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The pool at Adam Lambert's Hollywood Hills, Calif., home has dramatic lighting. Compass

From the private funicular that takes you to model Cheryl Tiegs’s Palm Springs hideaway to Joe Pesci’s Jersey Shore home with its symbolic barber chair and Kaley Cuoco’s California home with the swing settee, these are the celebrity homes that captured everyone’s attention in 2019, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com:

1. Alicia Keys’s ‘Razor House’

This home’s sleek contemporary lines and commanding views of the Pacific Ocean have graced the pages of cutting-edge magazines and websites around the world, in addition to a starring role in Visa Black Card and Calvin Klein television commercials.  “Girl on Fire” and 15-time-Grammy-winner Alicia Keys is the big winner once again and holds the keys to the” Razor House” as its new owner. Designed by Wallace E. Cunningham in La Jolla, California, it was on the market originally at $45 million; Keys paid $20.8 million.

Built in 2007, the Razor House extends several stories below the original surface so that each roof forms a terrace to the adjacent upper floor. The center of the structure is essentially hollowed out, creating a perimeter house wrapped around an open courtyard that allows in daylight, moonlight, and stunning views. The main house has 10,240 square feet of living space, including two master suites, two additional bedrooms, six baths, two steam rooms/showers, a gym, a roof-top spa, and a built-in outdoor barbecue. The detached multilevel guest house is 1,301 square feet, with two bedrooms and two baths.

Luxury finishes and special touches include travertine stone floors that run continuously from interior to exterior, solid-walnut flooring in the library and on the family-room ceiling, and suede-wrapped walls in the primary master suite. The library contains a custom Ralph Lauren glass-and-stainless pool table.  A glass elevator operates from the subterranean garage level all the way to the rooftop terrace. Entertainment includes a state-of-the-art theater and a 5,100-cubic-foot-infinity swimming pool that visually blends in with the ocean.

Josh Altman and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman were the brokers for the sale.

2. Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston’s newlywed mansion

Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt owned this home from 2001 to 2006, and it is once again on the market — priced at $44.5 million.

One of Southern California’s most romantic homes, the French Normandy Revival-style estate includes canyon views, a lighted pool,  a stone courtyard, patios, multiple fireplaces, an outdoor living room, and a tennis court. They bought it soon after their Malibu marriage. The supercouple immediately started 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. They also added a tennis court and pavilion with a guest house on the upper level. In January of 2005, their separation was announced, and the home sold in 2006 to a hedge fund executive, who completed the renovation and added features of his own.

The 11,173-square-foot 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  guest house. The formal rooms are large, with the dining room capable of seating 20 guests.

The home was originally built in 1934 for actor Fredric March, one of the first movie star mansions in Beverly Hills. March was as big a star in his day. His 52-year career totaled more than hundred films, including classics such as The Best Years of Our Lives and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

The listing agent is Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills.

3. Kelly Clarkson’s lake mansion

Kelly Clarkson made a meteoric rise to stardom after singing and winning the first season of American Idol in 2002. Kelly is now one of America’s favorite entertainers, a judge on The Voice, and host of a new NBC talk show. Ten years after her American Idol win, Kelly bought a Tennessee lake home in Hendersonville, 25 miles up the Cumberland River from Nashville. Her Tennessee mansion is for sale, priced at $7.49 million.

Who needs a vacation when you could live in a home designed to take full advantage of its recreational waterfront? The Clarkson house is positioned on four acres with an adjoining useable two acres owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. With its outward curving shoreline, the property boasts exceptional water views and a two-boat covered boathouse with a lift. There is a long, gated driveway to a car park with center fountain. The grounds are dotted with mature trees, emerald lawn, a sand volleyball court, English-style gardens, a conservatory/greenhouse, and a large pool/spa terrace with a fireplace and a pavilion for outdoor dining — all accessed via a double-sided-curved staircase descending from the upper terrace.

The 20,121-square-foot home’s entrance is a grand foyer with soaring double staircases. Included are seven bedrooms, one of which is a large master suite with a seating area in front of a fireplace; 11 baths; a family room; a movie theater; and a children’s room with four built-in bunk beds and a play area. There is a billiard/game room, a gym, a two-level office and an elevator.

Singer, songwriter and talk-show host Kelly Clarkson is now living near the California studio where she is filming The Voice and her weekly talk show, The Kelly Clarkson Show.

Jack Miller, the listing broker, is with Parks Real Estate, Nashville.

4. Kaley Cuoco’s Tarzana house

Since The Big Bang Theory came to a close in May, Kaley Cuoco and her husband, equestrian Karl Cook, are busy building their dream home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., so she has put her Tarzana-neighborhood home in Los Angeles on the market at $4.895 million.  Cuoco bought the house from Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian in 2014.

Behind a gated entrance in a small enclave of similarly elegant homes, the 7,977-square-foot house is spread across its three-quarter-acre lot with a large car park in front and a pool with generous patio for entertaining at the rear of the property.  The entrance opens into a grand two-story foyer with a curved staircase and starburst chandelier. The home also has a living room with a whimsical swing settee suspended from the ceiling and a contemporary formal dining room. Sized for a large family and guests, the home has six en-suite bedrooms, plus three additional baths.  The master has a fireplace, three huge walk-in closets, and French doors that open to the terrace.  The kitchen is stocked with high-end appliances and has an island, breakfast area, and bar. It opens to the family room.

The home is made extremely private by the mature thick hedges and trees that follow the property line from the entrance gate to encircle the lot.  The outdoor space is ideal for entertaining, with multiple shaded seating areas, a full-covered outdoor kitchen with bar seating, a pool, a spa, and a fire pit.

Currently Cuoco has created and is starring in a new HBO Max series, The Flight Attendant, for which she will also act as executive producer.  A huge fan favorite for her roles in 8 Simple Rules, Charmed, and, of course, 12 seasons of The Big Bang Theory, Cuoco is following her dreams of becoming a producer.

The listing agent is Stephanie Vitacco of Keller Williams, Encino-Sherman Oaks.

5. Cheryl Tiegs’s Bel Air beauty

Cheryl Tiegs was America’s favorite model in the 1970s and ’80s: She graced the covers of three Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, four People covers, and three Time covers. Almost as beautiful as Tiegs, her Balinese-style Bel Air home is for sale at $18.5 million.

Her enclave is situated on 1.43 lush acres behind gates that open to a long drive, giving privacy and entrance into something that feels much more like the deep tropics than suburban Los Angeles. Perched on a promontory with 180-degree views, it is awash in palm trees, huge Monstera vines, and tropical flowers. The house itself is a study in bold natural elements, textures, and colors from fabrics, floors, dark-wood beams, glass walls opening to vegetation, and stunning views. The 4,770-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five baths, a kitchen with a butcher-block island, huge open spaces for entertaining both inside and out, a wine cellar, pool, guest house, and three-car garage.

Tiegs began modeling when she was 17, appearing on the covers of Glamour, Seventeen and Elle. Her fresh-faced beauty inspired teenaged girls and young women to buy her beauty book, The Way to Natural Beauty, in the hope that they would discover some wonderful secret that would turn them into glamour girls, too. Ahead of her time and a natural entrepreneur, Cheryl was noted for being first at many things: She was the first model to start a signature line of clothing and accessories, which were sold exclusively at Sears. During the 10-year life of that business, almost a billion dollars of her merchandise was sold.

With her modeling career taking her all over the world, Tiegs was able to pick from her own experiences how she wanted to live. When it came time to buy her own home, she found solace and inspiration in the Balinese way of life and duplicated that environment in her own Southern California home.

Jade Mills and Tiffany Mills of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Beverly Hills are the listing agents.

6.  Jeff Bridges’ Home becomes Oprah Winfrey’s

When you’re worth almost $3 billion and can easily say, “been there, done that, have that,” . . . . what do you do with the rest of the money after the usual investments? For more than a decade, the superwealthy have been parking it in real estate. In fact, they’re buying up a lot of the planet in the form of islands, vast ranches, resorts, and glamorous homes. Yes, Oprah owns at least six homes despite selling her Chicago and Atlanta properties. Lately, her focus has been on the Montecito neighborhood of Santa Barbara, where she purchased actor-friend Jeff Bridges’s home. She owns three in Montecito, including “The Promised Land” (her 40-acre main home and grounds), now worth about $90 million. She purchased Bridges’s home after waiting for the price to be reduced from the original $7.495 million. She bought it for $6.85 million — the exact price Bridges and his wife, Susan Geston, paid for it five years ago. Oprah also owns homes in Maui, Hawaii, Orcas Island, Washington, and Telluride, Colorado.

Bridges’s 3,517-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bath Spanish Revival-style home was built in 1919 by architect James Osborn Craig on four acres of gardens. Meticulously cared for and having undergone restorations and updates, it still has its original windows, doors, hardwood floors, and five fireplaces. The kitchen and bathrooms were remodeled to bring them into the 21st century. The kitchen, with its new cabinetry and quartz countertops, adjoins a large family room. High ceilings, expansive windows, and French doors illuminate the home, with every room opening to lush gardens. The master suite features an open-beamed ceiling, large bay window, French doors, and a fireplace.

Montecito is a sought-after neighborhood at the western tip of Santa Barbara with commanding views of the Pacific Ocean. Always lush with large trees and thick with greenery, the neighborhood has recovered from the 2018 Thomas Fire that destroyed several homes. Though Winfrey’s and Bridges’s homes were untouched, Gwyneth Paltrow’s home sustained damage.

Jeff Bridges and Susan Geston have been downsizing, with the sale of their 20-acre, Tuscan-style vineyard estate two years ago for $15.9 million. They have also sold land parcels in Malibu this year.

Sally Hanseth of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Montecito, handled the sale for both Bridges and Winfrey.

7. Joe Pesci’s Jersey Shore mansion

Whether as Vinny Gambini, Joe Pesci’s character in the Deep South legal comedy My Cousin Vinny, or Nicholas “Nicky” Santoro, his mob character with animal killer instincts in Casino, Pesci’s skilled sense of timing brings his characters to life in a way that few actors can match. He announced his retirement from acting in 1999 to return to music, his first love, but fans are thrilled to learn that once again he has teamed up with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino for The Irishman, which is streaming on Netflix. In the meantime, Pesci has put his waterfront home up for sale in Lavallette, New Jersey, with his sights focused on returning to the warm California sunshine. It is priced at $6.5 million.

Built in 1990, the 7,200-square-foot contemporary with an Art Deco vibe is located in the West Point Island neighborhood, protected from Atlantic storms on Barnegat Bay and only a short bicycle ride to the beach. Bright, airy, and spacious and taking full advantage of the beautiful view, the eight-bedroom, eight-bath home has an open floor plan with large rooms perfect for parties that spill out to the spacious pool terrace at the water’s edge. The gated property is completely fenced with a large motor court that can accommodate multiple guests.

A dramatic free-standing curved staircase sets the stage for the living areas. With white rooms filled with light and the backdrop of the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, the living room with its two seating areas and pianos hint at musical get-togethers. The large eat-in kitchen with island is perfect for preparing meals for dinner guests in the dining room, which is encircled by glass doors opening to the pool terrace.

The media room walls are decorated with posters from Pesci’s films, and a barber’s chair occupies one corner, a poignant reminder of his first occupation. The upper level, which can be reached by elevator, contains bedrooms and an office, all with terraces and spectacular views. A downstairs party room next to the pool and spa has its own kitchen for entertaining.

After making 34 films, Joe Pesci has cut his second album, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, named after his character in My Cousin Vinny. This second album comes 30 years after his first, which was where he started in the entertainment business. He was deeply involved in the music industry until acting in the film The Death Collector, which grabbed the attention of Martin Scorsese.

An Academy Award-winning actor for his role in Goodfellas, Joe Pesci is selling his Jersey Shore waterfront mansion that has been his home for nearly 30 years.

The listing agent is Michael Puccio of RE/Max Central, North Manalapan, New Jersey.

8.  Suzanne Somers’s Palm Springs hideaway

Suzanne Somers has just completed her latest book, A New Way to Age, which be in bookstores in January. A prolific author, she has close to 30 published books — 14 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Still an energetic spitfire at age 73, she shares her secrets of aging well in her writing. Most recently she has been in the news for her nude 73d-birthday photo and interviews about her and husband Alan Hamel’s sex life.

At her Palm Springs home, Somers has masterfully set the scene for social entertaining with a romantic vibe, while at the same time creating private venues. Almost every square inch of the couple’s hillside oasis shows Somers’s thoughtful and artful touch. On their 73-acre mountainside, there are five buildings to explore with 10,000 square feet of pavilions. The buildings include a romantic stone guest house Albert Frey designed in the 1920s. There is also an amphitheater carved into the mountain that seats 50 under the stars and has a dance floor, a pool, a spa with hiking trails, and a natural waterfall that spills down the hillside.

Set into the side of a craggy mountainside above the valley in Mesa Canyon, the property combines the couple’s love of nature and elegance by bringing out the best in both with their use of contrast. Imagine crystal chandeliers twinkling against natural rock and reclaimed wood — all in perfect balance. To add even more intrigue, access is via a private funicular, a golf cart, or a hillside of stone steps — but no cars.

Back on the market after a long hiatus, the home has been reduced to $9.5 million.

The co-listing agents are Scott Lyle of Douglas Elliman, Palm Springs and Ronald Parks of Pacific Sotheby’s, Palm Springs.

9. Adam Lambert’s Hollywood Hills pad

Delivering a blend of contemporary sound and theatrics, Adam Lambert’s style has propelled him from an American Idol superstar singer-songwriter into an international celebrity.  The house he bought in 2009 that overlooks the Sunset Strip, the same year he appeared on American Idol, reflects his personality along with his penchant for drama.  Now traveling the world almost full time performing in tours and major guest appearances, the Grammy-nominated vocalist has recently put his West Hollywood Hills home on the market for $3.35 million. 

Enjoying a view of Los Angeles city lights, the 3,799-square-foot house is surrounded by lush greenery, is very private, and has a disappearing glass wall that opens to a large terrace that includes an outdoor living room, fire pit, and contemporary free-form pool and spa with various depths for lounging, swimming, or sharing a glass of wine in the spa with friends. The master suite has two balconies, a sitting room, a huge dressing room, and green marble bath with a steam shower and soaking tub. Night lighting adds drama to the pool deck and a party atmosphere.

Built in 1947, the three-bedroom, four-bath house has undergone impressive updates over time. In addition to formal and family rooms, there is custom wine storage and a separate studio with a private entrance.

Hollywood Hills has been a celebrity magnet for as long as the film industry has existed, and Lambert chose his home location well.  Neighbors include Leonardo DiCaprio, who bought two extra lots and built a huge basketball court, Keanu Reeves, and Halle Berry.

Though Lambert hit the big time when he appeared on American Idol in 2009, his career began in 2001 as a cruise ship entertainer. From there he performed in musical theater in California and on a European tour of Hair.  With his appearances on American Idol, he began generating international recognition and toured with Queen + Adam Lambert, from which he is taking a short break.  In May, the group announced the expansion of The Rhapsody Tour to include seven stadium dates in Australia and three in New Zealand.  In 2020, Japan and South Korea will be included. Between writing and recording, cutting albums, world tours, and guest appearances filling in all the time spaces, it’s not surprising that he has no time to kick back at his Hollywood Hills home.

The listing agents are Tomer Fridman and Jonathan Siegfried of Compass, Los Angeles.

10. Regis Philbin’s Connecticut home

At age 88, Regis Philbin has had one of the most successful and long-lived careers as a game-and-talk-show host who, after graduating from his beloved University of Notre Dame and a stint in the Navy, began his television career as an announcer on The Tonight Show, a talk-show in San Diego, and in 1967 as Joey Bishop’s sidekick on The Joey Bishop Show. Regis worked nonstop from coast to coast, including Los Angeles, St Louis, and New York as America’s favorite conversationalist until he retired from Live! With Regis and Kelly in 2011.

He has resided on the East Coast for decades close to the New York television studios, but recently put his Connecticut home on the market so that he and wife, Joy, can move to California to be closer to their children. The mansion is priced at $4,595,000, 36% less than what he paid for it almost a decade ago.

Located in Greenwich, the estate sits on 2.59 acres in a lushly green neighborhood among other similar-sized homes. Measuring in at 13,661 square feet, the home has six bedrooms, nine full baths, and three half baths.

Indoor features include the formal living and dining rooms, a large eat-in kitchen, a mahogany-paneled library, a home theater, family room, sunroom, billiards room, gym, and sauna, as well as a wine cellar and tasting room that includes a full bar. There are a total of seven fireplaces.

Outside, the property offers expansive manicured lawns and mature trees, shrubs, and gardens; terraces; a swimming pool, a fountain; spa; and tennis courts. The gated drive ends at garages that can house five cars.

The listing agent is Joseph Barbieri of Sotheby’s International Realty-Greenwich Brokerage.

Philbin was host of the popular Who Wants to be a Millionaire, Million Dollar Password, and was a judge on the first season of America’s Got Talent. He hosted the daytime talk show Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee and later with Kelly Ripa for almost 28 years. In 2004, he set a Guinness World Record for most on-camera hours — 15,188 — for that year.

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