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This list, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, gives us an insight into the glamorous lifestyle of a select few celebrities. Celebrity’s lives have always fascinated and inspired the public eye. From an entire village to a UFO home, we get a glance at some fascinating investments that are on the market and have recently sold in 2015. Let’s start with the most expensive home on the list. 

#1. The Danny Thomas Mansion: $135 Million 

Danny Thomas was a TV actor, producer and writer known for the television series Make Room for Daddy aka The Danny Thomas Show. He was also instrumental in the creation of The Dick Van Dyke Show.

In the late 1960s, Thomas bought two and a half acres in Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estates and in 1970 he built 18,000-square-foot mansion, which includes:

  • Moorish architecture
  • Interior of exotic, green, burgundy and gold
  • Eight bedrooms
  • 12 bathrooms
  • Outdoor pool complete with a 360-degree view of Los Angeles
  • $2.5 million in Baccarat chandeliers
  • Gold leaf ceilings
  • Hand-woven carpets
  • Arched windows
  • Elaborate tile work
  • Huge motor court that can hold at least 20 cars

Thomas died of heart failure at the age of 79 on February 6, 1991 in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2012, Thomas’ three children sold the property for $5.764 million. The current owner, Aaron Kirman, carried out a complete renovation by bringing in French architect Jacques Garcia who freshened the décor and enhanced the Moorish design and detail. The estate was put back on the market in 2015 at an overwhelming price of $135 million.
Danny Thomas

#2. Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch: $100 million

Michael Jackson is the King of Pop. Starting with his debut on the professional music scene in the group the Jackson 5 performing alongside his brothers, Jackson’s contributions to music and dance made him a global figure in pop culture. He is known for his hits and performances like Beat It, Billie Jean and Thriller.
Jackson

In 1987, Jackson bought his famous Neverland ranch for $19.5 million and the entire estate included:

  • Peter Pan-inspired amusement park
  • 12,000-square-foot mansion
  • A huge Floral clock
  • Petting Zoo
  • Two railroads with steam locomotives
  • Ferris wheel, roller coaster, Carousel, bumper cars, arcade, etc.

In 2013 the amusement rides were replaced with a meditative Zen garden, a section decorated with Peter Pan and was renamed the Sycamore Valley Ranch. The home was restyled back to the original design from 1982. Now the ranch includes:

  • Hardwood floors from an 18th century French Villa in the main house.
  • Six bedrooms
  • A master suite complex on two levels with a sitting room, two large baths and cedar walk-in closets.
  • Hidden safe room
  • Four-bedroom guesthouse
  • Two-bedroom guesthouse
  • Free-form swimming pool
  • Large covered barbecue area
  • Basketball court
  • Tennis court
  • 50-seat movie theater with private balcony and stage
  • Four-acre lake with waterfall

On June 25, 2009, Jackson died after lapsing into unconsciousness at the age of 50. A global outpour of grief followed his death.

Today the Estate of Michael Jackson, with Colony Capital LLC maintaining a 12.5% stake in the property, owns the ranch. The ranch was put up for sale in May 2015 with a price tag of $100 million. There are many protests for the ranch to be a place of pilgrimage for fans. Currently, Jermaine Jackson is in talks with Colony Capital about the decision.
MJ Ranch

#3. Andy Warhol’s Montauk Estate – SOLD for $50 million. 

Andy Warhol is known as the head honcho of the pop art movement. WarholWarhol’s controversial works dealt with celebrity culture and advertisement during the 1960s. Warhol’s studio, entitled The Factory, was home to many groundbreaking parties of its time. Warhol was also the founder of Interview magazine and managed and produced one of rocks most influential bands, the Velvet Underground.

In the 1970s, Warhol and Paul Morrissey, Warhol’s close friend and the well-known American filmmaker, bought the estate for about $220,000. The compound was originally built in the 1930s as a family fishing camp of the Church family of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda fame. The 15,000 square foot estate includes:

  • A main house measuring about 3,800 square-feet
  • Five cottages completely hidden from public view
  • Beach and ocean views
  • Nine bedrooms
  • Twelve bathrooms

The entire estate used to cover 21 acres, but 15 acres were donated to the Nature Conservancy.

Warhol and Morrissey named the home “Eothen” and it has been known to house famous frequents like Liza Minnelli, the Rolling Stones, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon and Jackie Kennedy.

The most recent owner and seller of the property was J.Crew CEO Millard “Mickey” Drexler, who bought the property for $27.5 million in 2007. Drexler sold the property recently to Adam Lindemann, founder of the gallery Venus Over Manhattan, for $50 million.
 Andy Warhol

#4. Jeff Bridges’ Montecito Estate: $29.5 Million

Jeff BridgesJeff Bridges, who grew up in Montecito, has been acting since he was about two years old. He started his career alongside his famous dad Lloyd Bridges on the TV series Sea Hunt. Since then, Jeff Bridges has had leading roles in top films like The Fisher King, The Big Lebowski, and Crazy Heart. Bridges, with his enduring demeanor and popularity with fans and critics alike, has shaped an impressive acting career for himself.
 

In 1994, Jeff Bridges purchased his Montecito estate from Kenny Loggins who designed much of the hilltop property that includes:

  • 9,593-square-foot main house with three levels.
  • Caretaker’s cottage
  • Detached auxiliary garage
  • Pool house
  • Guest house
  • Terraced dining areas outside
  • Swimming pool next to a waterfall
  • A vineyard
  • Extensive outdoors complete with olive trees and views over the Pacific and the Channel Islands.
  • First level of the main house:
  • Five bedrooms each with a set of French doors that open to ocean and garden views.
  • Six bathrooms
  • Large in-home theater
  • Bellow-ground wine cellar
  • Second level of the main house:
  • Five bedrooms on wings that jut out from the main structure, providing privacy for guests.
  • Master suite that is basically its own private island with a fireplace, huge master bath and walk-in closet of over 200-square-feet.
  • Third level of the main house:
  • Large private rooftop terrace and private study

Now, in 2015, Jeff Bridges and his wife Susan are selling the 19.5-acre Tuscan-style family estate. The home is still available and priced at $29.5 million.

Jeff Bridges
 Jeff Bridges

#5. Bob Hope’s UFO Home: $25 Million

Bob HopeBob Hope, originally from London, England, was an American comedian, actor, singer and dancer. His career spanned 80 years, appearing in over 70 films and shorts and co-starred alongside Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour in the successful Road movies. He is also known for his long career performing United Service Organizations (USO) shows and was declared an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces after making 57 tours for the USO.

In 1973, Bob and Dolores Hope asked John Lautner to design their dream home in Palm Springs. Lautner created an enormous home that resembles either a volcano or a spaceship. However, Dolores made multiple changes to the original plans that by the time it was built Lautner no long claimed it as his own design. The design includes:

    •    23,000 square-feet under a dramatic high undulating roof that has open spaces in the walls and ceilings to allow daylight (or stars) to shine through and allow for stunning views of the landscape and mountains.

  • Spa with greenhouse walls
  • Six bedrooms
  • 13 bathrooms
  • Indoor and outdoor pools
  • A pond
  • Putting greens
  • Tennis court

After a long and very successful career as a “Renaissance-man” for the arts, Hope died at age 100 in his home in Toluca Lake, CA in 2003.

The home was originally listed at $50 million but was cut to $34 million and lastly to $25 million, which is the current listing price. The UFO home is still looking for that special buyer, or maybe waiting for E.T. to just phone home.
Bob Hope
Bob Hope

#6. Johnny Depp’s French Village: SOLD for $25 Million

Johnny DeppIn 2001, Johnny Depp, known for his roles in movies like Ed Wood and the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, bought an entire French Village, 17 miles north of St. Tropez. The village was originally built in the 1800s with 12 structures that cover 37 acres near the town of Plan-de-La-Tour.

Depp spent millions renovating each building over a period of 15 years during his 14-year relationship with French actress and singer, Vanessa Paradis, and their two children. He decorated each building himself. In 2012, the couple broke up and Depp put the village on the market. The compound includes:

  • A total of 10,760 square feet of living space
  • 12 bedrooms
  • 12 bathrooms
  • Main house
  • Several guest cottages
  • Chapel
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Workshop/garage
  • Staff house
  • Pirate-themed wine cellar
  • Skate park
  • Two swimming pools
  • Some books, DVDs, furniture and works of art were included in the sale.

The private ancient stone village in the South of France was listed at $25.76 million and sold for $25 million.
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#7. Tyler Perry’s Atlanta Home: $25 Million

Tyler PerryTyler Perry is the creator of the character Madea and the successful TV series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and is the first filmmaker in history to have five films open at #1 in five years. Perry’s films beat the records of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Quentin Tarantino. His films have grossed over $600 million at the box office but cost less that $10 million to make.  

Perry has bought and sold properties across the country, understanding the value of real estate. Perry put his Atlanta French provincial mansion on the market in 2015. The palatial home, which is perched atop 17 acres with views over the Chattahoochee River in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood, includes:

  • 34,688-square-foot home
  • Seven bedrooms
  • Fourteen bathrooms
  • Formal rooms
  • A two-story library
  • Infinity-edge swimming pool
  • Lighted tennis court on top of a two-story parking garage
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Spa
  • Theater
  • Hobby house
  • Underground ballroom with catering kitchen
  • Formal and informal gardens
  • Estate generator
  • Guard house
  • Caretaker’s suite
  • Presidential-level security system with two gated and secured residential entrances.

The immaculate estate is still listed at its original price of $25 million.
Tyler Perry

#8. Lauren Bacall’s Central Park Apartment: SOLD for $21 Million

Any film junky can remember the acting legend with her sultry looks, husky voice and cat-like green eyes. She was named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute (AFI) and is known for her roles alongside Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe. 

In 1961, Lauren Bacall bought an apartment for $48,000 at The Dakota at Central Park West in New York City. The Dakota is one of the most prestigious residential addresses in the world.

Bacall lived in The Dakota for 53 years. Personal treasures and memories that spanned decades and decorated her walls surrounded her in this Upper West Side home. She meticulously decorated her home the way she thought best. Paintings and works of art by artists like Henry Moore and David Hockney hung in Bacall’s bedroom. Her Great Room, with its light blue walls, baby grand piano and intricate backdrop, was used for photo shoots and interviews with The New York Times and Vanity Fair. The home included:

  • Three-bedrooms including Bacall’s master bedroom
  • Four-bathrooms
  • Seven fireplaces
  • Almost 100 feet facing Central Park with treetop views
  • Exceptional 19th century features:
  • 13-foot ceilings
  • Foyer fireplace
  • 11-foot pocket doors
  • Wainscoting
  • Original butler’s pantry
  • Plaster moldings
  • Shutter-framed windows
  • Hardwood flooring
  • 70-foot long gallery opening to major public rooms
  • A great room
  • Library
  • Dining room
  • Juliette balcony

Lauren Bacall died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89. Her home was put on the market this past year (2015). Bacall’s home in The Dakota was originally priced at $26 million and was reduced last spring to $23.5 million. Recently the home sold for $21 million to Oaktree Capital managing director Ronald Beck.

Bacall
Bacall

#9. President Obama’s Vacation Home: $19.125 Million

ObamaPresident Barack Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States and the first African American to hold the office. (I would hope we all know this).

When he isn’t doing his duty as the Pres, he’s spending time with his family. He and his wife (and First Lady), Michelle Obama, have two children, Malia and Sasha.

The Obama Family vacation spot is in Martha’s Vineyard on a private estate overlooking Chilmark Pond not far from the beach. The home was originally built in 1961 but underwent a complete redesign in 2006 by architect Rick Sundberg and landscape architect Steve Stimson. The new contemporary and sophisticated design provides plenty of light and views of the ten acres in which the home resides.  The 6,967-square-foot vacation home that sits 120 feet above sea level includes:

  • Six bedrooms
  • Seven bathrooms
  • Private master suite with its own den
  • Open floor plan includes pool, pond and ocean views from the chef’s kitchen, living room and dining room.
  • Three fireplaces
  • Custom millwork
  • Marble baths
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Two bedroom guest house
  • A half basketball court and home gym
  • Heated infinity pool
  • Private boat dock on the pond
  • Three beachfront lots for enjoying sand and sea

The property was originally listed at $22.5 million, but was recently reduced to $19.125 million and is still available.
Obama

#10. Miley Cyrus’ Tuscan Mansion: SOLD for $5.995 Million

CyrusWho isn’t familiar with the pop star that has generated widespread controversy with her sexually explicit behavior, open love for marijuana and infamous use of sticking out her tongue for every picture?

Starting as a modest child actor in films like Big Fish and later becoming a teen idol on the Disney Channel with the TV series Hannah Montana, now Miley Cyrus has created a new image for herself and works primarily as a singer and performing artist.

In 2007, Cyrus and her family moved to Toluca Lake, CA from Tennessee to be close to the filming of Hanna Montana. When the series ended, Miley’s family moved back to Tennessee and placed the Toluca Lake home in a trust for her. In 2015, she put the home on the marked for $5.995 million. The Tuscan style home is fully gated, surrounded by tropical vegetation and includes:

  • 8,700 square feet on just under an acre
  • Six bedrooms
  • Seven bathrooms
  • Grand entry foyer with a curved staircase
  • Large chef’s kitchen with granite countertops
  • Family room
  • Home theater
  • Billy Ray Cyrus’ former guitar display room
  • Master suite complete with a rooftop terrace, fireplace and large walk-in closet
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • State-of-the-art security system and cameras

The home was sold recently at the full $5.995 million asking price.
Miley
Cyrus

#11. The Bing Crosby Home - $5 Million

Bing CrosbyBing Crosby’s iconic soothing voice made him the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century. He sold over one billion records, tapes, CDs and digital downloads around the world. Crosby’s biggest best selling recording is White Christmas, a rendition of the song that has become a staple during the holiday season.

Crosby’s love of golf influenced his decision to pick a vacation home that was surrounded by golf courses. His home is in Rancho Mirage, which has twelve golf courses. Located in Thunderbird Heights, the home sits on 1.36 acres with views of mountains and city lights. The house was built in 1957 and provides indoor and outdoor living/entertaining spaces. The 6,700 square foot house includes:

  • Six bedrooms
  • Six bathrooms
  • Custom Moroccan wood entry doors
  • Large open and airy formal living and dining rooms
  • Media room
  • Chef’s kitchen with granite and stainless steel
  • An attached casita named after President Kennedy that includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a kitchen with its own private entrance.
  • Glass doors surrounding the outdoor entertainment area that retract and open the house to the pool, patios, outdoor kitchen and bar.

On October 14, 1977, Crosby died from a massive heart attack at the La Moraleja Golf Course near Madrid after playing eighteen holes of golf. He and his partner won that day by one stroke.

Today Crosby’s spaciously opulent home is on the market for $5 million.
Crosby

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