Real Estate News – Michelle Pfeiffer, Bernie Madoff & Kathie Lee Gifford

Kathie Lee Gifford ‘s Key Largo mansion that she bought in 1998 with husband Frank Gifford is for sale

New Homes Roar In March”
While March weather was rough throughout much of the U.S., new home sales surged up 4 percent. Much of the gain was in the western U.S. where sales were up over 28 percent. New home sales for the first three months of 2018 are up 10.3 percent from 2017 to a median price of $337,200.

“Bernie’s Old Beach House”
Bernie Madoff’s former Hamptons beach house is for sale at $21 million. Madoff bought the Montauk home in 1980 but lost it in 2009 when the U.S. bankruptcy court seized it. In addition to the 3,000-square-foot home and 180 feet of beachfront, much of the home’s value is due to its location on the sand which is no longer permitted for new construction. The new owners paid $9.4 million for the home in 2009, added a pool and renovated much of the home. Continue reading “Real Estate News – Michelle Pfeiffer, Bernie Madoff & Kathie Lee Gifford”

America’s Most Expensive Home Is Cheaper

“Come on! This is f—ing nuts, right?” asks developer Bruce Makowsky as he stands on a deck with a 280-degree view of Los Angeles

A Southern California home with helicopter, candy wall and alligator-upholstered elevators was $250 million but is now on sale at $188 million and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

“America’s Most Expensive Home Is On Sale”

Back on the market and now on sale after the first buyer pulled out of his contract, last year’s most expensive U.S. home is now at third place in the highest-price pecking order with a 25% reduction from $250 million to $188 million. Continue reading “America’s Most Expensive Home Is Cheaper”

“Kathie Lee’s Key Largo Mansion”

‘Today Show’ host Kathie Lee Gifford is asking $10.5 million for a Key Largo, Florida home that she bought in 1998 with husband Frank Gifford

‘Today’ show host Kathie Lee Gifford is asking $10.5 million for a Key Largo, Florida home that she bought in 1998 with husband Frank Gifford. In a club neighborhood that has everything from a choice of dog parks to golf and medical care, it is surprising that Kathie ever goes back to her New York TV job.

Located in the Ocean Reef Club at the northernmost part of Key Largo, Kathie’s home is convenient to Miami, Coconut Grove and exploration of the Florida Keys. A small island community unto itself, the Ocean Reef Club has been an exclusive getaway for the wealthy since its inception in 1948 as a fishing camp until it became the Ocean Reef Club in 1993. Today, it is home to two 8-hole championship golf courses, a tidal swimming lagoon and pool, a marina, fire station and fully staffed medical center. There is also a landing strip, a flying club, restaurants ranging from casual to formal and specialty shops. Pet owners have access to two dog parks – one for dogs under 25 pounds and the other for larger dogs. A veterinarian is also on hand.

At 11,400 square feet of air-conditioned space, not counting the large screened and open areas for outdoor entertaining, the three-level house has eight bedrooms and eight baths with a main floor master suite, an elevator or stairs to the upper levels, a large and airy great room that opens seamlessly to a screened terrace with pool and spa and an outdoor kitchen convenient for romantic waterside dining. There is a custom kitchen with pantry, media room, private gym, formal dining area and multiple casual dining locations throughout. There is a five-car garage, fire pit, boat dock and space to entertain large groups, but the pièce de résistance is the stunning sunset views across Card Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.  Kathie Lee often talked about the sunset views on the ‘Today’ show, also where the home was seen in 2013 when she did a remote broadcast from the estate.

With her children now grown and with careers of their own, Kathie Lee Gifford is selling her Key Largo waterfront vacation home, priced at $10.5 million. The listing agent is Roberta Watson of Watson Luxury Properties, Coral Reef Club, Key Largo, Florida.

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Two of North America’s Most Spectacular Homes

A home that the listing agent describes as possibly the most spectacular waterfront property in North America, and a $50 million mansion in Mexico are for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

“Lake Tahoe Contemporary”

One of the world’s deepest Alpine lakes, Lake Tahoe straddles the California – Nevada state line offering prime water, mountain and forest views, hiking and ski resorts that attract wealthy home buyers. Especially to the friendly-tax Nevada side such as Incline Village. As exhilarating or laid back as Incline Village is today, the town has attracted adventurers since the Gold Rush days when Mark Twain lived there as a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise writing about the area’s mining boom. Continue reading “Two of North America’s Most Spectacular Homes”

President Donald Trump bought his first mansion at age 35

“Donald Trump’s First Mansion Returns”

Although the word “replay” is mostly used to describe a repeat of a play video in sports, it occasionally applies to real estate that has been pulled from the market after a long run without selling and then reintroduced at a later date. Such is the case with President Trump’s first mansion that was his entry into owning a string of some of the most glamorous homes in the world. Continue reading “President Donald Trump bought his first mansion at age 35”

“Basic Instinct Love House For Sale”

Top 10 Real Estate News Stories – Celebrity Homes & More

The Carmel-by-the-Sea home where Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone hooked up in the 1992 ‘Basic Instinct’ movie thriller is for sale at $16.995 million. The 16-room, 12,000-square-foot home on two acres features Pacific Ocean views, two kitchens, domed library and a soda fountain. In another connection to fame, a former owner was Steve Fossett who disappeared in 2007 after setting a number of land and sea speed records including the first person to fly nonstop and solo around the world in a hot air balloon. Continue reading ““Basic Instinct Love House For Sale””

Play Ball at Cal Ripken’s Major League Mansion – Going To Auction

“Live Like Baseball’s Iron Man”

With Major League Baseball’s spring training underway in Florida and Arizona, some lucky fan with deep pockets has the chance to get an all-star deal on the home of Major League Baseball’s all-time record holder for most consecutive games played. Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr.’s palatial 24-acre estate in Reisterstown, Maryland will go to absolute auction with no reserve on May 12th. Continue reading “Play Ball at Cal Ripken’s Major League Mansion – Going To Auction”

Celebrity Homes – Suzanne Somers Big Palm Springs Home Auction & Polo Time In Palm Beach

Suzanne Somers’ Palm Springs compound going to auction and polo time in Palm Beach are featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

“Suzanne Somers Big Auction” Continue reading “Celebrity Homes – Suzanne Somers Big Palm Springs Home Auction & Polo Time In Palm Beach”

“This Week’s Top 10 Real Estate News”

An undated photo of the house, under construction. Courtesy of Paul Wegener

“America’s Safest House”
An Atlanta home for sale at $14.7 million is being advertised as one of the safest homes in the United States. The 36,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom home was built with its own water-supply system, a 5,000-square-foot command center hidden behind a waterfall and doors that can withstand heavy machine-gun fire. A car gallery, art museum, vault, gun range, 15 baths and a bowling alley are also part of the package. Continue reading ““This Week’s Top 10 Real Estate News””

Celebrity Properties

Throughout 2017, many of the world’s superstars tried to sell their glamorous mansions and compounds. From Beverly Hills to Florida and New York City, there was a celebrity property for almost anyone who is extremely wealthy.

“Taylor Swift Restores Samuel Goldwyn Mansion”

America’s #1 sweetheart, Taylor Swift, is one of the world’s richest celebrities with estimated career earnings from her music, concerts, acting and endorsements approaching $800 million. What to do with all that money? Taylor has invested much of it in real estate with homes in New York City, Rhode Island, Nashville and her most recent purchase of Samuel Goldwyn’s mansion in Beverly Hills. Included are a library-screening room, a guest suite with a private entrance on the home’s main level, a library, card room, gym and an additional private guest apartment above the garage. The master suite has a veranda that overlooks the city lights. Outside is a swimming pool and pool house with kitchenette and sunken tennis courts.

Goldwyn (1879-1974) founded award-winning Goldwyn Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Productions – now known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with the famous roaring lion head logo. In recognition of Goldwyn’s historical contributions to the film industry, Taylor sought and achieved landmark status for her new home to ensure its preservation for future generations of movie fans. Her home is now an official Beverly Hills city landmark.

Since purchasing the home in 2015, Swift has worked closely with architects to bring the estate back close to its condition that existed in 1934 when it was built for Goldwyn and his wife, Frances. The home was a neighborhood destination for many of the era’s Hollywood stars including Clark Gable and Charlie Chaplin and used by Sam as collateral for several of his films including Wuthering Heights and his 1946 Oscar-winner The Best Years of Our Lives. After he died in 1994, the home stayed in the Goldwyn family for over 80 years until Taylor purchased it from the estate of Goldwyn’s son for $25 million.

“Ellen DeGeneres’s Montecito Flip”

Ellen DeGeneres is well known for her endless energy dancing up and down the aisles of her TV show studios, headlining numerous Hollywood award shows and her frequent charity work and performances. In her spare time, Ellen is by far the #1 celebrity home flipper leaving her competitors such as Jennifer Aniston, Meg Ryan and Diane Keaton in the leftover construction dust.

Ellen and her wife, Australian–American actress Portia de Rossi’s latest real estate investment and a predominant subject in Ellen’s book, Home, is an expansive house and grounds on a Montecito, California hill overlooking the ocean and mountains and also next door to Oprah. Known as “The Villa,” it was designed by noted architect Wallace Frost after returning from Italy. Entranced by 17th-century Italian villas, this was the home he envisioned and built for himself and his family, which he replicated with great accuracy. Ellen and Portia purchased the estate in May 2013 for $26.5 million and expanded it through the acquisition of two adjacent properties, which now totals 16.88 acres. The 10,500-square-foot home includes six bedrooms, eight baths, nine fireplaces, multiple libraries, a marble-wrapped chef’s kitchen and formal rooms. An indoor-outdoor entertaining pavilion was built from stone excavated on-site with hand-made iron windows. The couple also added a lap pool, sunken championship tennis court and installed state-of-the-art irrigation, mechanical, electronic and security systems. Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Santa Barbara, California is the listing agent.

Ellen’s 1930’s Italian villa is for sale; originally priced at $45 million, it has been reduced to $39.5 million.

Photo credit: Jim Bartsch

“Johnny Carson’s Longtime Beach Home”

Unequaled late-night talk show host Johnny Carson was a standout among entertainers, to which his 30-year longevity on air is testament. Though three preceded him in the genre: Arthur Godfrey, Steve Allen and Jack Parr, it was Carson who became – and still is – the icon of late-night talk shows. He sent Americans to bed each night with a smile on their faces and was instrumental in boosting the careers of many entertainers we still enjoy today including Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Roseanne Barr, David Letterman and Jay Leno.

After he moved his show from New York City to Burbank in 1972, Carson loved to play golf and for a number of years owned a home in Bel Air. However, in the mid 1980s he bought a four-acre, cliff-top home above the celebrity-studded Point Dume community in Malibu overlooking the Pacific Ocean where he lived with third wife, Alexis, until his death in 2005. The house, designed by architect Ed Niles, is a study in wood beams, glass and indoor landscaping that blurs the line between indoors and out. On the grounds are championship tennis courts with a pavilion that has two bedrooms, kitchen, gym and locker room, a waterfall and koi pond, and another separate guest house. After Carson’s death in 2005, Alexis continued to live there for two more years before selling to film producer Sidney Kimmel and his wife, Caroline. The Kimmels restored it to its original plan and have recently put it on the market for $81.5 million. Chris.Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker, Malibu West, California is the listing agent.

“Elvis And Priscilla Presley’s Palm Springs Honeymoon Love Nest”

Elvis Presley met Priscilla in Bad Nauheim, Germany in 1959 during his service in the Army when she was only 14-years-old, the daughter of an Army officer and his wife who had taken Priscilla with them to a party at Elvis’s home. Although she was only 14, Elvis couldn’t get her out of his mind and their budding relationship turned into a marriage proposal just before Christmas in 1966 – seven years later. They were married at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas in May, 1967. Elvis leased The House of Tomorrow as their honeymoon house on a one-year lease for $21,000 and their child, Lisa Marie, was born exactly nine months later. The home was designed by modernist architect William Krisel and featured in a 1962 Look magazine article as “The House of Tomorrow.”

Futuristic even for today, the mid-century-modern round house is on the market with walls of glass overlooking a secluded pool terrace and views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and the Coachella Valley. The 5,000-square-foot house has five bedrooms and five baths and comes with 1.16 acres of land with private garden, tennis court and orchard in addition to the swimming pool. Mary Kay Nibley of Rodeo Realty, Beverly Hills, California is the listing agent.

Now for sale at $5.9 million, the House of the Future is also well-known as the honeymoon hideaway of the King of Rock ‘n Roll which he leased in 1966-1967.

“Jackie Kennedy’s Girlhood Home”

Even though she was the first lady for less than three years, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy is one of the most famous of the presidents’ wives. After spending her early years in the New York area where her father, John “Black Jack” Bouvier, was a stockbroker, Jackie’s mother, Janet, divorced John in 1940 and two years later married Standard Oil heir Hugh Auchincloss. The marriage precipitated a move to his home in McLean, Virginia when Jackie was 13. The divorce had been hard on Jackie and it seemed to make her withdraw into herself. After moving to McLean, she found solace in the home’s location with its panoramic views over the Potomac River and the lushly landscaped seven acres she enjoyed exploring.

The 23,000-square-foot, four-level, brick-and-limestone mansion with its nine bedrooms and 13 baths was built in the classic Georgian style. Outside are terraces for dining and entertaining with full outdoor kitchen along with various long established vegetation-enclosed garden rooms along with a terrace overlooking the river. Grounds include a tennis court, indoor swimming pool with separate gym and changing rooms and an outdoor swimming pool.

Jackie slowly started to blossom at Merrywood and attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After college, she went to work for the Washington Times Herald as a roving reporter. In 1952, she met Congressman John F. Kennedy and they were married in 1953 after he had been elected as United States senator from Massachusetts. Living at Merrywood was the catalyst that put Jackie Kennedy in the right place at the right time to eventually become the 35th first lady of the United States.

Historic Merrywood estate, home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis during her teen years, was listed for sale asking $49.5 million in June 2017 and sold in July 2017 for $4.25 million.

“Jane Fonda’s Stunning Contemporary”

From Vogue cover model, dance teacher, acclaimed Hollywood and Broadway actress and war protester to selling over 17 million exercise videos, Joan Fonda shows no signs of slowing down. She has owned and lived in many beautiful homes over the years from her New Mexico ranch where she lived in jeans and cowboy boots to her sleek and sophisticated home in the Beverly Hills Trousdale Estates which she put on the market in 2017.

The 7,100-square-foot home’s glass walls, glass elevator and multiple covered and open terraces create indoor/outdoor living spaces to enjoy sweeping canyon and ocean views. Though very sophisticated in its contemporary design, the home is warm and inviting with multiple spaces for entertaining. In addition to the outdoor viewing pavilion with fire pit, there is yet another special place – the meditation garden. Listing agents are Jade Mills and Valerie Fitzgerald of Coldwell Banker Previews International in Beverly Hills.

Jane Fonda’s stunning contemporary home in Beverly Hills overlooking a canyon and Pacific Ocean originally listed at $12.995 million has been reduced to $9.995 million.

“The Audrey Hepburn & Eva Gabor Estate”

Since the 1920s after Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford built their Pickfair Mansion in the new town of Beverly Hills, many of Hollywood’s top stars chose the area for their trophy homes. One home on Delfern Drive attracted more than its fair share of celebrity owners including Audrey Hepburn and Eva Gabor.

Located in the celebrity-infused neighborhood of Holmby Hills, the 7,000-square-foot traditional mansion is accessed through a gated entrance down a paved drive to the motor court. The private compound includes over an acre of lawns, tennis court, swimming pool, terraces, a 700-square-foot guest house with kitchen and a detached 1,000-square-foot staff quarters/office with living, dining, kitchen, one bedroom and two baths. The main house, originally built in 1938 and designed by popular architect-to-the-stars Paul Williams, includes a grand foyer with focal curved stairwell, formal living room with fireplace and dedicated library nook, dining room, family room, kitchen, breakfast room and two staff bedrooms on the first floor. Upstairs are four bedrooms, including the master suite, totaling six bedrooms and four baths. Some rooms have glass walls overlooking mature gardens.

Not surprisingly, the house also had a strong attraction to other stars of the era who lived there including David Niven and Mia Farrow. The listing agent is Jade Mills of Jade Mills Estates through Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Beverly Hills, California.

Traditional Los Angeles Holmby Hills legendary gated estate once belonging to Audrey Hepburn and Eva Gabor and other top movie stars is for sale, priced at $13.995 million.

“Meg Ryan’s Gorgeous Soho Loft Sold”

From a jock hangout to one of the most sophisticated and dramatic apartments in New York’s Soho neighborhood, interior designer and actress Meg Ryan used her remodeling talents for a beautiful transformation. Having purchased the bachelor pad from The Simpsons Hank Azaria in 2014, Meg had the ability to visually block out the massive gym, animal skins thrown over dining room chairs, too much 70’s shag carpeting and imagine how rooms could be repurposed and restructured. She identified the bones and how they could be adjusted to get the best flow for today’s lifestyle.

Encompassing a full floor of a converted Soho warehouse, the 4,100-square-foot loft co-op has three bedrooms, three baths and is accessed by a key-lock elevator. Some of the pre-war details include a long entry gallery bathed in light from the large windows spanning the space, seven architectural columns, 12-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling French doors. After being completely gutted and built out, Meg went with a sophisticated city theme of dark color, contrasting textures and a glass wall with French doors between the living room and dining room. Brick walls were left exposed in the media room. The new open and airy kitchen is stocked with high-end appliances and leans toward more French design.

Meg Ryan, America’s sweetheart in When Harry Met SallySleepless in SeattleYou’ve Got Mail and director of Fan Girl and Ithaca, put her elegant Soho loft on the market for $10.9 million. It sold a short time later for $9.85 million.

“Marilyn Monroe – A House of Her Own”

Blond bombshell, pin-up girl, close friend of the Kennedy men and highly successful actress, Marilyn Monroe, starred in many of the 1950’s and early 60’s biggest box-office hits including Some Like It HotGentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Misfits. Proceeds from her films, which grossed over $200 million, would have afforded her the ability to buy almost any home her heart desired. However, she purchased only one house in her own name during her 36-year lifetime when she bought a home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles in early 1962 – just a few months before her overdose death from sleeping pills. She paid $75,000 for the partially furnished home; her mortgage payments were only $320 a month.

Situated on a private gated half acre, the 2,624-square-foot house built in 1929 still retains all the beautiful architectural details that made it feel like home to Marilyn. Details include four bedrooms, three baths, cathedral ceilings with wood beams, a fireplace in the living room with Mexican tile surround, casement windows, arched doorways, Saltillo tile floors, a citrus orchard and her famous kidney-shaped swimming pool. Outside is a tree-shaded brick patio overlooking the pool and the original guest house. A poignant arrangement of tiles at the front door proclaims “Cursum Perficio,” translated, it means “My Journey is Over.”

Marilyn Monroe’s beloved home, the only one she ever purchased alone, was for sale, priced at $6.9 million and sold in 2017 for $7.25 million – $350,000 above the asking price.

“Celine’s Water Park Mansion Finally Sold”

After going on the market almost four years ago, the Florida waterpark home built by Celine Dion and her husband, Rene Angelil, has finally sold.

Celine and Rene, now deceased, purchased the five-acre lot in Jupiter, Florida in 2008 for $7 million and began building the house in 2010 which includes 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and golf simulator within its 20,000 square feet. The Bahamian-inspired mansion is open and airy with multiple glass walls for viewing the property and includes a tennis court and guest house. The lavish pool system requires 500,000 gallons of water and includes two swimming pools, two water slides, a lazy river, water cannons and a tree house. Gaining much notoriety over its massive water park feature and over 400-feet of Atlantic Ocean white sand beachfront, it was initially introduced at $72 million in 2013 and went through several price cuts from $72 million to $62.5 million to $45.5 million before its final reduction to $38.5 million. It sold in 2017 for $28 million.

This Week’s Top 10 Real Estate News

 

Tom Petty’s $5.9 Million Lake House!

“October Housing News Best Since 2007”
According to the U.S. Commerce Department, Americans were buying new homes in October at the fastest rate since 2007 – an annual rate of about 685,000 new homes. The National Association of Realtors reports equally strong sales for existing homes up to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of almost 5.5 million. The increases were higher than experts expected after two months of hurricane disasters and low inventory. Continue reading “This Week’s Top 10 Real Estate News”

“Tom Petty’s Lake House”

Courtesy of Dana Sparks and Amy Alcini/Compass

Rock and Roll superstar Tom Petty’s lake house near Malibu is for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

It never occurred to Tom Petty that gathering a group of friends to play music wouldn’t make them big stars. After meeting Elvis at the age of 10 and later watching the Beatles, he knew he was meant to be a musician and approached it with laser focus. In the late 60s at age 17, Tom put his theory into practice gathering several buddies, took guitar lessons, added a few more instruments to the mix and was soon on his way to stardom. Continue reading ““Tom Petty’s Lake House””

“Future of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion”

With Hugh Hefner’s death, the future of the Playboy Mansion is uncertain. The world-famous bachelor pad is featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

Hugh Hefner’s death at age 91 marks a new start for one of the world’s most famous homes. Although the original Playboy Mansion was a 70-room, French-style estate in Hefner’s native Chicago where the magazine was headquartered, Hefner later moved to Southern California where he bought the current Playboy Mansion in 1971 for $1.1 million.  Built in 1927 in Holmby Hills near UCLA and the Los Angeles Country Club, it is one of  America’s most prestigious neighborhoods where celebrities including Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney and Frank Sinatra once lived. The original owner was the son of Los Angeles Broadway department store founder, Arthur Letts. Continue reading ““Future of Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion””

Celebrity Home News: Debbie Reynolds, David Rockefeller & Picasso Homes For Sale

Sleepy Hollow, NY – David Rockefeller estate

TopTenRealEstateDeals.com delivers the latest scoop on today’s hot real estate news – celebrity, historic, famous and spectacular homes currently for sale.

“Debbie’s Ranch & Dance Studio”

Debbie Reynolds was involved in one of the largest scandals in Hollywood history when her husband (Carrie Fisher’s father), Eddie Fisher, left Debbie for Elizabeth Taylor – who in turn left Eddie Fisher for Richard Burton. When Carrie died last year from a cardiac arrest at the age of 60, Debbie died from the complications of a stroke the day after Carrie’s death. In October, Debbie’s ranch, dance studio and both mother’s and daughter’s personal property will be going up for auction.

Debbie’s 44-acre ranch in Creston, California was not her primary home but was where the family gathered on many occasions. It includes a main residence with custom home theater, library and gym. a guest house, caretaker’s house, art studio, barn as well as a professional film and television production facility. There are irrigated pastures, abundant wildlife, a spring-fed pond and panoramic views. It is estimated to sell between $4 million and $8 million.

The dance studio was designed as a rehearsal facility with perks not normally available in similar structures. It is an 18,000-square-foot building with lounge area, dressing rooms, showers and six large studios. Some of the celebrities who have rehearsed there include Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Cher, Usher and Mariah Carey. It is expected to sell between $6 million and $8 million. The auctions will be held by Profiles In History Auction House.

“Tour a Rockefeller Country Home”

David Rockefeller died in March at the age of 101. He and his late wife, Peggy, who died in 1996, had been married 56 years and raised six children. David was the youngest and last of the six children of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and grandson of the oil magnate John D. Rockefeller. During the years when he and Peggy were raising their family they spent their time between their 1924 Georgian-style townhouse  in Manhattan and their country home they called Hudson Pines in Westchester County, New York. At the beginning of summer, his Manhattan home was put on the market for $32.5 million. David’s 75-acre Hudson Pines Farm is now also available at $22 million.

An important part of the family history, the farm abuts the Rockefeller State Park Preserve and has been a family retreat and a breeding operation for Simmental cattle for decades with its many walking and riding trails. Perfectly positioned to take in a long view of the Hudson River, the mansion was designed in 1938 by architect Mott B. Schmidt. At 11,000 square feet, it includes 11 bedrooms and 15 baths. The entry is adorned with a floating staircase and formal rooms are large with high ceilings and tall windows that feature river, woodland and distant mountain views.

The Hudson Pines grounds include extensive gardens with orchards, Jeffersonian-style kitchen vegetables, greenhouses with rolling lawns, lush pastures, barns and outbuildings, and a large garage that has housed Rockefeller’s extensive collection of horse-drawn carriages.

“Picasso’s French Riviera Home”

When Pablo Picasso died in 1973, he was 91 years old and had made his mark on the world as perhaps the most important artist of the 20th century. He and his wife, Jacqueline Roque, lived in an antique French country house privately ensconced within its eight acres of lush grounds that Picasso designed. This was where he slept during the day and worked in the evenings and at night to avoid distractions. He craved privacy and space to work and found both here below the old chapel of Notre-Dame de Vie in Mougins with views of the Bay of Cannes, the Mediterranean, the Esterel Massif and the town of Mougins. After his death, his wife left his things exactly the way he had left them and after her death in 1986, the house sat vacant for 30 years until a Dutch investor bought it and hired a well-known Belgian architect to restore the property – without any changes to the original building.

Structures on the Picasso property include the main house, a guest house, a caretaker’s house and a pool house with a professional summer kitchen, gym, spa, steam room and massage room. The entire property has 15 bedrooms and 12 baths. The main house has two large living rooms with large fireplaces, the studio, breakfast room and gallery, spacious garden room with open arches to the terrace, another professional kitchen, a prep kitchen, two cold storage areas, and a wine cellar for 5,000 bottles. The five bedrooms in the main house all have ensuite dressing rooms and bathrooms.

Pablo Picasso’s last home on the French Riviera that has undergone a two year restoration will be placed on the auction block on October 12th with a starting bid of $24 million.

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Johnny Depp’s Kentucky farm auction and Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut mansion

“Johnny Depp’s Horse Farm Auction”

Johnny Depp has been trying to liquidate much of his extensive real estate holdings including a village in France and a series of Los Angeles penthouses. A Kentucky horse farm he has purchased twice is going to auction on September 15th. Continue reading “Johnny Depp’s Kentucky farm auction and Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut mansion”

Celebrate the Release of the 30th Anniversary Edition of Girls, Girls, Girls By Buying Tommy Lee’s House!

30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF MÖTLEY CRÜE’S
4X PLATINUM ALBUM GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS OUT TODAY!
Anniversary Campaign Available Via Pledge Music
 CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS
BY BUYING TOMMY LEE’S HOUSE!
DRUMMER’S LANDMARK CALABASAS ESTATE
AVAILABLE TODAY VIA PLEDGE MUSIC
5 Bedrooms, 6 Baths, 12 Parking Spaces, Koi Pond + More!
 Los Angeles, CA, August 25, 2017—Legendary Los Angeles rock band Mötley Crüe celebrate the 30th anniversary of 4x platinum album, Girls, Girls, Girls with today’s release of a special album reissue (via Eleven Seven Music). On the actual 30th birthday of the album, May 15, 2017, the band teamed up with Pledge Music to commemorate this iconic release with various exclusive cd, cd/dvd and vinyl packages and limited edition merchandise for fans to celebrate the anniversary with the band in style.
Just added to the campaign today, the most major item offered now is Drummer Tommy Lee’s three-level, nearly 10,000 sq ft. lot Los Angeles Estate, also built in 1987. Take a photo tour of the stunning home. This marks a first as no other campaign on Pledge Musichas ever included a house for sale before.
From listing description: Absolutely amazing Calabasas landmark estate! Set on a cul-de-sac in guard gated Vista Pointe, is this stunning custom Architectural showplace! Boasting unmatched quality with unique design and character, this grand estate offers unparalleled explosive city light views and privacy! Interior features include a state of the art permitted professional recording studio, home theater, two kitchens, three story interior atrium with cascading waterfalls, koi pond, and retractable roof, walnut and travertine floors, custom detailed soaring ceilings and so much more! The completely private rear grounds have a custom piano shaped pool and spa, fire features, barbecue center and panoramic jet liner views! Other amenities include a possible 12 car garage, copper doors, detailed wrought iron accents, full gym and so much more! This is truly a grand, interesting, one of a kind estate that can’t be missed! A very rare offering!
The groundbreaking 1987 album featured smash hits “Wild Side,” “You’re All I Need,” and the iconic title track “Girls Girls Girls”, which became a global success, despite the original uncensored video being banned by MTV. In 2011, it was named “one of the most NSFW (not safe for work) videos of all time” by Rolling Stone.
The LP explores themes inspired by the band’s hard-living lifestyle at the time, documenting experiences with booze, drugs, strip clubs, love of motorcycles, and death.
“The music and lyrics reflect what was going on in the streets of Los Angeles at that time,”explains now 16- years-sober Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. ”A big thank you to all the fans who have made the album stand the test of time. It’s really cool to now see a new generation of fans exploring and digging Girls, Girls, Girls three decades later.”
Mötley Crüe’s envelope-pushing music, as well as their well-documented off-stage antics, paved the way for stardom and defined rock for the era. 36-years later, the group continues to be a leading force in rock around the world.
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Mötley Crüe
Girls, Girls, Girls
30th Anniversary Edition Release Date: 8/25/2017
Original Release Date: 5/15/1987
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Additional Assets:
Girls, Girls, Girls 30th Anniversary Edition Tracklisting
1. Wild Side
2. Girls, Girls, Girls
3. Dancing On Glass
4. Bad Boy Boogie
5. Nona
6. Five Years Dead
7. All On The Name Of…
8. Sumthin’ for Nuthin’
9. You’re All I Need
10. Jailhouse Rock (Live)
11. Girls, Girls, Girls (Tom Werman and Band Intro – Rough Mix of Instrumental Track)
12. Wild Side (Instrumental)
13. Rodeo (Unreleased Track)
14. Nona (Instrumental Demo Idea)
15. All In The Name Of… (Live – Moscow)
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