August 8, 2016
Celebrity Homes of the Week: Rupert Murdoch, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen, and Kelsey Grammer
Another week means another game of celebrity real estate. Let’s see which of your favourite celebrities are moving into new multi-million dollar homes, and which are selling their multi-million dollar properties.
- Rupert Murdoch’s West Village townhouse (4 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, 4,920 sq. ft.) – US$27.5 million
The multi-billionaire and media tycoon just sold his mid-19th-century Greek Revival-style townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village neighbourhood for a whopping US$27.5 million! With four floors, it features a rooftop deck, terraced backyard, a gym, screening room, and a wine cellar.
- Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s Tribeca pad (5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,000 sq. ft.) – US$20 million
Not scheduled to be completed until 2018, the New England Patriots quarterback and his supermodel wife just dropped an astounding US$20 million on an apartment in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighbourhood. There aren’t many details regarding the waterfront property, but it does boast a sprawling terrace, views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, and luxurious amenities like an 82-foot-long lap pool, squash courts, cycling, and yoga and pilates studios.
- Kelsey Grammer’s Manhattan apartment (3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,076 sq. ft.) – US$9.75 million
This apartment, which belongs to the former star of Frasier, is located in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood and has views of the Hudson River and the Empire State Building. The suite has 11-foot ceilings, terrazzo floors, an oversized dining room with gas fireplace, a living room with wine fridge and wet bar, and motorized blinds. Some of the building’s amenities include a 70-foot lap pool (indoor and out), garden, fitness centre, and sauna and steam rooms.
- Maya Angelou’s Harlem brownstone (5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,500 sq. ft.) – US$4 million
Although she passed away in 2014, the late poet and civil rights activist broke the record for most expensive single-family home per square foot in the Manhattan neighbourhood of Harlem. To break it down, that US$4 million is equal to US$1,138.58 per square foot. The property was renovated a decade ago and has an elevator, decorative fireplaces, skylights, a ceiling painted with clouds, a large private garden, a recreation/entertainment area in the basement, and a top-floor library.
- Eva Longoria’s Los Angeles villa (3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,011 sq. ft.) – US$1.395 million
This Mediterranean villa belonging to the former Desperate Housewives star sits on a high point so be prepared for the long climb up the gated exterior stairs. The home, which was built in 1924, includes polished hardwood floors, a galley style kitchen, and panoramic views of the city. If you think you have enough money to buy this property, use this mortgage payment calculator to see what your monthly payments will be.
The bottom line
If you’re feeling a bit down after looking at some of these price tags, start looking for something more reasonable. But make sure you check out these mortgage calculators first to figure out what you can afford.