A lifestyle is what you pay for; a life is what pays you...
Being a realtor, this caught my attention. Always interesting to see how the "other" side lives....
Celebrity homes are among the most glamorous and most expensive in today's real estate market and throughout the recession, celebs have had their share of trouble selling high-priced properties.
However, a celebrity listing can carry with it the intangible feature of being the former home of a pop culture personality, adding more allure than a larger pool or additional bedrooms may for a similar high-end home.
Real estate website Zillow compiled for CNBC.com a list of 12 celebrity homes that currently listed for sale, and as it turns out, each property is as unique as the celebrity who is selling.
Listing price: $28,995,000
Interior: 17,171 sqft
Although the listing price has dropped more than $9 million from 2008, it is also infamously the home where Michael Jackson passed away last year, which could potentially either lure or scare away buyers. Although Jackson did not own the home, he was renting it for a reported $100,000 per month while he rehearshed his "This is It" tour.
This French Chateau is located in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles and includes a "glamorous" theater room, wine cellar, elevator, gym, guest house, a pool and expansive gardens on the 1.26 acre property. The home also features 12 fireplaces and an indoor spa.
In order to even view the home, interested buyers must go through an extensive "pre-buying" check, to avoid any paparazzi.
Listing price: $18,900,000
Interior: 9,882 sqft
Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 7
Singer Ricky Martin's home is listed for just under $19 million in Golden Beach, Florida. The two-story Mediterranean-style estate features a 108-foot stretch of private beach and 29,088 sqft of total land.
Dr. Phil McGraw
Listing price: $16,500,000
Interior: 11,036 sqft
Dr. Phil's Hollywood home is currently on the market for a cool $16.5 million. With a prime "north of Sunset" location, this Mediterranean villa is completely walled and gated and features a grand 2-story entry, theater room, gym, billiard room, a 2-bedroom guest house and an outdoor dining room. The estate sits on land measuring approximately 31,360 square feet.
Listing price: $14,200,000
For $14.2 million, you could be the owner of the home formerly owned by actress Uma Thurman. Located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, this 5-story apartment features a full-floor master suite, grand parlor, a stylized garden, outdoor cooking area, roof deck and a separate guest apartment. Zillow's estimated monthly mortgage payment on this home comes to $76,623.
Listing price: $12,750,000
Interior: 5,403 sq ft
On nearly 2.6 acres in Malibu, California, one of Mel Gibson's several highly-priced homes is on the market. After being listed earlier this year at $14.5 million, the home is currently for sale at $12.75 million.
The home features "park-like" grounds, fruit orchards, a lighted tennis court, 3 guest houses, a detached gym, library and a garden cabana.
Listing price: $9,500,000
Interior: 21,083 sqft
Denver Nuggets superstar Carmello Anthony has a high valued piece of real estate on the market. The 21,083 sq ft house is located in Littleton, Colorado in the gated community of Polo Ridge Estates and features a 7 car garage, guest house, home theater, a three-stall barn with a pasture and a 54-foot pool.
Anthony has the chance to opt-out of his contract in 2011 and is expected to test out free agency. When his home was put on the market, it signaled to many in the sports world that he would likely be on the move to a NBA different team.
Listing price: $6,800,000
Interior: 4,722 sqft
The singer and TV personality purchased this house, which was formerly owned by fashion model Heidi Klum, for $5 million shortly after his highly publicized break up with Jessica Simpson. Since then, he's redecorated the home to be the "ultimate bachelor pad." It sits atop a ridge overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific ocean.
Listing price: $4,600,000
Interior: 7,013 sqft
Another home in the market is that of the late Ed McMahon, who during the final years of his life struggled with the prospect of foreclosure on this property.
The Mediterranean-style estate is located in a prestigious area of Beverly Hills known as "The Summit" and features imported doors and "meticulously chosen" fireplaces. Sitting on approximately 1/3 of an acre, the home measures approximately 7,013 square feet.
Listing price: $3,995,000
Interior: 7,189 sqft
For ultimate "Deadheads" in the market for a high end home - look no further than this property 35 miles north of San Francisco. Once home to the Greatful Dead's Jerry Garcia, it was the home he owned at the time of his death in 1995.
The home sits on 11 acres with views overlooking Mount Tamalpas, the Pacific Ocean and the skyline of Berkeley, California. The home features a long driveway bordered by palm trees, a theater with an 8'x10' screen, a master bedroom with a private deck and sauna and a 73,000 gallon swimming pool.
For a Grateful Dead enthusiast with nearly $4 million to spare, this home remains on the market.
Listing price: $3,900,000
Interior: 3,412 sqft
Another celebrity looking to unload property is actor Pierce Brosnan. The Malibu home, which is in close proximity to the beach, provides both ocean and mountain views.
The property also features tropical landscaping, while the home has several wide balconies and makes use of a flowing, open floorplan. According to Zillow, Brosnan purchased the home in 1996 for $600,000.
Mary Schmidt Amons
Listing price: $2,350,000
Interior: 15,000 sqft
Although other members of the "Real Housewives" have faced trouble with foreclosure, eviction and jail time, the Washington DC housewife, Mary Schmidt Amons, is listing her Virginia home without the backdrop of financial or legal hardship.
The home is located in the highly desirable Langley Farms neighborhood of McLean, Virginia, and includes a gourmet kitchen, a master suite with a private deck, sun room, library and 4-car garage. This 15,000 sqft home currently is on the market for $2.35 million.
Listing price: $2,263,000
Interior: 4,448 sqft
That's right, if you want to live like The Duke, you can do so in his former home, located in Newport Beach, California. The property has been listed for about 1 month and has had two previous owners since John Wayne. It last changed hands in 1998 for $895,000.
The house borders the Big Canyon Golf Course, right by the tee for the fourth hole. The home features a two-story living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, parquet floors, marble fireplaces, balconies and a formal dining room with a custom console designed by Wayne himself.
This "Versailles style" home is currently on the market for $2,263,00
So what do you think?
I'm living my life, not buying a lifestyle......