Category: Real Estate

Why did Elin Nordegren demo her $12M oceanfront house?

Elin Nordegren's house will look very similar once it's rebuilt.

Elin Nordegren appears to be building an essentially identical house to replace the $12.3-million mansion she had demolished in North Palm Beach — but she had a couple of good reasons for getting rid of the old one.

Turns out the house, built in the 1920s, didn't comply with current building codes designed to keep the place together in case of a hurricane, and it would have cost more to renovate than to rebuild, her builder told People.

"We had an architect and a structural engineer out here and everyone agreed that it made more sense — structurally and economically — to tear it down and start over," Dan Reedy of Onshore Construction and Development told the mag.

And then they found the bugs. Termites and carpenter ants, to be specific. Nordegren had given a local Habitat for Humanity chapter four weeks to strip fixtures, cabinets and hardware from the six-bedroom house, and the volunteers were the ones to make the creepy, crawly discovery.

"When we pulled out the windows, the bugs were everywhere," Bobbi Blodgett, Habitat's director of deconstruction, told People. (The Ministry pauses a moment to shudder.)

TMZ obtained drawings submitted tothe Palm Beach County's Department of Planning, Zoning & Building that show the exterior of the new house looking similar to what was there — and why not? It was pretty darned beautiful. And that's without being able to see the soon-to-manifest couple of Jacuzzis, the wine cellar or the grotto. Not to mention nine bedrooms to replace the six originals and any number of other changes inside) — plus three guest bungalows to boot.

Also, for those with sticker shock, keep this in mind: One peek at an L.A. County property tax bill will serve as a reminder that with almost any property, the land is worth way more than the shack sitting on it, no matter how swell that shack may be.

So the $12.3 million Elin paid was not really the value of the house she knocked down — and as far as we can tell, that acre or so of oceanfront property remained intact.

Nordegren, of course, picked up a reported $110 million in her divorce from Tiger Woods.


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Photo: Elin Nordegren in 2009. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press.

Inside Courtney Love's problematic, pretty NYC townhouse [Photos]

Courtney Love faces eviction

Courtney Love has a New York City townhouse, and if you dared us to close our eyes and imagine it, here's what we wouldn't picture: a muted, powder-blue monument to art, prayer, reflection and chic housewares.

But that's precisely what's found in the early 19th century pile of bricks that Love rents, at least for now --  a four-story Manhattan joint she occupies in addition to properties in Britain and Los Angeles

Jane Pratt, editor of xoJane.com, got an exclusive look at a place that has a little more than rock royalty buzzing around it: Love is facing eviction, embroiled in allegations of unpaid rent and (first-world problem alert) violations of the design specifications of her rental agreement.

PHOTOS: Inside Courtney Love's rental Manhattan townhouse

Courtney LoveIt all started with a summertime fire in one of the fourth-floor bedrooms, reportedly started by a candle that sat too close to some curtains. That red-flagged the building's owner and her legal team, and upon inspection of the burn damage they reportedly found unauthorized alterations to the property.

"Courtney has wallpapered and painted a large portion of the property without my consent ...," owner Donna Lyon told the New York Post. "The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined, covered in damask wallpaper and ice-blue paint."

(The $8-million place had been decorated by previous owner, designer Steven Gambrel, and Lyon estimates it'll cost up to a hundred grand to put things as they were. Here's a picture of the sitting room's previous incarnation.)

And then there's a matter of $54,000 in back rent.

While Love sorts out some of that abstract messiness, the current design of the townhouse remains rather stunning and eclectic.

Art from the likes of Damien Hirst is installed over antique fireplaces. Photographs of Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter, France Bean Cobain, are ubiquitous (one series by the late Herb Ritts). And the furniture!

"Majorelle, Ruhlman, Chippendale, Willow china, Tiffany china," her real estate agent Jared Seligman said, listing off the treasures. 

Don't let our surprised tone suggest we question Love's taste -- she's underrated as a red carpet presence and knowledgeable when it comes to lifestyle. Perhaps we're more struck by the casual elegance of her pad, given her oft-bold personality.

Consider her desk: crystal vase, a schmaltzy tile frame with a picture of Kurt and Frances Bean, prim notes on index cards and an assortment perfume bottles.

What's not to Love? 


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Top photo: Courtney Love's gracious sitting room on West 10th Street. Credit: Peter Murdock / xoJane.com

Bottom photo: Love at the Dec. 7 launch of the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum in New York City. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux sharing a Hollywood Hills home

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux can save money on those monogrammed towels, now that the two Js are sharing a two-bedroom Hollywood Hills home.

The actors are reportedly bunking in the temporary rental love nest while they look for the right place in which to cohabitate.

"They decided to rent a house together while they keep searching for the perfect [one] to buy," a source told People. "Jen and Justin are very excited about living together in their new home."

So what does this mean? Aside from the obvious suggestion that Jen and Justin are getting très serious, it could mean a major life recalibration for Aniston.

After a painstaking renovation to transform a Beverly Hills mansion into her zen dream house, a then-single Aniston listed the property in February for $42 million -- it sold in the $38-million vicinity -- with the reported intention of moving to New York.

She also indicated she'd be taking some time off to write, give directing a shot and relax in general. But, to indulge in an Aniston movie pun, love happened.

If the source is saying that Aniston and Theroux are searching for a permanent L.A. residence, Jen's flight plans may have changed dramatically, or been canceled altogether. But all is fair in love and real estate.


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Photo:  Justin Theroux, right, laughs during girlfriend Jennifer Aniston's handprint-and-footprint ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in July. Credit: Gabriel Bouys / Agence France-Presse

Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux say hello Hawaii, aloha SoCal

Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston is quite busy being not-so-busy. The actress, who's taking a breather from work to enjoy herself, make a cross-country move and spend time with her new love, Justin Theroux, enjoyed a healthy mix of all of the above this past weekend.

On Friday evening, Aniston threw an intimate farewell bash at her recently sold Beverly Hills mansion, the dream house she took a heavy hand in designing -- in the process landing herself the cover of Architectural Digest.

"Jen had ... a little going-away party since she plans on spending so much more time in New York," a source told People.

"She just wanted to have one more great get-together with friends at the house before she moved out," the insider added, confirming that Theroux was in attendance.

On Sunday, Aniston and Theroux jetted off to a private island in Hawaii, where they were spotted at an airport rocking purple leis. After some fun and sun, Aniston will presumably make her transition from Los Angeles to NYC, where she's snatched up a few choice properties.  


Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux cuddle after dinner

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Photo: Jennifer Aniston at the London premiere of "Horrible Bosses" in July. Credit: Dave Hogan / Getty Images


Petra Ecclestone reportedly buys Spelling estate for $85 million

Petra Ecclestone buys the Spelling mansion

Petra Ecclestone, a 22-year-old British heiress, has reportedly bought Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills estate, the most expensive residential listing in the United States.

"The Manor," as the late TV producer Aaron Spelling's 56,500-square-foot home is known, has been on the market at $150 million for more than two years, according to reports Tuesday. 

Though Candy had held firm on the asking price over the years, sources told TMZ the place went into escrow at $85 million. Now do we all believe housing prices have declined more steeply than during the Great Depression?

The daughter of British Formula One exec Bernie Ecclestone, whose worth is estimated at $4 billion, is a sometime fashion designer. The Spelling joint was reportedly her second-choice mansion, poor thing.

The house, which is larger than the White House and believed to have more than 100 rooms, has features including a bowling alley, a flower-cutting room, a wine cellar/tasting room, a barbershop and a silver storage room. Outside are a tennis court, a koi pond, gardens, a citrus orchard and a swimming pool with a pool house.

More than 100 vehicles can be accomodated in the motor court and 16 carports, and a service wing houses the staff in five maids' bedrooms and two butlers' suites, the Los Angeles Times reported in 2009.

Aaron Spelling -- executive producer on series including "The Love Boat," "Dynasty" and most recently "Charmed" -- died in June 2006. Daughter Tori Spelling and her brother Randy Spelling each inherited less than $1 million at the time from the estate, then estimated to be worth $300 million. Tori is now pregnant with her third child.

Ecclestone plans to split her time between L.A. and London, where she owns another mansion, according to the Guardian.


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Photos: Petra Ecclestone, left, has reportedly purchased Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills estate, right. Credits: Luke MacGregor / Reuters, left; Hilton & Hyland / Reuters, right

Joey Fatone holds ultimate estate sale

Joeyfatonestory Joey Fatone is holding the ultimate estate sale this weekend in Orlando, Fla., selling off everything from puppets to used sheets to the house itself.

While it is easy to blame the recession, the *Nsync alum tells CNN,"I have too much …" A bit of a problem for a guy who is downsizing from a 16,000-square-foot lakefront house (yours for $3.9 million) to a smaller pad nearby, according to his manager Joe Mulvihill. Fatone also has plans to take his family bicoastal with houses in Florida and Los Angeles.

More than 700 people showed up at the start of the sale Thursday to rummage through a variety of goods like arcade games, pots, pans, wine glasses, patio sets and a Care Bear collection. Perhaps the most coveted item for sale, aside from any *Nysnc memorabilia, is the Sword of Omens from "Thundercats." 

Going bicoastal might have something to do with Fatone's aspiring acting career. Next up, he will star in the horror movie "Inkubus," about a small crew of police officers who receive a visit from a demon, ready to confess his crimes. He previously competed on "Dancing With the Stars" and hosted "The Singing Bee," among other projects.


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Photo: Joey Fatone and a guest. Credit: Jeff Gentner/Getty Images.

Mario Lopez in hot water over construction permits

Mariolopezstory Has Mario Lopez has been a naughty neighbor? The "Extra" host has reportedly tried making renovations to his Glendale mansion without the proper permits, a problem magnified by the fact that it is also a historic site.

That city's Neighborhood Serviceds Department issued Lopez a notice saying that he violated zoning codes when he tried to remodel his pool cabana, including a 500-square-foot addition and a bathroom extension, without permits.

The action by the department, which opened a code enforcement case against him, includes halting all work until the proper paperwork is filed. He has until June 27 to make it right or the work he's already done could be torn down.

The $1.94-million pad located on the 300 block of Kempton Road is listed on the Glendale Register of Historic Resources because of its rich history. The house was built in 1929 by armored-car inventor Peter Damm, who called it "Lorelei."

For more, read the full story here.


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Charlie Sheen lists Beverly Hills mansion for $7.2 million

Charliesheenstory Charlie Sheen's Beverly Hills mansion is officially for sale. If you've been house-hunting for a warlock-worthy party pad or extra space to start a porn family, look no further.

The 7,924-square-foot luxury dwelling, located in Mulholland Estates, features five bedrooms and seven baths but comes with a hefty price tag: $7.2 million.

The listing describes the custom-built Mediterranean as a "spectacular celebrity home" and an "entertainer's dream with spacious public rooms, most of which open to a beautifully landscaped yard featuring a professional outdoor kitchen with dining area, pool and spa. Other features include a screening room and top-of-the-line appliances and finishes."

Sheen kept the house in his divorce from Brooke Mueller in a deal reached just weeks ago, after paying her a $1-million buyout. The selling of "Sober Valley Lodge" also comes after confirmation that Warner Bros. and CBS have officially replaced Sheen with Ashton Kutcher on "Two and a Half Men."

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Taylor Swift buys her parents $1.4-million house in Nashville

Taylor Swift bought a $1.4 million house for her parents Taylor Swift is a down-home kind of gal -- and this time around it's a $1.4-million home.

The country star and serial dater has generously purchased her parents a luxurious pad in Nashville, Us magazine reports.

"It's an incredible house," a source tells the mag. "Taylor's been visiting her parents there and she's so excited for them." 

The property, built in 1925, boasts three bedrooms and 5,000 square feet, complete with a blue stone terrace and sizable outdoor fireplace. The Real Estalker, which has pictures of the place, said records show the sale went down toward the end of last year.

The Nashville pad isn't the only real estate transaction for the blond of late: She's also scooped up a place in Los Angeles for herself.

"She is in L.A. so much -- and she was paying a fortune in hotel charges!" the Us source added.


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Photo: Taylor Swift at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 3. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston lists Beverly Hills home for $42 million

Jennifer Aniston is selling her Beverly Hills home Looks like Jennifer Aniston is really making some life changes -- the actress is putting her passion-project Beverly Hills home on the market. And it ain't cheap.

Just a year after gushing to Architectural Digest about the major renovations she made to the property, Aniston has decided to offload it for an asking price of $42 million. She purchased the pad in 2006 for $13.5 million.

"My life needs to be simplified and clear out the clutter," she said in a recent interview.

"And along with that thought came, 'I should sell my house.' ... I had the realization that this is just too much for me. I'm not this person."

After the house's face lift, Aniston dubbed it "Ohana," a Hawaiian expression meaning extended family.

Designed by Stephen Shadley, the property features 14-foot entryways, a travertine bridge over a koi pond and a stunning Murano glass chandelier in the main hall.  

Aniston indicated she'll be looking for a smaller space, possibly in New York City.

In other celebrity real estate news from our pals at Hot Property, Rose McGowan has put her Los Feliz home on the market for around $1.85 million, while Winona Ryder sold her Sunset Strip-area house for $3,725,000.


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