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.
Bill Gates leased 7,352 square foot furnished eight bedrooms home $600,000:Bill Gates, Gates, the Microsoft founder and chairman with a net worth more than $62 billion has been spending $1 million since Oct 2011 so his horse-loving daughter can be near an equestrian festival in Palm Beach, Fla. The home's official listing price is $12.999 million. There's an option to buy the house at the end of the lease. That includes a reported $600,000 on a six-month lease for a 7,352 square-foot home that comes loaded with eight bedrooms, a wine cellar and more importantly a barn, stables and a special guarded access road. The house is valued at more than $12 million. Jennifer Gates, 15, the teen daughter of America's wealthiest man, is competing in one of the children's jumping divisions of the Winter Equestrian Festival, which wraps up on April 1. The festival itself features 5,000 horses and 2,800 riders from almost all of the U.S. (49 states) and 30 countries around the world. Bill Gates, his wife, Melinda, and their son Rory, 13, all cheered Jennifer on over the weekend. The $1 million investment includes renting the Florida home and leasing four elite jumping horses that cost between $50,000 and $75,000 each for Jennifer to ride. And add to that the cash for stables and top notch horse trainer. The neighborhood includes a home owned by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose daughter Georgina also competes in equestrian events. Neighbors voiced their excitement in October to Forbes Magazine about the Gates' reported arrival. The Gates family has been taking private jets between their home in Washington state and the rented mansion in Palm Beach.
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.