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.
By Laura Vecsey
Beck Selling Santa Monica home
Maybe Beck has turned into a flipper. The singer listed his 4-bedroom, 4-bath Tudor after paying $2.711 million in February. The property is back on the market for $2.795 million. The home wasn’t a primary residence for Beck, who owns another place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Beck was the big winner at this year’s Grammy Awards, taking home the trophy for Album of the Year for the soothing collection “Morning Phase.”
Taraji P. Henson Now a Landlord
With a fresh Emmy nomination for best actress in a drama for her performance as Cookie Lyon in the smash cable hit “Empire,” Taraji P. Henson is celebrating in the big L.A. house she moved into last summer. But the actress is not above being a landlord: Henson’s San Fernando Valley home is on the rental market.
Listed for $3,400 a month, the 1,400-square-foot stucco home is where Henson lived for 10 years. The 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home is tidy and neat with an in-ground pool, but no one can blame her for moving on up after scoring leading roles in several successful television series. Henson’s fellow Emmy nominees include Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder"; Robin Wright, "House of Cards"; Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"; Claire Danes, "Homeland" and Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black."
Facebook Co-Founder Giving Up Lofty NYC Spot
As the new face of millennial power, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and his investor husband Sean Eldridge have received lots of attention over the past few years for their career and real estate undertakings. Now the couple is looking to sell their whoppingly-large New York City loft. The 4,100-square-foot condo at 30 Crosby is on the market for $8.75 million.
With 12-foot ceilings and a grand living room that runs almost 40-feet long, the interior space includes a formal dining room, a library and huge kitchen connected to a west wing that features 3 bedrooms.
Meanwhile, Hughes and Eldridge have other NY homes to hang their hats. They famously bought not one but two estates in two different congressional districts north of NYC to give Eldridge a chance at winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. His campaign, however, was a bust.
By Laura Vecsey
Holmes Cruises Into $25K NYC Rental
Katie Holmes has found a $25,000-a-month penthouse in Chelsea. The lease gives the former Mrs. Cruise a place to hang with daughter Suri when the two aren’t out West in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Calabasas.
The contemporary look of the 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartment is super slick and comes with a wood-burning fireplace, chef’s kitchen, master suite and plenty of outdoor terrace space, including an outdoor shower.
Her ex, Tom Cruise is making real estate moves of his own. The "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation" star is still trying to find a buyer for his Hollywood Hills home. He’s asking $13 million for the property.
Gigi Parting with NYC Home
Taylor Swift bestie and model Gigi Hadid, is selling her luxurious lower Manhattan apartment, reportedly because of a stalker. That makes her residency in the 935-square-foot SoHo abode less than a year. Her mom, model Yolanda Foster who has appeared on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, was the buyer last August, and now looks to gain about a half million dollars from the sale – if the hot NYC market fetches a full-price offer.
Joan Rivers' Penthouse Sold
Joan Rivers’ opulent Manhattan triplex has found a buyer. The late comedian’s estate fetched a full-price offer on the $28 million Upper East Side apartment overlooking Central Park.
Rivers was no stranger to over-the-top jokes and decor and likened her abode to something straight out of Marie Antoinette. The comedian once told Vanity Fair that the ill-fated French queen was the historical figure with whom she most identified, since they both had “great style.”
The gilded penthouse sprawls 5,100 square feet and has 23-foot ceilings, not to mention antique boiserie paneling, ornate fireplaces, a ballroom, master suite, terraces, a wood-paneled library and a separate 2-bedrooms, 2-bathroom headquarters.
By Laura Vecsey
Bachelor Pad For Never-Married Disick
With his July Fourth weekend breakup with long-time partner Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick isn’t lacking a place to camp out. Months ago, the father of three bought a Beverly Hills home of his own for $3.699 million. Allegedly, he was going to fix it and flip it, but in reality, the former ranch house has already undergone a remodel, including an entire second-story addition to bring the home to just over 4,000 square feet.
Not So Candidly, They’re Selling
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden may or may not be splitting up, but the star of a reality show, “Candidly Nicole” does have a new Beverly Hills abode.
Maybe that’s why the couple are looking to sell their Laurel Canyon home? The list price is $3.495 million, a tidy sum more than the $1.9 they paid in 2009 for the reimagined home with a mid-century modern vibe. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms under soaring ceilings while the outdoor area features a nice courtyard and lagoon-style pool.
Mayweather Sticking with Condo Life
Fresh off a $180 million payday, welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was “celebrating” his unanimous decision smackdown of rival Manny Pacquiao by trying to deliver a big TKO to his Florida condo.
But it looks like he’s changed his mind. Mayweather was asking $1.999 million for his condo high above Sunny Isles Beach, FL, a barrier island north of Miami. That was way underweight from the $2.599 million list price from last July.
The penthouse is a sprawling 3,020 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms.
By Laura Vecsey
Guess It Wasn’t a Love Match
Poison frontman Bret Michaels -- who has unleashed himself into all manner of TV-star success stories (“Rock of Love” and “Celebrity Apprentice” which he won) -- is looking to unload his California beauty. In this case, the beauty is Michaels’ $3.649 million home in Calabasas.
The rocker has listed the 6,797-square-foot abode just as he readies for a tour to support his new album, “True Grit.” The spread contains 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a courtyard and a wine cellar. He only bought the place last year, proving once again that Michaels knows how to love ‘em and leave ‘em.
Higher Ratings – Or View – For Geraldo
Television personality Geraldo Rivera is looking for a broader perspective with his new penthouse condo overlooking Central Park.
Rivera and his wife, Erica, paid $5.6 million for the 40th-floor unit that’s 2,500 square feet with 4 bedrooms, including a double-sized master suite, and 3 bathrooms. That was a good deal off the $6.25 million list price.
The couple, who have a 9-year-old daughter, own a home in New Jersey overlooking the Hudson River, and they also own another unit in the building on 89th Street, just east of Central Park.
No Blurred Lines on Robin Thicke’s Malibu Spread
With his divorce from Paula Patton settled and his home in the Los Angeles area sold for a tidy profit, Robin Thicke is moving up. Or, at least, to Malibu.
The blue-eyed crooner who’s had more than his share of drama in the past few years bought a $2.4 million estate in Malibu. The 1.7-acre property includes a 4-bedroom mid-century modern abode with ocean views and fruit trees and a 4-stall horse corral. After too much spotlight, Thicke said he just wants to chill out.
“Blurred Lines” has also meant big profits for Thicke’s collaborator Pharrell. The “Happy” singer recently put down $7.14 million for a contemporary estate in the hills above Los Angeles.