Miley Cyrus’ House: A $3.9 Million Mansion:Miley Cyrus, also known as Destiny Hope Cyrus, was born into a showbiz family. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, charmed the pants off of America with his “ear-wormy” country crossover hit, “Achy Breaky Heart”, back in the early 90s. He went on to a respectable country career in the US and abroad, and parlayed that into an equally successful acting career. When he and his wife had their first child, it only stood to reason that she would be a performer too. However, Miss Cyrus went on to far eclipse her father, starring in the ridiculously popular Disney series, “Hannah Montana”, that launched a string of successful tours, clothing lines, spin-off movies, accessories, toys, and the list goes on. Miley Cyrus became a money making machine, and when she decided to leave her “tween” roots behind, and attempt a more “adult” career releasing an official studio album, and shifting her focus to movies, the future looked bright. Unfortunately, like many young stars that attempt to make the transition into adult stardom while remaining in the public eye, she tripped up… quite a lot actually. From wearing clothes that alienated her still rather young audience, and more importantly, their parents, to indulging in Hollywood teen behavior that made the wrong kind of headlines, to appearing in projects that left her fans cold, Miss Cyrus has stumbled her way into Tinseltown adulthood with far less grace than one might hope. Her most recent effort, “LOL”, a remake of the French film of the same name, has received almost no publicity, grossed less than the cost of a college education in its first week open worldwide, and has been thoroughly savaged by the few critics that have seen it. Welcome to adulthood, Miley. Just under a year ago, in a further bid to establish herself as an emancipated adult, she purchased a (third) home in Studio City, California. The 5,713 square foot, single storey ranch-style house, contains five bedrooms, and six and half bathrooms. She purchased it for $3.9 million dollars, and like many mansions in California, it features floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room, a massive lawn, a swimming pool, and an open plan central living area. The master bedroom has its own sitting area with a fireplace and skylight, a very large master bath/spa, and a private patio. There is a separate suite attached to the main house, on the other side of the garage, for visiting family members. A gargantuan stone fireplace dominates the open-plan dining and living space. At a mere nineteen, she is on house number three. While her real estate choices clearly point to an adult sense of self, she may want to spend a bit more time choosing her projects (and behavior), and less on choosing new property.
Nigel Lythgoe’s House: Does the Competition Producer Have the Talent to Sell a $3.95 Million Mansion?:Nigel Lythgoe is both loved and hated in the world of entertainment. A Brit born to working class parents, he began dancing while in elementary school, and went on to become one of the UK’s most successful director/choreographers for both theater and film. He then parlayed his excellent reputation into an equally successful and very prolific producing career. He produced the short-lived, but ridiculously successful series “Pop Idol”, which spawned the entire “Idol” franchise. He is now producer of “American Idol”, and advisor to its multiple spin-offs around the globe, and created the popular show, “So You Think You Can Dance”. He also serves as the program’s producer and a judge. In addition to his recurring shows, he has produced a number of shorter talent competitions, like “Superstars of Dance” and “All American Girl”. He splits his time between the US and UK, where he also serves as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance UK”. Nigel Lythgoe’s house in the US is especially indicative of his success. However, though his various series have remained popular, of late, they have started to fade a bit. “So You Think You Can Dance” was cut down to one night instead of two, and “American Idol’s” ratings have been steadily dropping. Maybe he’s starting to feel the downward spiral, as he recently listed his massive Las Vegas home for 43% less than the price he paid for it. Nigel Lythgoe’s house in Las Vegas sits on .36 acres of land and contains five bedrooms and 6 and 3/4 bathrooms. The very well appointed kitchen sports a walk-in pantry, stunning fixtures, and specially designed cabinetry. The house also contains two living rooms, simply massive bathrooms, multiple fireplaces, high ceilings, a wraparound terrace, boat dock, hot tub, swimming pool, multiple balconies, and a man-made private lake. Nigel Lythgoe’s house is what one might call, “hooked up”. It is also for sale for $3.95 million, a great deal less than the $7 million he paid for it in 2005. His need to sell would indicate that he is feeling the squeeze as his shows decline in ratings. Here’s hoping the entertainment industry’s love for him trumps the hate.
Perpetual Rock Star Bret Michael rocking palatial mansion in Scottsdale:Bret Michaels’ house in Scottsdale, Arizona is quite palatial and sits on 10 acres of land. The compound features multiple buildings and a bike racecourse. Bret Michaels’ house seems pretty awesome. However, he has decided to move into a nicer place with his family. Most recently, he has considered a massive mansion in the gated Silverleaf community of Scottsdale. The $10.5 million property features six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. It rests on 3 acres of land and is 11,000 square feet. The home also contains a theater, a wine room, a massive indoor kitchen, and another outside, a children’s wing, a swimming pool, and gorgeous views of downtown Phoenix. Whether he will choose the house is still up in the air, but it seems like, in the case of Bret Michaels’ house, he can afford to look at multiple options. Bret Michaels has managed to remain the topic of major headlines for decades. He first made his mark on our pop culture conscious, as the frontman for the metal band, Poison. The group has sold nearly 30 million albums since they formed in the early 80s, and has seen their share of ups and downs. Mr. Michaels drug use during the late 80s and early 90s, almost derailed the group’s success, as did the drug use and behavior of guitarist, C.C. Deville, but eventually both men got back on track. For the last decade, he has gone back and forth between Poison reunion tours and a solo career, and has also begun to appear on a steady string of reality shows. He served as a judge on the show, “Nashville Star”, starred on three seasons of “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”, won “Celebrity Apprentice 3”, and appeared in a documentary about his daily life, “Bret Michaels: Life as We Know It” in 2010. He also had a number of health-related issues in 2010, including a cerebral hemorrhage, the discovery of a hole in his heart, and an appendectomy. After a relatively calm 2011, he is back in the spotlight, as the music of Poison is featured in the musical film, “Rock of Ages”. The film, which stars Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, and Tom Cruise, already took Broadway by storm, and anticipation is high for the screen treatment. Mr. Michaels recently gave his approval of Tom Cruise’s performance of some of Poison’s hit songs, while taking a break from filming yet another reality series, “Celebrity House Hunting”.