By Laura Vecsey
A Sign of Better Times for Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas?
Parting ways with the past might be quite profitable for Catherine Zeta-Jones. The Welsh-born actress has listed the Bedford, NY home where she lived during her separation from Michael Douglas.
The $8.1 million brick colonial is for sale and the couple is reportedly back together.
The couple rented the 6-bedroom, 6-bath brick colonial at 541 Guard Hill Rd for about six months before buying it for $5.075 million in 2010. According to the listing, the home was recently renovated. There is a new guesthouse and a master suite with huge closets and a dressing room.
Zellweger Lists Her Connecticut Yankee Retreat
It completed her – for a little while. Now Renee Zellweger is ready to give the ultimate cold shoulder to the 1770s Connecticut country home.
Listed for $1.6 million, the historic rural retreat is set on 38 acres and overlooks the Quinebaug River in rural Pomfret Center.
There’s no roughing it in this luxurious updated farmhouse, which was re-done in 2004 and sprawls 3,463 square feet. There’s a chef’s kitchen, beamed ceilings, a family room and a swimming pool. There are also 7 fireplaces – plenty enough mantel space to hold the actress’s Oscar for her Best Supporting Actress award for “Cold Mountain.”
Klum Closes the Deal
“Project Runway” host Heidi Klum has sold her 8.5-acre property in Brentwood Estates for $24 million. Klum had bought the place in 2010 with her ex-husband, Seal, and had the place completely done over. The Mediterranean-style villa has 8 bedrooms, 10 baths and spans 12,300 square feet.
Klum bought it for $14.2 million but pumped a lot of cash into the remodel, restoring doors, windows and thresholds, designing her dream closets and adding home technology and security. She also added a master bathroom with a view of the Pacific.
The home has a motor court with a fountain, an infinity-edge pool and spa, a koi pond, a formal rose garden, a rolling lawn for golf putting and driving, a children’s playhouse and slide and “secret gardens.” And that’s just the outside.
By Laura Vecsey
Unfreezing Their Assets, Diggs & Menzel Selling in L.A.
With their impending divorce after 10 years of marriage, Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel are looking to unload their 5,000-square-foot Studio City home, listing the 3121 Oakdell Ln property for $2.995 million. The former couple bought the sleek, traditional 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom in 2010 for $2.09 million.
Menzel has had a huge year thanks to the movie “Frozen.” She voiced Elsa in animated film, and its signature song, “Let It Go,” was nominated for an Oscar.
Diggs is a stage, movie and TV actor best known for his roles in films such as “Rent” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and the TV series “Private Practice.” He and Menzel met while filming “Rent” in the 1990s.
Leona Helmsley Estate Back on the Market
After a very “taxing” history, the Greenwich, CT summer home where hotelier Leona Helmsley died in 2007 is back on the market. The new list price from the owners who bought the Helmsley estate: $65 million.
It is a house with a story – a juicy tabloid kind of story.
The completely-renovated mansion was at the center of the tax evasion scheme that landed Helmsley in jail in the 1990s, leading Helmsley to be infamously dubbed the “Queen of Mean” and quoted as saying that “only the little people pay taxes.”
The 17,493-square-foot brick estate sits on 40 acres on Round Road, one of the most famous parts of Greenwich. Among the luxuries they added to the home: a marble dance floor above the swimming pool, a $45,000 silver clock and $500,000 worth of jade art objects, according to The New York Times.
Helmsley’s estate was originally listed for $123 million, but several price cuts led to its eventual sale to the current owners, for $35 million. The 1918 estate was soon re-listed at $42.9 million, and taken off the market for the massive remodel.
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 4.08 percent, up from 4.03 percent at this same time last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate hovered around 4.10 percent for the majority of the week, peaking at 4.17 percent on Thursday before easing back down to the current rate today.
“Mortgage rates were subdued last week as ongoing geopolitical concerns and economic softness in Europe encouraged investors to buy U.S. mortgage-backed securities as a safe haven,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “This week, we expect international headlines, rather than U.S. economic data, to drive any meaningful changes to mortgage rates.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate this morning was 3.12 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.77 percent.
By Laura Vecsey
Shirley MacLaine Coming to ‘Terms’ With Her NM Estate
With a bent for all things New Age, Shirley MacLaine is looking for new signs of life outside of Santa Fe.
The decorated actress, at age 80, is parting with her beloved Plaza Blanca Ranch in Abiquiu, the New Mexico town where another great American artist, Georgia O’Keefe, spent her later years drawing inspiration from the high desert light.
Unlike O’Keefe, who spent her 90’s in Abiquiu, MacLaine wants to move into town. She has listed the whopping 7,450-acre property for $18 million – a price she said came to her following a consultation with a psychic.
The estate includes an adobe-style main house, a yurt, caretaker’s house, swimming pool, horse barn and chicken coop — all of it off-the-grid and sustainable, with greenhouses for growing food.
MacLaine has always said that the ranch was a spiritual retreat for her, but she’s now looking for a less reclusive place to hang her auras.
Buyer Found for Megan Fox’s Family Home
Megan Fox, the actress known for “Transformers,” and her husband Brian Austin Green, best known for playing David Silver on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” are looking for a new home. The couple, along with their two-year-old son and new baby, as well as Green’s son from a previous marriage, will need plenty of play room.
While they look for the perfect new house, the couple has sold their Los Angeles Mediterranean at 2271 Glendower Ave. And home it was for the pair, who had transformed it from being “very vanilla” according to the listing agent when they purchased it in 2009, into a bold, modern abode. It features large-scale wallpaper in many rooms, as well as colorful and patterned tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. The young pair also had the home fully updated with projection screens, a sound system and a home security system.
The 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom house is listed for $3.995 million.
Akon’s Home of Some Heavenly Sounds For Sale
Akon is a five-time Grammy winner, but when he’s not in the studio, the rapper and music producer is hitting some high notes on home styling.
“Lifted. Inspired. Alive. Music, the muse, beckons. The sound. The soul. The studio. This is Heaven,” the listing description states.
Akon poured some heart and soul into an extensive “white-out” remodel after he bought the place last September for $1.9 million. Now someone has offered to purchase the heavenly abode.
In other words, Akon made everything bright white in the 4,098-square-foot home, including the interior and exterior walls, the furniture, patio, pool, floors, railings and accessories.
The home had been listed $3.5 million, but for $4 million, Akon said he would throw in the recording studio equipment and all the (white) furniture.
By Laura Vecsey
Supermodel-turned-powerhouse host Heidi Klum is selling the Brentwood Estates home she bought out of foreclosure in 2010 with her ex-husband, Seal.
The Mediterranean-style villa was done over in Klum style and includes 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and more than 12,300 square feet. The 8.5-acre estate is just off Mandeville Canyon in one of L.A.’s most prestigious neighborhoods, hence the list price: $25 million.
The “Project Runway” host bought the place for $14.2 million, but then threw some major cash in to make it her own little piece of heaven.
The spread includes a motor court with a fountain, an infinity-edge pool and spa, a koi pond, a formal rose garden, a rolling lawn for golf putting and driving, a children’s playhouse and slide, ocean views and “secret gardens.”
Inside, the dining room was imported from Paris, where it was a private dining room in a hotel. The previous owner reconstructed it in the home. In the library, there is an ornate wooden bookcase that came from Napoleon’s French country home.
Golfing ‘Housewife’ Kyle Richards Scores Swinging Abode
“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Kyle Richards and her husband, luxury real estate agent Mauricio Umansky, recently paid $2.35 million for a La Quinta getaway.
The luxurious vacation home has 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and overlooks the 9th fairway of a golf course, with a mountain view beyond the cascading pool. Most important: The home is studded with 10 TVs, 28 speakers and 6 control pads – plenty of ways to watch episodes of her reality TV show.
This Hollywood Listing’s Got Legs
Betty Grable continues to be a brand name in Tinseltown as one of the big stars of the silver screen in the golden era of moviemaking. Now the star’s former home at 1280 Canyon Rd. in Bel-Air is on the market for $13.295 million.
Grable moved in after the home was built in 1937, the same year she married actor Jackie Coogan. Soon after, the couple appeared in “Million Dollar Legs” and Grable became an American icon, thanks to her pinup popularity during World War II.
After Grable moved out in the late 1940s, the home went on to be owned by a couple of celebrities, including Jaclyn Smith from “Charlie’s Angels” and Stephen Stills, of Crosby, Stills & Nash.
The home is now owned by L.A. entertainment lawyer, Schuyler Moore, according to property records for the 6-bedroom, 7-bathroom home.