By Zillow staff
In celebrity real estate circles a few homes returned to the housing market. Actor Ryan Phillippe’s house is for sale again, this time at a reduced price and Beach Boys’ Mike Love relisted his estate in Pebble Beach.
Ryan Phillippe’s home back on the market for $ 6.995 million
This vine-covered estate has been owned by Ryan Phillippe since his divorce to Reese Witherspoon.
Real estate can be restorative, or perhaps that’s what actor Ryan Phillippe was hoping when he bought a new home coined “Rising Zen” after his divorce from actress Reese Witherspoon.
After two years at the peaceful estate, Phillippe was ready to move on and put the property on the Hollywood Hills real estate market for $ 7.45 million in late 2010. However it wasn’t the best timing for selling. With the steady downtick of home prices and strong recession hitting much of the U.S., Phillippe’s home didn’t sell, and the listing was removed in 2011.
Seven months later, with a 6.1 percent price cut and new real estate agent, Phillippe is trying the market again. The home is listed for $ 6.995 million with Billy Rose of The Agency.
Built in 1998, the home was coined “Rising Zen” due to its combination of Asian and modern architecture. While the 5-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom count of this home is impressive in itself, the amenities that are even better. The home features a state-of-the-art, two-story gym directly off the master suite, a media room, art studio, koi pond, step-down bar with an aquarium backdrop, cook’s kitchen with breakfast area, and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer fantastic city views.
According to Zillow’s mortgage calculator, a monthly payment on Phillippe’s home would be $ 25,157, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.
The galley kitchen has high-end finishes and stainless steel appliances.
The pool area has views of the Los Angeles skyline.
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Beach Boy would love to sell Tuscan-style Pebble Beach style
Mike Love’s home includes several patio and deck spaces.
Mike Love has not changed his mind. The Beach Boys’ baritone still wants to sell his Pebble Beach, California, home that has been re-listed for $ 5.995 million.
The Tuscan-style home has been on and off the market since 2008, when it was first listed for sale at $ 7.875 million.
The frontman’s crash pad is up the coast from where he and his cousins Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson, along with Al Jardine, created the lush sounds that changed pop music.
With seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, the nearly 9,000-square-foot house is a haven for good times, complete with formal and informal dining spaces, generous patios, wine cellar, elevator, exercise, entertainment and game rooms plus views of the Pacific Ocean.
Love and his wife, Jacqueline, told The Wall Street Journal that the reason for selling is a lifestyle change, now that their children are out of school. However, Love and his family have long made Lake Tahoe their primary residence. The family lives in an 18,000-square-foot home in Incline Village on the Nevada side of the lake.
Love also owns a co-op apartment on the Upper East Side of New York City that he and his wife teamed to remodel. The 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom condo at 300 E. 93rd Street had been listed for sale in late 2009.
Love, Brian Wilson and Jardine have reunited and are currently touring worldwide again as The Beach Boys, winning rave reviews for concerts across the U.S. and their new album, “That’s Why God Made Radio.”
Marble floors and columns dominate the interior of the home.
IN eastern Monmouth County, the name Hartshorne has plenty of resonance. In addition to Hartshorne Road and Hartshorne Woods Park, there’s the Hartshorne mansion, a brick Tudor-style home on the banks of the Shrewsbury River in Little Silver. It was built in 1929 by the Olympic figure skater Harold Hartshorne.
In eastern Morris County, it is the Gorga name that rings bells. One of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Melissa Gorga, with her husband, Joe, has drawn much local attention since joining the show’s cast two years ago. But the couple’s palatial Montville home, built by Mr. Gorga, has in a way upstaged them. It draws a steady stream of celebrity hounds; they knock on the door and, when the famed owners appear, snap pictures.
Both of these unusual houses are on the market, and even with their 80-year age difference, a comparison confirms a proverb: the more things change in the luxury real estate market, the more they stay the same.
To begin with, they each total about 11,000 square feet. They have slate roofs, numerous windows and alcoves, hardwood paneling and floors throughout, multiple fireplaces, and formal living rooms with soaring ceilings. They have billiard rooms and other entertainment space: a theater in the Gorgas’ home, and an in-ground pool at the Hartshorne house.
Now for some stylistic differences: the Hartshorne living room’s ceiling is crosshatched with beams imported from the Black Forest in Germany, while the Gorgas’ is trimmed in decorative gold, with an enormous crystal chandelier descending halfway into the room. The Hartstorne home has 217 leaded-glass windows, many inset with stained-glass images of historical or allegorical figures. At the Gorga home, some windows are shaped like oversized Coke bottles; others run room height and width. Harold Hartshorne left his mark by including his initials in bas-relief on the gutter downspouts. Joe Gorga tipped his hat to his heritage by including limestone from Italy in the exterior.
In addition to all the custom styling, the houses each have elements linked to their creators’ career choices. For Harold Hartshorne, a five-time national champion, an Olympic silver and bronze medalist, and a primary force in ice-dancing, that meant building a skating pond, where he and his fellow skaters, including the Olympian and movie star Sonja Henie, could skate when the Shrewsbury River failed to freeze over. In the basement of the Gorga house, Mr. Gorga installed a state-of-the-art recording studio for his wife, who has produced several songs there, including two that have reached the Top 10 in downloads.
Entertaining family and guests has been a central activity at both homes, and each has an enormous kitchen, though the Hartshorne kitchen wasn’t expanded to its current size until 1987, by the house’s current owners, Blair and Kurt Richter. The Gorgas — whose family feuds with Mr. Gorga’s sister Teresa Giudice, a fellow “housewife” on the program, are legendary — felt it was necessary to have a large central island with a wraparound granite counter, for producing the kind of Italian feasts their relatives have come to expect.
“We have a huge family and I love to entertain,” Mrs. Gorga said. “But we also wanted it to be kid-friendly so it would feel like home for them.” She pointed out her 2- and 4-year-old sons, who ran between the kitchen and two playrooms on a recent steaming hot day. (Her 6-year-old daughter was at school.)
Selling a house owned or once occupied by a celebrity has its challenges. And in the case of a historic house, so does setting the price. Two doors down from the Hartshorne mansion, which is listed for $ 5.9 million, a similarly sized 11-year-old house is on the market for almost $ 2 million more; it is viewed as having all the latest modern conveniences.