Gordon Ramsey’s House: A Calming $6.75 Million Retreat for the Notoriously Angry Chef:Chef Gordon Ramsey has a larger than life personality and makes “to-die-for” food. At least that is what the people who can actually get a seat in, and afford, a meal at one of his many restaurants say. His multiple cooking competition shows have made him a household name in areas where his food is not available. His penchant for basically verbally abusing anyone who stands within eight feet of him in the kitchen has rocketed him from merely well known, into the realm of cultural icon. From swearing so much on television that he received citations from review boards in the UK and Australia, to engaging in multiple sparring matches with other chefs and celebrities across various programs, to admitting to serving meat to vegetarians at his restaurants, Gordon Ramsey has built quite a reputation for himself outside of the kitchen, as well as in it. After throwing the famed restaurant critic, A.A. Gill, out of one of his restaurants, the critic wrote, “Ramsay is a wonderful chef, just a really second-rate human being.” Luckily for his family, Gordon Ramsey’s house does not reflect his “bulldog-ish” personality. Gordon Ramsey’s house, purchased in January of this year, cost $6.75 million, a paltry sum for someone who has several successful restaurants, and seven different realities show running. Located in the posh community of Bel-Air in Los Angeles, the 7,413 square foot property is comprised of five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a massive kitchen with all new features, high ceilings, and multiple communal spaces. The house sits on an acre of land and also includes a large terrace, a stunning infinity pool, a large lawn, and lots of sunlight. In other words, Gordon Ramsey’s home is far more cheerful than the chef ever is on any of his shows. He recently left a charity football (soccer) game on a stretcher, after a decidedly nasty tackle by a former professional player. Many people believe the tackle was purely meant to take the mouthy celebrity down a peg.
Demi Lovato’s Home: The Newest “X Factor” Judge’s $2.25 Million Gift to Her Family:The “X Factor US” has had a rough beginning. Simon Cowell’s super-mega-awesome-hit in the UK, ran into a slightly less enthusiastic response in the US, where it came up against the quite saturated US singing competition market, with “The Voice”, “The Sing-Off”, “America’s Got Talent”, and, of course, “American Idol”, all vying for popularity. Mr. Cowell shelled out a lot of money, and put his reputation on the line, in an effort to make his show the best. While it was a success, it was not a breakout hit, and his knee-jerk response was to fire, well, just about everybody. This included much-loved judge, Paula Abdul, and not-so-loved judge, Nicole Scherzinger. His chosen replacements have everyone scratching their heads. He chose, talented, but emotionally and mentally unstable, singer/dancer, Britney Spears, and talented, but emotionally and mentally unstable, singer/actress, Demi Lovato. They don’t seem like the most wise choices for a program that airs live twice a week, so it will be interesting to see whether his gamble pays off. Demi Lovato, who appeared for a long time to be one of the few Disney starlets who was going to be okay, checked herself into rehab for substance abuse and “self-harm” issues in 2010. People who had been rooting for her to buck the trend of Disney stars who imploded, were sorely disappointed to hear that she had buckled under the pressure. Prior to falling apart, however, she used some of her wealth to buy her family a lovely new home in Sherman Oaks, California. The 4,053 square foot, four-bedroom, four and a half bath home cost her $2.25 million. She purchased the property just after her eighteenth birthday, and just before she chose to leave the house and head for rehab. The three-storey home contains a master suite with its own spa-like bathroom, fireplace, multiple walk-in closets, kitchenette, and private covered terrace. There is a secondary smaller suite, with its own bathroom, as well as two more standard bedrooms. Hardwood floors and sunlight abound. The house also contains a massive living room with fireplace, a media room, an office, a sauna, a large L-shaped kitchen with breakfast nook, a backyard that includes a waterfall and a pool with a slide, and a fountain in the front yard. Ms. Lovato lives in the attached guest cottage. Judging by this opulent purchase for her family, it is clear that Ms. Lovato is generous, so hopefully her new job, and the increased spotlight, won’t change her for the worse.
Will Smith’s Home: $19.5 Million for the Former Loft of One of the “Men in Black”:Will Smith went from rap artist, to television star, to Oscar-nominated film star in what seemed like a ridiculously short amount of time. After bursting into the mainstream as one half of the rap duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, he parlayed his musical popularity into a starring role on the popular television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”. From there, the step up to film roles was a relatively small one, and he received excellent reviews for his debut performance in the film adaptation of the play, “Six Degrees of Separation”. His next film project, “Bad Boys”, was a massive success, and launched his career as an action star. Since then, he has appeared in a steady stream of blockbuster films, including “Independence Day”, “Men in Black” and “Men in Black II”, “I, Robot”, “Hitch”, “I Am Legend”, and “Hancock”. He has also received Oscar nominations for “Ali” and “The Pursuit of Happyness”, and has also served as producer on a number of his most successful films. In other words, the man is smart and talented, and as he is often traveling, he chooses to rent most of the time. During the filming of the upcoming “Men in Black III”, which he has been promoting all over the world for the last month, Mr. Smith rented a loft apartment on Bond Street in New York. That apartment was recently listed for $19.5 million. The apartment is 7,236 square feet, and includes five bedrooms and six and a half bathrooms. Hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a massive open-plan media/dining/living room area make the apartment feel even bigger. The apartment also comes complete with its own laundry room, a guest area, a dressing room off of the master bedroom, and two balconies. Since Mr. Smith decamped post the “MIB III” shoot, no one has forked over the $19.5 million asking price for the apartment. Nor have they rented it for the $55,000/month he was paying. There is now talk of splitting the apartment into two separate units at approximately $10 million each. Who knows, if “Men in Black III” is a massive hit, maybe Mr. Smith’s star-power will be enough to cause someone to fork over almost $20 million for his former pad.