Homes of the rich and famous
2018 saw a plethora of fascinating, spectacular and unusual celebrity homes hit the market and Top Ten Real estate deals have picked ten of our favorites to share with you.
“Paris Hilton’s Sunset Strip-Hollywood Hills Home”
Now living in sunny Ibiza, Spain, granddaughter of hotelier Conrad Hilton and super-socialite heiress, Paris, lived in this Sunset Strip-Hollywood Hills home from 2003 to 2007. It is now for sale and selling with Paris’s original furniture, at the newly reduced price of $4.195 million, down from $4.8 million.
Paris started her career as a model for Donald Trump’s agency, Trump Model Management, while still a teenager. Her looks, family connections and lifestyle of the wealthiest social circles made her popularity soar when she was featured in tabloids and entertainment news. When ex-boyfriend, poker player Rick Salomon, released a sex tape which he filmed during their affair, Paris was devastated but shortly thereafter co-starred with her friend Nicole Richie in the hit television reality series ‘The Simple Life’ that ran for five seasons on Fox. It was during this time frame when Paris lived in her Hollywood Hills home that is now for sale.
The house Paris called home is a three-story, Spanish-style property overlooking Sunset Strip and sweeping views of the Los Angeles city lights. Built in 1926, the 3,064-square-foot house includes four bedrooms and four baths, formal living and dining that open to a courtyard and a large eat-in kitchen that opens to the backyard with high-low terraces, lawn, swimming pool, spa and firepit. Old Hollywood-style glamour elements include dark wood floors, wood-beamed ceilings, pool cabanas and impressive chandeliers, which have always been hallmarks of star-studded California real estate. There is also a game room with pool table, a spacious media room, guest quarters, den and separate office. The master suite is pure Hollywood sparkle. Paris brought in her team of decorators for the house to turn it into a true heiress-style abode as they had done for her other homes. These same furnishings are included in the sale.
Paris Hilton’s glamorous Hollywood Hills home and her original furnishings, where she lived during the five seasons of her television program ‘The Simple Life’ are now for sale priced at $4.8 million. Co-listing agents are Rebekah Schwartz Sklar and Paris’s uncle, Mauricio Umansky of The Agency in Beverly Hills. Still for sale, the price has been reduced to $4.195 million.
“Robert Redford’s Wine Country Estate”
There is still time to grab Robert Redford’s magical Napa Valley retreat. Though just recently listed at $7.5 million, it is no doubt being coveted by the next creative visionary looking for a respite almost guaranteed to refresh their creative spirit.
Not one of Hollywood’s Ordinary People, especially when it comes to super-star actor, director and supporter of the arts, Robert Redford recently celebrated his 82nd birthday and announced his retirement as an actor. His final film, ‘The Old Man & His Gun’ in which he stars with Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck and plays a real-life career criminal and escape artist was released in September to rave reviews.
For decades, Redford’s permanent residence has been in Utah, home of his Sundance Institute. He and his artist wife, Sibylle Szaggars, also own a Napa Valley wine-country retreat where they enjoy hobbies and hosting family and friends. The Redfords have enjoyed the home for 14 years and have now decided to move back to the Bay Area near family and put their beloved Napa home on the market. It is priced at $7.5 million.
Robert Redford is one of the few actors who started his career near the top in television, Broadway and then breaking through to the top of the movie-star chain as the wise-cracking cowboy in ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.’ With every film he made, the awards grew larger and more important continuing to mushroom with the addition of directing and producing. Redford’s long list of money-making and critically acclaimed films rank with the best in Hollywood history: ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ ‘The Sting,’ ‘The Electric Horseman,’ ‘Ordinary People,’ ‘Out of Africa,’ ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘A River Runs Through It.’
Redford’s other passion in addition to working for his ecological interests, was to help advance new artists in the film industry and creative arts. After filming ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ and ‘Downhill Racer,’ he put all his proceeds from the two films into buying an entire ski area near Provost, Utah where he started the Sundance Institute. Using the name from the film, he formed related non-profit businesses under its umbrella such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance cable channel, Sundance catalog and others as outlets for new filmmakers and artists. The first of its kind, it now draws artists worldwide. In addition to receiving the highest film industry awards, top international awards and multiple honorary degrees, he has been recognized with the Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The charming Napa getaway, named Danza del Sol, lies perched on a knoll on 10 ultra-private acres surrounded by woods and vegetation with walking paths. The compound includes the main house, a 90-square-foot artist studio/guest house and two large garages. The 5,200-square-foot main house is modest by film mogul standards with three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a large great room, den, library-office, sunny white kitchen and formal dining room. Multiple wood-burning fireplaces exist throughout the home. The quaint studio/guest house has a huge open space filled with light from a wall of French doors and double garage door that rise high into the vaulted ceiling. One of the two garages houses a large workshop and exercise studio. Terraces by the pool, spa and outdoor dining areas offer calming views and are perfect for entertaining.
The Napa Valley estate of Robert Redford is now for sale upon his retirement. Priced at $7.5 million, the listing agent is Steven Mavromihalis of Pacific Union International, San Francisco.
“Zsa Zsa Gabor & Elvis Presley Lived Here”
It doesn’t get much better than Zsa Zsa, Elvis and a party with The Beatles – one of the most storied celebrity homes in America was for sale at $23.45 million and sold in a few months for $20.8 million. The Bel Air home was built in 1955 by eccentric playboy, wealthy businessman and aviator Howard Hughes – romantic friend of Ava Gardner, Katharine Hepburn and several more Hollywood stars. It was later Elvis Presley’s home who entertained The Beatles there in 1965. Zsa Zsa Gabor bought it in 1974 and stayed until she died in 2016. Guests who have visited the property include Queen Elizabeth, Ronald Reagan, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra. A house well-known in the film industry, it was the location for ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and in the Oscar-winning film ‘Argo,’ starring Ben Affleck.
Zsa Zsa was on her sixth of nine husbands when she purchased the house, married to Jack Ryan, the creator of the Barbie doll, Hot Wheels and Chatty Cathy. They were divorced two years later, but as Zsa Zsa was fond of saying, “I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house.” She continued to live in the house for 40 years and three more husbands. Zsa Zsa decorated it lavishly from the era and place in history to which she felt most connected, the French Court of Louis XV, with touches of gold leaf, elegant furnishings and her ultra-feminine dressing table. When Zsa Zsa died, so did part of the legendary Old Hollywood glamor.
Sited on over an acre, the residence features spacious rooms with high ceilings, a main level that opens into a circular foyer to a grand living room, formal dining room, six bedrooms including a master suite with a two-room closet, seven bathrooms, office, breakfast room, and chef’s kitchen with a butler’s pantry. The large, upper-level bonus room opens to a Monte Carlo-style rooftop terrace with commanding views ideal for entertaining. The grounds feature expansive patio space and a pool, all overlooking the city views.
The ultimate celebrity property located in the East Gate area of Bel Air that was once owned by Elvis Presley and Zsa Zsa Gabor and has welcomed top celebrities from musicians and actors to world leaders was listed at $23.45 million and sold for $20.8 million. The listing agent was Jade Mills of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Beverly Hills.
“Ronald Reagan & Jane Wyman’s Home”
Swept off the market in just three months, the 1938 Colonial Revival home of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman, designed by architect-to-the-stars, Paul Williams, sold for the first time in 64 years for $6.45 million.
When Ronald Reagan got his first starring role at age 27 as Dan Crawford in Brother Rat in 1938, his success not only drew the attention of the film industry but also of his co-star, Jane Wyman. She was only 21 but after meeting the handsome Reagan, she soon divorced her second husband and married Reagan in 1940. But instead of wedded bliss, almost from the start the relationship started going downhill until she filed for divorce in 1948. Between each working hard to advance their film careers, the life disruptions of World War II and afterwards the time Reagan spent working against the Hollywood blacklist, the biggest blow was losing their premature baby. Wyman fell into depression, tried to fill the void with work, and neither took the time to work on family, for which Reagan later expressed personal regret. As for Wyman, she expressed the belief that she wasn’t the type for ‘forever after’ and proved her theory by continuing her trail of divorces after ending her marriage to Reagan. Of their two homes together, their Little Holmby property was the grandest and exudes Old Hollywood glamor. It was also used as the home of Joan Crawford in the television series ‘Feud.’
At 6,153 square feet, the classic, five-bedroom, six-bath house retains its original architectural layout with large rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors and hand-crafted millwork. The impressive foyer is in Williams’ signature oval design with sweeping staircase and wrought-iron banister that continues through the second-floor overlook. The dramatic foyer set the tone of glamour for the rest of the home and the Reagan-Wyman guests invited by the Hollywood power couple to their home. The vast public spaces, private yard, swimming pool, gazebo, firepit and terraces, both open and covered, make entertaining comfortable and enjoyable. The reception hall includes a sunroom and the spacious family room has both fireplace and a bar. The master suite claims one whole side of the second floor along with three additional ensuite bedrooms.
The elegant home of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman sold after only three months on the market. Designed by architect Paul Williams, it was the epitome of Old Hollywood glamor. Selling for $6.45 million, co-listing agents Christophe Choo and Joyce Essex Harvey of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage arranged the sale. Coldwell Banker represented both the seller and the buyer.
“Frank Sinatra’s Malibu Beach House”
Now for sale and formerly filled with family and close Hollywood friends, the house that Frank and Barbara Sinatra built in the early 1990s on Broad Beach in Malibu is on the market for the first time. The home has been listed for $12.9 million.
Of all the beautiful homes and retreats Sinatra owned from coast to coast, it seemed that he found his true happy place when he and Barbara visited their good friends Steve and Eydie Gorme in Malibu. Enthralled with the peacefulness of the Pacific, the white-sand beach and the prospect of having close friends for neighbors, the couple bought a lot and built their home in 1992. In addition to it being a restful beach home for Frank, who was still touring until shortly before his death at age 82, they filled the home with family and the most famous names in show business. In her book, ‘Lady Blue Eyes: My Life With Frank,’ Barbara fondly describes their life in the beach house and their poker games where jokes and laughter flowed as fast as the food and drinks. Although the couple also owned homes in Palm Springs and Los Angeles, this was where they chose to renew their vows in 1996 with friends watching from the dunes and speeches from Don Rickles and Bob Newhart.
With Barbara’s death in 2017, her son from a former marriage has put the property on the market. Designed by architect-to-the-stars Ted Grenzbach, the house sits safely back from the waves nestled in lush lawn and mature landscaping with dunes framing the beach entrance. Its indoor-outdoor living plan affords an open and spacious floor plan for entertaining and still invites an intimate gathering in front of the oversized fireplace with a brandy on chilly evenings. Bright and white and filled with sunlight, the interior is the perfect foil for the colorful Pacific sunsets. With 40 feet of beach frontage, the two-story, 5,800-square-foot house has seven bedrooms and nine baths. The large, unusually well-equipped master suite consists of a lounge, fireplace, sauna and its own hair salon. In addition to beach-formal living and dining areas, there is also a wood-beamed family room and a wet bar in the dining area which accommodates both indoor and outdoor entertaining.
Possibly his all time favorite residence, which he built at age 75 and enjoyed with wife, family and showbiz friends, Frank Sinatra’s Malibu beach house is for sale, asking $12,9 million. Listing agents are Leonard Rabinowitz and Jack Friedkin of Hilton & Hyland and Chris Cortazzo of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage