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Celebrity Real Estate: Maya Angelou and Tyler Posey

By Laura Vecsey

Maya Angelou’s Harlem Home For Sale

Maya Angelou, who passed away in 2014, bought a Harlem townhouse sight unseen in 2002 at the urging of her friends, singer/songwriters Valerie Ashford and Nick Simpson. The celebrated writer and activist then had the entire, five-story building remodeled and went on to spend many good times in her New York City oasis entertaining friends like Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.

Now Angelou’s family is ready to let the home go: They’ve listed it for sale for just over $5 million. The 6,500-square-foot home features 5 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms, including two master suites. There’s also an elevator and two fireplaces. Harlem has a lot of history, but Angelou’s time in the historic part of New York could make this home extra special to some buyer.

No Place For a Wolf!

Tyler Posey of “Teen Wolf” fame has made a very human decision: He bought a $1.32 million mid-century home in Studio City in Los Angeles. The 2,318-square-foot home is a nice little spot for someone young in Hollywood. The home comes with an open kitchen, landscaped yard with lagoon-style pool.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Louis C.K., Bradley Cooper, Frankie Muniz

By Laura Vecsey


Louis C.K. Slowly Taking Over West Village Townhouse

Comedian Louis C.K. and his ex-wife continue to collect apartments in their West Village townhouse. The pair just bought a third unit at 346 West 4th Street co-op. The studio is among 10 units in the 1929 building and was sold for $564,000. The pair bought their first unit in 2006 for $250,000, and in 2013 added another unit for which they paid $475,000.


Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk Looking for NYC Love Nest?

After Irina Shayk listed her West Village condo for $3.995 million in December, she and beau Bradley Cooper have been spotted apartment hunting. Shayk is eager to give up her custom-finished condo at 166 Perry Street as her relationship with Cooper heads toward one year of canoodling bliss. The Russian model is reportedly on board with Cooper’s desire to get an apartment big enough to have his mother move in with them

Malcolm in the Middle Moving Out

Kid star Frankie Muniz from the TV show “Malcolm in the Middle’’ has listed his Scottsdale, Ariz., home for $2.895 million. The 5-bedroom, 7-bath home is a pretty sweet spread, featuring cathedral ceilings, a great room and swimming pool with three waterfalls.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Tina Fey, Carole King, Bobbi Kristina


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Mortgage Rates Drop After New Year Celebrations

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.74 percent on Monday, down 7 basis points from last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage fell to 3.78 percent on Thursday, then hovered there before dropping to the current rate on Monday.

“Mortgage rates fell early this week as financial markets returned from the New Year’s holiday to a collapse in Asian equities, which pushed capital flows to safe assets including U.S. mortgage bonds,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “We expect continued volatility this week leading up to Wednesday’s publication of the December Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes and Friday’s all-important jobs report.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.96 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.97 percent.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Kardashians, Terry Bradshaw, Liev Schreiber


By Laura Vecsey


Kardashians Add Condo to Their Stash of L.A. Real Estate

A Kardashian real estate trust is the buyer of Century City condo.

Reports are the reality show stars’ trust paid $1.655 million for the 2,524-square-foot unit, which has two bedrooms, four bathrooms and modern kitchen and bath design. The sleek pad is located near Century City shopping and Fox Studios.

The purchase is one of several real estate moves made by the Kardashian and Jenner crew. Earlier this year, Caitlyn Jenner purchased a home in Malibu after splitting with wife Kris and Kylie Jenner moved out of the family home and snagged her own digs. …

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Celebrity Real Estate: Taraji P. Henson, Kerry Washington, Brangelina

By Laura Vecsey

Taraji P. Henson Lists Hollywood Hills ‘Cookie Jar’

Veteran actress Taraji P. Henson spent many years keeping a low profile in a San Fernando Valley home before making a move to Hollywood Hills in 2010. Well, now it looks like the “Empire” queen is taking her fame and fortune to new heights – or, at least new digs.

The woman who turned the character “Cookie Lyon” into one of TV’s great new characters is selling her 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom home for $3.25 million. Henson’s home, which has a giant Buddha statue sitting in its kitchen atrium, spans 4,202 square feet and features a theater, wine cellar and a dressing room suitable for a Cookie, or a Taraji.


One Year and Done for Kerry Washington

It didn’t take long for “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and her husband, retired NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, to tire of their Hollywood Hills compound. The couple has listed the French country-style home for $2.695 million. They bought the place last year for $1.865 million. …

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Celebrity Real Estate: Selena Gomez and Adam Carolla

By Laura Vecsey

Selena Gomez Selling Mansion

Looks like Selena Gomez is looking for revival in her choice of homes. The former Disney star and ex-flame of Justin Bieber has listed her sumptuous Calabasas mansion for $4.495 million.

Sitting on 3 acres in the exclusive Mureau Estates, the main house features 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms done up in stucco and neutral tones of tile and marble. The property also features an amazing outdoor area complete with hardscaped patios and an inviting in-ground pool.

Gomez bought the place in 2014 for $3.69 million, around the same time Bieber was living in the star-studded L.A. neighborhood. Bieber has rented several homes in the Calabasas area, including a cylindrical glass abode. The pair are still splitsville, but there’s no love lost between them, according to the Biebs, who said he could see getting back together one day. In the meantime, by listing her home, the Calabasas days for Gomez are now coming to an official close.


Adam Carolla Ready to Relinquish L.A. Pod

A Spanish Revival home owned by podcast king Adam Carolla and his wife has been listed for sale for $5.3 million. The Hollywood Hills property sits on just over a half-acre in the historic Hollywood Knolls section of this famous L.A. zip code. The maverick comedian podcaster had been renting the place out for $11.5 a month, but, in keeping with his forward-thinking and direct style of action, Carolla has planted the “For Sale” sign.

Earlier this year Carolla offloaded another property. In September he sold a La Canada Flintridge home for $3.39 million that he purchased in 2013.

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Market Rates Unlikely to Move Due to Europe, Inflation

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.79 percent, down 4 basis points from last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell Friday, then hovered around 3.80 percent before dipping to the current rate on Tuesday.

“Last week, mortgage rates remained flat until weak U.S. economic data and stronger than expected oil supplies caused a drop at the week’s end,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Rates are unlikely to move much higher this week, as markets make sense of the political situation in Europe and look to U.S. inflation and output data, as well as the release of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s October meeting and commentary from several committee voters.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.95 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 3.00 percent.

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Market Rates Unlikely to Move Due to Europe, Inflation

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow at 3.79 percent, down 4 basis points from last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell Friday, then hovered around 3.80 percent before dipping to the current rate on Tuesday.

“Last week, mortgage rates remained flat until weak U.S. economic data and stronger than expected oil supplies caused a drop at the week’s end,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “Rates are unlikely to move much higher this week, as markets make sense of the political situation in Europe and look to U.S. inflation and output data, as well as the release of minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s October meeting and commentary from several committee voters.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.95 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 3.00 percent.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Neil Young, Diane Keaton, Tim Allen

By Laura Vecsey

No More Rocking On the Big Island

Rocker Neil Young has sold his old-school Hawaii home for $20 million. The sale came quickly after the 69-year-old legend listed the oceanfront oasis this past summer for $24.5 million. The Big Island property featured a 5-bedroom main house, two guest cottages, two greenhouses and a pool house.

The sale is one of several big changes in Young’s life following the divorce of his long-time wife, Pegi.

Diane Keaton Ready for a New Project

Ever-popular and always artistically-engaged Diane Keaton has listed her Pacific Palisades house. She bought the property in 2012 for $5.6 million and now the actress, author, photographer, interior designer and architect buff is seeking $6.995 million for the 7,800-square-foot traditional-style abode.

With a string of historic and interesting property makeovers under her belt, including a Bel-Air Spanish Colonial that earned her center stage in “Architectural Digest,” this was a rather pedestrian purchase by the decorated Hollywood star. But with two teenage kids maybe she needed a more “normal” place to carry out the daily routine. But, now this serial flipper is moving on.

Mr. Fixit Not Needed for Tim Allen’s L.A. Getaway

Three years after paying $1.4 million for a rustic-chic mid-century modern off Mulholland Drive, actor Tim Allen has apparently decided he no longer needs the glorified California man cave. The 2,600-square-foot home has been listed for sale for $1.95 million.

The open floor plan allows for plenty of entertainment space, including a kitchen bar area in a sea of Vermont pine floors. The house flows nicely out to full-length decks with spectacular canyon views.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Bruce Springsteen, Jonah Hill, Roger Ebert

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Celebrity Real Estate: John McEnroe, Yolanda Foster, David Foster

By Laura Vecsey

Love Match for McEnroe in Malibu

For at least the third time, tennis great John McEnroe and his wife, Patty Smyth have bought themselves a spread in Malibu. It may mean the couple will be looking to cast off one of the two other properties they own in the beachfront Los Angeles outpost.

Unlike the $3.35 million modern they purchased off Pacific Coast Highway in 2013, this modern masterpiece is directly on the ocean on one of the most desirable beaches in Malibu: Paradise Cove. The multi-level home was built in 1994 but has been completely redesigned inside by interior designer Michael Lee. …

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Celebrity Real Estate: Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Robin Williams

By Laura Vecsey

Childhood Home of Angelina Jolie Pitt for Sale

Angelina Jolie Pitt and her husband, Brad Pitt, have owned a fleet of houses from California to New Orleans to the wine country of France. But the childhood home of the Hollywood star and United Nations special envoy has just hit the market in Palisades, New York.

Dubbed “The Whitney House,’’ the mid-century modern is listed for $2.049 million after a major renovation that has given new life to the 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom home. It’s about 30 minutes north of NYC.

Jolie and her brother lived there during the 1980s with their mother, Marcheline Bertrand, after she split with their father Jon Voight. The home is right up Brad Pitt’s alley, given his penchant for modern architecture. But with six kids, there’s probably not enough room for the Jolie/Pitt clan.

Oops, She Did It Again.

Britney Spears may be playing at Planet Hollywood in Vegas for another two years, but the pop star wanted another southern California estate – so she bought one! Spears’ new abode contains 5 bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, cost $7.4 million and sits on 20 acres high in the hills just outside of Los Angeles.

When she’s off-duty from her extended Vegas show, Spears will have plenty of entertainment choices for herself and two sons. The property includes a golf course, a tennis court and a 1,000-square-foot pool house with a full kitchen, bath and 3,800-bottle wine cellar.

Robin Williams’ Estate Gets Another Price Cut


Before his death in 2013, Oscar-winner Robin Williams sometimes lamented the high cost of maintaining his fabulous Napa estate. Perhaps this issue has figured into the difficulty the actor’s heirs have had finding a buyer?

With Williams’ children and wife now battling over his estate, a decision was made to drop the price on the Napa property down to $22.9 million. It was originally listed for $29.9 million.

Spread over 640 acres, the property contains vineyards, olive trees, hiking and horse trails, ranch facilities, a huge infinity pool, home theater and climate-controlled wine rooms. The main house is a massive, 20,000-square-foot limestone edifice complete with 5 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. A caretaker house on the property adds another 4 bedrooms.

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Celebrity Real Estate: Dave Grohl, Amy Irving, Betsey Johnson

By Laura Vecsey

Dave Grohl’s Cali Beach House Gets Price Drop

Proof that he’s eager to make a deal, Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl has shaved a couple of bucks off his Oxnard beach house. The current list price is now $2.995 million. The 3,000-square-foot home sits a few sandy steps from the ocean and is big enough (4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and tons of decking) to hang 10 with some fellow surfer dudes. Grohl may need a day to catch a few waves near his well-appointed surfer’s den.


Amy Irving Downsizing in Her Adopted Hometown

Amy Irving was born in California, but after her starring role in “Crossing Delancey,” the actress always seemed to have a bit of New Yorker deep within. Now the 62-year-old star of screen and stage has decided to part with her sprawling apartment at 50 Central Park West. …

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Mortgage Rates Fall to Low Levels

Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed mortgages fell this week, with the current rate borrowers were quoted on Zillow Mortgages at 3.73 percent, down 2 basis points from last week.

The 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 3.67 percent on Friday before rising to the current rate Tuesday.

“Mortgage rates fell last week to their lowest levels since early May after the Fed deferred its first rate hike yet again,” said Erin Lantz, vice president of mortgages at Zillow. “We expect rates to be mostly stable this week now that the uncertainty about the Fed’s decision has subsided.”

Additionally, the 15-year fixed mortgage rate was 2.89 percent, and for 5/1 ARMs, the rate was 2.71 percent.

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