Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Want Easier Living in the Big Easy
Brad and Angelina are breaking up with their current French Quarter mansion, but that doesn’t mean their love affair with New Orleans is ending.
The paparazzi are never far from the mega-watt couple, and their prime location home on Governor Nicholls St. was even on the fan tour circuit. When it was Brad waving from the balcony, fans were ecstatic. But when the couple let Jonah Hill stay for a month, Hill says the fans were a bit much. “I’d get out of the car, and you could hear a collective audible sigh of annoyance when it wasn’t Brad Pitt,” Hill told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.
It stands to reason the couple is looking for something a little more private in the area. The house is on the market for $6.5 million and Pitt and Jolie are still looking for their next abode nearby.
Five bedrooms and five bathrooms, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, full laundry room and a separate two-story guest house are some of the amenities. Standout features include the Old World charm of a spiral staircase, custom marble fireplaces and mantles, Venetian plastered walls and a gorgeous balcony.
Fully renovated by Pitt himself, the home is resplendent with modern conveniences, including an elevator.
Pitt’s former homes have also been updated by the actor, including a Malibu property that he sold to Ellen DeGeneres. That home is set back from the Pacific Coast Highway behind private gates and comes with access to a sandy beach cove.
By Laura Vecsey
The Anatomy of a Sale
Unfortunately for Patrick Dempsey, life’s changes mean he must part with the Frank Gehry-designed estate. The estate he bought six years ago is on the market for $14.5 million, while Dempsey has already moved to his new Venice Beach mini-compound.
The three-acre property in Malibu is the stuff made for Architectural Digest, which did indeed feature the corrugated metal home shaped as a rhomboid – a home and garden design Dempsey told the magazine he loved.
With ocean views and raised gardens, the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home features floors made of repurposed scaffolding, a concrete sink in the kitchen and a sculpture studio. There is a nice pool surrounded by recycled wood decking, a fire pit and pizza oven.
‘New Girl’ Lists Old Home
With a baby on the way and a new $4.6 million house in Manhattan beach with hubby Jacob Pechenik, actress Zooey Deschanel has listed her half-acre, country-style estate in the Hollywood Hills that she bought from actor Mark Ruffalo.
The list price is $2.195 million for the 2,957-square-foot ranch that contains 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and a large breakfast area that looks out over lush grounds and gardens.
Deschanel may have already found a buyer for the eclectic property. The home has a sale pending.
By Laura Vecsey
An Estate Worthy of ‘Zorro’ and a ‘Working Girl’ Hits the Market
A casualty of the split between Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas is their lovely Los Angeles-area home, which has been listed for sale for $16.1 million.
The former Hollywood power couple bought the house for $4.2 million in 1999 and the following year added an adjacent lot for $1.3 million, according to public records.
The centerpiece of the property is a 15,000-square-foot Italian revival home built by the same architect who designed the Hoover Dam: Gordon B. Kaufmann. The home has 13 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and a two-story banquet hall, four fireplaces, a library and an elevator. The grounds are equally as sumptuous. The couple combined two lots to create an acre-and-a-half sanctuary complete with lawns, organic gardens and a pool.
Jersey Girl Gets a Deal
Queen Latifah’s first real estate trophy finally sold for $2.1 million. The 9.5-acre spread in Colts Neck was purchased by the New Jersey native in 2001 and it has fetched a little less than she paid. It may not matter too much to the Queen, who said she enjoyed years of friends and family fun in the home, which includes a nice backyard swimming pool.
The entertainer is still trying to sell a 2,026-square-foot bungalow in Los Angeles that hit the market last fall. The price for that little home is $1.799 million, down by $140,000 from its initial listing price.
By Laura Vecsey
Cruising For a Sale
Tom Cruise is on the move. The actor has listed his 2.75-acre villa in the Hollywood Hills for just under $13 million.
The main house has a very natural-style interior replete with wide-plank oak floors and Venetian plaster walls and a farm-style kitchen. There are three en-suite bedrooms. Meanwhile, a separate guest house has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a kitchen. The hilltop property also sports a lagoon-style heated pool with waterfall and spa.
This is not the only property Cruise has tried to sell recently. Late last year Cruise listed his off-the-grid estate in Telluride that he designed. He decided to part ways with the $59 million cedar home since he was no longer using it.
Pretty Woman Lists Hawaiian Estate
Julia Roberts is saying “aloha” to her beachfront estate in Hanalei, HI. According to reports, the property features more than 200 feet of beachfront and is being shopped for $29.85 million.
Roberts purchased the property in 2011 for $13.4 million. The “The Faye Estate” spans 2 acres and is named for the sugar plantation manager who bought it in 1915. The 3,792-square-foot home was built in 1946 and has 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
J-Lo’s Exes Selling Million-Dollar Mansions
What else do Diddy and Marc Anthony have in common – besides Jennifer Lopez? The NYC-born hip-hop mogul and the Latin crooner are both still looking for buyers for their metro New York-area compounds.
Anthony, who was married to Jenny from the Block and is the father of her twins, has just cut the price on his Long Island compound by $2.5 million to its current price of $9.495 million.
The 10-bedroom, 8-bathroom estate is located in the rolling hills of Brookville on the north shore of Long Island, about 30 minutes from Manhattan. But don’t worry about how to keep yourself entertained in the spread. The property includes a library, recording studio and professional home theater and eight fireplaces.
Anthony remarried last year to Venezuelan model Shannon De Lima and appears even more eager to divest of his U.S. real estate. Anthony also listed his 6-bedroom home in Encino, CA for sale late last year for $2.75 million.
Meanwhile, another one of J-Lo’s ex’s is also getting antsy for a sale. Diddy – who has long professed that J-Lo was one of his greatest loves in life – has put his NJ estate back on the market for $8.5 million.
Sean “Diddy” Combs’ estate includes three acres, swimming pool with waterfalls and a tennis court and putting green. Inside, there’s a theater, an indoor racquetball court and a professionally-equipped gym.
Last summer the entrepreneur reportedly paid $39 million for a mansion in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles. He is also still trying to sell a NYC condo, listed for $7.5 million.
By Laura Vecsey
Carmelo Anthony Buys New Home
Everyone calls New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony “Melo.” So it’s little wonder that the NBA star was more than mellow about finding a permanent home in the Big Apple.
Four years after being traded to the Knicks, and after a brief flirtation about moving onto a new team, Anthony and his wife, La La Vasquez, have finally bought their own place.
The $11 million crib is a complete floor at 508 W. 24th Street in West Chelsea, one of the hottest neighborhoods in the city these days thanks to the popularity of the High Line park and all the galleries, restaurants and shops.
Melo’s double unit is in a 10-story boutique building and is modernly designed with oversized windows, walnut and Calacatta gold marble chef’s kitchen and wood-burning fireplaces. Building amenities include private storage, a bike room, a shared courtyard with a gas grill and a gym – the perfect place for the ailing Knicks’ star to rehab his knee.
No Blurred Lines on This L.A. House Sale
For a man with some big hits in the past year, singer-songwriter Robin Thicke has been down on his luck lately. He got publicly shamed and divorced from his longtime love, actress Paula Patton, then was ordered to pay $7.4 million in damages for ripping off Marvin Gaye’s hit song “Got To Give It Up.”
But, finally, something good is happening for the 38-year-old entertainer. According to the Los Angeles Times, Thicke collected $4.9 million for the sale of his Hollywood Hills house, which was about $2 million over the $2.985 million list price.
The 3,158-square-foot home with super-high ceilings and other architectural details was first bought by Thicke’s father, Alan, in 1990 for $910,000. Located in the Bird Streets area, the Spanish-tiled home is a 1965 classic.
Jonah Hill Jumping From Howard Street in NYC
Jonah Hill is trying harder this time to shed his Soho pad. The “Wolf of Wall Street” actor has listed his classic New York loft apartment for $3.5 million, down from the price Hill originally sought for the 2,000-square-foot unit in the summer of 2014.
The apartment is currently configured as a huge one bedroom. It’s so big, in fact, that Hill has a piano located across from the king-size bed. The apartment has its original, century-old hardwood floors, plus exposed brick walls and marble bathrooms. It’s been renovated with a gourmet kitchen, central air conditioning and a washer-dryer.