enough material for another big screen satire.
Carole King Kissing Malibu Goodbye
Songwriter and singer Carole King is looking to part with her beachfront property in Malibu. The musician, who was recently honored at the Kennedy Center, saw Aretha Franklin perform an epic version of her hit “Natural Woman.”
The hit-maker from Brooklyn – who went West in the 1970s after scoring dozens of hits songs for others – found her paradise in California and other western states, where she has owned some properties over the years. However, she’s now looking to part with the 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home, listed for $2.295 million.
Bobbi Kristina’s Atlanta Townhouse for Sale
Known as “Krissy,” the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was found unconscious a year ago before passing away in hospice last July. Now her former home is on the market.
The Atlanta residence, a 3-bed, 3.5-bath townhome just outside the city, spans 2,600 square feet and is listed for $469,000.
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.74 percent on Monday, down 7 basis points from last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.78 percent on Thursday, then hovered there before dropping to the current rate on Monday.
“Mortgage rates fell early this week as financial markets returned from the New Year’s holiday to a collapse in Asian equities, which pushed capital flows to safe assets including U.S. mortgage bonds,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “We expect continued volatility this week leading up to Wednesday’s publication of the December Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes and Friday’s all-important jobs report.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.96 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.97 percent.
By Laura Vecsey
Kardashians Add Condo to Their Stash of L.A. Real Estate
A Kardashian real estate trust is the buyer of Century City condo.
Reports are the reality show stars’ trust paid $1.655 million for the 2,524-square-foot unit, which has two bedrooms, four bathrooms and modern kitchen and bath design. The sleek pad is located near Century City shopping and Fox Studios.
The purchase is one of several real estate moves made by the Kardashian and Jenner crew. Earlier this year, Caitlyn Jenner purchased a home in Malibu after splitting with wife Kris and Kylie Jenner moved out of the family home and snagged her own digs.
Less Is More for Terry Bradshaw in Hawaii
Terry Bradshaw is proving you don’t need to go big or go home. The NFL Hall of Famer and broadcast analyst and his wife, Tammy, have listed their 12-acre estate on Hawaii’s Big Island for $2.7 million -- but they don’t plan on high-tailing it off the Hawaiian island. They’re simply downsizing.
Earlier this year, they bought a $700,000 property, so the former Pittsburgh Steeler great doesn’t need the bigger compound. The 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home the Bradshaws have listed is pretty exquisite, with an in-ground pool in the yard which overlooks the ocean.
A-List Couple Getting Out of Hamptons’ Getaway
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are selling the Long Island cottage they’ve owned since 2007. The property, listed for $5.85 million, is located in Amagansett, just east of the Hamptons and before Montauk.
The 6,061-square-foot shingled home features vaulted ceilings, 6 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms and sits on just over half an acre. They purchased the home for $4.3 million, but the Hamptons are a scorching-hot real estate market for celebrities and Wall Street money makers, so of course it’s gone way up in value.