Matthew McConaughey’s $4.9 Million Mansion:As anyone who reads gossip columns and magazines knows, maintaining a healthy marriage in Hollywood is hard. If both halves of the couple are working actors, they often spend months apart, and juggling a family and work commitments can be too much. Add to that the pressure of one half of the couple becoming more successful than the other, and often the relationship falls apart. Some performers choose to date someone who has nothing to do with their profession, but this can backfire as well, when the non-performer is left holding everything together while the performer is off working. Consequently, many performers simply don’t get married, and instead, enter into long-term relationships. However, a few of them, ultimately, choose to marry. This is the case with Matthew McConaughey and his long-time girlfriend, now fiancee, Camila Alves. The pair began dating in 2007 and already has two children together. They became engaged in December of 2011. In addition to an engagement ring, Mr. McConaughey also purchased a new mansion in early 2012, in his home state of Texas. The 10,000 square foot Spanish-style mansion was on the market for a number of years before he snatched it up at approximately $4.9 million dollars, a significant price-drop from its original selling value. The home sports seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a massive kitchen with multiple islands, an elevator, multiple verandas, a courtyard with fountain, a guesthouse with a porch, multiple places to moor boats, multiple balconies, a four-car garage, and more than one fireplace. High ceilings, tile floors, and massive windows abound. There is an abundance of green everywhere and stone paths wind around the grounds.
Elijah Wood listed Santa Monica house for sale as Mr Frodo had to Leave Santa Monica for Hobits Production Locations:In August of 2011, just after the first season of “Wilfred” began airing, Mr. Wood did the slightly unconventional thing of putting his Santa Monica home on the market. This decision was most likely in preparation for the next few years of travel between shooting “Wilfred” and “The Hobbit” films. Elijah Wood’s house, which he has not spent any appreciable time in since 2004, features three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms spread out over 2,130 square feet. The house also has a separate guesthouse, hardwood floors, multiple fireplaces, a large living room, a separate dining room, a backyard terrace, and a vintage kitchen. Elijah Wood’s house also sports a breakfast nook, a small backyard, and a two-car garage. Listed for $1.85 million, the home is modestly priced for the area, but Elijah Wood’s house is also listed as a “tear-down” property, and apparently needs extensive renovation. With such a busy acting career, and almost constant travel, unloading an unused house is probably in Mr. Woods’ best interest. Elijah Wood began his acting career when he was in elementary school, and was a critical favorite from the beginning. Though his work in such films and television movies as, “Child in the Night”, “Avalon”, “Forever Young”, “Radio Flyer”, “The Adventures of Huck Finn”, “North”, “Flipper”, “Oliver Twist”, and “Deep Impact”, earned him a steady stream of acting award nominations and wins, it was not until his performance as Frodo in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, that he finally truly became a star. Since his four years of shooting “Lord of the Rings” ended, he has appeared in a string of films including “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Sin City”, “Everything is Illuminated”, and “The Romantics”, and has voiced characters in the animated projects, “Happy Feet”, “Happy Feet 2”, and “9”. In 2011, he began performing on the U.S. version of the dark comedy, “Wilfred”. Recently, he has re-appeared in headlines, as moviegoers gear up to revisit the world of the “Lord of the Rings” with “The Hobbit”, in which he reprises his role as Frodo.
Jewel Kilcher is having fun in her spectacular 2,200 acre Texas ranch estate:Jewel’s house in Texas is actually a 2,200 acre cattle ranch, where she and her husband both work and relax. Their home features hardwood walls and floors, lots of funky knicks-knacks and personal touches, a home recording studio for her, and a massive paddock for livestock. A river criss-crosses their property, and they also have a 230-acre lake, and nine ponds. Jewel’s house is, in many ways, the antithesis of the lifestyle she and her husband lead while on the road in their prospective careers. With ample indoor plumbing, and literally miles of land for horseback riding and exploring, Jewel’s house is as far from her childhood home as can be. Jewel Kilcher’s rags-to-riches tale has been told time and time again. After growing up in the Alaskan wilderness with no indoor plumbing, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied voice and learned to play guitar. From there, she began playing and singing at coffee houses and street fairs, traveling and living in her van. She began to gain a following while playing at a coffee shop on Thursday nights in San Diego, and after an executive from Atlantic Records heard her in the summer of 1994, her entire career changed. Her first album, “Pieces of You”, was released in 1995, and became one of the best-selling albums ever. It sold 15 million copies and remained on the Billboard 200 for two years. She has since released six more albums, all of which have been moderately successful. She also met, and married, pro rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, and the pair gave birth to a son in the summer of 2011. She recently resurfaced after a period away from the spotlight, when it was announced that she would portray June Carter Cash in a new biopic that is being produced by the Lifetime Network. Back in January of 2011, when she and her husband were planning for the arrival of their firstborn, the couple purchased a stunning ranch in Texas.