Sunday, October 13, 2013

In Case You Missed It This Week

After she backed out of the purchase of Olivia Newton's John's $6.2 million water front house in Jupiter Inlet (FL) because someone committed suicide on the property right before the closing, Rosie O'Donnell has gone and spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million for a gulf-front spread on Casey Key just south of Sarasota, FL. In addition to the four bedroom and seven bathroom plantation-style house with swimming pool and outdoor kitchen, the sale includes a covered boat slip at a nearby marina. Tennis queen Martina Navratilova sold her Casey Key house back in 2008 and prolific novelist Stephen King owns at least two homes including a modern manse on three lots the northern tip of the sand spit barrier island he bought in 2001 for $8.9 million. (source: Herald Tribune; listing photos: Sarasota Photography for Sotheby's International Realty)

Orlando Bloom listed his gated mini-estate in the star-studded Outpost Estates nabe in Los Angeles (CA) with a $4.5 million price tag. And, yes, this is the place famously burglarized by the Bling Ring and that, much to the chagrin of some of his neighbors, he painted black. (source: Redfin blog; listing photos: Coldwell Banker)

Barbadian-born international pop star Rihanna has moved out of her $12 million mansion in L.A.'s affluent and staid Pacific Palisades 'hood—because she keeps getting unwanted intruders—and (allegedly) leased a $39,000 per month duplex penthouse in New York City's SoHo 'hood. In case Riri might want to buy the penthouse it's also available for sale with a $14,660,000 price tag. (sources: TMZ and Daily Mail; listing photos: Town Residential)


Facebook gajillionaire Mark Zuckerberg and his Doctor missus, Priscilla Chan, reportedly heard word that a developer planned to buy the house next door, build a big house and market it as being next door to Zuckerberg, as if that was a reason to buy a house. So, they did what anyone with a net worth near twenty billion dollars might (and can) do, they shelled out more than $23,000,000 to buy (at least) three of the adjacent properties. At that's in addition to the seven million bucks they paid in 2011 for their fully updated and upgraded five bedroom turn-of-the-century residence. The Zuckerberg-Chans reportedly don't have current plans to merge the properties and—so the story goes—have leased the houses back to the sellers. (San Jose Mercury News)

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