David Beckham’s House: Kicking and Bending it like Beckham for $22 Million:You know you’ve arrived when the US President makes fun of your underwear ads at a state dinner. David Beckham rose to fame as an excellent footballer in the UK. It helped that he had the body and face of well, an underwear model, and that he hooked up with the most fashion forward member of the massively successful pop group, the Spice Girls, but at the end of the day, it was his prowess on the soccer field that won him the most attention. So, it was with a fair amount of disbelief that he decided to leave the UK football scene, and head for the decidedly less well-respected United States “soccer” scene. The man and his family received threats of death and kidnapping, in fact. That’s how incensed the British public was with his decision. Given a ridiculously large sum to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, the family picked up and moved to the US. After an extensive search, they chose to live in a stunning $22 million home in Beverly Hills. Mr. Beckham recently re-upped his contract with the LA Galaxy, and made headlines when he agreed to a significant salary decrease. At the same time, he put his $29 million home in England, known jokingly as “Beckingham Palace”, on the market. It would appear that the Beckhams are in the US to stay. David Beckham’s house in Beverly Hills covers 13,149 square feet. The very large home is made up of six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, and sports a ridiculously large backyard with multiple sets of stone steps, ample lawn, and a large swimming pool. David Beckham’s house is Hacienda-style with open courtyards separating each of the wings, and floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room. The home has both hardwood and polished stone flooring, and is surrounded by trees. David Beckham’s house in the US is one of a series of properties the couple owns. With the sale of their UK home, maybe this means that they will be putting one of their two homes in Dubai, and their 15 bedroom chateau in the south of France, on sale too.
Catherine Zeta-Jones’ House: A $5.075 Million Retreat for a Very Busy Woman:Like most actors from the British Isles, Catherine Zeta-Jones began her professional career onstage, appearing in musicals while still a child. From there, she branched out into television roles, and eventually to film work. Though she was relatively well known in the UK, it was not until 1998’s “The Mask of Zorro”, that the rest of the world took notice. From there, she went on to appear in a string of successful film projects, including “Entrapment”, “Traffic”, “Chicago”, and “Ocean’s Twelve”. Her performance in “Chicago” earned her an Oscar, a BAFTA, and a SAG Award. She has since appeared in a few more films, married Oscar-winning actor/director/producer Michael Douglas, given birth to two children, and won a Tony for her work in the revival of “A Little Night Music” on Broadway. In other words, she’s been a bit busy. This summer, she is starring in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the hit musical, “Rock of Ages”. When she is not running around like a whirling acting dervish, she retires to one of the multiple properties she owns with Mr. Douglas. The couple’s most recent purchase was a lovely estate in Bedford, New York. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ house in Westchester County is 6,300 square feet and contains five bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The couple paid $5.075 million for it, which is actually quite a bargain, relatively speaking. The grounds also include a guesthouse. The house itself has beautiful hardwood floors, five fireplaces, a large, country-style kitchen with two dishwashers, a grass tennis court, a private swimming pond, and ample lawn. Catherine Zeta-Jones’ house in Bedford is the latest member of a long list of properties owned by the couple, including homes in Bermuda, Manhattan, Majorca, Wales, and Turks & Caicos. Apparently, Catherine Zeta-Jones’ house in Bedford is merely a mid-size addition to their portfolio.
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.