Lea Michele’s Home: A $1.4 Million Mansion Makes the Bronx Native a Los Angelina:Lea Michele has received a fair amount of flack for her pouty, ultra-posed red carpet stance, and her seemingly voracious (yet somehow completely uncalculated) need to be in the front of the paparazzi in increasingly small amounts of clothing. While people who consider themselves more seasoned giggle behind their hands at her “wet-puppy” style of fame chasing, no one can deny that the young woman is ridiculously talented. An almost immediate star after blowing audiences away with her performance in the hit musical “Spring Awakening”, Ms. Michele, and her savvy agent, parlayed her amazing vocal ability, acting chops, and good looks into a solid television career. She has recently begun to shift her television career into film, and looks poised to leave her hit show, “Glee”, on a high note. The Bronx, New York native has remained largely tied to her roots, and, unlike many of her co-stars, was merely “camping out” in Los Angeles during the shooting of “Glee”, while still making her home on the East Coast. Until now, that is. Just a month ago, she finally plunked some money down on a Los Angeles pad, and, based on the property she chose, this young singer/dancer is in the Hollywood game for the long haul. The 1800 square foot, two-bedroom home, which cost a fairly reasonable $1.4 million, is modest by Hollywood standards. However, what it lacks in luxury amenities, it makes up for in gorgeous sunlight and stunning outdoor spaces. High ceilings, lots of windows, a beautiful kitchen with all new fixtures, a balcony, a large tiled terrace that wraps around part of the house, a shaded outdoor dining area with its own barbecue area, and a large backyard with a saltwater pool, round out the home. Not only is her house surprisingly cozy, but it is also walking distance from fellow “Glee” cast member, Kevin McHale’s, home. While she may be a little awkward in public, her home purchase points to the fact that she is still a pragmatic Bronx girl in private.
Jimmy Fallon’s Home: A $5.7 Million Farmhouse for the Man Who Slow-Jams with the President:Jimmy Fallon was what one might call a “computer geek” in college. He majored in Computer Science, but then switched to Communications at the last minute, and ultimately dropped out. He had always been a “Saturday Night Live” fan, and post-college, he set out on the stand-up comedy circuit, ending up in Los Angeles, where he continued to perform. He began appearing in small roles on film,while studying with the famed improv troupe, The Groundlings. In 1988, he was invited to audition for “Saturday Night Live”, and he joined the program for the 1998-1999 season. He went on to become a popular member of the cast, and remained with the show until 2004. After attempting a moderately successful film career, he returned to television, hosting “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”. His talk show has become a favorite spot for celebrities, artists, and politicians looking to reach a “hipper” audience, and it has also become a showcase for Mr. Fallon’s musical talent. Most recently, he made headlines when he, The Roots, and President Barack Obama, “slow-jammed” the news. It was a clear sign that he has come a long way from his days of watching “Saturday Night Live” at home with his family. Another indication of his increasing fame is the amount of property he now owns, including a $1.35 million co-op in Manhattan, and his recently purchased farmhouse in the Hamptons. His new 3,500 square foot home cost $5.7 million and sits on 2.2 acres of land. Comprised of six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two half-baths, an apple orchard, two barns, and two extra guest cottages, the 1850’s farmhouse is a definite change from his two-bedroom co-op in the city. The property also includes a heated pool, high ceilings, lots of light, easy access to the ocean less than a mile away, multiple fireplaces, a deck, a massive kitchen, and ample lawn space. As his guests get more and more high profile, it only stands to reason that Mr. Fallon’s taste would increase as well.
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.