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Top 10 celebrity homes that hit the market in 2018

By LLM Reporters on 30th December 2018

If you have ever wondered what type of homes celebrities choose to live in, then look no further. From spectacular mansions to beachside retreats, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com have shared their favourites that went on the market in 2018.

1 – Cher’s Original Mansion

Cher designed and built the 11 bedroom mansion in 1980

Singer and actor Cher’s original mansion was her first serious home after her divorce from Sonny Bono, which she designed and built in Beverly Hills in 1980.

Privately hidden from view behind massive entry gates and mature landscaping, the 11 bedroom property is currently undergoing renovation.The updated 5 bed detached guest house has exotic appeal with its walk-through arches, Moroccan tiles and hand-carved wooden doors.

Outside are stone terraces, pool, spa, outdoor kitchen and tennis courts with cabana and seating for viewing the players. The grounds have expansive lawns, flower beds, mature trees and walkways.

The most recent owners have extended the property to a 14 acre equestrian estate with a luxury stable, two riding rings and a network of riding trails.

For sale at $68 million

Image credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

2 – Paris Hilton’s Sunset Strip-Hollywood Hills Home

Paris’s bedroom is pure Hollywood glamour

Now living in sunny Ibiza, Spain, granddaughter of hotelier Conrad Hilton and super-socialite heiress, Paris, lived in this Hollywood Hills home from 2003 to 2007.

The house Paris called home is a three-storey, Spanish-style property overlooking Sunset Strip and sweeping views of the Los Angeles city lights.

Built in 1926, the 4 bedroom house includes formal living and dining rooms that open to a courtyard and there is also a game room with pool table, a spacious media room, guest quarters, den and separate office.

Old Hollywood-style glamour elements include dark wood floors, wood-beamed ceilings, and impressive chandeliers, while the stunning master suite has serious wow factor. Outside is a lawn, terraces, swimming pool, spa and firepit.

For sale at $4.195 million

Image credit: The Agency

3 – Rob Lowe’s Classic California Estate

Rob Lowe created a classic East Coast style estate in California

Reminiscent of the country estates in Charlottesville, Virginia where he was born, heart throb actor Rob Lowe and his wife recreated a classic East Coast-style estate in 2009 in the celebrity outpost of Montecito, California, 80 miles northwest of Los Angeles

Inside the main house are large open formal rooms, a huge family kitchen, separate catering kitchen, eight bedrooms, eleven baths, office, library-music room with bar, family room, movie theater, well equipped gym and expansive wine cellar. There are nine indoor fireplaces throughout the house with one in the master suite.

Also on the grounds are a two-bedroom guest house, one-bedroom pool house with staff quarters and outdoor kitchen, pool and spa, tennis court with observation areas and lushly landscaped lawns large enough for team sports with mature trees and a vegetable garden.

There are two outside fireplaces, terraces and loggias for relaxing or entertaining, a water serenade from fountains and a koi pond. Formal rose gardens overlook the lawn and from most any location one can enjoy sunsets over the Pacific.

For sale at $47 million

Image credit: Jim Bartsch for Sotheby’s International Realty

4 – Robert Redford’s Wine Country Estate

Robert Redford’s Napa Valley retreat is the perfect private getaway

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.

This 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. Terraces by the pool, spa and outdoor dining areas offer calming views and are perfect for entertaining.

The compound includes the main house, a 90-square-foot artist studio/guest house and two large garages, one of which houses a workshop and exercise studio.

The 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.

For sale at $7.5 million

Image credit: Open Homes Photography

5 – Kathie Lee Gifford’s Key Largo Mansion

Kathie Lee Gifford’s home has stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean

Having just announced her retirement from the ‘Today’ show, Kathie Lee Gifford is asking $10.5 million for a Key Largo, Florida home that she bought in 1998 with her late husband Frank Gifford.

Located in the Ocean Reef Club at the northernmost part of Key Largo, Kathie’s home is convenient to Miami, Coconut Grove and exploration of the Florida Keys.

The three-level house has eight bedrooms and eight baths with a main floor master suite, an elevator or stairs to the upper levels, a large and airy great room that opens seamlessly to a screened terrace with pool and spa and an outdoor kitchen convenient for romantic waterside dining.

There is a custom kitchen with pantry, media room, private gym, formal dining area and multiple casual dining locations throughout. There is a five-car garage, fire pit, boat dock and space to entertain large groups, but the pièce de résistance is the stunning sunset views across Card Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.

For sale at $10.5 million

Image credit: Watson Luxury Properties

6 – Elizabeth Taylor’s Beverly Hills House

Ceiling to floor windows showcase the great views that surround the property

The estate where 22-year-old legendary beauty and film star Elizabeth Taylor began her family with her second husband Michael Wilding so captured her heart that she called it ” the most beautiful house I have ever seen”.

Taylor took time off from film making and threw herself into being a wife and mother to her two sons who were born and raised at the home during their infancy.

The current owner, now 90 years old, hired starchitect Budd Holden to redesign the house when he purchased it in 1997. He added 2,000 square feet and opened it to the expansive city and ocean views by adding a large number of windows and ceiling-to-floor glass doors to access the terraces and gardens.

Sited on over two private gated acres with a palm-shaded fountain entry courtyard, the 7,781-square-foot house has six bedrooms, seven baths, four fireplaces, an art studio, sauna and library. All rooms are large with glass walls to view the surrounding garden, patios, pool or city views from every room.

Was for sale at $15.9 million. The house sold quickly at an undisclosed price.

Image credit: Marc Angeles

7 – Zsa Zsa Gabor & Elvis Presley Lived Here

This iconic property has open views over the city of Los Angeles

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.

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.

Sold for $20.8 million.

Image credit: Adam Latham

8 – Ronald Reagan & Jane Wyman’s Home

A stunning pool is one of the many features of this fine and elegant house

Of their two homes together, the 1938 Colonial Revival home of Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman, was the grandest and exudes Old Hollywood glamour. 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 in Little Holmby, Los Angeles retains its original architectural layout with large rooms, high ceilings, hardwood floors and hand-crafted millwork.

The impressive foyer has a 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.

Sold for $6.45 million

Image credit – Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

9 – Muhammad Ali’s Michigan Farm

Muhammad Ali enjoyed the peace of his 81 acre property in Michigan

In 1975, almost ten years before Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he bought an 81-acre property in Berrien Springs, Michigan, insulated from city noise and crowds by the St. Joseph River which surrounds the lush green fields.

Ali could afford to design it exactly the way he wanted and he added buildings customized to his needs which also have universal appeal. Structures on the property include the main house, carriage house, pool, gym, garages, barns and office epicenter.

The elaborate gym has the boxing ring in the center, exercise equipment, a steam room, baths, massage room, laundry and spa tub. A few steps outside the gym’s French doors is a full-size basketball court.

Next door to the gym is the office epicenter with his private office, conference area, private bath, mail room, vault, kitchen, loading dock and several other offices and a basement. There are two separate climate-controlled garages, each accommodating over five cars, RVs and space for equipment.

The main 4 bedroom house and carriage house for guests, are on either side of the pool terrace, which includes a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen, bath house, sound system and pergola. The carriage guest house also has a sunroom and deck overlooking the pond and fountain by the river. Grounds are lushly landscaped with firepit and a waterfall rock garden.

For sale at a very specific price. The last two numbers represent Ali’s 37 career knockouts – $2,895,037.

Image credit – Cressy & Everett Real Estate

10 – Frank Sinatra’s Malibu Beach House

Frank Sinatra’s beachfront house in Malibu is ideal for entertaining

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.

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.

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.

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.

For sale at $12,9 million.

Image credit: Mike Helfrich

Feature Image credit: Jim Bartsch for Sotheby’s International Realty