Samuel L. Jackson’s Home: Tough on Bad Guys, Soft on Real Estate:Since his early days as a theater actor, Samuel L. Jackson has always excelled at playing tough, hard-as-nails, uncompromising characters. He has parlayed this ability into an almost continual series of big screen successes. Some joke that Samuel L. Jackson is best at playing, well, Samuel L. Jackson. Whatever his process is, it seems to be working. He has received Oscar nominations, among other accolades, and has a broad fan base that seems to transcend age, race, and cultural lines. People simply like to watch him. He has created iconic characters in such films as “Do the Right Thing”, “Mo’ Better Blues”, “Menace II Society”, “Jurassic Park”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Die Hard: With a Vengeance”, “The Long Kiss Goodnight”, “Star Wars: Episode I-III”, “Snakes on a Plane”, “The Iron Man” franchise, and most recently, the wildly successful Joss Whedon film, “The Avengers”. He has seemed to embrace his hard-nosed image with glee, content to leave the more cuddly African-American roles to actors like Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. His success at playing bad guys has left him quite well off, and like many of Hollywood’s elite, he has chosen to place a portion of his wealth in real estate. He currently owns a sprawling mansion in California and a sizeable apartment in Upper Manhattan. Most recently, he moved into a popular Crosby Street apartment building which has housed a number of high-profile stars in the past, including Nicole Kidman. His new digs measure 2,578 square feet and he purchased the condo for $4.35 million. It contains two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a whopping 15-foot wide fireplace in the main room. Massive windows, thirteen-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and columns give the apartment an elegant, airy feel. The open plan kitchen features a walk-in closet-sized refrigerator, and entirely new fixtures. The elevator opens directly into the apartment. With Mr. Jackson’s busy shooting schedule, he may not have a great deal of time to spend in his gorgeous new home, but it certainly is a lovely place to crash for a night or two.
Jimmy Fallon’s Home: A $5.7 Million Farmhouse for the Man Who Slow-Jams with the President:Jimmy Fallon was what one might call a “computer geek” in college. He majored in Computer Science, but then switched to Communications at the last minute, and ultimately dropped out. He had always been a “Saturday Night Live” fan, and post-college, he set out on the stand-up comedy circuit, ending up in Los Angeles, where he continued to perform. He began appearing in small roles on film,while studying with the famed improv troupe, The Groundlings. In 1988, he was invited to audition for “Saturday Night Live”, and he joined the program for the 1998-1999 season. He went on to become a popular member of the cast, and remained with the show until 2004. After attempting a moderately successful film career, he returned to television, hosting “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. His talk show has become a favorite spot for celebrities, artists, and politicians looking to reach a “hipper” audience, and it has also become a showcase for Mr. Fallon’s musical talent. Most recently, he made headlines when he, The Roots, and President Barack Obama, “slow-jammed” the news. It was a clear sign that he has come a long way from his days of watching “Saturday Night Live” at home with his family. Another indication of his increasing fame is the amount of property he now owns, including a $1.35 million co-op in Manhattan, and his recently purchased farmhouse in the Hamptons. His new 3,500 square foot home cost $5.7 million and sits on 2.2 acres of land. Comprised of six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half-baths, an apple orchard, two barns, and two extra guest cottages, the 1850’s farmhouse is a definite change from his two-bedroom co-op in the city. The property also includes a heated pool, high ceilings, lots of light, easy access to the ocean less than a mile away, multiple fireplaces, a deck, a massive kitchen, and ample lawn space. As his guests get more and more high profile, it only stands to reason that Mr. Fallon’s taste would increase as well.
Rafael Nadal’s $2 million dollars House: A Sandy, Beachfront Home for The King of Clay:Rafael Nadal has been recognized as of tennis’ most gifted players since he won his first ATP match back in 2002 at age 15. Over the years, he has continued to improve his game, and by 2006, it was clear that he was coming in to his own. He inspires a fervent loyalty in his fans which is usually only reserved for religious figures. Everyone from dignitaries to movie stars seems to want to grab a moment with him. He is often referred to as “The King of Clay” for his astonishing number of wins on clay courts. He is the only tennis player in history to have won eight editions in a row of the same tournament, and though he has been ranked #1 multiple times, he holds the record for the longest time at #2, with 235 weeks. He has won the Australian Open once, the US Open once, Wimbledon twice, and the French Open six times. He also won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics. Oh yeah, he’s also only twenty-five. Like most tennis players, he travels quite a bit, so having a home never seemed to be high on his list of priorities. However, in 2009 he changed his mind, and was presented with the keys to his new home in the Dominican Republic by the Minister of Tourism, during a press conference. Rafael Nadal’s house is a large villa in the Playa Nueva Romana development in the Dominican Republic. The development features a wide range of luxury amenities, including a golf course (his other sport of choice), seaside access, a beach club, a country club, polo, tennis courts, a number of high-end boutiques, a fitness center, and a private marina, among other perks. Rafael Nadal’s house is two stories, and houses three bedrooms. It also has a custom swimming pool, a large terrace, and is surrounded by a massive lawn and multiple trees. Part of a larger development, Rafael Nadal’s house has been publicized repeatedly as the Playa Nueva Romana management attempts to fill their other units. Perhaps Mr. Nadal is getting a little “kick back”, which means that he is as savvy off-court, as he is successful on it. While the actual price has not been announced, the villa pricing system indicates that they charge $1300.00 US per square meter, which would put the price tag for his villa at approximately $2 million dollars.