April 10, 2014 3:21 PM
You can own a piece of history!
Walt Disney's former Palm Desert retreat is for sale for a very reasonable $535K. Although the house itself leaves something to be desired, the 2.7 acres of land with sweeping views of the Coachella Valley is worth every penny!
The modest estate boasts 1,400 square-feet of living space and 1 bedroom and 1.5 bathrooms. Not that sleeping quarters were all that important to the Disneyland founder, because during most of his visits he and his pals would sleep outside under the stars in sleeping bags!
The legendary animator even installed a zip line and concrete landing pad so that he and his buddies could whiz across the landscape!
Some A-list friends that have stayed at the homey oasis include Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Bob Hope, and Humphrey Bogart.
"It's not really the size of the house. It's the view and the history. It just takes your breath away when you walk into the house," real estate agent Jason Evans explains.
We'd rather own the haunted house, but we'd still take this place!
Photo Gallery: Walt Disney's Palm Desert Retreat Listed For $535K
April 10, 2014 1:53 PM
We're not sure how she was able to keep this one under wraps, but apparently Sofia Vergara purchased this 11,400-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills back in February for a whopping $10.6 million!
The gated Italian-style villa sits on .6 acres of land, and it has 7 bedrooms and 11 baths. The home was built in 2006, so it won't be needing renovations any time soon either. When you first walk in the door there is an ornate stone entryway and a spiral staircase, and the formal living and dining rooms both feature coffered ceilings with intricate carvings. Fancy!
There are hardwood floors throughout the pad, and key features include a chef’s kitchen with a huge center island, fireplaces, a gym, a movie theater, a 3,000 bottle wine cellar and there's even a bar on the downstairs level. If you don't feel like taking the stairs there is an elevator, and there's also a sauna, and there is a large balcony that is perfect for entertaining. Basically, this house has everything ... and we haven't even gotten to the outdoor entertaining setup!
Not only is there a terrace with fireplace in the backyard, but there's also a large dining area next to the BBQ. Oh and the pool? We'll let the photo above do the talking...
Click the gallery below for 45 more photos of the Modern Family star's new digs!
Photo Gallery: Sofia Vergara Buys $10.6 Million Beverly Hills Mansion
April 9, 2014 4:00 PM
This is pretty steep!
Steven Spielberg just listed his beachfront Malibu home for rent for a whopping $150K a month!
The director and his wife Kate Capshaw must have good luck with the market, because just last summer they were offering it for a slightly more modest $125K a month. We guess if people are willing to pay, raise your price!
The Craftsman-style abode boasts 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, as well as a detached 2 bedroom guest house. There is a wrap around courtyard with an indoor pool and attached spa. The master suite has a private library and a massage room that overlooks the ocean.
The Hollywood legend's pad also has a movie theater, obviously!
The various balconies and patios give way to stunning ocean views, but there is very little sand space left due to the massive erosion problem on Broad Beach, where the residence is located.
Other celebs that have called the area home include Pierce Brosnan, Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn, and Danny Levito, just to name a few.
The couple's main residence is a 5+ acre hillside compound in the Pacific Palisades.
April 9, 2014 10:58 AM
They didn't stay here for long, but we're sure Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed their time at the stunning Wharekauhau Lodge in New Zealand earlier this week!
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly enjoyed a night at the luxury resort after arriving in Wellington, and while most rooms here go for between $650-$1500 per person, the Daily Mail reports that Will and Kate stayed in a nearly $11,000-a-night private residence. But not to worry, apparently the tourism board helped to secure a "substantially reduced rate" for the royal family ... ahh the perks of being a public figure!
The Wharekauhau Lodge sits on a 5,000-acre property on the outskirts of Wellington, and the rooms at the resort boast amenities like heated marble floors, walk-in closets, massive bathtubs and breathtaking views of Palliser Bay. There are 13 guest cottages all located within 150 feet of the main lodge, so it's not clear if this $11k a night rental was one of the suites or something extra special, but either way, Will and Kate made the most of the place!
Previous guests include Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Meg Ryan, the Rolling Stones, Bill Gates and Jack Black. Check out the gallery below for more photos!
April 8, 2014 1:34 PM
Ellen Pompeo and her husband Chris Ivery recently snapped up this Malibu home for $6.3 million, and there's a semi-interesting story behind the place. Pompeo and Ivery bought the pad from Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and her husband Michael Skloff back in March, but it turns out this home was originally part of a multi-million dollar twofer deal some years ago.
Kauffman and her hubby originally listed two adjacent estates on a total of over 2.5 acres of land in August of 2007 for $20 million, but just a few months later the property that sat on the 1.75 acre lot sold for $10.725 million. The neighboring .81 acre estate remained on the market for a year or so, but then it disappeared for a while. However, in August of 2013 the 2,130-square-foot home was re-listed for $6.5 million, and within 6 months Pompeo and Ivery fell in love with the place.
The home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and from the sparkling pool to the ocean views, it almost doesn't even matter how little living space there is! Other features include a remodeled kitchen, a fire pit and a detached guest suite. The two-bedroom main home was designed by renowned architects Buff and Hensman, and according to listing info, "This home offers magnificent views plus the bonus of access to an absolutely gorgeous sandy beach."
Photo Gallery: Ellen Pompeo And Her Hubby Buy $6.3 Million Malibu Home
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