Palo Alto, CA
Longtime Google employee, turned Yahoo! CEO
Funeral home, likely to be demolished
According to reports by The Silicon Valley Business Journal and Palo Alto Weekly, Mayer bought the property that houses Roller & Hapgood & Tinney, Palo Alto‘s oldest funeral home for $11.2 million. The funeral home is set to close its doors on October 31st, and the land on which it sits is currently zoned “planned community,” and a 2012 Palo Alto city report identified the funeral-home property as a potential site for up to 21 residences.
No one knows exactly what Mayer plans to do with the property, but the deal does resemble the buying spree Mark Zuckerberg just went on in Palo Alto. Zuckerberg bought the three homes adjacent to his main residence to protect his privacy and to stop a developer from marketing a home as being “next door to Mark Zuckerberg. Mayer may be taking a similar approach, as her Palo Alto residence is just a short block from her new purchase.
Standard with high-profile buyers, Mayer’s name isn’t directly associated with the purchase. County transfer tax records show a blind LLC paid $11.2 million for the site and the deal closed on Oct. 7th.
Image via Google Street View.
Son of Bruce Jenner, Step-brother of the Kardashians, previously appeared on reality TV show "The Hills" and others
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1,517 square feet
Reality TV star and Kardashian step-brother Brody Jenner has just dropped $1,895,000 on a quaint and quiet Malibu hideaway.
According to property records, Bruce Jenner‘s son closed on the 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom, 1,517 square foot home on October 11, 2013.
With his new Malibu digs, Brody is now neighbors with his brother Brandon and his wife Leah, who recently dropped $1.455 million on a rundown Malibu teardown that they will likely rebuild into their dream home. Their dad isn’t that far away either! After secretly splitting from Kardashian Momager and matriarch Kris Jenner earlier this year, Brody’s dad Bruce Jenner also became a Malibu resident when he rented a beachfront Malibu home for $14,500 a month after moving out of the Kardashian compound in Calabasas.
Brody’s new Malibu home is a rare gem and came onto the market for the very first time this summer. Very private, the 4+ acre home also has a guest house and is set among the oaks and on a running creek. The existing home is an updated rustic cottage with hardwood floors, wood burning fireplaces, ocean view and plenty of usable land to potentially expand the home. In a unique Malibu location, Jenner’s new property has land and plenty of room for horses, but is just seconds to the beach.
Images via the MLS.
New York, NY
Brazilian supermodel and star quarterback of the New England Patriots
3 bedrooms, keyed private elevator entrance, full-floor, views
First reported by the New York Post, Brady and Bundchen are buying an incredible 3-bedroom condo on the 47th floor of the famed One Madison building that was originally listed for $16.5 million.
Accessed by a keyed elevator entrance that leads to a private foyer, Tom and Gisele’s new
In the main living space, a great room connects to an open kitchen and separate dining area.
One Madison ran into financial woes almost immediately after it hit the market in 2007. Foreclosures and lawsuits plagued the high rise until it was taken over by new management, who were then able to attract A-list buyers.
Brady once owned a condo at Time Warner Center, which he sold for $17.5 million and Bündchen previously owned a triplex penthouse on West 11th Street, which she sold for $4.4 million.
Together, Brady and Bunchen were previously spotted checking out an $11.495 million duplex at 212 W 18th street before they settled on their new, incredible pad. On the West Coast, Tom, Gisele and their kids rest their heads in a $20 million-dollar, custom-built mansion with a moat.
Beverly Hills, CA
Her Madgesty, a timeless pop icon
9 bedrooms, 17,000 square feet, resort-size pool, 2 guest houses
Before it came (and lingered on the market), Madonna’s posh pad had long been rumored to be a “pocket listing”–not officially on the MLS, but still for sale–for $28 million, but since the price wasn’t in ‘Vogue’ with buyers, Madonna was forced to try the public market at a lower price.
After about 10 months on the market, Madonna has finally sold for $20 million – a nice profit of $8 million dollars more than the $12 million she paid in June 2003, when she bought the home from actress Sela Ward. ‘Take a Bow,’ Madonna – nice work!
The whole time the home was on the market, only a single image showing the home’s ‘Borderline’ was available, so we never got to peep the interiors. We do know Madonna’s just-sold property starts with a 500-foot, gated, tree-lined drive that leads to an acre and a quarter of lushly landscaped grounds, offering total privacy for residents to ‘express themselves.’
The recently remodeled house has all the finest details and amenities: nine bedrooms, two living/reception rooms, a two-story dining room, junior dining room, large kitchen with breakfast room/den, and a full size screening room and theater. As if that weren’t enough space to ‘Cherish,’ the property also has two offices, assistants offices, a gym, staff rooms, two guest houses, a north/south tennis court, and a resort-size pool. No detail was overlooked and no expense spared in maintaining the house meticulously. It’s clear, by taking one look at her former home, that Madonna is a ‘Material Girl.’
Madonna is no property ‘Virgin,’ as she also has homes in New York and London.
Supermodel, 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant, "Real Housewives of Miami" cast member
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2,139 square feet, incredible views
The Polish supermodel and husband Romain Zago just dropped $1.37 million on a Miami high rise condo at the Four Seasons Miami.
The newlyweds tied the knot this summer and have been living in the 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 4,472 square foot waterfront home that Joanna purchased in May of 2011 for $3,400,000. With Joanna and Roman moving out and into their new high rise, that home is now for rent for $16,000 a month.
Offered fully furnished, Joanna’s stunning new high rise condo has panoramic bay views of the downtown Miami skyline. Features include stone tile and marble floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, Poggenpohl cabinets, electric shades, a surround sound system and more.
Located at the prestigious residences at the Four Seasons, the full-service building’s amenities include 24-hour concierge service, state-of-the-art gym, pool and spa. On top of their mortgage, Joanna and Roman are now on the hook for HOA fees of $1,540 a month.
The 42nd-floor unit came on the market in March 2013 with a $1.469 million price tag, which was later reduced to $1.369 million in July.
Images via the MLS.
Los Feliz, CA
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 4,026 square feet, pool, gated
Pattinson purchased the home for $6,275,000 on September 2, 2011 from basketball legend Kareem-Abdul Jabbar, and proceeded to nest there with then-love Kristen Stewart. Once it was revealed that Stewart cheated on Pattinson, her longtime “Twilight” love, she was booted from the home and he moved out to a new place shortly thereafter. Rumors swirled that the bad memories were enough to drive the Twilight hunk out of the spanish-style home and into a short-term rental while he searched for a fresh start.
One of the first private residences built in the Hills above Los Feliz, Pattinson’s uber-private walled and gated estate is an architecturally significant property with incomparable gardens. Sitting on a terraced 1.5 acre lot, the home has 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathrooms and incredible original details intermingled with state-of-the-art, updated systems. The outdoor grounds feature gardens, a lagoon pool and unmatched city views.
David Gray of Partners Trust Beverly Hills is the listing agent.
Images via the MLS.
Oldest of the Jonas brothers, married to Danielle; Stars of their own reality TV show "Married to Jonas"
4,788 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, pool, wine seller, theater.
The married duo are currently pregnant with their first child (a girl!), and according to reports, their current home in Denville, New Jersey is just a little too exposed for their liking. It was the central location for their E! reality show “Married to Jonas.” While gorgeous and grand, the home just isn’t private enough for Kevin and Dani and their impending arrival.
Sources close to them say that the couple plans to throw a private event at the home to hopefully generate interest in the property and potentially snag a buyer. While they’ve been shown on their reality show contemplating a big purchase in Manhattan, reports say they’ve already purchased property close to their former home and intent to start building a new home.
The home is isn’t currently listed on the MLS, but the listing agent’s website and property records show that the home is 4,788 square feet and has 5 bedrooms, 5,5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, movie theater and pool. They paid $1.19 million for the estate in January 2011.
Image via listing agent Amy Werner of Terri O’Conner
Beverly Hills, CA
Former pop star and reality TV newlywed who reinvented herself as a fashion mogul and mommy
Months after decamping to the $11 million dollar Hidden Hills mansion she bought from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Jessica Simpson has finally sold her former home in Beverly Hills for $6.4 million.
Listed by the former reality TV “Newlywed,” turned billion-dollar fashion designer for $7,995,000 in May 2013, the home finally found a buyer for about $1.5 million less than asking price. It’s still a tidy profit from the $5,275,000 she originally paid in December 2005. Simpson purchased the 5-bedroom, 6 bathroom, 5,500 square-foot estate right after she announced to the world that she and husband Nick Lachey were divorcing.
Simpson’s, fiance Eric Johnson and baby girl Maxwell had been living as one happy family in the home for the past few years, but with the new addition of a new baby boy, Ace Knute, the family of four was ready to sell the estate off and nest in their new Hidden Hills home.
Built in 1991, the custom home
The property is walled and gated, with a stone courtyard that leads to a koi pond. Inside, high ceilings punctuate the formal living room and dining room. A family-friendly, restaurant-style gourmet kitchen leads to the breakfast room then out to the stone courtyard. The media/family room opens out to the serene, private and secure park-like grounds and swimming pool.
The home also has quite the Hollywood pedigree. Prior to Simpson and her family living here, Paul Hogan, Tom and Kathy Freston, Ellen DeGeneres, and Rick Yorn all called this gorgeous Beverly Hills property home.
Winning Academy Award for Best Actress for Walk the Line and starring in all Legally Blonde films
9-bedroom, 6.5 bath, 7-acre property
Reese Witherspoon may be one of America’s most beloved actresses, but she’s not feeling the love in the real estate game. After a year on the market and numerous price reductions, she just reduced the price of her rustic-style Ojai, CA retreat by another $1.3 million, bringing the new asking price to $5.9 million. The new price is much, much lower than the $10 million she was originally asking for the estate.
While pregnant with her third child, the retreat made headlines when Witherspoon and this Ojai home appeared on the cover and in a full length spread in the September 2012 issue of Elle Décor. That month, it officially came on the market with a $10 million dollar price tag and a splashy feature story in The Hollywood Reporter.
The home first made headlines in March 2011, when Witherspoon married second husband Jim Toth in front of a group of A-list guests on the grounds of the estate. Months later, rumors swirled that Witherspoon offered the Ojai home to her Water For Elephants co-star Robert Pattinson as an escape from the media during his ex-girlfriend Kristin Stewart’s affair scandal.
While this country retreat has gotten all the media exposure one would think it would need to sell, Witherspoon is still struggling to find a buyer. After numerous price chops, Reese is now asking just $100,000 more than the $5.8 million she paid when she purchased the property from prominent interior designer Kathryn Ireland in 2008.
Since then, Witherspoon has renovated the space, clearly adding tremendous value, but she won’t get much more than she originally paid and will likely lose money on the deal.
Built in 1923 and hidden away in the Ojai Valley hills, the vacation retreat was originally designed by architect Wallace Neff as a barn, later turned to an actual home in the 1940’s by architect Austen Pierpoint. The Spanish architecture gives the home tons of personality and allows for a true getaway. The rustic, century-old designs comes alive with the stone-lined hallways and wood beamed ceilings. A cool and relaxing ambiance surrounds the space as natural light graces each room and views of the hills can be seen throughout. In the recent issue of Elle Decor, Witherspoon nicknamed the home “Libbey Ranch” and describes it as “meditative and restorative,” like “having a little bit of Tennessee in California.”
With four bedrooms and three and a half baths, the 5,000 square foot main home seems minuscule on the seven-acre property, yet horse stables, three guest cottages, a carriage house and swimming pool take up the remainder of the land - perfect for a large family to relax and escape to a quiet, country vacation.
Gregg Leach of Village Properties now has the listing.
Palo Alto, CA
3 adjacent properties
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may oversee a company with information about more than a billion people worldwide, but when it comes his own life, privacy is paramount.
According to property records uncovered by the San Jose Mercury News and confirmed by Trulia, the Facebook CEO spent $30 million over the last 10 months to buy three of his neighbors’ homes.
With a $19 billion dollar net worth, the collective $30 million was just a drop in the bucket for Zuckerberg, who doesn’t intend to raze the homes adjacent to the one he paid $7 million for in March 2011 and build a massive compound. Instead, he’s taken ownership of three properties and will simply rent the homes back to the current residents.
Word is that the deals started to go down when Zuckerberg caught wind that a developer planned to buy a neighboring home and charge a premium for the home by marketing it as being “next to Mark Zuckerberg.” To squash that deal, Mark simply bought the house instead.
Zuckerberg’s recently-revealed purchases not only stopped that one slimy developer from profiting from being Zuckerberg-adjacent, but it also ensured that Mark and his wife Priscilla Chan won’t face that issue again. For one particular property, Zuckerberg had to really pony up, likely because the seller didn’t want to sell or knew Mark was motivated and had the funds. He paid $14.5 million for a home with a market value of about $3.2 million dollars.
The properties are all held in generically-named LLCs tied back to Zuckerberg’s money manager at Iconiq capital.
Zuckerberg also owns a home in San Francisco that is currently undergoing extensive upgrades.
Images via Google.