Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Luxury Homes of Richest Celebrity Couples

Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z
Location: Indian Creek Village, Florida
Sale price: $9,300,000
This palatial two-story Mediterranean-style concrete waterfront property, built in 1991, was the onetime residence of Beyonce and Jay-Z. It’s 7,888 square feet with 7 bedrooms, 8 full and two partial baths, a tile roof, and a pool. It’s situated on an exclusive golf and residential island located between Bal Harbor and Miami Beach.
Indian Creek Island is one of the wealthiest communities in America and is favored by celebrities, due in no small part to its dedicated police department including a round-the-clock marine patrol unit. Among Ms. B and Jay-Z’s current and former island neighbors are Julio Iglesias and his son Enrique, model Adriana Lima, and former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula.

Celebrity couples are rich, famous, successful, beautiful, and in love. They also live in ridiculously luxurious and opulent multi-million-dollar homes, often with breathtaking views.
Don’t you just hate them, yet at the same time also want to examine every detail of their homes? What does $45,000 monthly rent get you? What type of living space does $16 million buy in New York City real estate?
Heidi Klum and Seal
Location: Los Angeles, California
Selling Price: $14,200,000
Heidi Klum and Seal obtained this foreclosure in the Brentwood Country Estates community following a bidding war last year, reportedly paying significantly more than the $13,400,000 asking price.
The 12,300 square foot home has 9 bedrooms and 7 baths and is situated on 8.52 acres—plenty of room for the model/“Project Runway” hostess, the singer, and their four children, who also have a playhouse, because their parents are Heidi Klum and Seal.

Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson Sampras
Location: Thousand Oaks, California
Asking price: $25,000,000
Tennis star Pete Sampras his actress wife, Bridgette Wilson Sampras (“Billy Madison,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer”) are selling their 7-bedroom, 10-bath, 4-5 car garage contemporary home in a secure Westlake Village gated community.

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber
Location: Los Angeles, California
Previous Rental Price: $18,500
Estimated Worth: $3,750,000
This ivy-covered 4-bedroom, 6-bath circa-1938 charmer is nestled behind a gated privacy wall in the coveted Brentwood section of L.A. The home is so appealing that it already had at least one famous resident, Sally Field, before Naomi Watts moved in following her split from Heath Ledger. Naomi and her partner Liev Schreiber resided here with their two children before making off for the east coast to live in New York City.
The house is now off the market, but just to offer a few tidbits to appease the lookie-loos, it’s got open, exposed-beam ceilings, a modern kitchen with dark wood cabinetry, and a private, sloping yard with a pool and a canyon view.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Location: Los Angeles, California
Asking Price: $3,150,000
Newlywed actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have just welcomed their first child into the world, so perhaps Penelope’s 3-bedroom, 4-bath home in the Hollywood Hills just wasn’t big enough for their newly expanded family.
However, the single-story modern home (built in 1956) is much more spacious inside than it appears from the privacy-protecting exterior. The yard is modest in size, but the home is optimized for enjoying the outdoors, with a pool and spa and many glass doors opening out to the patio terrace area.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
Location: New York, New York
Rent: $45,000
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s high-floor apartment in the West Village’s Richard Meier building offers stunning views of the Hudson. But according to Curbed, those views are no longer as unhindered as they used to be due to the construction of 165 Charles Street tower, so Ms. Kidman and her musical husband moved to a penthouse in an 11th Avenue starchitect-designed building closer to the river, where no more towers can spring up in her view.
Still, the space they left behind isn’t too shabby: the 3 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath residence features high ceilings, wide-plank walnut flooring, a chef’s kitchen, walk-in closets, two guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and a south-facing terrace offering views of the Statue of Liberty and Jersey City across the river.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Location: New York, New York
Price: $16,000,000
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart recently put their penthouse apartment in Chelsea’s City Prairie building on the market. The space is 5500 square foot with 4 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. Each of the 11 floors of the former Barney’s warehouse and office has been converted into a full-floor loft apartment.
Features include anigre wood cabinetry, hardwood floors and poured concrete radiant heat floors, master bedroom suite with dressing room and bath, a library, home office, gym, laundry room, private terrace with views of Manhattan and the Hudson, and a wood-burning fireplace.

Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Location: Los Angeles, California
Rent: $10,000
Previous Asking Price: $2,900,000
This 1959 home, with its clean and classic midcentury modern design, sits on a stately perch atop Laurel Canyon, never betraying that one of the owners is known for parading around in a neon green monokini thong bathing suit in “Borat.”
Sascha Baron Cohen and his actress wife Isla Fisher (“Wedding Crashers,” “Confessions of a Shopaholic”) listed their Los Angeles home last summer, but it’s currently off the market. Built in 1959, the house has just over a quarter acre with a lagoon-style pool and both mountain and canyon views, including the 52-acre Woodrow Wilson Preserve.

Connie Chung and Maury Povich
Location: Middletown, New Jersey
Price: $2,300,000
Broadcast journalist Connie Chung and talk-show host Maury Povich put their 4-bedroom, 4-bath Greek Revival manor house on the market, and the buyer gets two houses for the $2.3 million price tag, as it comes with a 4-bedroom guest house.
Built in 1832, it’s also nominated for the National Registry of Historic Places—we can envision the plaque: “Maury and Connie slept here.” Also on the premises: the original barn with hay loft, a putting green, a workshop, two live-in cabanas, a pool and garages for six cars.

Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie
Location: Toluca Lake, California
Price: $7,000,000
Newlywed pop singer/ actress Hilary Duff and her hockey player husband Mike Comrie listed their Toluca Lake home for $7,000,000 in September. They’ve thrown in an eight-seat electric boat to sweeten the deal, which will come in handy because the property is located on Toluca Lake.
The 1951 Mediterranean style home features 6 bedrooms, 6-1/2 baths, a dark-wood paneled and stainless steel kitchen with skylight, plenty of terrace space with views, a pool and an outdoor fireplace.


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