By Laura Vecsey
Sisters & Doubles Partners Sell NYC Loft
Serena and Venus Williams have always felt at home in New York, where the star tennis sisters have won eight U.S. Open Championships between them, plus a few doubles titles, too. Now, just a month ahead of the 2015 Open, in which Serena will attempt to win her seventh Open in her incomparable career, the pair has sold their Fashion District loft for $2.1 million.
The sisters bought the 1,800-square-foot Manhattan loft for $1.335 million in 2005, but never did move in or decorate the mostly raw space. The one-bedroom with massive open space was purchased by Ted Wells, the attorney charged with investigating the New England Patriots’ actions in deflating footballs to optimize pressure for quarterback Tom Brady.
Alicia Offering Keys For Right Buyer
Two years after singer Alicia Keys and hip hop artist Swizz Beatz took over Eddie Murphy’s New Jersey mansion, the couple are moving on. The 25,000-square-foot home has hit the market for $14.9 million. Word is that the art-collecting parents of two young kids want even more space to display their growing art collection. Or, at least, more wall space.
Murphy’s former funhouse includes a movie theater, indoor swimming pool, two-lane bowling alley and professional recording studio. The couple previously lived in Manhattan but sold that penthouse in 2013 for $12.75 million.
By Laura Vecsey
$54M Presidential-Style Palace Once Owned By Trump for Sale
Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations are still an unfolding drama. But his development and real estate legacies are already the stuff of legend – as evidenced by the listing of Trump’s former family compound in Greenwich, CT.
The 6-acre peninsula property on the Long Island Sound has been listed for sale for $54 million. The estate served Trump back in the 1980s, when he and Ivana decamped there to raise their children. After their divorce in 1991, Ivana took possession and later sold it.
The new owners subdued the Ivana-inspired decor and added a 4,000-square-foot addition, which includes a lap pool. This goes along with an outdoor pool overlooking the Sound, and a total of 19,773 of living space that sports 8 bedrooms, 11.5 baths.
Rosie Buys Again in Florida
Speaking of Donald Trump – the real estate magnate’s favorite target, Rosie O’Donnell, has bought a Florida vacation home. This time, the comedian has opted to head back to the Atlantic side of the coastal state with the purchase of a $5.275 million home in West Palm Beach.
The 6-bedroom home 180 feet of waterfront on the Intracoastal Waterway, complete with an outdoor pool and dock. This is the third Florida home for O’Donnell, who sold her Star Island prize in Miami a few years back for $16.5 million, then owned a beachfront home in Sarasota, which she has sold.
The purchase caps a madcap few years of real estate wheeling and dealing for the former “The View” host. She has listed her Nyack, New York compound; sold a Greenwich Village condo and has now listed her New Jersey Tudor for sale, too.
Dennis Miller Gives Up On the View
Dennis Miller and his wife, Carolyn Espley-Miller, sold their oceanside mansion south of Santa Barbara, Calif., for $19 million. The couple had listed the 6,000-square-foot beauty for $22.5 million in January.
The Millers joked that they couldn’t get any work done in the house because they were either staring off into the amazing Pacific Ocean views or talking on the phone, telling other people how nice it was.
The 5-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom home includes 63 feet of beachfront and a half acre on the exclusive Padaro Lane.
Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages rose this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.77 percent, up 2 basis points from the same time last week.
The 30-year fixed mortgage rate rose Wednesday, then returned to the current rate and stayed there for the rest of the week.
“Mortgage rates temporarily rose last week after the Atlanta Fed president said interest rates could increase in September, but ended the week essentially where they started,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Mortgage rates should move lower as investors seek safety after China devalued the yuan. Friday’s Consumer Sentiment data could also move rates toward the end of the week.”
Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.96 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.83 percent.
By Laura Vecsey
Julia Roberts Selling; Hilary Swanking Renting
What do the Pretty Woman and the Million Dollar Baby have in common? Julia Roberts and Hilary Swank are giving up their Manhattan properties — though Swank is just seeking a renter for her West Village condo while Roberts wants to sell.
Roberts is asking $4.5 million for her 3-bedroom, 3-bath Greenwich Village home. Swank is looking to lease her 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom condo for $20,000.
Either way, both A-list actresses are still tied to NYC. Roberts owns another downtown residence and may only be looking to unload this property if reports of an impending divorce are true. Swank, on the other hand, is seeking a renter willing to sign a one-year lease. She’s residing in California while she’s nursing her dad back to health after a lung transplant.
Vince Vaughn Moving On
A year after buying a massive Manhattan Beach home, Vince Vaughn is looking to unload his Colonial in La Canada Flintridge in Southern California. The actor, currently starring in HBO’s “True Detective” show, is asking $5.299 million for the 5,563-square-foot home.
The 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home cost the actor $3.925 million in 2013. Vaughn, who bought a $2.375 home in Hollywood Hills last year, is also trying to sell his Chicago penthouse which is listed for $13.9 million.
Galecki Buys From Statham
“Bing Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki has purchased action star Jason Statham’s Beverly Hills home for $9.2 million. This is the same Spanish-style estate that Statham bought from Ben Stiller.
There’s little mystery as to why the 6-bedroom, 6-bath estate is a hot property. With dark woodwork, Spanish tiles, lush gardens that boast a fountain and secluded pool, this home is the perfect L.A. oasis.
By Laura Vecsey
Trump Beats Huckabee -- In Real Estate Deals
Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has dropped the price on his Little Rock house to $674,000. If nothing else, it’s proof that the former Arkansas governor is nowhere near the same ZIP code as the current GOP presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump
While Huckabee has taken some notes from The Donald on how to attract a buyer, the former governor comes nowhere near the $21 million deal Trump just made for his Manhattan penthouse.
Like Huckabee, who first listed his Little Rock home for $850,000 in 2013, Trump started off seeking $35 million for the Trump Park Avenue condo before cutting the price twice and accepting $14 million under his original list price.
Maybe Huckabee is closer to the right price now for the 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom home. Or maybe the pair of real estate sellers will trade tips on the GOP debate floor.
Yes, Sia’s New Home Comes With Chandeliers
With her hit songs and her star fully risen in the music industry, it was time for notoriously shy Sia to spread her wings and fly into a bigger, better home. Now the singer-songwriter has found the right manse in Los Angeles, settling on a $4.7 million Mediterranean Revival. The 1920s-era home is in Los Feliz and comes complete with stained glass murals, a sunken living room and spectacular city views.