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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Santa Barbara Coastal Contemporary for $15.9 Million

Down a tree-lined drive behind large gates sits this fully remodeled contemporary home. Built on 2.73 acres, this 7,394 square-foot residence was built by Giffin and Crane. it features breathtaking views of Montecito Valley and the sparkling ocean. Taking full advantage of Santa Barbara's unique climate, this home embraces the concept of indoor/outdoor living, featuring expansive living spaces, soaring ceilings and large floor-to-ceiling French doors that open to modern loggias. Outdoor amenities include a luxurious infinity pool and heated patio.

Ocean views are inescapable from the tastefully appointed single level open floor plan with 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a chef's kitchen, a living and family room and a maid or nanny's quarters. The heated patio enjoys views of the rolling lawn, pool and lush award winning gardens.

Only fit for a Santa Barbara residence, this home allows for the quintessential indoor/outdoor living for which the area is known. The olive trees surrounding the property create a peaceful setting within minutes of Montecito.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The 10 Most Influential Celebrities In Real Estate

Celebrity real estate is fast paced and cut throat. Over the past 10 years, many of our favorite celebrities have scored incredible pads and lost big in attempted investments.
Oprah WinfreyOprah owns a lot of houses. She’s even owned a 2.-bedroom in a small Indiana town. Recently, she bought a high-tech mansion in the box-canyon ski town of Telluride Colorado – complete with a seven-person hot tub and a “wine mine” – for $14 million. She also recently bought an enormous horse farm in Montecito California for $28.8 million.

Ellen DeGeneresComedian and host Ellen has been a savage in the real estate market for many years. The funny part is she never intends to sell when buying. “I’ve never bought to sell” she says “I always say ‘this is it I’m never moving.’ People laugh at me now.” She bought this home from fellow flipper Brad Pitt

Nicolas Cage“Other people own beachfront property; I have ghost-front property,” says Nicolas Cage of owning the most haunted mansion in New Orleans, the Lalaurie house.
He’s called over a dozen other places home throughout the past decade: a castle in Bath, England and a castle-esque residence in Rhode Island which ended up costing him.

CherThe infamous entertainer found time over the last decade to buy an sell numerous properties, including purchasing a home in the coveted 90210 zip code. She also sold her Hawaiian estate for $8.72 million recently.
Aerials of Brad Pitt And Cher's Home

Angelina Jolie and Brad PittThis power couple has bought at least six homes over the past decade. They recently cut the listing price on the New Orleans mansion they bought in 2006 for the hit movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by $850,000.

Julia RobertsRoberts purchased her main home, in Malibu’s Point Dume, in the early 2000s but that hasn’t kept her out of the real estate game.
She’s asking $26 million for a Hawaiian estate near two other properties she owns. When she dropped the price she raked in $5.35 million on a Greenwich penthouse for which she paid $3.9 million in 2010.
She’s sold homes all over the country including Georgia, the Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Venice California, Tennessee, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Dwayne “The Rock” JohnsonThe Rock has sold at least ten homes in Florida over the past decade – include his mega-mansion outside Miami which includes two 3-car garages and a deluxe master bath.Vernon-Carey-House-Southwest-Ranches-Florida.jpg

Rosie O’DonnellHer most recent score is a West Palm Beach mansion with 180 feet of waterfront. She paid $5.3 million for it, fully furnished, after having sold her Greenwich Village penthouse for $9 million a couple years ago.

Kelsey GrammerHe's unloaded many holdings over the years including her main home in Malibu. He has also sold homes in Beverly Hills, Hawaii, The Hamptons and a ski retreat in Colorado.

Reese WitherspoonFor a while, she owned three homes in LA including an “enchanted cottage” that collectively went for $13.6 million in 2014. Witherspoon sold her Ojai getaway at a loss but picked up a $12.7 million Pacific Palisades mansion, along with two homes in Nashville.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Inside Lenny Kravitz's Miami Beach Mansion

On the market for over a year now, this sleek contemporary sits right on the waterfront in Miami Beach. Once belonging to Lenny Kravitz, the home is located at the end of a circular drive with sandy white beaches beckoning from right outside its doors.  Listed for $7,995,000. More information here.