From the wholesome Brady Bunch to the not-wholesome-at-all Paul Manafort, this year’s celebrity real estate news had it all. Oscar winners, Hall-of-Famers in both sports and music, reality television stars and, of course, what’s a year in real estate without a fair bit of drama. A few government forfeitures, a public bidding war, at least one rock icon taking a loss on a condo and then there was all that hullabaloo with the nuns. Here’s a wrap up of the year in big names and their even bigger houses.
The grande dame of acting, Meryl Streep, garnered attention when she listed her Tribeca penthouse for nearly $25 million this summer. The four-bedroom, five bathroom airy loft has a ten-foot wide terrace on three sides of the unit to look out over the neighborhood and indoors there is plenty of room for showcasing a personal art collection. There was nothing controversial about the Streep listing, which is in complete contrast to Katy Perry’s drama over buying a convent in California, from someone who didn’t necessarily have the right to sell it, and being meet with a coterie of angry nuns who felt selling to Katy Perry would be in violation of their faith.
Perry joins a number of musicians who made the headlines for their adventures in the housing market. Selena Gomez had to lower the price on her stone mansion in Texas by $300,000 and the estate for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, listed one of her Detroit properties for the very proletariat price of $800,000. A house that used to belong to Madonna came to market for $35 million and DJ Khaled bought a house in Miami for $26 million. He has just listed another Miami property, one of his starter mansions, for $8 million. Rapper Lil’ Wayne agrees Miami is the place to be with his purchase of a $17 million ‘floating’ home on an island in Biscayne Bay. The estate of Frank Sinatra listed an $8 million home in Malibu he and his wife Barbara had custom-made after they bought the house in the early 1990s. Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards sold his New York condo after over two years on the market, at a reported half a million dollar loss.
Reality television had its moment in the sun when David Gebbias, of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, listed his Mediterranean-style $22 million mansion in a post-divorce move from wife Carlton (they were soulmates for twenty years, then they suddenly weren’t). An even bigger television-related story was the house used as the exterior for the iconic Brady Bunch home. It went on the market for almost $1.9 million, was briefly under threat of being torn down, but was saved by the home improvement network HGTV that bought the house after a bidding war with singer and professed Brady Bunch devotee Lance Bass. The plan is to create a reality show around renovating the interiors to its full glory, but if you want the inside scoop about how HGTV was in it to win it whatever the cost, you can check out the details from an insider here.