Celebrity Homes of the Week: The Obamas, Ricky Martin, Bob Hope, and Jason Derulo

This week in Celebrity Homes: The Obamas seek a new stately option, Ricky Martin relaxes in his own private spa, and a truly out-of-this-world house trades hands. Read on for your star-studded real estate update!

The Obamas’ Post-White House D.C. Digs

(8,200 sq ft., 8 bedrooms) – US$4.3 million

LEASED: The presidential family may be moving on from the White House, but their new abode is hardly a downgrade. Located in Washington, D.C.’s Kalorama neighbourhood, the former POTUS, FLOTUS and daughters are sure to enjoy this tudor-style home featuring black and white Parisian-style flooring, multiple living spaces and fireplaces, newly-renovated kitchen, and floor-to-ceiling windows. And, with a top-of-the-line golf course just down the street, the former Commander-in-Chief will have ample time to unwind on the links.

Ricky Martin’s Beverly Hills Spa Paradise

(11,300 sq ft., 7 beds, 9 baths) – US$13.5 million

BOUGHT: Latin music sensation Ricky Martin has just snapped up a home so luxurious, he’ll hardly need to go on vacation. Located on a one-acre property, this tropical mansion features all the amenities of a resort, with an infinity-edged pool, two wet bars, soaking tub with waterfall feature AND an on-site, 2,000-square foot wellness centre. It sounds like the ultimate private paradise – but with onsite parking for nine, Ricky won’t have any trouble accommodating star-studded pool parties.

Bob Hope’s “UFO/Volcano” Palm Springs Home

(23,000 sq ft., 6 beds, 13 baths) – US$13 million

SOLD: Late actor Bob Hope’s former home, considered an architectural and design wonder, has finally been purchased, by a well-to-do collector of historic architecture. While it sold for a cool $13 million, that’s practically a bargain compared to its original listing 2013 price of $50 million. Referred to as the “UFO” or “Volcano” house, this dome-shaped abode is filled with peek-a-boo sky openings, giving residents a glimpse of the surrounding mountain landscape. Though with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, putting green, pond, and a whopping 13 bathrooms, why would you ever want to leave this home’s other-worldly bubble?

Jason Derulo’s Coconut Creek Mansion

(11,514 sq ft., 7 beds, 9 baths, 2.5 acres) – US$1.95 million

SOLD: “Want You to Want Me” crooner and Florida native Jason Derulo has offloaded his home-state crash pad – for nearly a million below asking. Located in lush Coconut Creek, FL, this Mediterranean mansion sprawls over 2.5 acres and includes a nature reserve. The gated residence features Italian marble floors, a gourmet chef’s kitchen, pool with glass enclosure and seven bedrooms (four of which are master suites). Golf aficionados also won’t have to travel far; the prestigious Adios Golf and Country Club is located just across the street.

Fulfil Your Own Real Estate Dream

While the real estate options in your town may be a little more down to earth (and include far fewer bathrooms), your home is still your own personal paradise. Be sure to connect with a great real estate professional for your house hunt, whether you’re seeking a house, condo or townhome.

About Penelope Graham

Penelope Graham is the Managing Editor at Zoocasa, and has over a decade of experience covering real estate, mortgage, and personal finance topics. Her commentary on the housing market is frequently featured on both national and local media outlets including BNN Bloomberg, CBC, The Toronto Star, National Post, and The Huffington Post. When not keeping an eye on Toronto's hot housing market, she can be found brunching in one of the city's many vibrant neighbourhoods, travelling abroad, or in the dance studio.

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