Top 5 Celebrity Homes for Sale in 2013
As 2013 comes to an end, it’s interesting to look at what happened to the real estate market as it continued to groan and grasp its way up slowly from the recession abyss. Across the United States, median home prices increased almost 10 percent in 2013. Some regions made slow progress while others were selling so fast, they feared running out of inventory.
??Like many Americans, the recovering housing market led many celebrities to put their homes on the market in 2013. Stars such as Steve Martin, Matt Damon, Kid Rock, Carrie Underwood, Howie Mandel, Sheryl Crow and Reese Witherspoon put their homes up for sale in 2013.
What celebrity has the nicest home, the best furniture, biggest pool or, better yet, most ostentatious taste? Here are EDGE’s picks of the grandest of them all...
Matt Damon’s Florida Home
Located on one of North Miami Beach’s most exclusive and secure celebrity magnet islands, Matt Damon’s La Gorce Island home is designed in the classic Old Florida Mediterranean-style.
Though it has all the exterior character of the grand mansions of the Henry Flagler era, the interior is sharp contemporary. Damon and his new wife at the time acquired the double lots and their 1935 mansion dream home in 2005 for $14.5 million.
The 12,705-square-foot home has seven bedrooms, ten bathrooms, home theater and custom office. The enviable acre of premium waterfront land includes the main house, pool house with roof terrace and a two bedroom guest house. With 170 feet of water frontage on Biscayne Bay, it also has a dock and views of downtown Miami. Damon is asking $18.999 million.
Carrie Underwood’s Canada House
Carrie and her NHL hockey playing husband, Mike Fisher, put their Canada home on the market after Mike was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Nashville Predators.
Located on eleven acres in Carp, Ontario, close to five golf and country clubs, lakes and the Mississippi River, Carrie and Mike are asking $2.2 million. The 6,000-square-foot gated home has five bedrooms, five baths, well appointed mud room, eat-in chef’s kitchen, great room, formal dining and a four-season enclosed sun room with its own fireplace, spacious deck and hot tub. The lower level features a home theatre, gym, wine cellar, family and game room, bar and kitchenette.
Sheryl Crow’s Solar Horse Farm
Sheryl Crow’s Cross Creek Farm in Tennessee is situated on 152 rolling acres with a western-style saloon, barn, outdoor riding arenas, a building for farm equipment, large storage building, guest-staff houses and a pool with waterfall and spa.
One of the most interesting and timely features of the estate is Sheryl’s forward thinking by installing a solar system that is designed to reduce electric costs by 42 percent. Sheryl first listed the farm for $7.5 million in early 2010. She put the home back on the market in 2013 for $5.8 million.
Kid Rock’s Balinese Paradise
His fans might expect Kid Rock to live in a log cabin with a couple of hens roosting on the porch railing. It’s hard to picture him in the sophisticated Balinese-style mansion he now has for sale in Malibu.
Kid’s immaculate home is 8,305 square feet with dark hand-carved wooden columns and pristine white walled background. Large sweeps of glass open to the lanai, balconies and tropical landscape with views of the pool and guest house situated across the lawn. Inside, there are five bedrooms, five full baths, gym, large chef’s kitchen and a formal living room that can be turned into a media screening room. Kid is asking $13.45 million.
Suzanne Somers’ Le Baux de Palm Springs
Just as beautiful today as she was back in the ’70s, Suzanne Somers and her charming TV host husband, Alan Hamel, have created an earthy and at the same time glamorous Palm Springs, California estate which is now back on the market.
Modeled after L’oustau De Baumaniere in Provence, France, there are five buildings on 73 acres set into the side of a craggy mountainside to explore with 10,000 square feet of pavilions including a master suite, a separate two room kitchen and wine cellar, and a 1920’s stone guest house.
There are no cars - access is via a private funicular, golf cart or a hillside of stone steps. There is also an outdoor amphitheater with a dance floor carved into the mountain that seats 50, a pool, spa, hiking trails and natural waterfall that spills musically down the hillside. The home was first listed in 2008 at $35 million - now asking $14.5 million.