Charlize Theron’s Home: Putting Her Past Behind Her for a $3 Million Profit:Charlize Theron is one that rare type of actress with gorgeous looks, a stellar career, and a noticeably down-to-earth personality. She has multiple high profile movies coming out this year, including “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Prometheus”. After a harrowing childhood in South Africa, she relocated to the United States, and took advantage of every opportunity that came her way. She is highly sought after as an actress and model, and directors and other actors often list her as one of their favorite parts of the projects on which they work. She is, in essence, the cool, popular girl that hangs out with both the geeks and the jocks, seemingly unaware of their adoration. Until recently, she has also always been in a relationship. A collective gasp went up in Hollywood when she, and her boyfriend of nine years, Stuart Townsend, called it quits. They were considered one of the more stable relationships in Tinseltown. However, this gasp was quickly redirected when it became clear that their separation would mean a couple of prime pieces of real estate were going to become available. The Oscar-winning actress owned a few properties with her former beau, and in typical post-relationship fashion, selling them off so that she could move on physically and emotionally, became a top priority. Her Malibu cottage was one of the first homes to go. She purchased the 2,095 square foot, three-bedroom, three and half-bath house, to serve as a beachfront getaway, in 2003. The home, which is nothing particularly special on the outside, is quite attractive on the inside, and features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, a massive kitchen, a wrap-around terrace, and stunning views of the nearby ocean and beach. Purchased for $3.495 million, it sold in 2011 to Ryan Murphy of “Glee” fame, for just over $6.5 million. As not much had changed about the property since Ms. Theron’s original purchase, one can only assume that the price increase was due to the fact that the rare beauty had lived there.
Simon Cowell $14 million five-bedroom mansion in West London was burglarized while he was inside the house:Simon Cowell's Multimillion-Dollar Mansion Invaded on Night of Britain's Got Talent Premiere. Simon was at his home watching television by himself, only about 90 minutes after Britain's Got Talent big premiere had aired, when a 29-year-old woman entered the house by breaking a bathroom window with a brick. Leanne Zaloumis reportedly wandered around the home freely and hid in Simon's walk-in wardrobe, and Britain's Daily Mail actually reported that at one point the intruder, believed to be an "overzealous fan," was "laying on Simon's bed in his bedroom." However, later Simon's rep, Max Clifford, clarified that the woman was apprehended in the bathroom, where Simon found her holding a brick. Leanne Zaloumis appeared at West London Magistrate Court on Monday and was charged with one count of aggravated burglary with intent. Simon's spokesperson Max appeared on the British TV show "This Morning" today and said: "Simon got back from 'Britain's Got Talent' and was sitting watching 'Jonathan Ross' when there was suddenly a huge crash. He went to investigate and there was a woman standing there. His housekeeper was there and his security was close by, so she was quickly apprehended. It was terrifying, but as Simon said, 'You've got to say I was lucky.' Last night when I spoke to him he was still shaky but settled down." Max also told The Sun, "It was very frightening for Simon, who told me it was like something from a horror movie." This was not the first time Simon had experienced a security scare. In 2007, his home was reportedly targeted by thieves, and Simon told The Mirror at the time: "I've spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the very best security, and I can assure you my homes are as safe as the Bank of England." This makes it especially surprising that an unwelcome visitor was able to thwart his presumably high-tech security measures and gain access to his home using only a low-tech brick.
Mark Wahlberg rented Central Park West condo goes from $7M to $16.5M in four years:Welcome to unit 26C at 15 Central Park West, arguably the best inium project known to man. The 2,761 square-foot three-bedroom on the 26th floor just sold for $16.5 million. Mark Wahlberg lived there. ARod almost just rented it. And it was sold in six weeks to a glamorous woman from Monaco. That's not the half of it. There are so many bold-faced names involved with this unit, we wonder if any apartment in this building doesn't have a celebrity attached to it. Already home to Denzel Washington and Sting, the building continues to break its own records. The square-foot price for this apartment comes to $5,976, the most expensive yet for a mid-level floor. Rented by actor Mark Wahlberg for $32,000 in 2009, the home was owned by real estate super-lawyer Warren Estis. It sold after six weeks on the market by Ken Deutsch, who started his own Madison Ave. boutique brokerage two years ago. Yankee slugger and real estate lover Alex Rodriguez even bid on the place, as a rental. ARod was allegedly paying about $35,000 for an apartment on an upper floor in the building when he vacated the apartment because the owner wished to sell the unit. For 26C, he offered $37,000 for the first year and $39,000 for the second. But new owners both wanted a little more, around $40,000. ARod decided not go up the few grand to stay in the building, and looked to purchase an apartment elsewhere. (Neither Rodriguez nor his agent Adam Modlin could be reached for comment, but the Daily News learned the price of the rental was not a factor. The slugger decided it was time to buy.) The current tenant, who was already renting from the new owner, will pay 38,000 for the first year and 40,000 for the second year.