Mel Gibson’s Home: Dumping an $11.75 Million Estate as His Career Continues to Free-Fall:The hole that Mel Gibson keeps digging for himself, just seems to keep getting bigger. Rewind the clock to the early 80s, and it seemed as if there was nothing this American-born, Australian actor couldn’t do. Handsome, talented, and driven, he established himself as a theater actor in Australia, as well as a film star, quite quickly. He starred in such movies as the “Mad Max” franchise, the “Lethal Weapon” franchise, and “The Year of Living Dangerously”. Some of his other projects included “The Bounty”, “Hamlet”, “Bird on a Wire”, “The Patriot”, and “Signs”. In addition to his acting work, he also began writing, producing, and directing projects, ultimately winning an Oscar for Best Director, for his work on the film, “Braveheart” in 1995. The future looked bright for the actor/director, and he was clearly at the top of everyone’s “A-list”. Then it kind of all went to pot, as it were. It started with marital problems, and then drinking issues, and then incredibly bizarre rants caught on tape… more than once. This was followed by dubious movie choices, and finally, his agency dumped him, and he was dropped from a number of projects. His career imploded in much the same way that Charlie Sheen’s did, except that it felt worse, since everyone was sort of blindsided by his screwed up behavior, whereas everyone already knew Charlie Sheen was a ticking time bomb. Most recently, he’s been in a war of words with director, Joe Eszterhas. Their argument, which went public after someone leaked their private correspondence to an entertainment website, stems from multiple anti-semitic remarks made by Mr. Gibson, and Mr. Eszterhas’s frustration and anger about them. All of this bad behavior has resulted in a decided loss of fortune for Mr. Gibson, and consequently, he has begun selling off many of the properties that he bought during his hey-day. One such property is Lavendar Hill Farm, his 2.56 acre, $11.75 million estate in Malibu. Originally listed for sale at $14.5 million in 2010, he has since had to cut the price repeatedly, as no one has expressed an interest in the property. Whether this is due to the slow housing market, or to Mr. Gibson’s free-falling reputation, is hard to tell. The estate is made up of a large main house, comprised of six bedrooms and five bathrooms, and features multiple fireplaces, walk-in closets, and a sauna. The rest of the compound houses a separate media space, a separate gym, a pool, a spa, a tennis court, three guesthouses, a two-storey pavilion with a fireplace and barbeque area, an organic garden, an avocado grove, fruit orchards, and an office. It’s a gorgeous property. Maybe if potential buyers wait another few months for Mr. Gibson to say or do something else completely inappropriate, the price will drop another million or so.
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson house on the market with a $3,650,000 price tag:Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds finalized their divorce last summer, and now they're parting ways with their former home in L.A., too. The Buff and Hensman-designed €œWong House€ was built in 1969 in the Los Feliz hills. They paid $2.9 million, €œtotally restored and upgraded€ the house, and are now selling it for $3.65 million. Take a look! Newly released listing pographssnapped in a glittering, city-view twilightshow the 2 bedroom and 3 bathroom post and beam abode has been altered little (if at all) since the former couple bought it in August 2010. The long sweep of glass-walled and sparsely furnished rooms along the back of the housethe living room, kitchen, dining area and family roomcontain a smattering of not particularly impressive but no doubt punishingly pricey mid-century modern(ish) things that include a teak credenza or two, a couple of classic Barcelona lounge chairs, a glass topped dining table surrounded by some Danish-looking teak chairs with black leather seats, and a pair of tufted leather bar stools in the kitchen area that look to Your Mama like they could have come straight out of The Dresden Room, an old school restaurant/bar-lounge in Los Feliz where the dee-voon sequin-clad duo Marty and Elayne have been warbling and working their high-camp stuff since the dawn of time. I thought it was kind of sad when they split. They seemed like a cute couple. She has since dated Sean Penn, of all people (didn't see that coming) and he's now being linked to Blake Lively of Gossip Girl. There aren't many pos in the listing, so some of these are from when it was on the market before. Here's how that living room looked when they bought it (from the old MLS pos):
Kelly Ripa’s Home: Actress-Talk Show Host-Mom and Real Estate Shark:Kelly Ripa has seemed to lead a charmed life. While starring as Hayley Vaughn on the long running soap, “All My Children”, she became one half of one of soap opera-dom’s most beloved couples. Her chemistry with onscreen love interest, Mark Consuelos, the actor who played Mateo Santos, proved to be real, and the two were married a year after they began working together on the show. While completing her final season with “All My Children”, she was invited to audition as co-host for the morning show formerly known as “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee”. Her audition was a success, and in 2001, “Live with Regis and Kelly” premiered. The revamped morning program was an almost instant hit, and has remained a ratings juggernaut even after the retirement of Regis. In addition to her hosting duties, she also starred on the popular sitcom, “Hope & Faith” from 2003 to 2006. She also managed to have three children in there somewhere, and purchase a stunning loft in SoHo with her husband. While the headlines surrounding the Ripa-Consuelos clan are generally about Kelly, two recent headlines have been of the rather more sensational variety. Just a few months ago, the family appeared in the news, when a window washer accidentally let their neighbor’s chicken escape. The chicken took up residence on their roof, and was eventually removed by members of their household staff. Her husband recently grabbed the spotlight, when old photos of his days as a stripper found their way into a few tabloid magazines. Ms. Ripa has “poo-poo’d” the whole thing, laughing about his days as a struggling actor. After wearing multiple hats during the day, Ms. Ripa returns to one of the most coveted properties in New York City on Crosby Street in SoHo. They began their time on Crosby Street in a loft that measures 5,625 square feet and houses three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. Their first residence in the building also contained a massive eat-in kitchen with multiple refrigerators, a separate family wing with a pair of bedrooms and a playroom, a library/den, an office, and a personal gym. The family enjoyed that location so much, that when they outgrew the $2.8 million loft, they moved upstairs to the 9,865 square foot penthouse suite that had recently been vacated by Nicole Kidman. They purchased their new home for $9.95 million, and sold their unit one floor below for $6.7 million. Fast-forward to 2012, and there is talk that they are considering moving again. However, would anyone actually abandon almost 10,000 square feet of real estate in SoHo? Ms. Ripa seems way more savvy than that.