10 of the Most Expensive Celebrity Homes on the Market that We Love
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Whose house is the fairest of them all?
Which celebrities have the most expensive properties on the market right now? Let's apologize up front for not including any pocket listings that we don't know about. (In fact, if you'd be so kind as to let us know about them, we'd be most grateful.)
And sorry, but we aren't counting Candy Spelling's Bel-Air listing at an unrealistic $150 million here -- not because it isn't a super property (if overpriced) but because despite her befriending us on Facebook, we still don't quite consider her a celebrity. We're also not including Dennis Hopper's estate, no disrespect intended toward the recently departed but if we opened the cemetery floodgates, there wouldn't be enough room in cyberspace to list them all. And lastly, we're so sick of athletes who misbehave that we'll pass on considering them celebrities for the moment. Overgrown kids maybe, but not celebrities.
So with those caveats, here's the unofficial Luxist list of 10 of our favorite and most expensive celebrity homes on the market.
1) Billy Joel's Sagaponack Village house for $19.9 million. We love love love this beachfront house in Sagaponack Village South that sits on 145 feet of oceanfront. We even loved it when it was first listed at $22.5 million. Classy, elegant, blends with the surroundings. You half expect a seagull to land on you while you stare at the photos. High beamed ceilings, white-washed, New Englandy without the pretensions. It was renovated in 2009 and clearly is a place where great music could be made -- although apparently not between Billy Joel and his soon-to-be-ex wife Katie Lee Joel. Nothing like a divorce to force the issue of liquidating the real estate. And nothing like a recession to keep things from moving. The piano man and his fourth wife also listed the property next door to this one for $12 million. There are some reports it sold in the $10 million vicinity.
Gallery: The Joels In Sagaponack #1
2) The Beverly Hills home belonging to talk-show host Dr. Phil, aka Phil McGraw, is priced at $16.5 million. Dr. Phil went ahead and bought another home nearby for $29.5 million without selling this one. "People rich enough to buy without selling first" -- now there's a Dr. Phil show if we ever heard of one, assuming the producers could find someone besides McGraw still able to do it.
Gallery: Dr. Phil in Beverly Hills
3) Christie Brinkley's Sag Harbor home is on the market for $15.75 million. No, she doesn't come with it for that price, but the North Haven home was built in 1843 and sits on 4.5 lovely acres. The harbor front home, with 5,500 square feet, has massive columns and includes tons of period details including wide-plank old pine floors that always send my heart a pitter-pattering. The property includes a sandy beach with 327 feet of water frontage overlooking the harbor. Wait! Does she have more beachfront than Billy Joel? Yeah, and she's taller too. The two were married from 1985-1994. We have scorecards if anyone needs them.
Gallery: Christie Brinkley in North Haven
4) Burt Reynolds is one of the sexist guys in Hollywood and don't argue otherwise or I'll just plug my thumbs in my ears and start singing "la-la-la-la-la-la" and won't hear you anyway. His Florida house, well, that's another story. Listed at $15 million back in the realty Stone Age (2005) and then chased the market down to the point it is listed at $8.995 million, according to Realtor.com. Maybe it's time for Mr. Smokey and the Bandit to consider something even more drastic? Heck, this is Florida, where they pretty much are giving away houses for the contents of your piggybank. Just sayin: Sometimes the sexy ones aren't the smart ones. For the record, the Old-Florida-style estate sits on more than three acres and borders a wildlife refuge. The house has five bedrooms, a pool with a gazebo and waterfall, a boat dock and a heli-pad (perhaps for the rather large Floridian mosquitoes to safely land?
Gallery: Burt Reynolds in Hobe Sound
5) Christina Aguilera's Hollywood Hills home just had a price drop to $5.995 million. It's another one that's been on the market so long that cobwebs have formed on the listing agreement. She might want to talk to Burt Reynolds about what happens to homes if you don't get out in front of the downwardly spirally market. Aguilera moved to a tonier Beverly Hills address shortly before listing the home she lived in before she became a mom.
Gallery: Christina Aguilera in West Hollywood
6) Joan Rivers may have sold her $25 million New York City place, but she's still got her New Milford Connecticut estate listed at $5.9 million. Joan, who was headed west to be near her daughter Melissa, is an acquired taste. Her home has far more generic appeal but generic is the operative word here.
Gallery: Joan Rivers In Connecticut
7) Mel Gibson's familial home in the Serra Retreat neighborhood of Malibu is on the market at $14.5 million. Known as the Lavender Hill Farm, the name certainly suggests a happier time in the Melmeister's life. We are personally most grateful that he has managed to plug Oksana Grigorieva's leaks of his tirades that she secretly recorded. Dang it was tiresome to hear each day's installment, although it is kind of amusing that Oksana now thinks Mel should pay for her publicist who apparently helped leak them. Only in L.A., my friends, only in L.A. Anyway, his ex-wife Robyn lives in this 10-bedroom house, which has fruit orchards, organic gardens and is serene and beautiful and about as far away from Mel as a place can be.
Gallery: Mel Gibson's Lavender Hill Farm
8) I'm partial to any home redone by the Hollywood Royal of Historical Restorations (and I don't mean Brad Pitt). This Spanish Colonial Revival home meticulously redone by Diane Keaton is a beauty. Listed currently at $10.95 million in Beverly Hills, the 7 bedroom home was built by architect Ralph Flewelling in 1927. It was featured in Architectural Digest in 2008.
9) Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson must like his dollars halved. That, or he got realistic about the Farmington Connecticut real estate market. He slashed the asking price on his home there from $18.9 million to $10.9 million, according to Trulia. He bought the house from boxer Mike Tyson. The contemporary home sits on 17 acres and has a pond, pool and basketball court. Lots of marble, natural light and all the other goodies you'd expect to find.
Gallery: 50 Cent In Farmington
10) Just to prove we do leave the two coasts on occasion, singer Sheryl Crow's getaway in College Grove Tennessee is also a favorite. Listed at $7.5 million, this "solar farm" is an equestrian facility in a pastoral setting. And it's got a pretty cool music studio, as one might expect, as well.
Gallery: Sheryl Crow's Cross Creek Farm