Jewel Kilcher is having fun in her spectacular 2,200 acre Texas ranch estate:Jewel’s house in Texas is actually a 2,200 acre cattle ranch, where she and her husband both work and relax. Their home features hardwood walls and floors, lots of funky knicks-knacks and personal touches, a home recording studio for her, and a massive paddock for livestock. A river criss-crosses their property, and they also have a 230-acre lake, and nine ponds. Jewel’s house is, in many ways, the antithesis of the lifestyle she and her husband lead while on the road in their prospective careers. With ample indoor plumbing, and literally miles of land for horseback riding and exploring, Jewel’s house is as far from her childhood home as can be. Jewel Kilcher’s rags-to-riches tale has been told time and time again. After growing up in the Alaskan wilderness with no indoor plumbing, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied voice and learned to play guitar. From there, she began playing and singing at coffee houses and street fairs, traveling and living in her van. She began to gain a following while playing at a coffee shop on Thursday nights in San Diego, and after an executive from Atlantic Records heard her in the summer of 1994, her entire career changed. Her first album, “Pieces of You”, was released in 1995, and became one of the best-selling albums ever. It sold 15 million copies and remained on the Billboard 200 for two years. She has since released six more albums, all of which have been moderately successful. She also met, and married, pro rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, and the pair gave birth to a son in the summer of 2011. She recently resurfaced after a period away from the spotlight, when it was announced that she would portray June Carter Cash in a new biopic that is being produced by the Lifetime Network. Back in January of 2011, when she and her husband were planning for the arrival of their firstborn, the couple purchased a stunning ranch in Texas.
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.
Martin Lawrence’s House Up for Rent: The Hollywood Funny Man has new real estate plan:Martin Lawrence’s house in Beverly Hills has seven bedrooms, nine and half bathrooms, and over-the-top styling that screams, “Movie Star!”. The 13,900 square foot property also houses a wine room, a private movie theater with its own concessions area, a gym, a huge swimming pool, an enclosed poolside cabana, winding staircases, marble floors, huge chandeliers, a games room, multiple fireplaces, a large aquarium, and a state of the art kitchen. Martin Lawrence’s house is renting for $200,000 per month, and if you like ostentatious styling and ridiculously high ceilings, Martin Lawrence’s house might be the perfect spot for you. His professional on-camera career began in the late 80s, with roles on such shows as, “What’s Happening Now!”, and multiple pilots. From there, he transitioned into film work, and for the next few years, he would go back and forth between successful big and small screen projects. He appeared in such films as “Do the Right Thing”, “House Party”, and “Boomerang”. In 1992, he began starring in the television show that would bring him the most fame, as the lead character in “Martin”. He earned legions of new fans with his appearances as part of “Def Comedy Jam”, and he also co-starred, with Will Smith, in the blockbuster summer film, “Bad Boys”, and its sequel. Unfortunately, somewhere in there, things started to go awry in his personal life. He was hospitalized multiple times, and arrested once, between 1995 and 1997 for erratic or violent behavior, and his behavior on the set of “Martin” was so unpredictable and ugly, that his co-star filed a lawsuit. He has since slowed the pace of his work down, and has seemed to be back on track. His change in work style has also meant changes in his personal life, including a recent divorce, and now he has put his massive Beverly Hills mansion up for rent.