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Kevin Durant Lists Washington Home

[one_fourth]Price: $2,799,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 5,910 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 5[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 6[/one_fourth_last]

Thinking he’d stay a while, Kevin Durant bought his home in Seattle, WA, the first year he signed with the Seattle SuperSonics, 2007 when the home was still under construction. He did remain with the team, but they did the switch-a-roo and became the Oklahoma Thunder, with Durant tagging along for the ride. Of course, that was about the time that real estate bottomed out dramatically. Evidently, Durant either made a business decision to keep the property until recovery or he hoped to return to the area one day, either way, his 5,910 square foot $2,799,000 home in Seattle just hit the market.

The home is as unassuming as the owner is. Durant, known for his hard work and kind spirit, with no razzle-dazzle or trash talk, reflected his personality in the purchase of this Seattle property. Unlike many of the celebrity or pro homes, the home displays high quality and richness without a lot of flash, again, much like the owner. It’s conservative and reserved, just as Durant is, almost to the point of being subtly boring, but a good boring—again, similar to the old soul 22 year old, Durant.

There are five bedrooms, six baths, five fireplaces and a hot tub and spa. The house has a movie theatre, a gazebo and a wet bar as special amenities. The kitchen is the usual U shape with a huge island in the center. It offers tan marble tops, light tan slate floors and maple traditional cupboards, some with glass doors. While there’s no central draw for the area, it looks formal enough to serve the most prestigious of guests and still comfortable enough for a family meal.

The doorways are tall, probably part of the deal-maker for Durant, which makes the ceilings look a bit lower in some rooms. No matter which room you enter, you realize it offers that same feeling of true quality and stability, even if it doesn’t sport the latest hot color or style. Much like its owner, often considered the nicest player in basketball, it has a lasting quality that people will still desire, even when the next trend in home design is just a memory.

More Pictures of Kevin Durant’s Seattle House

source: Keller Williams Realty

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Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick Buy Modern Los Feliz House

[one_fourth]Price: $2,500,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 2,760 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 3[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 3.5[/one_fourth_last]

Despite taking a financial cleaning by the king of Ponzy schemes, Bernie Madoff back in 2008, the celebrity couple, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedwick had the funds to purchase a $2.5 million dollar home in Los Angeles. They’ll be packing their bags and possessions in Manhattan and moving cross country to the new home in the Los Feliz neighborhood.

The home, built in 1957, was probably all the rage and excessively modern, but today—it looks a little dated and smacks of the 60’s. It’s full of glass, angles and wood, everything popular 50 years ago. However, it still has interesting features, a great view and a landscape that makes you want to move there.

This 2,760 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is a multi-level home that has an appearance of additions added to the original property. However, this writer believes that it was the intention of the architect to add drama and interesting lines to the house, rather than make it look like a mobile home with an attached garage and family room. Not having the pleasure of a close up and personal view of the home, it’s difficult to tell whether it looks that way or the pictures make it look cobbled.

Part of the problem is not with the home itself but with the décor. If the house was staged, someone needs to fire the person doing the staging, as it is one reason the house looks outdated. There are interesting lines and angles in the living room and a large open space floor plan that requires larger furniture and more of it, making this writer believe it was not the furnishing of the previous owner but a failed staging.

The large windows make this home bright and airy and give both the master bedroom and formal living room/dining room area a great view of Griffin Park Observatory. The master bedroom also offers his and hers bathrooms and closets, a balcony and a skylight.

The outside landscaping and view were probably the selling points of the home. After all, with a little decorating most of the interior would look dramatic and gorgeous. The home greets you with a climb up concrete steps past a lush landscape. There’s also a lounging deck. The backyard has a free form pool, with a stone patio all of which is enclosed with a partial wall lined with plants. While the house has some flaws, over all, with a little interior change, this home in the particularly desired neighborhood was quite a buy for only $2.5 million.

Photos of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s Los Feliz House

source: Realtor.com

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Mary Kay’s Dallas Mansion Hits Market For $3.3M

[one_fourth]Price: $3,300,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 11,874 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 6[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 8[/one_fourth_last]

If you’re prepared to write a $3.3 million dollar check for this Dallas, Texas estate, then get ready to park your pink Cadillac in the driveway of the home that used to belong to Mary Kay Ash, the Queen of Cosmetics. This pink palace is loaded with extras but you have to enjoy the color or it’s just not right for you.

The house comes replete with an entryway that would rival the Taj Mahal, lined with white columns against the pink backdrop and guarded by stone lions, the tall glass entryway welcomes all, peasant, pundit or prince.

The foyer is more of a lobby than a foyer in this 11,874 square foot home. Even the Queen of Cosmetics thought the house was too big and eventually moved back into her previous home, leaving the house to someone else with a penchant for pink. The foyer has a semi-spiraling staircase with white wrought-iron rails, a marble floor and white plush carpet on the stairs. The color? You guessed it—pale pink.

One of the sitting rooms breaks from the pink tradition of the home, with wooden walls, ceilings and hardwood flooring. The design of the embossed wooden walls and the high slightly arching windows is reminiscent of a castle in the times of King Arthur. Alas, there is no pink here.

The formal dining area, just off the foyer, follows through with the pink wall theme, but has high arched windows and white woodwork so it isn’t quite as noticeable. There are arches everywhere you look in this home. The hallway is a massively long arch with white pillars at the side. The windows are arched and even the entry ways to the rooms are arched. The hall at the top of the stairs, however, is not surrounded by an arched railing—that railing is arced.

Luckily, the kitchen is traditional—but big. It offers white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and an adjoining two story glass walled breakfast nook. If there’s any pink, it certainly is hidden.

Some people note that the theme of pink was taken to an extreme when they heard reports of a pink quartz toilet in the boudoir. However, if you look pretty in pink and have $3.3 million to throw around, this excessively pink mansion is up for sale.

Photos of Mary Kay Ash’s Dallas Texas Mansion

source: Realtor.com

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Gordon Ramsay Buys Los Angeles Mansion

[one_fourth]Price: $6,750,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 7,413 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 5[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 6[/one_fourth_last]

Chef Gordon Ramsay, star of four reality shows, most of which have the word Hell or Kitchen or both in the title, is now the proud owner of some U.S. property, located in Los Angeles, California. While he might have screamed about the price a little, or perhaps he only rants and raves on the telly for ratings, he forked over a cool $6.75 million on the 7,413 square foot house in the Bel Air Crest neighborhood that sits pristinely on a one-acre lot. He’ll be sharing his time between his home across the pond in foggy England and the sunny climate of Southern California. Since Ramsay spends much of his time filming in the U.S., having a home for his family to stay seems a logical decision.

While the house sounds expansive, Ramsay, his wife and four children will have just enough bedrooms in the five bedroom, six bathroom home. They will however, have expansive common areas, a huge pool and a hot tub, but there’s no additional guest room, in case your considered visiting a while.

When you think of Ramsay and a new house, you immediately wonder what the kitchen looks like. It’s huge with commercial grade stainless steel appliances, a darker hardwood floor and pristine white everywhere else, except the dark wood breakfast/storage island in the center.

The house has a dramatic view of the ocean, city and canyon, with an outdoor lounging area to enjoy the view. There are also ample patio doors, windows and balconies to aid in that endeavor. The home, immaculately decorated, offers fireplaces in several rooms, a family gaming area and ample space in every bedroom. The master bedroom is complete with a huge bathroom that would make any public facility look inadequate.

Chef Ramsay isn’t the only celebrity affiliated with the home. The architect, Ken Ungar created the original design for this 2003 house. Ungar is a well-known designer of many celebrity homes and has a multitude of awards. This home design should have brought him another because it’s clean lines and livable space combine perfectly with the setting and exterior attractions. There’s nothing gaudy or overly dramatic about the home, it just looks lush and friendly.

More Photos of Gordon Ramsey’s L.A. House

source: Flynet Pictures

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Daryl Hannah Lists Malibu House For $5M

[one_fourth]Price: $4,995,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 1,540 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 2[/one_fourth_last]

The statuesque blond who starred in “Splash” and “Blade Runner,” Daryl Hannah, known for her environmental and animal rights activism is selling her hidden hippie style complex back in the hillsides of Malibu. This area is filled with the drama of Mother Nature and Hanna added to the beauty of the landscape with tweaks to the already pristine area.

For a mere $4,995,000 you can purchase your own little slice of secluded paradise replete with a 1927 river-stone hunting cabin and the second, a corrugated-metal clad building that once was a nursery. While the homes are small, they’re quaint and peaceful looking, with a porch for viewing the great outdoors and planters hanging on the porch of the metal-clad building and a pristine moss deck adding to the appearance to the stone hunting lodge.

The river-stone hunting lodge has radiant heat flooring, a Japanese soaking tub and an indoor/outdoor shower. The houses are not the feature here, however. Even though they do have some very interesting extras, the real star of this show is the land and the landscaping. There are several gardens scattered throughout the 17.6 acre hideaway. Some include a native garden, a vegetable garden and an exotic garden. There’s also a vineyard and an orchard so you’re never too far from succulent fresh fruit on a hot afternoon.

The acreage came through two purchases. The first in early 2000s for $550,000 brought 7.6 acres and the second purchase for $775,000 made Ms. Hannah the proud owner of the 10 acres, in 2001. Those purchases were for the land, the lodge and what was once a nursery—which explains all the gardens and landscaping.

The property is solar powered, which is only right, considering Ms. Hannah’s passion for the environment. There’s a live oak grove with a teepee in the middle. However, the teepee may be going with Ms. Hannah to her other home in Colorado. There’s something for everyone who loves the peaceful outdoors, with streams and waterfalls, a palm grove, pastureland and an abundance of wildlife, this is one of the few celebrity homes isn’t for the image but demonstrates true tranquility.

Pictures of Daryl Hannah’s Malibu House

source: Prudential Malibu + Realtor.com

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Paula Abdul Selling Sherman Oaks Home

[one_fourth]Price: $1,899,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 4,679 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 5[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 4.5[/one_fourth_last]

This is the year for Paula Abdul to clean house of any bad memories—and that included selling her ill-fated home in Sherman Oaks, California. She listed the 4,679 sq. ft. home with an asking price of $1,899,000. Considering she bought it back in 2000 for $1,285,000, she has some wiggle room for an interested purchaser to low ball the price.

Of course, that price doesn’t take into consideration any money she invested in the home since the purchase. In fact, she—or her insurance company—invested a cool $900,000 on behalf of the house into the pockets of Jill Kohl, who slipped in the driveway and sued Abdul, but opted for the nearly million dollar settlement. Of course, it came to a million when the production company for the show, “Hey Paula” taping at the house, agreed to cough up another $100K.

Selling the mock Mediterranean mansion also eliminates the constant reminder of another bad memory, the death of a Paula Goodspeed, an overzealous obsessive fan who parked her car just a short distance from the home and then overdosed on drugs back in 2008.

In the spirit of a clean slate, Paula held a garage sale before putting the five bedroom 4.5 bathroom house on the market. Let’s hope it wasn’t to supplement unemployment due to the non renewal of her contract on the X-factor. Following the sale, she left for parts unknown, so now the fated house remains empty with just staging furniture to lure prospective buyers.

When you enter the home, you’ll find a spacious foyer with twin, wrought iron clad staircases leading to the second level. The living room is wide and spacious with a light brick fireplace and glass doors to the outside living area and swimming pool. On the other side of the room, is an archway to the dining/kitchen area, with the two only divided by a snack bar.

The kitchen, like most celebrity homes, has top grade commercial style appliances. (Do these people even put pop tarts in the toaster, let alone cook a full meal?) The upper cabinets have clear class fronts with the lower cabinets containing frosted glass with a design. There’s nothing dramatic or outrageous about the kitchen area.

On the second floor, you’ll find large bedrooms, with an empty walk-in closet large enough for a family room or a small boutique. You’ll note the word empty, another clue that Ms. Abdul left for the Netherlands. While the home is nice and may be worth the asking price, it comes with a history of incidences and bad memories. It seems Paula is eliminating all the negatives and looking for a new start, both at home and work.

Pictures of Paula Abdul’s Sherman Oaks Home

source: Coldwell Banker – Beverly Hills North.

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Vincent Gallo’s L.A. Penthouse Hits Market

[one_fourth]Price: $2,599,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 4,300 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 2[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 2.5[/one_fourth_last]

If you don’t know the name Vincent Gallo, you’re not alone. While he’s played a few roles in mainstream movies, he’s best known for directing, writing and starring in independent productions such as “Buffalo 66” and “Promises Written in Water.” You could best describe this eccentric man as a creator rather than a film artist since he also composes and plays music, paints and even writes and produces conceptual art in his merchandising area on his website. He’s quite prolific but don’t let his unusual demeanor lead you to believe he’s at all like the Hollywood A-list wanna-bees. He’s more of a cult figure than a movie star.

A recent real estate transaction went on the market that bears his name. While he might be artsy and eccentric, he’s also a businessman. From the strange items on his website, to his real estate investments, he makes this clear. Gallo purchased the Los Angeles penthouse, once rented to Nicholas Cage (who was the only person who ever lived there) in 2009. It was once the home of the National Biscuit Company—now known as Nabisco—for $2.34 million—cash. This 4,300 square foot penthouse in the renovated 1925 building is now on sale for $2.599 million to any willing buyer.

The main entrance is an expansive area that is versatile enough for almost any purpose you have in mind. It has clean pink and red bricks with white framed windows and a wooden floor. There are mountains of white staircases, which lead you to the main living area three floors higher. Of course, if you’re not into a lot of exertion, a private elevator stops on every floor.

The main living area has a living room/dining room area offering a spectacular view. It also sports a less than ornate but very attractive kitchen. Both rooms have a doorway to the outdoor terrace, which wraps around the building. There are two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in the penthouse. Of course, this floor doesn’t hold the bedrooms of this 4,300 square foot renovation. You have to go up one more set of stairs to the lofted master bedroom. While there’s not much privacy because it’s simply a loft over the other living area, it also has a clear glass panel as the only separation from the bedroom and bathroom area, adding even more to the lack of privacy.

While it’s obvious that Mr. Gallo purchased the penthouse to flip, it isn’t his first act of flipping. He’s purchased and sold several other penthouses and condominiums in the area many of them in historic buildings, making a profit on some and taking a loss on others.

Pictures of Vincent Gallo’s Los Angeles penthouse

source: real estalker

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Oprah Winfrey Lists New York City Penthouse For $7.9 Million

[one_fourth]Price: $7,900,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 2,530 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 3[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 3.5[/one_fourth_last]

By far one of the most popular women in the United States is the beloved Oprah Winfrey. Coming from a humble Mississippi upbringing, Oprah has made a huge impact on the country with her philanthropic efforts and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Now, Oprah has her own network (OWN), which covers everything from stories of betrayal to moments of inspiration.

Over the years, Oprah has definitely been in the spotlight, especially for her charitable donations. Today is no different than the many years before. However, not only is the news currently surrounding her partnership with Lady Gaga in an initiative to stop bullying, but also the Place 57 penthouse that she is connected to has officially hit the market.

Place 57 Background

Although there is not absolute certainty that Oprah Winfrey is the owner of the penthouse, there is definitely a strong suspicion that absolutely leads many to believe this is the case. In 2008 Gayle King, a good friend of Oprah and CBS This Morning co-anchor, purchased the Midtown Manhattan penthouse better known as Place 57 when she paid out $7.1 million for the property.
However, when taking a closer look at the details, both Gideon Kaufman (attorney) and Lisa Gardina (account) are on the documents, two individuals that work very closely with Oprah Winfrey. Although this could be merely a coincidence (or a decision Ms. King made based upon strong recommendations from Oprah), a closer look reveals that it is unlikely as the property records also refer to SOPHIE’S PENTHOUSE LLC, which is rumored to be a trust that Winfrey set up and named after cocker spaniel, Sophie, that is deceased.

Place 57 Lands Back on the Market

Now, Place 57 has been placed back on the market with an asking price of $0.8 million more than was purchased for in 2008. The penthouse is on the 36th floor of the Midtown Manhattan tower and includes 2,530 square-feet boasting 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. For $7.9 million, this “Oprah Winfrey property” could be yours.
The glass penthouse also includes a beautiful terrace of 750 square-feet, overlooking breathtaking views of the city. The home is clearly meant for someone living the lifestyle of the rich and famous, with nearly $5,000 in charges and taxes per month. However, what do you expect when you receive access to an all-inclusive fitness center, conference rooms, garden, and nonstop doorman and concierge services?

If you love Oprah Winfrey and have $7.9 sitting around then Place 57 penthouse may be the perfect new home for you.

[box] Author Bio: John Evan Miller is a contributing writer for ForeclosureDeals.com and has been providing readers with insightful info on foreclosures and real estate for over a decade.[/box]

Pictures of Oprah Winfrey’s Manhattan Penthouse

source: Corcoran

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Melanie Brown Lists Tarzana House At $3.45M

[one_fourth]Price: $3,450,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 8,204 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 5[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 8[/one_fourth_last]

Maybe Scary Spice was always screaming, loud and a little less than refined, but you couldn’t tell it from her elegant 8,200 square foot home recently put on the market. In fact, it’s more like a home you’d expect for Posh Spice. The couple paid $3.159 million for this beautiful mansion in Tarzana, California less than two years ago. Then they put another million into when they added another detached cottage style building on the property containing a state of the art movie theatre, a mirrored gym, game room, gym, and wet bar. Why would Melanie Brown and Stephen Belafonte be selling so quickly? The couple may love the home, but they’re not too fond of one another and decided to call it quits.

The rooms in this French style mansion have beautiful Venetian chandeliers, marble or hard wood floors and look very continental. For those who want to watch how they eat, the dining room sports mirrored walls. There are huge his and her walk in closets, which rival the size of most people’s bedrooms. The bathrooms have the look of a posh hotel with one having a double window that opens to view the skyline of the city.

Of course, as with any mansion, there are plenty of bathrooms and bedrooms. You’ll find five bathrooms and eight bedrooms in this mansion. All of which are large and spacious. Some of the bedrooms are more ornate than others are, but all are contain the French decorating style, even the rooms for Angel, Phoenix, Giselle and new little Madison, the children are replete with that décor.

One big draw for the mansion is the outdoor living area, which is nicer than most of us enjoy inside the house. It offers a dining room, complete with a chandelier, an open but covered kitchen area, a large outdoor living room and a pool area. Of course, the no living room, indoors or outdoors, is complete without a huge flat-screen TV and this one is no different.

There’s a stone fire pit area for those cool nights also sitting atop the huge flat stone patio. Upon looking at it, it seems as though this would be the perfect place for any outdoorsman to set up camp. Okay, change that to “any outdoorsman who wants five star accommodations.” Therefore, if you have a box of marshmallows and a few million lying around, you might want to check out this prime piece of real estate.

Pictures of Melanie Brown’s Tarzana House For Sale

source: Los Angeles Times + Realtor.com

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Jennifer Aniston Buys Modern Bel Air House

[one_fourth]Price: $22,000,000[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Size: 8,500 sq ft[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth]Bedrooms: 4[/one_fourth]

[one_fourth_last]Bathrooms: 6.5[/one_fourth_last]

Aniston’s role on Friends may the first thing people recall about her, but her smart real estate selections are now giving her a new legacy. Her latest purchase was an 8,500 square foot mansion designed by A. Quincy Jones and built in 1965. The mansion sits on a three-acre grassy knoll that offers not only a grand view of the downtown area, but also a great view of the ocean. In fact, the grounds are quite unique, containing a vineyard, koi pond, guest house, pool, covered kitchen area, several ponds and lots of walking paths through landscaping that can only be described as natural rather than planned—even though it probably took a lot of planning to get it to look that way.

While the mansion has a look that’s a combination between office building, Chinese Zen and Ultra-modern, Aniston got it at a steal for a mere $22 million. The original market price set last April was $29 million but dropped to $24.9 when the mansion didn’t move. While she only shaved $2.9 million off the present asking price, the final offer was a cool $7 million less than the original price, almost a 25 percent discount.

The interior looks as though someone spent plenty of time to make certain the feng shui was just right. Following the exterior design with the all white home accented by a building high red door, the interior contains the same theme.

The rooms are white, the floor is wood and there’s either a red dividing wall or prominent red accent piece in each room. Red is the Chinese color for luck and happiness and according to feng shui, indicates luxury and richness. However, it’s an energy color of arousal and passion, so you don’t want too much around the house, lest you get nothing accomplished except..well, you know. Too much also makes people burst out in anger and feel restless.

It will be interesting to see if Aniston changes this carefully created décor or leaves it just as it is. Either way, the mansion with its floor to ceiling windows, spacious open floor plan and dramatic view is another feather in her new real estate mogul hat.

More Photos of Jennifer Aniston’s Bel Air House

source: Realtor.com