Celebrity Real Estate: Julia Roberts, Bob Hope, Pat Benatar
Julia Roberts’ Hawaiian Estate Finally Sells
After more than a year on the market and several price cuts, Julia Roberts finally found a buyer for her Kauai estate. But the “Pretty Woman” star only got $16.2 million for the 3,800-square foot beachfront home -- far less than the $29.85 million original list price.
The 1940s-era home has a 5-bedroom main residence and a 2-bedroom guest cottage. The home was formerly a sugar plantation along Hanalei Bay. Roberts bought the home five years ago for $13.375 million, but with homes in NYC, L.A. and New Mexico, there’s no crying for this A-list celebrity when it comes to real estate wheeling and dealing.
Bob Hope’s Spaceship Lifts Off
Palm Springs and Bob Hope were once semi-synonymous. It was in the desert enclave where the legendary entertainer made a big splash by having visionary architect John Lautner design a 23,000-square-foot house that resembled a flying saucer for him and his wife.
Set on 6 acres, the Coachella Valley estate has a swimming pool, tennis court and waterfall. Three years ago, Hope’s estate sought $50 million for the 1979 marvel built of steel, concrete and glass. But no buyers were drawn in at that listing price. The home finally sold for a final tab of $13 million.
Bob Hope died in 2003, and his wife, Dolores, passed away in 2011. Meanwhile, Hope’s other home, a mid-century modern home in the Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles has seen its price reduced from $27.5 million to $12 million. The 15,000-square-foot mansion sits on 5 acres in a gated community and was where Hope entertained his troops of fellow entertainers like Frank Sinatra.
Pat Benatar Lists In Maui
Love isn’t a battlefield anywhere near the sensational, oceanside home of legendary rocker Pat Benatar owns. However, it looks like Benatar and her husband are ready to call it a wrap for their island manse. They’ve listed the high-ceilinged, open-air home for $3.2 million.
Word is that Benatar named her daughter after Hana Bay. But now the family is back stateside due to their work schedules, so the Maui retreat will be a “Heartbreaker” loss in the move.