Piper Perabo’s House: A Laid Back NYC Pad for Hollywood’s Spy Girl Next Door:Summertime means a few great things. It means lovely weather, the chance to get out and spend some time in the water, great fruit, and the return of the USA Network’s awesome summer programming schedule. Come on, you know you love it. It definitely beats watching re-runs, and most of the shows are actually pretty great. One of the more popular summer offerings is the spy/espionage/mystery/thriller mish-mash called, “Covert Affairs”, starring Piper Perabo. Ms. Perabo has been acting for a long time, and first made waves starring in the pseudo-musical film, “Coyote Ugly”, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer back in 2000. Since then, she has appeared in feature films, television movies, guest-starred on multiple television shows, and basically done the successful “journeyman” actor thing. She began starring on “Cover Affairs” in 2010, and her performance has already netted her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Word on the street is that the pretty blonde is as nice to work with as she is to watch, and her house seems to reflect that spirit. Piper Perabo’s house in New York is a lovely one-bedroom apartment with multiple oriental touches. Recently photographed by popular editor and designer, Garance Dore, Piper Perabo’s house features lots of sunlight, high ceilings, a fireplace, lots of natural furnishings, large pieces of art, and a laidback shabby-chic vibe that is very reflective of the actress’ attitude in real life. As she often travels for work, Piper Perabo’s house is also filled with knickknacks from various countries. While she has usually cultivated a “girl-next-door” vibe in Hollywood, the Texas native has recently begun to glam it up. It will be interesting to see if her new public style translates into a more opulent home style.
Jennifer Aniston $21 million Bel Air CA home: A-List actress Jennifer Aniston reportedly paid $21 million for this ultramodern Bel Air, CA home 18 images Looks like it's time to update the Celebrity Real Estate Heat Map: A-lister of A-listers Jennifer Aniston has reportedly scooped up new mansion for herself in Bel-Air, Calif. The pristine 8,500-square-foot four-bedroom was designed in 1965 by noted Los Angeles modernist architect A. Quincy Jones; after first hitting the market for $29 million in 2008, the house was reduced to some $24 million, at which point Aniston swooped in and scored it for even less: $21 million. The pool looks elegant and modern in keeping with home's overall style. And as if this lucky lady didn't already have enough of them, here are yet some more perks: more than three acres of land, views of the city and ocean, a pool, a guesthouse, acellar, andlast but certainly not leasta vineyard. Let's not forget to look inside: those distinctly midcentury-feeling interiors boasts gleaming wood floors, full-wall expanses of glass, and some pretty stunning fireplace detail. The living room comes with a lovely view of west Los Angeles. Aniston's had quite an impressive year in terms of real estate. The actress listed and then sold her spectacular Ohana estate, a Beverly Hills beaut that was once featured on the cover of Architectural Digest. She swiftly found another Beverly Hills estate in which to shack up with new beau Justin Theroux. Let's not forget her East Coast accommodations, either: her new SoCal new pad is located just a plane ride away from her nest overlooking Gramercy Park. In short: life looks pretty fine when you're her.
Pending home sales in California flat in May:Pending home sales in California remained flat in May but posted double-digit gains from the previous year for the fourth consecutive month, the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors reported today. Additionally, the share of distressed sales continued to decline from year-ago levels, signaling a return of non-investors to the housing market, according to a CAR statement. CAR's Pending Home Sales Index was unchanged in May from a revised 128.8 in April, based on signed contracts, but was up from the 115.8 index recorded in May 2011, it said, adding that May marked the 13th straight month that pending sales were higher than the previous year. According to CAR, pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future activity, providing information on the future direction of the market. "Despite a slowdown in economic growth in recent months, sales in California remain strong as record low mortgage rates and favorable home prices continue to fuel demand in the housing market," said CAR President LeFrancis Arnold. "The strong results in pending sales double-digit year-over-year gains in the last nine out of 10 months suggest solid housing market performance for the state in the upcoming months."