$16m buys you Scottie Pippen's Luxury Lauderdale Mansion

By Paul Owers via sunsentinel.com

Former NBA star Scottie Pippen is selling his Fort Lauderdale palace for $16 million.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot home in the exclusive Harbor Beach subdivision has been on the market for about two years now. Former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino saw how tough the housing market is; he needed more than five years to sell his Weston home for $7.2 million -- less than half of his original asking price.

Pippen's six-bedroom home with 215 feet of water frontage is "extremely special," but it will take time to sell, listing agent Barbara Panton said, adding that the average market time for luxury properties across the U.S. is three to four years.

"There are not that many ready buyers," she said.  Panton said Pippen has listed it on and off since January 2009. She said Pippen hasn't shown any interest in reducing the asking price. The photos above are from the MLS listing.

One Broward County real estate broker says Pippen and wife Larsa, star of The Real Housewives of Miami, have an especially tough sell because the house was built on a double lot and looks across a canal. It’s a magnificent home, but it should have been built closer to the Intracoastal Waterway, the broker said.

Pippen – Robin to Michael Jordan’s Batman with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s – paid $1.34 million for the house in 2000, property records show.  Pippen and Jordan won six NBA titles together. Pippen was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last year. His presenter Jordan, of course.


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Google Grows In Ireland With EUR99.9M Building Buy

By Margot Patrick via wsj.com

 LONDON (Dow Jones)--Google Inc. (GOOG) is expanding its operations in Dublin by agreeing Thursday to pay EUR99.9 million for the city's tallest office building, in one of Ireland's largest property deals since the financial crisis.

The 67-meter Montevetro building in Dublin's Grand Canal Dock district, has 15 stories, 210,000 square feet of office space and can house about 2,000 staff.  Google Ireland head John Herlihy said the new building will give it extra space to relocate some teams at other Dublin sites, including its European headquarters on Barrow Street, and "have the space and flexibility to support our future operations."

The technology company has about 1,700 people working in the Irish city, and said last month is aims to add about 1,000 people in Europe in London and other parts of the region. International revenue made up just over half of Google's total take in 2010.  

Montevetro's developer, Treasury Holdings, started construction in March 2008, just as property prices were starting to slip into what would become a dramatic plunge. After running out of cash to complete the project, Treasury Holdings got working capital from Ireland's National Asset Management Agency, the government-body that has bought up large slugs of banks' impaired real estate development loans, including those that backed Montevetro.  The seller of the building is Anglo-Irish property investment fund Real Estate Opportunities PLC (REO.LN), a vehicle of Treasury Holdings whose largest holding is London's Battersea Power Station.

REO Chairman Ray Horney said the sale is one of the largest in Irish commercial property for several years, "and the company believes it has achieved a very good price in the current market environment."  NAMA Chairman Frank Daly said it got more than its money back on the bank loans it received, as well as on the additional funding it extended for the building's completion.

"The successful completion of the Montevetro development and its sale again reflect the positive potential of NAMA to support the commercial property market in Ireland without compromising its objective of recovering monies owed to the taxpayer," he said.

Ireland set up the agency as part of its effort to restore its banks to health but has since needed a EUR67.5 billion bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The country's biggest banks were hit hard by huge losses on loans to property developers, as a decade-long real-estate boom turned to bust.


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Jennifer Aniston Selling Luxury Mansion in Beverly Hillls For 42 Million...

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JENNIFER Aniston is selling her newly-renovated Beverly Hills mansion.  The former Friends actress is quietly working with a real estate broker to unload the 9,000-plus square foot property.  The pad is on the market for a whopping $42 million. Aniston bought the property in 2006 for $13.5 million.

One year ago, Jen opened the doors of her estate — which has sweeping views of Los Angeles — to Architectural Digest and they featured a spread in their March 2010 issue.  “I am so proud of this house,” Jen said at the time. “And I want to celebrate the people who made it: the master craftsmen who poured so much of themselves into its creation.”

Jennifer recently revealed she wants to move back to New York.  The actress has been spotted looking at a $15 million West Village condominium apartment, and has confessed she misses the city where she spent most of her childhood.

“I’ve been looking and looking and looking. I grew up in New York. I miss it,” she said.  “There is nothing like being in the city that is just the city of Everyman. It’s all walks of life – I love that!”


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Ashton Kutcher puts his Hollywood Hills luxury bachelor pad on the housing market

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When he bought himself a $1million luxury home in the Hollywood Hills, Ashton Kutcher was still a man about town, enjoying his bachelor life.  Less than a year later he met Demi Moore and embraced married life and playing stepfather to her three daughters.

Now, six years on, Ashton has finally let go of the last few ties to his pre-Demi life by putting his home up for sale.  The 32-year-old actor just listed the Hollywood Hills house as for sale with an asking price of $2.6million.  The home was originally 2,002 sq ft and was expanded to 3,235 sq ft during renovation.  The modern two-story design utilises an open-floor plan and contains four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms.   Woods used on the floors, stairs, wood beams and trim are made of mahogany, Brazilian cherry and recycled old redwoods.

All new: The custom built kitchen has sliding doors that open out onto the pool area.  Open plan design: The house also has four bedrooms and five baths.  To make the most of the agreeable California weather, it was built with plenty of outside access points through large glass sliders.  Out back is an 'inviting and private', tiered water escape as water from an infinity-edge spa spills into the infinity-edge pool and lastly, into an infinity-edge waterfall.  Beyond the pool and spa is lush, exotic greenery with walkways and stairs throughout the nearly one-acre property.

Other fun amenities for any bachelor include a wine tower room, which holds 210 bottles, plus a temperature-controlled wine cooler and a professional home theatre.  During his rise to fame in his role as Michael Kelso on That 70s Show, Kutcher purchased this Beverly Hills-area home in 2004 for $1 million, but then he and his father, Larry, extensively renovated and remodelled the property from the ground up.  The father-son duo hired Duncan McIntosh to design the craftsman contemporary.

A portion of the sale price will be donated to the Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA), a non-profit organization set up by the couple that raises awareness about child sex slavery and helps in the rehabilitation of the victims.

However, it turned out to be the bachelor-pad-that-never-was because soon after, Kutcher got married.  Kutcher revealed: 'This house is close to my heart, since my dad and I spent a lot of time planning, visualizing and renovating the entire property.'

The home has been staged by five Los Angeles designers for the tours and all proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit DNA.  Additionally, items from the decorated rooms will become available for sale on Gilt Home February 12 through the 14, with a portion of these proceeds also benefiting DNA.


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Tiger Woods Luxury Home Workout Center

By Jeff Lichtenstein from jeffrealty.com

Why join the Y when you have a virtual state-of-the-art training facility that you would expect to see at Florida State University!

Besides Tiger Woods’ personal golf course , the outdoor exercise and training facility has a monster 100-foot length swimming pool, separate 60-foot diving pool, and of course, the spa. The separate swimming pools alone run an unheard of 160 feet, or the entire width of the house. Add a full tennis/basketball court plus training track facility to the Aqua Complex and personal golf course and Tiger has his own mini Olympic Village. This doesn’t even include the inside workout facilities.



Typically on large Jupiter Island estate homes one would see waterfall resort-style stone pools with lots of freeform space for lounge chairs and entertaining. These luxury pools are built with the Intracoastal or Atlantic Ocean view right behind them. Tiger’s deck is built with practically no space to lay out or entertain. The view is of his own golf course with the Intracoastal practically a mile away. This backyard was clearly built for professional training and Tiger didn’t waste any space. The only question is where to put the jungle gym for the kids!

As residents of Jupiter, we can tell you that Tiger has never been seen anywhere, not in the Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens , not in any restaurants golf courses or even at the Bears Club .  One only assumes Tiger is working on his game 24-7.  Everyone loves a comeback story and many are cheering for Tiger to return to the top and break the Jack Nicklaus record of 18 major championships and winning all 4 majors in the same year.  Grueling hard work is a Tiger trademark and hopefully his new practice golf course and sports complex will catapult his way back to the top.

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About Jeff Lichtenstein:

Jeff Lichtenstein has sold 400+ homes since 2001 in Jupiter, Jupiter Island, Palm Beach Gardens & Palm Beach, Florida - among the most expensive zipcodes in the US - home to the likes of Donald Trump, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Celine Dion & Bill Gates.  Jeff can be contacted directly at 561-346-8383 or jeff@JeffRealty.com .  His personal website showing all the happenings in the Palm Beaches is www.JeffRealty.com


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50 Cent Lowers Farmington, CT Luxury Mansion Asking Price

Rapper 50 Cent just wants to get rid of his costly 53-room mega-mansion in Farmington and he has lowered the price again.  He has dropped the price on the 37 bathroom/19 bedroom estate to $9.9 million.

This is the third time the rap star, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, has lowered the price on the place he bought for $4.1 million from fighter Mike Tyson . Since putting it up for sale four years ago, 50 Cent has periodically dropped the asking price which began at $18. 5 million and had most recently been lowered to $10.9 million. The property, listed by William Raveis Real Estate, is being billed as a "presitigious home," and is advertised with duPont REGISTRY.

 The 50,000-square-foot mansion is on 17 acres and includes a gym, billiard rooms, racquetball courts and a disco with a "dancing room" featuring stripper poles. 50 Cent reportedly spent millions on improvements to the estate that was originally built by swindler Benjamin Sisti.

 A few weeks ago two burglars were discovered by police hiding inside the Poplar Hill Drive residence. There have also been reports that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had taken a look at the property recently.  

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Johnny Depp Buys Multimillion-Dollar Luxury Home In Venice, Italy

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Johnny Depp paid $13.4 million on a house in Venice after falling in love with the city during filming "The Tourist" with Angelina Jolie last year.

Depp plays American tourist Frank, who meets a mysterious beauty (Jolie) who drags him into a dangerous world of intrigue and espionage while traveling through Europe in director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's paranoid thriller.

According to local newspaper "La Nuova Venezia," the actor outbid an Arab prince for the empty building, which is situated in the Santa Croce area of Venice and is one of the only available homes overlooking the famous Grand Canal.


Zsa Zsa Gabor To List Bel Air, Calif, Luxury Mansion

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Zsa Zsa Gabor and husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt are looking to unload their Bel Air, Calif., mansion for about $28 million. A lease with an option to buy is also available.

The real estate agent’s name will be announced later Thursday. Prospective buyers can start looking at the house Monday, says John Blanchette, the couple’s publicist.

The mansion off of Sunset Boulevard was originally built by Howard Hughes, and Elvis Presley lived there for about four years while he filmed movies in Los Angeles, Prinz von Anhalt told entertainment website TMZ. Gabor purchased the home from Presley’s estate in the 1970s, for $600,000, Blanchette said.

Maintaining the home, which is roughly 8,000 square feet with 26 rooms, is becoming too much for the couple because of their age and health problems. They want to move to a smaller Westwood condo more amenable to Gabor’s wheelchair. Gabor, a Hungarian-born sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s who will soon turn 94, recently had her right leg amputated.

“They have to heat the whole house in winter and you have the problems with an aging house - roof and plumbing and that kind of thing,” said Blanchette, who has been Gabor’s publicist since 1983  - longer than seven of her husbands.

He doesn’t think the home will have any problem selling, even in a down market. “It’s a historic house at the top of Bel Air Road,” Blanchette says. “From the patio on a clear day you can see Catalina Island. It’s a spectacular house.”

Plus, he adds, it’s an address with history: “If only the house could talk.”


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Construction Finished on Jeter's Luxury Mansion, Tampa, Florida

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TAMPA - After more than a year in the making, the House That Derek Jeter Built, the biggest home in Hillsborough County, is finished.

On Wednesday, Tampa's building department issued a certificate of occupancy for the famed Yankee shortstop who calls Tampa his permanent home.

The $7.7 million house dwarfs surrounding homes on Bahama Circle in Davis Islands. Construction began on the 30,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, nine-bath mansion early last year. Jeter bought up the adjacent lots on which the home sits for $7.7 million in 2005 and 2006.

The mansion is nearly the size of a Best Buy electronics store and currently is the biggest house, square-footage-wise, in the county.

Jeter is in town this week for his charity golf tournament, but it was unknown if he's staying at the new waterfront home or if he's staying in his quaint $1 million home in Avila.


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Drew Barrymore Buys Luxury Montecito Estate

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Actress Drew Barrymore has splashed out $6.9 million on a six-bedroom mansion in one of California’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.  The Charlie’s Angels star is moving to a sprawling three-acre estate in Montecito, near Santa Barbara, where famous residents include Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Rob Lowe.

Her new home is a three-story Mediterranean-style mansion with five bathrooms, a pool and a spa, celebrity website RadarOnline reports.  She had recently been spotted house hunting in Montecito, a super-wealthy enclave of 10,000 residents.

The home features a guest wing that contains two bedrooms and an office, a traditional-looking wood-paneled living room with fireplace, and four garage bays. There's a little guest house off the main house, some dressing space off the master bedroom, and there are built-in bookcases everywhere.

With a striking glassed-in porch that serves as a long and luxurious sunroom. Further blurring inside and out , the formal dining room has a large paned picture window so that the flowers outside seem part of the room. There's a bedroom fireplace and simply gorgeous grounds for connecting with nature. The property itself is dotted with oaks and hydrangeas, as well as having areas of rolling lawn.


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Alicia Keys lowers price of Syosset, New York home

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There's been another price reduction on Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys' Syosset house. The 2.2-acre, six-bedroom mansion is now listed for $2.995 million. The property came on the market in June for $3.85 million with Alexis Siegel of CORE Long Island.


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Brangelina looking to buy a property in Columbia

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Celebrity super couple and Hollywood actors, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, otherwise referred to as Brangelina, are reportedly looking to buy a home in Columbia.  Alessandro Proto, an estate agent who has helped a number of Hollywood's biggest stars buy homes, told the Colombia Reports that the superstars are particularly keen to buy a home in or around Cali, despite the city’s high crime rate.

Proto reports that the couple are looking for a mansion with at least 15 bedrooms.  "The couple fell in love with the city during a secret visit at the feria," Proto said.

Cali, located in the south-western department of Valle del Cauca, is a surprise destination for the couple to buy a home in Columbia, but apparently appealed to Angelina Jolie during a recent visit to the region.

The Hollywood stars purchased a luxurious holiday home in Italy in September, quashing suggestions that they were going breakup.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased Villa Costanza near Verona, Italy. The property includes 18 hectares of land, 15 rooms and seven bathrooms. The charming country home also includes two swimming pools, a cinema, horse stables and a vineyard.

The actors paid in the region of £25 million for the villa in the Northern Italian hills of Valpolicella.  Pitt and Jolie also own homes in France, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Cambodia.


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Lady Gaga Reportedly Buys Multi-Million Dollar Scottish Mansion

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Lady Gaga has reportedly bought Yester House, a 17th century mansion in East Lothian in Scotland. According to website The Real Estalker, the 24-year-old singer had exchanged contracts on the property.


The 60-room mansion and 200-acre estate is one of Scotland's most expensive properties, comprising of six principal bedrooms, a 1,300 square-foot ballroom and three kitchens. Estate agent Knight Frank said the mansion went on the market for £15 million ($24 million) two years ago.

Yester House also has musical connections. Built between 1699 and 1728, it was owned from the 1970s by Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who died in 2007.


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New York Mansion used in iconic film "The Godfather" to be sold for $2.9 million

By Myrna Holguin from examiner.com

Owners of the Staten Island mansion used in "The Godfather" are making New Yorkers an offer they can't refuse.  The eight bedroom Tudor-style house is being sold for $2.9 million.  The famous home sits on a 24,000-square-foot lot and includes an inground pool and a four-car garage.  The mansion features four bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a pub basement.

Francis Ford Coppola directed "The Godfather."  The film starred Marlon Brando as the fictitious mobster Don Vito Corleone and actor Al Pacino as Michael Corleone, Don Corelone's youngest son and heir to the family business.  The production crew filmed the wedding reception for Connie, Don Corelone's daughter outside in the garden.  Scenes of the family eating and gathering together for meetings were filmed inside the home.  Owner James Norton recounted to the press how his mother kept artifacts from "The Godfather" intact,  including Brando's cue cards. 

"We just hope whoever buys it doesn't want to knock it down and build something new," neighbor Peter Albert, 66, told the Daily News.  "It's a beautiful home."

"I remember when they filmed the wedding in the backyard," his wife, Elain Alber, 62, added.  "People know it. Japanese tourists come here to take pictures. We like it the way it is."

"I was just a boy when they filmed the movie here," stated Steven Howard, 67.  "I grew up knowing it as 'The Godfather House.'  According to realtor, Connie Profaci, the house needs some work.  However, the family is hoping the house's famous iconic film history will still bring buyers to the market.

Would you buy a house made famous in a film?


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LeBron James buys $9M Luxury Mansion in Coconut Grove, Florida

BY NICOLE CARTER from NYDailyNews.com

LeBron James has reportedly just bought a mansion in Coconut Grove, Fla., for $9 million.  The new Miami Heat hotshot got his money's worth too: the home is a massive 12,000 square feet, reports the Miami Herald, and has six bedrooms, a wine cellar, library, home theater and guest house.


 And don't forget the waterfront view from every room. And the swanky infinity pool next to the parking spots for two 60-foot yachts.  This may come as quite a sting to New York real estate brokers, as when the free agent was rumored to be joining the New York Knicks, he reportedly took a tour of N.Y.C.'s finest homes. 

The former Cleveland Cavalier looked at a $13 million townhouse in Greenwich Village (which used to belong to Billy Joel)  and perused a $14.95 million pad in Columbus Circle earlier this year, according to reports.


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