Chris Brown Buys $1.5 Million Hollywood Hills Pad:Chris Brown is making moves, though this time they're not on the dance floor. The singer, who performed his hits "All Back" and "Say It With Me" at the Nov. 20 American Music Awards, recently bought a $1.5 million pad in the Hollywood Hills. The 2,500 square-foot house has three bedrooms and an outdoor pool. Brown is moving to the house from his West Hollywood condo, where he ran into trouble with his neighbors over parking and noise issues. Brown's new spot is just miles from a house ex-girlfriend Rihanna owns, in Beverly Hills. However, she recently listed the house for $4.5 million, and is currently suing its sellers for failing to disclose the property's waterproofing and construction defects. Brown's new modern house was designed by architect Jay Vanos and includes an elevator from the garage to the main pool area, according to Realtor.com. It also has Crestron smart home controls, a Boffi kitchen and baths, glass walls, canyon views, a green roof and concrete stairs and benches with built-in LED lighting.
Rap Royalty has a $13 million mansion to show off, Dr. Dre House wows:Dr. Dre’s house in the Hollywood Hills cost $13 million, and features massive columns, a ridiculously large backyard, and stunning views of the surrounding city from just about everywhere. The home also sports rooftop decks, multiple balconies, a wrap-around pool, and a stunning entry courtyard. Dr. Dre’s house is three stories in some sections, and two in others, and is as impressive from the back, as it is from the front. The multi-unit compound also features a number of large guesthouses, and wooded areas that allow for privacy. Dr. Dre’s house is a visual testament to his level of success, and to the amount of power he wields in the hip-hop community. Dr. Dre, also known as Andre Romelle Young, is not one of those rap artists. He bucked the trend, and truly achieved success. The rap star turned producer and successful entrepreneur, began his rap career in the mid-80s with the group World Class Wreckin’ Cru. The group was successful in California, but it was not until he joined what would become known as N.W.A., that Dr. Dre became a household name. Pioneering the “gangsta rap” sound, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E, would come to change the rap and hip-hop landscapes forever. Fast forward to today, and Dr. Dre has released three popular solo albums, won six Grammy Awards, and been nominated for 14 others, started his own boutique record label – Aftermath Entertainment, produced hit tracks for a number of artists, including Eminem, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Young Buck, and Kendrick Lamar, and launched his own line of signature headphones. Most recently, he bought a very big, very opulent house in Hollywood.
Ryan Seacrest’s Home: A Serious $37 Million Purchase from Funny-Woman Ellen Degeneres:Ryan Seacrest just keeps buying stuff. Television pilots, gifts for his main squeeze Julianne Hough, and property – lots of it. The man who would be Dick Clark has a knack for buying high-priced homes, and it seemed like he would slow down after the purchase and massive renovation of his $12 million mansion in 2006. Such is not the case, however. The radio star turned highly successful presenter/host, has recently secured multiple multi-million dollar hosting gigs, including additional seasons of “American Idol”, and hosting work for the 2012 Olympics. In other words, he’s rather “rolling in dough”, and he can afford to “trade up”, as it were. His upward movement includes the purchase of the former home of Ellen Degeneres and Portia Rossi. Many, many people are familiar with the property already, as Ms. Degeneres often showcased parts of it on her popular talk show. Mr. Seacrest reportedly purchased the 9,200 square foot property for $37 million. This is a considerable reduction from Ms. Degeneres’ original asking price of $60 million, but the price tag has been dropping steadily since she put it on the market one year ago. The entire compound is actually four properties that Ms. Degeneres bought bit by bit over the course of the last five years. Mr. Seacrest’s new home is made up of a main house, originally designed by famed architects Buff and Hensman, two guesthouses, a three-bedroom house separate from the main house, a swimming pool, a pond, lots of trees, and a lot of grass. It is tucked away on its own side street, so Seacrest and his lady-love will have a bit more privacy than before. He has listed his former mansion for $11.985 million, so if anyone out there has $12 million to spare, there’s a house in the Hollywood Hills with your name on it.