Mitt Romney’s Home: a $12 Million big house for the Presidential Candidate:As 2012 marches on, and the next Presidential election draws closer, all eyes have been turned towards the various and sundry candidates. In these tough economic times, one of the aspects of all of the candidates’ lives that has garnered particular interest, has been their personal finances and the money surrounding their individual campaigns. Mitt Romney has received a number of raised eyebrows over the few years, as his real estate expenditures have been larger than the GDP of most small countries. After selling two multi-million dollar homes, the man most likely to be the Republican nominee, turned his attention to La Jolla, California. He purchased an oceanfront property for vacationing with his family during the summer. Recently, he has decided to expand his already palatial home to more than triple its original size, much to the consternation of his neighbors. The Romneys purchased the $12,000,000, 3,009 square foot, single storey home in 2009. With airy Spanish styling and a gorgeous view of the nearby ocean, it seemed the perfect place for a family getaway. It also sports high ceilings, a wrap around terrace, and floor-to-ceiling windows in almost every room. The planned renovations will expand the house to two stories and a whopping 11,062 square feet. Their new home will serve as their West Coast residence, as they also own a $10,000,000 property in New Hampshire. With all that property, it sort of makes you wonder why the Romneys are interest in The White House.
Charlize Theron’s Home: Putting Her Past Behind Her for a $3 Million Profit:Charlize Theron is one that rare type of actress with gorgeous looks, a stellar career, and a noticeably down-to-earth personality. She has multiple high profile movies coming out this year, including “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Prometheus”. After a harrowing childhood in South Africa, she relocated to the United States, and took advantage of every opportunity that came her way. She is highly sought after as an actress and model, and directors and other actors often list her as one of their favorite parts of the projects on which they work. She is, in essence, the cool, popular girl that hangs out with both the geeks and the jocks, seemingly unaware of their adoration. Until recently, she has also always been in a relationship. A collective gasp went up in Hollywood when she, and her boyfriend of nine years, Stuart Townsend, called it quits. They were considered one of the more stable relationships in Tinseltown. However, this gasp was quickly redirected when it became clear that their separation would mean a couple of prime pieces of real estate were going to become available. The Oscar-winning actress owned a few properties with her former beau, and in typical post-relationship fashion, selling them off so that she could move on physically and emotionally, became a top priority. Her Malibu cottage was one of the first homes to go. She purchased the 2,095 square foot, three-bedroom, three and half-bath house, to serve as a beachfront getaway, in 2003. The home, which is nothing particularly special on the outside, is quite attractive on the inside, and features high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, a massive kitchen, a wrap-around terrace, and stunning views of the nearby ocean and beach. Purchased for $3.495 million, it sold in 2011 to Ryan Murphy of “Glee” fame, for just over $6.5 million. As not much had changed about the property since Ms. Theron’s original purchase, one can only assume that the price increase was due to the fact that the rare beauty had lived there.
Kristen Stewart’s Home: A $6 Million Mansion Simply Because She’s Bella:The property that overlooks the Stone Canyon Reservoir is 2,604 square foot and is made up of three bedrooms and two bathrooms, a pool, spa, gazebo, laundry room, a large living room, a massive kitchen, stunning windows that take up entire walls in every room, a 1,440 square foot guesthouse with two bedrooms and an additional bath, a terrace, a wrap around deck on the second floor, a media room, high ceilings, and hardwood floors. The property originally sold for $2.95 million and they rented it for $22,500 per month. After moving out, it went back on the market for $5.995 million. Apparently, the new price, is the “Twilight” inflation rate. The double-edged sword of fame must be quite familiar to Kristen Stewart. Though she has been appearing in movies since she was a child, and had already earned rave reviews for her work in projects like, “Panic Room” and “Speak”, it was not until she was cast as Bella Swan in the “Twilight” franchise, that she became a total superstar. Though the quality of her performance as Bella has divided fans and critics wildly, there is no denying that the role has made her a household name and drastically changed her life. Professionally, it has meant that she can take on more interesting roles, like her recent performances in “The Runaways” and “Welcome to the Rileys”. Now that the series has completed filming, she has already generated buzz with upcoming roles in such projects as “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “On the Road”. Personally, it has meant that she and her costar/boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, very rarely get any downtime or privacy. They are relentlessly scrutinized, reported on, blogged about, and interviewed, and fans follow their every move. So, it would only make sense that the two actors would look for someplace out of the public eye to live. For a few months last summer, the two actors rented a Bel Air mansion tucked away in the hills that was nearly impossible to get to unless you went up the clearly visible winding driveway, or scaled a rather steep flower-covered reservoir face. They put the house back on the market during the winter, and it went on sale for double the price for which it was originally listed.