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
9 The Osbourne's Hidden Hills Home: $11.5 Million
8 Christina Aguilera's Beverly Hills Home: $11.5 Million
7 Mark Wahlberg's Beverly Hills Mansion: $12.995 Million
6 Jim Carrey's Malibu Beachfront Home: $13.4 Million
5 Rosie O'Donnell's Star Island Mansion: $16.5 Million
4 Leonardo DiCaprio's Malibu Beach House: $17.35 Million
3 Madonna's Beverly Hills Mansion: $19.5 Million
2 Jeremy Renner's Los Angeles Mansion: $24 Million
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.
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