With the new year almost here, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com takes a look at our Top 10 celebrity homes of 2020. Check them out:
First-year American Idol winner in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has not only crafted a stellar award-winning career, but over the past 18 years her creativity has taken on a life of its own. She writes and sings top-of-the-charts songs, writes children’s books, made her mark as an actress and coach on “The Voice,” and is now the host of her own television show, “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” But since evolving into a homeowner, Clarkson has developed a unique decorating style that could easily bear her name. It shows in her waterfront Tennessee mansion, the Montana ranch where she and her family are hunkering down during the 2020 pandemic, and in the stunning Encino, Califo., mansion she has listed for $9.99 million.
Clarkson has always been popular for her girl-next-door persona and fresh, energetic personality. From growing up very poor to a staggering net worth of more than $45 million, she has chosen beautiful-but-functional mansions, not the soulless showoff structures that scream: “Look at me! See how important I am!” Instead, her style says, “Come on in and have some iced tea!” The rooms are always large and airy but filled with wood and industrial accents, deep coziness, and feel-good textiles.
Built in 2018, the nearly 10,000-square-foot home offers many indoor and outdoor venues for entertaining. Included are formal living and dining rooms, eight bedrooms (the owner suite has its own patio), eleven baths, and a spacious kitchen and family room dining space with pool and lawn views. The layout also offers a number of private getaway spaces, both indoors and out, that provide spots for quiet meditation or to kick back and read a novel without interruption. Recreation is easy to find: a game room with its own kitchenette, a pool deck with a dining area near the kitchen, twin bars, and an outdoor kitchen with a fireplace. The pool, spa, and lawn beyond are completely private with walls and mature shrubbery. There is also a separate two-bedroom guest house.
Clarkson filed for divorce from her husband of seven years, Brandon Blackstock, in June.
The listing agents are Chris Corkum and Lisa Brende of Compass, Los Angeles.
Sir Sean Connery, who died on Halloween, was not only one of the most famous actors of the past 50 years, in 1999 he was named People’s “Sexiest Man of the Century.” The screen’s original James Bond, Connery was smart, handsome, refined, debonair, and by far the most popular of the nine actors who took on the classic-spy role created by British naval intelligence officer Ian Fleming in 1953. One of the world’s most cherished celebrities, the Scottish-born star won numerous American and British film awards, including an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, and an American Film Life Achievement Award. Queen Elizabeth granted him knighthood in 2000.
Similar to 007 — who enjoyed the best food, drinks, cars, and girlfriends all over the world — Connery was able to live in some of the world’s prime real estate spots, with ritzy homes in England, Spain, France, and the Bahamas. His longtime house in the South of France was recently put on the market for $33.87 million.
Still referred to by locals as “Sean’s place,” Connery’s former home is one of the French Riviera’s prettiest and well-located villas, with views overlooking Nice and the Mediterranean Sea. Adding a touch of reality to his English-spy roles, the home was used in several scenes of his Bond-movie “Never Say Never Again” when it was filmed in Nice and Monaco.
Sited on more than an acre, Connery’s home is located along a winding path at the edge of a cliff with views of the Promenade des Anglais and the Old Port. Behind an entrance gate providing privacy from overzealous fans and paparazzi, the stone mansion is styled in the classic French architecture of the 1920s and dressed in colorful wisteria vines, adding more romance to its already idyllic setting. Built on five levels with an elevator and rooftop terrace, its five bedrooms and baths are distributed between all the floors. The entrance opens into a grand hall with floor-to-ceiling windows capturing more views of the mountains and sea. Wraparound and garden terraces invite lounging, and the home’s period details, such as its wide-planked parquet floors, run throughout the building. The main level also houses a family room, another room, and a kitchenette. The dining room and kitchen are on the lower floor and open to a garden terrace. The upper-level master suite has dual baths, a dressing room, and a private balcony. The bottom level offers a fitness complex with a gym and an indoor swimming pool that opens to the gardens, shower, and dressing areas.
Sean Connery died on Oct. 31 in his home surrounded by his family.
The A-List couple of singer John Legend and his model-turned-cookbook-author wife, Chrissy Teigen, has been everywhere lately, making a huge splash between recording songs, such as John’s new “Wild,” and Chrissy’s cookbooks and associated engagements. Now they have listed their beautiful Beverly Hills home at $23.95 million.
The busy couple has a talent for selecting exquisite real estate, and their homes are routinely featured in Architectural Digest. This one is certainly no exception. Built in 1966 and brought up to the highest contemporary standard, the 8,520-square-foot home has seven bedrooms and eight baths. Special finishes and decor include mandala-patterned ceilings from Thailand, ebonized-cerused oak floors, clay-and-steel-rolled walls, onyx sinks, and Italian quartz countertops.
Outside, the entertainment area includes fabulous canyon views from the pool terrace, which has a heated saltwater pool, hot tub, grill, and wood-fired oven. A grapevine-shaded pergola is perfect for alfresco dining.
They listed their beautiful home at $23.95 million, which sold almost immediately.
Though not much has been said lately about the possibility of Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt getting back together again, the drop-dead-gorgeous home they bought soon after they were married in 2000 for $13.5 million, and owned together until one year after their 2005 divorce, recently sold.
Their former home is nestled into a bit over an acre on a quiet cul-de-sac with gated entrances on two streets, five bedrooms, and 13 baths (between the main house and a one-bedroom guest house).
Much of what exists inside and outside the house today was thanks to their renovations. Soon after they bought the home, the super couple began a three-year renovation, replacing the kitchen floor with heated marble, designing and installing a pub with floors sourced from a 200-year-old French château, and adding a private screening room.
The formal rooms are large, with the dining room capable of seating 20 guests. The home also has a bar room with its original fireplace, an eat-in kitchen, and a gym. The lower-level living room and bar-screening room are open to the swimming pool terrace.
In 2005, their separation was announced, and the home sold in 2006 for $26 million to hedge-fund-executive Jonathan Brooks, who completed the renovation and added features of his own. Having owned the home for 14 years, Brooks sold the home in 2020 for $32.5 million.
A standout as the fifth “Bond, James Bond,” Pierce Brosnan held on to the elegant lifestyle long after his Bond tenure ended in 2002 as the owner of a stunning-and-exotic, Thai-inspired compound on 117 feet of oceanfront in Malibu.
Pierce and his wife, Kelly Shaye Smith, built the nearly 13,000-square-foot compound on the property they purchased in 2000, then spent 10 years finishing it. They also gave it a name, “Orchid House.”
The interior is comprised of five bedrooms, 14 baths, a dining area with a fireplace, and a kitchen with a fireplace, butler’s pantry, and custom wine storage. The home theater has a bar and tiered seating.
Another wing contains a mirrored gym, sauna, steam room, Japanese soaking tub, and cold plunge. The upper-level owner suite has dual baths, dressing rooms, and two more fireplaces. It also has a deck for ocean viewing.
Outside is a deck for entertaining, along with separate living and dining areas with windbreaks if needed. The pool in front of the two-story guest house is saltwater, while the landscaping has palm trees, perfumed tropical flowers, and a path to the wide beach. The mansion is priced at $100 million. Chris Cortazzo of Compass has the listing.
Singer-songwriter Marc Anthony, former husband of entertainer Jennifer Lopez, purchased an unfinished waterfront mansion in Coral Gables, Fla., the home of Bacardi-heiress Hilda Maria Barcardi, for $19 million in the summer of 2018.
Known as “Casa Costanera,” the mansion is one of the largest homes in South Florida, with 20,546 square feet of living space, 12 bedrooms, and 13.5 baths.
There is an elevator to all three floors. Ideal for entertaining, the home has three kitchens, a wine cellar, and staff quarters.
The landscaped 1.3 acres boasts 480 square feet of water frontage on a corner lot with direct Biscayne Bay access and a 100-foot dock. There is also a swimming pool with bay views.
Now completed and only two years later, Anthony has put it back on the market, at $27 million. The mansion is located near other celebrities, including Pharrell Williams and Lopez’s fiancé, Alex Rodriguez.
Anamaria Velásquez of Nexxos Realty and John Parsiani of Cervera Realty share the listing.
Jennifer Lawrence has officially sold her New York City penthouse, which was originally listed at $15.45 million. Though Lawrence got her big break in New York City, her rapidly growing career has had her living mostly in her $8 million Beverly Hills gated community since 2015.
The Academy Award-winning star of “The Hunger Games,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “American Hustle” had her lovely penthouse on the market for more than a year, with occasional price cuts.
Her apartment was priced at $12 million when it sold for $9.9 million in 2020.
The penthouse is located at the top of The Laurel, a 30-story condominium building on New York’s Upper East Side. The building’s amenities include a concierge, a full-time doorman, gym, pool, sauna, screening room, and private storage.
America still mourns the loss of entertainer and television host Regis Philbin, with his smiling face and infectious charm. Regis brought a smile to millions of Americans who tuned into his morning-TV show, “Live!,” for more than 23 years.
The Philbins’ English-Manor gated mansion in Greenwich, Conn., with 13,661 square feet of living space, six bedrooms, and nine baths is sited on 2.59 acres of expansive manicured lawns.
The Philbins listed the home in late 2019 with plans to move full time to California to be closer to their children. According to GreenwichTime.com, the home sold for $4.01 million just a few weeks before Regis died of a heart attack.
The lush grounds include a swimming pool, spa, tennis courts, and terraces for entertaining and dining.
Britney Spears bought this Beverly Hills home in 2007 after her divorce from Kevin Federline, seeking a place where she could find privacy in a gated-and-guarded community.
Built in 2001 and measuring nearly 7,500 square feet, the home is airy and open, taking advantage of the mild climate. The interior opens into a grand foyer dressed in a big chandelier with glimpses of the wrought-iron balcony that overlooks the entry. There is a formal dining room, as well as a kitchen that is open to a family room connected to the pool deck. There is a breakfast nook with built-in seating and windows on three sides.
The home’s six bedrooms and seven baths include an owner suite with a balcony, fireplace, bath, and wood-paneled walk-in dressing room/closet. There is also an office, a media room, and multiple entertainment venues inside and out.
Spears sold it in 2012 at a $2 million loss. Priced at $6.8 million, Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing’s” Matt and Josh Altman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, Beverly Hills hold the listing.
Elvis Presley was already at his peak of popularity when he picked Look magazine’s “House of Tomorrow” for his and wife Priscilla’s 1967 honeymoon.
Located in Palm Springs, the mid-century modern house is an interesting example of the contemporary style for which the city is famous.
Built in 1960 with 5,000 square feet of living space, the house is built on a grade and is cantilevered in the front, offering excellent privacy for the main living areas.
Created out of four circular living areas on three levels with a curved wall of stonework, it is deceptively large and has five bedrooms and five baths.
Positioned on a bit over an acre, the property offers a garden, tennis court, orchard, and a partly shaded, terraced swimming pool. Listed at $2.5 million, it was immediately snapped up by an unnamed buyer.