By Laura Vecsey
Grateful Dead Bassist Selling Home
There’s nothing jam-session casual about the home of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh. The 7,900-square-foot Dutch colonial is the model of very upscale suburban sprawl. The world got a look at the 7 bedroom, 6-bathroom abode when Lesh listed the Marin County property for sale for $10.35 million.
The home is located on two acres across the bay from where Lesh joined forces with Jerry Garcia back in the Haight-Ashbury heydey of San Francisco flower power. Lesh has been keeping busy with Terrapin Crossroads, a food and music venue in San Rafael, CA that he started with his wife, Jill, and where Phil Lesh & Friends concerts go down.
Bandmate Jerry Garcia lived in Marin County at the time of his death in 1995. His home, a Mediterranean-style abode, was later put on the market for $3.995 million.
Home Flipper Don Cheadle Offloading Another Property
With Don Cheadle’s new film about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis soon releasing, the actor and frequent home flipper is hoping to be “Miles Ahead” in the real estate game.
The “House of Lies” and “Captain America: Civil War” star and his partner, actress Bridgid Coulter, have listed their Venice Beach home for sale for $2.45 million.
Located in the Oxford Triangle section of this western L.A. neighborhood, the former 800-square-foot bungalow is pretty nifty after a remodel that pushed it to 2,400 square feet, complete with rooftop deck. The look is very industrial-modern and the chic interiors are pretty cool, too.
By Laura Vecsey
Judy Blume’s Lists Key West Blockbuster
Hemingway isn’t the only great American writer to call Key West their creative paradise. Celebrated novelist Judy Blume and her husband, crime writer George Cooper, have long been drawn to the Florida key that’s the southernmost tip of the U.S.A. But just a few years after completing a marvelous renovation of her mid-century home, Blume is ready to sell. The 3,500-square-foot ranch has been listed for sale for $4.25 million.
The “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” author, who is 78, had the home featured in Architectural Digest in 2012. She has used a separate guest home on the compound as her writing studio. A self-proclaimed “houseaholic” may be ready for a new project. In 2014, she sold an adorable lake house she remodeled on Martha’s Vineyard, so she knows the drill on creating perfect homes and then sending them off for others to enjoy.
Jillian Michaels Looks To Shed Malibu Home
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels proves once again she’s no big loser. Her stunning Malibu home has been listed for sale for $9.75 million – about $3 million more than she paid. Then again, she did order up a pretty amazing renovation. The 3-bedroom, 4-bathroom home will take the breath away of anyone who gets a look at this glass-walled, beachfront beauty.
Michaels is also willing to take on a tenant, providing they’re willing to fork over $40,000 a month. They’ll also settle for a summertime rental at $65,000, complete with furnishings. In the meantime, Michaels has another amazing property nearby. The star paid about $3 million in 2014 for very cool, secluded Craftsman set on 7 acres, complete with horse barns. The year before she had put her LA home on the market.
Marvin Hamlisch’s NY Home Sells
Barbra Streisand’s favorite pianist’s New York state estate has sold for $5 million. Marvin Hamlisch owned the 4.6-acre spread in Bedford, a hilly Westchester County enclave where celebrities like Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and Glenn Close are among some of the townies.
The composer and conductor, who made his home there and enjoyed 30-mile views overlooking the Hudson River, died in August 2012. Hamlisch won three Grammy’s in 1974 for “The Way We Were” and “The Sting,’’ and continued on as conductor of the Pittsburgh Pops Symphony until his death. He was memorialized on Broadway and with a musical tribute from Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin.
By Laura Vecsey
Benji Madden Sells Bachelor Pad
Back when he was a bachelor and the frontman for the now defunct band Good Charlotte, Benji Madden went out and bought himself a nice little bungalow in Nichols Canyon in Los Angeles. That was in 2013, before the many-tattooed Madden met and married Cameron Diaz after his brother, Joel Madden, and Nicole Richie introduced the couple.
After moving into Diaz’s Beverly Hills estate, there was no reason for Madden to hang onto the past. So he sold his 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom chill house to Australian drummer Chris Cester for $1.55 million.
Olbermann Takes Parting Shot at Trump
Former MSNBC political commentator Keith Olbermann has left Trump Palace with an attack on the GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump. Olbermann has listed his Trump Palace condo for sale for $3.9 million. So what that he paid $4.2 million for it in 2007?
Olbermann said he feels a lot less “icky” about himself and feels a lot lighter now that he’s out of the Trump property at 200 East 69th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Trump, meanwhile, commented that Olbermann is just trying to get some buzz off the Trump name. Maybe. Maybe not.
Trump also offloaded an NYC apartment recently. According to the listing agent, the candidate never lived in the home in Trump Park Avenue tower. He first priced the apartment at $35 million and cut the price twice, finally getting $24.995 million for the property.
Moby Strikes Again
With a string of interesting real estate purchases in New York and California behind him, electronic music producer Moby has bought another property. This time, the Herman Melville descendent paid $3.4 million for a Tudor in the Los Feliz section of Los Angeles.
Moby must like the neighborhood – and fixing up houses. Two years ago, after selling a storied Hollywood Hills property called Wolf's Lair, Moby bought another Tudor on the same street for $2.9 million. This spate of West Coast real estate wheeling and dealing comes a few years after Moby sold a very cool, modern retreat in upstate New York.
By Laura Vecsey
Britney Spears Selling Home in Thousand Oaks
Her lip-syncin’ good show at Planet Hollywood in Vegas has kept Britney Spears in Sin City for the last few years, so it’s little wonder she’s taken some time to part with her Southern California mansion. She has listed the marble-laden estate for $8.995 million.
Located in the Lake Sherwood area of Thousand Oaks with views of the mountains, Spears’ 5-bedroom, 7-bathroom property boasts a Spanish architectural flavor and comes with a backyard fit for kids of all ages. But her children still have plenty of space to play. In October, the pop star and mother of two bought a $7.4 million, 21-acre estate, also in Thousand Oaks.
John Cusack Parting With Malibu Home
Chicago native John Cusack has owned a Malibu beach house since 1999, but the actor is looking for an out – any way he can. His beachfront home is listed both for sale and rent, at a respective $13.5 million or whopping $75,000-per-month.
By waiting a long time to sell, Cusack is sure to make a pretty profit from his California beach community home. The actor paid $2.1 million for the 4,300-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home 17 years ago.
Actor-Rapper Ice-T Lists Jersey Pad
With a new baby with wife Coco Austin and a new suburban home in Edgewater, NJ, Ice-T is looking to dispense with his New Jersey penthouse apartment. The Newark, NJ native is seeking $1.1 million for the 2-bedroom, 2-bath that shows off nice views of the Big Apple across the Hudson River.
Kathleen Turner Settles in Tribeca
A few months after selling her 3-bedroom, Upper West Side condo for $3.8 million, Kathleen Turner has found a new home in downtown NYC. The “Body Heat” actress and longtime theater star paid $2 million for her 2-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom loft. The 1899 building is a perfect NYC mix of old-school, cast-iron behemoth and sleek and slightly industrial chic interiors.
By Laura Vecsey
Brooke Shields Renting Home
It was good enough for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner to temporarily hole up in. So who will be the next tenant to occupy Brooke Shields’ well-appointed Los Angeles home? The chalet-style abode is up for grabs for $35,000 a month and while it may sound like a pretty penny, the gated home packs a generous 5,345 square feet into its secluded confines.
Set in Pacific Palisades, the home served Affleck and Garner back when they were renovating their own home – prior to divorce plans. With 5 bedrooms and family-friendly spaces for dining and TV watching, Shields’ rental is pretty enticing. Plus, there’s a blue lagoon-style pool.
Shirley Jones Rides Real Estate Carousel Again
It’s been awhile since Shirley Jones was the queen of prime-time television, but “The Partridge Family” matriarch is still looking to sell her Encino ranch. The price is just under $2 million.
While the interior is more in line with the decor dating back to the popular 70’s sitcom, there’s no arguing with the space inside this 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom ranch. It sits on just under three-quarters of an acre, which in L.A. these days is a generous lot.
Ashley Benson Lists Her Pretty Little Abode
“Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson has listed her Hollywood Hills home for sale for $2.995 million. The 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home, which once belonged to Dave Stewart of Eurhythmics’ fame and singer Kylie Minogue, is light-filled and promises fun times in the backyard, which has a pool, spa and cabana.
Zaha Hadid Leaves NYC with Lasting Memory
With her sudden death at age 65, internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid left a lasting impression on the design world. But the Iraqi-born Hadid’s passing at age 65 last week in Miami means she will not see the opening of the curvaceous Manhattan building that she recently designed.
The masterpiece, which is 11 stories of interlocking levels containing 39 condo units, sits next to the High Line urban park in the Chelsea section of Manhattan’s West Side. The iconic landmark is one of her final building designs – and sure to attract attention for years to come.