Claire Danes mansion is listed for $5.988 million:Claire Danes’ house in SoHo is 4000 square feet and sports massive windows, and sunny, loft-like feel. It has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fireplace, and an elevator that opens directly into the apartment. The exterior of Claire Dane’s house is relatively modest, and is tucked away on a side street behind a few trees. The property is listed for $5.988 million. The building dates back to the late 1800s, and has columns and exposed wood beams. Claire Dane’s house is nothing like the opulent mansions of her West Coast counterparts, but then again, it may be that down-to-earth quality, that has made her career so successful. She began her acting career onstage in New York, appearing in various productions around the city. She then transitioned to television in the early 90s, appearing as a guest star on an episode of “Law and Order”, and then on HBO’s “Lifestories: Families in Crisis”. Just two years after beginning her on-camera careeer, she booked two jobs, back-to-back, that would make her a household name. “My So-Called Life” was a short-lived, but much beloved drama, that only ran for nineteen episodes. Her performance on the show, however, which was completely believable and unaffected, garnered her a Golden Globe, and an Emmy nomination. That same year, she starred opposite Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon in a well-received adaptation of “Little Women”. From there, she began to gain more high-profile roles, including starring in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”, “The Rainmaker”, “Les Miserables”, “Igby Goes Down”, “The Hours”, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”, and “Stardust”, among other projects. She took some time off to attend Yale University, but ultimately decided to focus on her acting career. In 2010, she won an Emmy for her performance in “Temple Grandin”, followed by a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for the same performance in 2011. Since October of 2011, she has been co-starring on the hit Showtime series, “Homeland”, and recently won another Golden Globe for her work. With all of her success, it is no wonder that she recently decided to sell the co-op she owns with her husband, fellow actor, Hugh Dancy.
Roger Federer’s Home: A $3,075/Night Home-Away-From-Home for the World #2:Roger Federer is one of those athletes that seems to simply, quietly, dominate. Handsome and friendly, the Swiss-born tennis star was ranked #1 in the world for 285 weeks, 237 of those weeks consecutively. This is just one week shy of the record set by previous tennis great (and equally quiet player) Pete Sampras. He has set a ridiculous number of tennis records, and is considered to be not only a great athlete, but an all-around nice person. He has won the ATP Fan Favorite Award an unprecedented nine times, the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award (voted on by other players) seven times, and the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award. He was also voted the second most trusted and respected person in the world in 2011, behind Nelson Mandela. So, apparently, people still really like him even while he is kicking their butts on clay, grass, or hard court, since he excels on all three surfaces. Most recently, he won top honors in Madrid, making it his 20th Masters win. The tournament was marred by angry comments from #1 and #2 ranked Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal about the condition of the blue clay courts, so his quiet, brilliant win was a bit overshadowed. The trophy places him back at #2 in the world, and he can now head back to his wife and twin girls in Switzerland for a well-deserved break. Since he travels so much, he has homes all over the world, one of which is a reserved suite at the uber-posh Carlyle Hotel in New York City. The suite on the 16th floor of the hotel costs him $3, 075 per night, and is styled to make him as comfortable as possible. When in town for tournament play, the hotel supplies him with a plaque to track his progress, monogrammed pillows, and ever-ready round-the-clock service. The décor is both masculine and funky, and seems slightly more hip and happening than what would be expected of the busy father of two. However, since it is his home-away-from-home of choice, the hotel must be doing something right.
David Beckham’s House: Kicking and Bending it like Beckham for $22 Million:You know you’ve arrived when the US President makes fun of your underwear ads at a state dinner. David Beckham rose to fame as an excellent footballer in the UK. It helped that he had the body and face of well, an underwear model, and that he hooked up with the most fashion forward member of the massively successful pop group, the Spice Girls, but at the end of the day, it was his prowess on the soccer field that won him the most attention. So, it was with a fair amount of disbelief that he decided to leave the UK football scene, and head for the decidedly less well-respected United States “soccer” scene. The man and his family received threats of death and kidnapping, in fact. That’s how incensed the British public was with his decision. Given a ridiculously large sum to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, the family picked up and moved to the US. After an extensive search, they chose to live in a stunning $22 million home in Beverly Hills. Mr. Beckham recently re-upped his contract with the LA Galaxy, and made headlines when he agreed to a significant salary decrease. At the same time, he put his $29 million home in England, known jokingly as “Beckingham Palace”, on the market. It would appear that the Beckhams are in the US to stay. David Beckham’s house in Beverly Hills covers 13,149 square feet. The very large home is made up of six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and sports a ridiculously large backyard with multiple sets of stone steps, ample lawn, and a large swimming pool. David Beckham’s house is Hacienda-style with open courtyards separating each of the wings, and floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room. The home has both hardwood and polished stone flooring, and is surrounded by trees. David Beckham’s house in the US is one of a series of properties the couple owns. With the sale of their UK home, maybe this means that they will be putting one of their two homes in Dubai, and their 15 bedroom chateau in the south of France, on sale too.