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.
Oprah Winfrey’s House: The Former Queen of Entertainment Settles for a Less Than Royal Sale Price:The 4,600 square foot, 13-room apartment was purchased by Ms. Winfrey in 2006 for just over $5.5 million dollars. Fast forward to 2012, and Oprah Winfrey’s house was recently put back on the market (after a previous failed attempt in 2008) for a mere $2.8 million. The abode on East Lake Shore Drive has multiple foyers, a solarium, a butler’s pantry, a room entirely devoted to wine storage, a breakfast nook, an office, a terrace, high ceilings, stunning views of the water, and three bedrooms. It is one of three properties Ms. Winfrey owns currently, and the least used of the three, hence her decision to offload it. Though she is not as powerful as she once was, it would still be kind of cool to boast that you now own Oprah Winfrey’s house. here was a time when you were definitely the queen of, well, just about everything. You could make a movie a hit, a book a bestseller, and a minor celebrity into a major one, just by turning your attention their way. Your retirement party brought out every entertainment giant of the last two decades. You made headlines when you launched your own magazine, and then your own network, and for all intents and purposes you looked to be made of gold. However, the magazine has only done so-so, and the network is struggling. While your talk show is missed, two or three other “gabfests” have happily sucked up your large afternoon audience, and are now doing better than ever. While you are still a prolific and successful producer, Oprah, sadly, your star has seemed to dim somewhat. Which may be the reason you are having so much trouble selling your apartment. If anyone out there is looking for a place, Oprah Winfrey’s house is now on sale for half of its original price.
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson house on the market with a $3,650,000 price tag:Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds finalized their divorce last summer, and now they're parting ways with their former home in L.A., too. The Buff and Hensman-designed €œWong House€ was built in 1969 in the Los Feliz hills. They paid $2.9 million, €œtotally restored and upgraded€ the house, and are now selling it for $3.65 million. Take a look! Newly released listing pographssnapped in a glittering, city-view twilightshow the 2 bedroom and 3 bathroom post and beam abode has been altered little (if at all) since the former couple bought it in August 2010. The long sweep of glass-walled and sparsely furnished rooms along the back of the housethe living room, kitchen, dining area and family roomcontain a smattering of not particularly impressive but no doubt punishingly pricey mid-century modern(ish) things that include a teak credenza or two, a couple of classic Barcelona lounge chairs, a glass topped dining table surrounded by some Danish-looking teak chairs with black leather seats, and a pair of tufted leather bar stools in the kitchen area that look to Your Mama like they could have come straight out of The Dresden Room, an old school restaurant/bar-lounge in Los Feliz where the dee-voon sequin-clad duo Marty and Elayne have been warbling and working their high-camp stuff since the dawn of time. I thought it was kind of sad when they split. They seemed like a cute couple. She has since dated Sean Penn, of all people (didn't see that coming) and he's now being linked to Blake Lively of Gossip Girl. There aren't many pos in the listing, so some of these are from when it was on the market before. Here's how that living room looked when they bought it (from the old MLS pos):