Hilary Swank Decorates Her $3.5 Million West Village Apartment:Actress Hilary Swank, who bought a $3.5 million, two-bedroom condo in Manhattan's West Village last year, is showing it off in the new issue of Elle Decor magazine. ' She worked with designer Mark Zeff. He told the magazine he gravitated toward pieces from the Calvin Klein Home collection which have a "a strong modern sensibility without any tricks." The building, located on the site of a former printing plant, was designed by Robert A.M. Stern and is said to also count designer Marc Jacobs as a resident.
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.
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.