Buying, remodeling, listing, selling home, it’s like child’s play for celebrities. Whenever they feel they need a change in their lives, Hollywood A-listers simply decide to put their mansions on the market and hope a buyer will come soon enough for them to cash in their money and buy another, more sumptuous and more expensive house elsewhere. Many celebrities decided to sell their humble abodes in 2013. No, it’s not some crisis hitting their wallets. Median home prices increased by up to 10% in the United States in 2013. The spectacular recovery in the housing market is one of the reasons many stars decided to list their palatial estates, in the hope of cashing in some dough.
Real estate is a big business, and when celebrities are involved, it gets even more interesting. Celebrity homes swap owners more often than most of us go on holiday. They are simply passed on from one star to the other, flipping these mega mansions like coins. Matt Damon, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Reese Witherspoon, and Carrie Underwood are just a few of the A-listers that put their homes up for sale. However, not all their fancy cribs managed to shake hands with new owners. Instead, older listings finally caught a lucky break. Listed by national real estate brokerage Redfin, the following expensive celebrity homes met their new owner in 2013.
10. Debra Messing’s Bel Air Home: $11.4 Million
The leading lady of Smash and former Will & Grace co-star Debra Messing managed to sell her home on 10475 Bellagio Rd. in Bel Air in less than a month after listing it in mid January 2013, which rarely happens these days. She purchased the mansion from Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger back in 2003 for around $7 million. Interesting how stars tend to swap houses. Boasting 6,410 square feet of living space, the house was built in 1937 and was designed by renowned architect Paul R. Williams. It is traditional in style, and yet very luxurious thanks to its amenities, with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, whose pride and joy is a large master suite with his and her baths and walk-in closets. The house features an additional wing that can be used for guests or offices, and there’s also an outdoor pool with cabana and large lawn.
9. The Osbourne’s Hidden Hills Home: $11.5 Million
They should get a prize for selling two separate homes to two separate pop stars. In March 2013, the famous Osbourne family sold their mansion in Hidden Hills, California to Jessica Simpson and her fiance Eric Johnson. Listed and sold by Redfin, the 11,000-square-foot house sitting on 2.5 acres of land at 5535 Dixon Trail Rd. was built in 2001 and was decorated by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. The Osbournes paid $12.4 million for the property in 2007, and it features six bedrooms and six bathrooms, large walk-in closets, home offices, a guest apartment with kitchenette home theater and studio, and outdoor pool with barbecue island.
8. Christina Aguilera’s Beverly Hills Home: $11.5 Million
In April 2013, Christina Aguilera finally managed to sell her home in Beverly Hills and leave the past behind. She purchased the Mediterranean-style estate with ex-hubby Jordan Bratman from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne back in 2007, when they dropped the exact amount for which it sold, $11.5 million. Look familiar? That’s because it’s the same house that appeared on MTV’s reality show The Osbourne Family. Christina redecorated the home using bold colors, and its six bedrooms and nine baths read glamour all over. The 10,000 square feet of living space feature a creative décor, with high ceilings, grand foyer and staircase, master bedroom with his and her baths, lounge areas, gym, game room, movie room, beauty salon, guesthouse with recording studio, gift-wrapping area for anyone who might find a use for it, and outdoor pool with waterslide and grotto spa, barbeque area and custom pagoda.
7. Mark Wahlberg’s Beverly Hills Mansion: $12.995 Million
Actor and producer Mark Wahlberg has been trying to sell his Beverly Hills home for half a decade. The Mediterranean mansion sitting on 1.75 acres of land with five bedrooms and eight baths finally sold in 2013 for $12.995. It’s not exactly what he hoped for when he first listed it for $15.9 million in 2008, but it will have to do. The 11,500-square-foot home at 9694 Oak Pass offers sweeping panoramic views of Benedict Canyon and plenty of luxury amenities, like screening room, recording studio, detached gym with its own full-size boxing ring, outdoor sports court with tennis, basketball, racquetball, putting green, even a swimming pool with waterslide and grotto, everything you can possibly need to stay in shape. There’s a two-bedroom guesthouse, and there are large living and dining areas. Mark Wahlberg purchased the palatial estate in 2001 for $5 million and spent two years refurbishing and remodeling the mansion.
6. Jim Carrey’s Malibu Beachfront Home: $13.4 Million
Jim Carrey has been struggling to get this beachfront home off his hands since 2011, when he listed it for $18 million, twice the amount he dropped on it when he purchased it in 2002. Unfortunately, the 2,866-square-foot contemporary-style mansion at 23418 Malibu Colony Rd. has had its share of price cuts until it finally sold in 2013 for $13.4 million. With five bedrooms and five and a half baths, ocean-facing master suite with huge windows, spacious decks and patios with barbecue and dining areas, a gorgeous rooftop spa, and its very own section of sandy beach, the property is located in the prestigious Malibu Colony, a private neighborhood where intimacy is at its best.
5. Rosie O’Donnell’s Star Island Mansion: $16.5 Million
In April 2013, talk-show host Rosie O’Donnell listed her lavish Star Island mansion in Miami for $17.5 million. In June, it sold for $16.5 million. Not bad, considering she purchased the property in 1999 for $6.75 million. Don’t judge just yet. The house required extensive renovations. Back in the day, it was a massive marijuana cartel. In the 1970’s, it was the headquarters of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church. No wonder the place needed a facelift. Reminiscences of those ganja fueled days can still be seen today. There’s a large twisted banyan tree in the driveway, a hammerhead statue above the stairs, and a large exotic fish tank in the dining room. Nevertheless, the 11,104 square feet of living space, 200 feet of bay frontage, and two guesthouses make the former Rastafari Church – ganja house all worth it.
4. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Malibu Beach House: $17.35 Million
Built in 1927, the large complex comprised of three separate houses has a little bit of something of The Great Gatsby in it. Although knowing DiCaprio as the Wolf of Wall Street that he is, the three homes have been remodeled and boast the finest luxury amenities. Combined, the three houses have seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, and boast 2,633 square feet of living space. The large lot also features several outdoor lounging spaces, jacuzzi, gym, long deck overlooking the beach, and its own private beach, all at 23736 Malibu Colony Rd. After a series of price cuts summing up to $4 million, DiCaprio finally sold the Cape Cod styled beach house for a whopping $17.35 million. He still made a staggering $11.35 profit from the sale.
3. Madonna’s Beverly Hills Mansion: $19.5 Million
Sold for $3 million under the original asking price, Madonna‘s mansion in Beverly Hills did bring her quite the profit. A decade ago, she and ex-hubby Guy Ritchie purchased the property for $42 million from actress Sela Ward. Obviously, Madonna being the material girl we all know, she needed the finest amenities money can buy. The 17,000-square-foot place boasts 15 bathrooms, nine bedrooms, two spacious living rooms, and a two-story dining room. That’s not all. There is a resort-size swimming pool, tennis court, gym, and everything else a successful star might need to make it through the day: two offices plus assistants’ offices, full-size screening room, staff rooms, and two guesthouses. The intimate property is protected by a gated entrance, and all visitors are welcomed by a 500-foot long tree-lined driveway.
2. Jeremy Renner’s Los Angeles Mansion: $24 Million
When he’s not busy starring in action movies like Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Bourne Legacy, and The Hurt Locker, Jeremy Renner likes to toy with real estate. He and his business partner Kristoffer Winters, an interior designer who also starred in several movies, have purchased and sold more than 15 houses since 2002. The palatial estate at 107 North Delfern Dr. in Los Angeles was purchased by the two in 2010 for $7 million. In 2013, it sold for $24 million. The 1920’s Art-Deco-style mansion seems ripped of the pages of The Great Gatsby, with vintage tiles, intricate ceilings, built-in bar, and cobblestone driveway in the prestigious Holmby Hills neighborhood. Boasting more than 10,000 square feet of living space sitting on two acres of land, there are six bedrooms, 11 baths, five fireplaces, a home theater, and multiple pools and fountains.
1. Gianni Versace’s Casa Casuarina in Miami: $41.5 Million
The palatial estate at 1116 Ocean Dr. in Miami, formerly known as Casa Casuarina, is currently operating under the name of Barton G. Weiss as a high-end boutique hotel. Casa Casuarina was the home of late fashion designer Gianni Versace, who was brutally murdered outside its very steps back in 1997. He purchased the mega mansion in 1992 for $2.9 million. He then spent $33 million on remodeling it, giving it a facelift unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The sumptuous interiors feature arched doorways, custom tile mosaics, hand-painted walls, ceiling frescoes, and lavish chandeliers inside its 23,462 square feet of living space with 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The exteriors boast multiple fountains, massive sculptures, and a 54-foot long pool lined with 24-karat gold. Gianni Versace’s palace sold in September 2013 during an auction. The winning bidder was VM South Beach LLC, a group that includes the Nakash family, owners of Jordache Enterprises, who transformed Casa Casuarina into a high-end boutique hotel by the name of Barton G. Weiss.