A Stunning Hollywood Hills mansion for the lady Who Does It All:Sheryl Crow’s house in the Hollywood Hills rests on 11 acres of land, and is actually comprised of three houses with distinct styling. She and her sons live in the largest of the three houses, which was built in 1926, and features Spanish Hacienda-type design. The other two homes on the property were built at the turn of the century and are more cottage-like in appearance. Sheryl Crow’s house features high ceilings, stucco walls, tiled floors, and the open, airy feel that is the appeal of hacienda styling. The house also has multiple bedrooms, and bathrooms, a large dining room, a kitchen tiled in old subway tiles, a library, a personal office where she can work on songwriting and other correspondence, a beautiful series of outdoor bridges that connect the various buildings on the property, an infinity pool, a music room, and a large backyard with a canvas pavilion. She decorated the home herself, and Sheryl Crow’s house is definitely an example of good taste and genuine creativity. Ms. Crow recently appeared in the headlines again, as she has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Luckily, it appears to be benign. It is good to know that she will have a beautiful and comfortable place in which to recuperate and relax.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Home: Tough on Bad Guys, Soft on Real Estate:Since his early days as a theater actor, Samuel L. Jackson has always excelled at playing tough, hard-as-nails, uncompromising characters. He has parlayed this ability into an almost continual series of big screen successes. Some joke that Samuel L. Jackson is best at playing, well, Samuel L. Jackson. Whatever his process is, it seems to be working. He has received Oscar nominations, among other accolades, and has a broad fan base that seems to transcend age, race, and cultural lines. People simply like to watch him. He has created iconic characters in such films as “Do the Right Thing”, “Mo’ Better Blues”, “Menace II Society”, “Jurassic Park”, “Pulp Fiction”, “Die Hard: With a Vengeance”, “The Long Kiss Goodnight”, “Star Wars: Episode I-III”, “Snakes on a Plane”, “The Iron Man” franchise, and most recently, the wildly successful Joss Whedon film, “The Avengers”. He has seemed to embrace his hard-nosed image with glee, content to leave the more cuddly African-American roles to actors like Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. His success at playing bad guys has left him quite well off, and like many of Hollywood’s elite, he has chosen to place a portion of his wealth in real estate. He currently owns a sprawling mansion in California and a sizeable apartment in Upper Manhattan. Most recently, he moved into a popular Crosby Street apartment building which has housed a number of high-profile stars in the past, including Nicole Kidman. His new digs measure 2,578 square feet and he purchased the condo for $4.35 million. It contains two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a whopping 15-foot wide fireplace in the main room. Massive windows, thirteen-foot ceilings, hardwood floors, and columns give the apartment an elegant, airy feel. The open plan kitchen features a walk-in closet-sized refrigerator, and entirely new fixtures. The elevator opens directly into the apartment. With Mr. Jackson’s busy shooting schedule, he may not have a great deal of time to spend in his gorgeous new home, but it certainly is a lovely place to crash for a night or two.
Oprah Winfrey’s House: The Former Queen of Entertainment Settles for a Less Than Royal Sale Price:The 4,600 square foot, 13-room apartment was purchased by Ms. Winfrey in 2006 for just over $5.5 million dollars. Fast forward to 2012, and Oprah Winfrey’s house was recently put back on the market (after a previous failed attempt in 2008) for a mere $2.8 million. The abode on East Lake Shore Drive has multiple foyers, a solarium, a butler’s pantry, a room entirely devoted to wine storage, a breakfast nook, an office, a terrace, high ceilings, stunning views of the water, and three bedrooms. It is one of three properties Ms. Winfrey owns currently, and the least used of the three, hence her decision to offload it. Though she is not as powerful as she once was, it would still be kind of cool to boast that you now own Oprah Winfrey’s house. here was a time when you were definitely the queen of, well, just about everything. You could make a movie a hit, a book a bestseller, and a minor celebrity into a major one, just by turning your attention their way. Your retirement party brought out every entertainment giant of the last two decades. You made headlines when you launched your own magazine, and then your own network, and for all intents and purposes you looked to be made of gold. However, the magazine has only done so-so, and the network is struggling. While your talk show is missed, two or three other “gabfests” have happily sucked up your large afternoon audience, and are now doing better than ever. While you are still a prolific and successful producer, Oprah, sadly, your star has seemed to dim somewhat. Which may be the reason you are having so much trouble selling your apartment. If anyone out there is looking for a place, Oprah Winfrey’s house is now on sale for half of its original price.