Celebrity Real Estate Roundup: Ellen DeGeneres, Shakira
By Laura Vecsey
Oops, She Did It Again
Serial homebuyer and redecorator Ellen DeGeneres is at it again - much to the chagrin of spouse Portia de Rossi. The elegant horse ranch in Thousand Oaks, Calif., that de Rossi loved and hoped would be the couple's last home is on the market for $10.995 million.
So much for the "industrial chic" property being the couple's dream house that DeGeneres said they just might keep. It certainly had the potential to fit every mood, since the Elle Décor-featured spread included two barns and eight guest cabins.
The move was precipitated by their purchase of an even more fabulous 13-acre spread the couple bought earlier this year in Montecito. Anyone making a bet that the new home will be the last for DeGeneres will have to take long odds. Her previous big-stakes home flips include deals with Brad Pitt (they bought and sold his Malibu mid-century modern) and Ryan Seacrest (who bought their custom Beverly Hills mansion).
Before she endeared herself to an even bigger audience with her appearance as a judge on "The Voice,'' Colombian-born singer Shakira earned her music-industry stripes as chart-topping singer.
Now the Miami Beach house she bought for $3.38 million has seen its own value balloon: Shakira has listed the North Bay Road residence for $14.95 million. The 8,355-square-foot "Zen sanctuary" has 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, an updated kitchen with high-end appliances and a bay-front hardwood deck.
With a new baby (with Spanish soccer star Gerard Pique) and the demand to be in Los Angeles to film "The Voice," Shakira's Miami vice is not fitting into her new and hectic schedule.
Everything's Coming Up Rosie
Rosie O'Donnell is always juggling kids, shows, social media and social causes. And, yes, real estate maneuvers, too. Now there are two more for the comedian/actress/talk show host.
One is a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bath luxury apartment in The Platinum, a full-service, award-winning condominium at 247 W 46th St. O'Donnell bought the place in 2007 for $1.97 million and has now listed it for $2.25 million.
But the real prize is Rosie's 3,200-square-foot Greenwich Village penthouse at 130 West 12th St., listed for $10.95 million. The 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom residence has apparently caught the eye of fashion designer Michael Kors, whose net worth has soared since he took his label public.
All She Wants To Do Is Sell Her House
Sheryl Crow has a new album due out in September, but the native Missourian who penned pop songs about life Los Angeles who now lives in Tennessee may be trying to tell us something about all her travels.
"Feels Like Home" is Crow's new record, but when it comes to her home in Los Angeles, it feels like an albatross. Hence the $3 million price drop for the 11-acre property in the Hollywood Hills.
Crow listed the home for $15.95 million in 2012, but has just slashed it to for the 11-acre property on Vista Street in Los Angeles, but is now looking to sell $12.495 million.
The three-parcel property in Hollywood Hills was featured in Architectural Digest and comes with three homes: A 1909 craftsman bungalow guest house, a 19th-century cottage and a Spanish colonial that served as Crow's main residence.
Bill Buckner spent decades suffering for an error that led to the Boston Red Sox's World Series loss in 1986, even though the hobbled first baseman should have never been left in the game. To get away from vitriol of Boston fans, Buckner went West - way West - where he chilled out on a 4-acre ranch on East Wild Horse Lane in Boise, Idaho. Now Buckner has dropped the price of the spread to $1.699 million after trying to sell back in 2008 for $2.45 million. Let's hope Buckner gets the break he deserves.
Tennis champ and world-class referee insulter John McEnroe has bought another home in Malibu, Calif. His new 2,800-square-foot ranch-style home with vaulted beam ceilings on 1.5 acres is located just six miles from his other Malibu residence. McEnroe and his wife, singer Patty Smyth, paid $3.345 million. It's not beachfront, but apparently comes with deeded access to one of Malibu's most desirable beaches.
NBA analysts know that Shane Battier is one of the greatest unsung stars of the game, elevating any team he plays for by all the off-the-ball work he does to execute winning plays. So it's no surprise that the quietly brilliant veteran eschewed the kinds of Miami spreads that Heat teammates like LeBron James or Dwayne Wade favor and instead picked up a relatively modest-priced home in Coral Gables, Fla., for $3.225 million. That put an end to rumors that the former Duke star might be leaving Florida. He listed his Coconut Grove home in July for $1.895 million.
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