Justin Timberlake’s Home: A $4.774 Million Loft for the Artist:Justin Timberlake is everywhere. If he is not recording a new album or touring to promote it, he is doing the press junket for a new movie, opening another restaurant, or, most recently, launching a home furnishings line. The guy who started out on “The Mickey Mouse Club”, and as one fifth of the popular ‘90s-era boyband, N’Sync, has certainly diversified. He is the most successful of the artists to emerge from his former pop group, and his personal life has received as much coverage as his professional life over the years. Of late, he has seemed more interested in building an entertainment and fashion empire than making new music, but that seems to be the way of many stars nowadays. Back in the early 2000s, just before the members of N’Sync decided to part company, he purchased a massive 12,545 square foot home in the Hollywood Hills for just over $8 million dollars. As his solo career took off, and he began adding more acting work to his agenda and restaurants to his portfolio, it became necessary to find a home on the East Coast as well. In late 2008, he purchased a $4.774 million, 3000 square foot condo on Washington Street in lower Manhattan. The three-bedroom, three-bath loft sports arched floor-to-ceiling windows, a massive living room, a completely new open plan kitchen, a master bedroom with wrap around windows, gorgeous views of the Hudson river, a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, and keyed elevator access that opens directly into the apartment. Though his relationship with actress Jessica Biel has come and gone repeatedly, he seems content with his two home purchases, and it looks like his Manhattan loft will remain part of his ever-expanding portfolio.
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.
Charlie Sheen’s Home: A $6.9 Million Purchase by used to be two and a half men:Charlie Sheen has been in and out of the headlines for years. Whether it was his movie roles, his Hollywood antics, his high-profile hook-ups, his fantastically messy divorces, or his multiple drug-fueled public meltdowns, Mr. Sheen has pretty much been entertainment news fodder for the last two decades. While his father and brother, both successful actor/directors, have managed to remain largely away from the public eye, Charlie Sheen has seemed to bask in the attention his infamous behavior brings. His most recent problems led to his being fired from the top rated sitcom in the country, and since then, he has been using his “crazy-boy” reputation as easy entrée to the talk show, and one-man show circuit. He also reportedly receives $250,000 and a private jet to show up at private parties, sporting events, or mall openings. With that kind of cash available to him for simply being his own, screwed-up self, it is no wonder that he is seemingly unconcerned with re-launching his stalled acting career, or cleaning up his behavior in general. One of the ways he has chosen to spend his money is through real estate purchases, primarily in the Mulholland Estates section of Sherman Oaks, California. Most recently, he purchased a $6.9 million, 9,020 square foot, six-bedroom, nine-bath home around the corner from his current residence. The mansion, which was formerly owned by the producer of the film, “Black Swan”, also sports high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, a library, a pantry, a wet-bar, a pool, a spa, multiple living rooms, an office, multiple fireplaces, a massive outdoor veranda, landscaped grounds, and a sunken outdoor kitchen/barbecue area with seating. He reportedly purchased the home for one of his ex-wives or for some other group of women. Who knows? It is difficult to keep up with the actor these days, as his behavior, and his purchases, are consistently over-the-top.