Rafael Nadal’s $2 million dollars House: A Sandy, Beachfront Home for The King of Clay:Rafael Nadal has been recognized as of tennis’ most gifted players since he won his first ATP match back in 2002 at age 15. Over the years, he has continued to improve his game, and by 2006, it was clear that he was coming in to his own. He inspires a fervent loyalty in his fans which is usually only reserved for religious figures. Everyone from dignitaries to movie stars seems to want to grab a moment with him. He is often referred to as “The King of Clay” for his astonishing number of wins on clay courts. He is the only tennis player in history to have won eight editions in a row of the same tournament, and though he has been ranked #1 multiple times, he holds the record for the longest time at #2, with 235 weeks. He has won the Australian Open once, the US Open once, Wimbledon twice, and the French Open six times. He also won a Gold Medal at the 2008 Olympics. Oh yeah, he’s also only twenty-five. Like most tennis players, he travels quite a bit, so having a home never seemed to be high on his list of priorities. However, in 2009 he changed his mind, and was presented with the keys to his new home in the Dominican Republic by the Minister of Tourism, during a press conference. Rafael Nadal’s house is a large villa in the Playa Nueva Romana development in the Dominican Republic. The development features a wide range of luxury amenities, including a golf course (his other sport of choice), seaside access, a beach club, a country club, polo, tennis courts, a number of high-end boutiques, a fitness center, and a private marina, among other perks. Rafael Nadal’s house is two stories, and houses three bedrooms. It also has a custom swimming pool, a large terrace, and is surrounded by a massive lawn and multiple trees. Part of a larger development, Rafael Nadal’s house has been publicized repeatedly as the Playa Nueva Romana management attempts to fill their other units. Perhaps Mr. Nadal is getting a little “kick back”, which means that he is as savvy off-court, as he is successful on it. While the actual price has not been announced, the villa pricing system indicates that they charge $1300.00 US per square meter, which would put the price tag for his villa at approximately $2 million dollars.
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.