Hollywood famous focker sold his massive Hollywood estate : Ben Stiller meets Jason Statham:Ben Stiller’s house in the Hollywood Hills, at least the smaller section, is 4,062 square feet and sits on roughly a 1/3 of an acre of land. The house has four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms. It has Spanish-styling with a twist. Ben Stiller’s house has large French doors that open onto a wrap-around terrace. The terrace features seating that is built around trees that grow up through the terrace itself. There is also a swimming pool, lush greenery, high ceilings, stucco walls, red tile flooring, and lots of sunlight. Ben Stiller’s house is truly gorgeous, and as he seems to be making a move to the East Coast, it will be interesting to see if he can find something to match the beauty of his former digs. Ben Stiller is one of those Hollywood-types that manage to remain busy at all times. Whether he is writing a film or series, directing a project, producing someone else’s project, or starring in a film, he is almost never still. To date, he has worked on over 50 films (more films than years he has been alive), and he seems to be a rather good box office draw, as his projects have made an average of $73 million per film. He dropped out of college to pursue a career in performance and comedy full-time, and booked his first professional role in the Broadway production of “House of Blue Leaves”. He began writing, directing, and producing “mockumentary” style shorts around this time, and the success of some of his short films led to an offer from “Saturday Night Live”. He chose to leave “SNL” after four episodes, to focus on short films, and was almost immediately offered his own show on MTV. Though his show’s ratings were lackluster, the series went on to win an Emmy Award. He then shifted his focus to directing film, and the rest, is history. He has worked on a steady string of successful comedies, and recently turned his hand to producing web content with the Yahoo! series, “Burning Love”, a spoof of “The Bachelor”. He also decided to sell off his massive compound in the Hollywood Hills. The first, and larger, section of the compound, sold to action star, Jason Statham, in 2011 for $7.32 million. Mr. Stiller and his wife sold the smaller section in April 2012 for $2.6 million.
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.
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."