Top Celebrity Home Buyers & Sellers of the Past Decade

These stars are experts at scratching that real estate itch.

In the 10 years since Zillow rose from a twinkle in co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink’s eyes to an online real estate powerhouse, home-loving celebrities have been powering through some real estate of their own.

Oprah was far and away the top home buyer during that decade-long stretch. But Ellen DeGeneres, Cher and Nicolas Cage (hello, “Moonstruck”!) were no slouches in the home buying and selling arena during that time.

Oprah Winfrey

America’s favorite billionaire owns homes all over the country, from Chicago to Nashville to Hawaii. She’s even bought a 2-bedroom in a small Indiana town where she once owned a whole farm.

Recently, the television mogul paid $14 million for a high-tech mansion in the box-canyon ski town of Telluride — complete with a seven-person hot tub and a “wine mine” — and $28.85 million at a recent auction for this sprawling horse farm in Montecito.


Ellen DeGeneres

Beloved comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres has been buying copious numbers of homes since before she married Portia de Rossi. “I’ve never bought to sell. I always say: ‘This is it. I’m never moving.’ People laugh at me now,” she told The New York Times.

DeGeneres bought this Malibu home from fellow house-flipper Brad Pitt.


She also spent $26.5 million on an acreage in Montecito with ocean views.


A couple of years ago, she went on a streak of owning homes for just 6 months each, including the famed Brody House in Los Angeles.

Nicolas Cage

“Other people own beachfront property; I have ghost-front property,” actor Nicolas Cage said of owning the most haunted mansion in New Orleans, the Lalaurie House.

Not that he limits himself to ghosts. Among the dozen-plus places he’s called home over the past decade are a castle in Bath, England, and a castle-looking home in Rhode Island, which he sold at a 60 percent loss.

Nicolas Cage RI home exterior


The multi-talented entertainer with seemingly endless energy found time over the past decade to trade real estate, including buying this home in the coveted 90210 ZIP code.

Cher's home

She also bought a home in Malibu where family reportedly live. It’s near her villa there, where she told Architectural Digest “every room has two views of the ocean.” The remodel of her villa wasn’t cheap, she acknowledged. “My mother once said to me, ‘What you need is a very rich man.’ And I said, ‘Mother, I am a very rich man.’”

Cher has also sold a slew of homes in recent years, from Palm Springs to West Hollywood to Los Angeles, where her son Elijah Blue reported lived in this home near Venice Beach:

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And she auctioned off her Hawaiian estate for a hefty $8.72 million:


Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Here’s a power couple with a powerful appetite for real estate. They’ve bought at least six homes in the past decade and sold one to Ellen DeGeneres. That doesn’t even count the $22.5 million sale of the Beverly Hills home Pitt and ex-wife Jennifer Aniston sold after their split.

Jolie and Pitt recently cut the listing price on the New Orleans mansion they bought in 2006 for Pitt’s Big Easy filming of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” by $850,000.

Brad and Angelina's New Orleans home4

Julia Roberts

Here’s a superstar with a super-long list of homes. Roberts bought her main residence, at Malibu’s Point Dume, in the early 2000s, but has done a fair bit of transacting in the meantime.

She’s asking $26 million for a lush Hawaiian estate that’s near two other Hanalie properties she owns:

Julia Roberts' home4

While she dropped the price on that tropical oasis, Roberts raked in more than she was asking — for a total of $5.35 million — on a Greenwich Village penthouse for which she paid $3.9 million in 2010:

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Roberts still has a pad in Manhattan, which she’s reportedly renting out. But she’s unloaded a lot, including homes in her hometown of Smyrna, GA, and in Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills and Venice, the latter to actor Tim Robbins. Across the country, she’s sold homes in Tennessee, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

For a guy his size, Dwayne Johnson is surprising nimble — at home trading.

The Rock has leaned mostly toward home selling over the past decade — most of those homes in Florida. He’s unloaded at least 10 homes there over the past decade, including this mega-mansion outside Miami with two 3-car garages and a deluxe master bath:


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Rosie O’Donnell

Here’s another talk-show host with a voracious appetite for real estate. O’Donnell’s most recent score is this mansion in West Palm Beach with 180 feet of waterfront:


She paid $5.3 million for it, fully furnished, which shouldn’t be a stretch given the $9 million sale a couple of years ago of her Greenwich Village penthouse:

Rosie O'Donnell's living room

She tried unsuccessfully to sell four riverfront homes she collected in Nyack, NY:1 wash ave from the water

But the comedian had better luck selling multi-million-dollar homes in Chicago, Manhattan and Miami Beach.

Kelsey Grammer

While Sideshow Bob was busy being a, well, sideshow on “The Simpsons,” the actor who voices him was center stage in the first season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” in which his marriage fell apart — precipitating all sorts of real estate swaps.

The property-loving Grammer unloaded many of his and ex-wife Camille’s holdings in recent years, including their main home in Malibu:

Kelsey Grammer main home

The Grammers also let go of homes in Beverly Hills, Hawaii, The Hamptons and this ski retreat in Colorado:


Before his marital woes began, Grammer sold a Bel-Air estate to actress Salma Hayek for $13.5 million.

Reese Witherspoon

For a while, this Oscar winner was a Brentwood fanatic. She bought three homes in the posh Los Angeles enclave, including an “enchanted cottage,” that collectively went for $13.6 million in 2014.

Witherspoon sold her Ojai getaway at a loss:

Reese Witherspoon Ojai home

She picked up a $12.7 million Pacific Palisades mansion, along with two homes in Nashville suited to a Southern belle. One of them is a historic home she plans to restore:

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7 Secrets of Celebrity Real Estate

Stars’ house-hunting expeditions look quite a bit different from everyone else’s.

Never mind what the celebrity magazines say: When it comes to home listings, the stars are not just like us.

Agents who represent celebs on either side of a real estate transaction must tread carefully.

“The last thing you want is your neighbor taking a selfie with your Academy Award,” said Kofi Nartey, who recently launched Compass’ global sports and entertainment division.

1. No cell phones allowed

Nartey and other agents frequently prohibit cell phones inside properties listed by stars. Allowing them is not worth the trouble, and people who are truly interested in buying the home — sometimes celebrities themselves — tend to understand.

2. Discretion is key

Because paparazzi and gossip mongers are constantly lurking, it’s important to be discrete about all sorts of things — including what exactly a celebrity client is looking for in a home. Take the star Nartey represented who was deciding whether to buy homes “based on how many people could fit in the shower.”

That was a tricky expedition. “Sometimes you can tell from photos; sometimes you preview it,” Nartey explains. “Sometimes you call the listing agent and say, ‘This is going to sound odd, but how many people can fit in the shower?’”

3. Tell a story

Celebrities who agree to publicity for their multi-million dollar listings often have more control over the message, and an agent can have a lot of fun with those stories both in the media and in presenting homes to potential buyers.

Michael JordanWhen Nartey was marketing the Michael Jordan estate outside Chicago, which is listed for $14.855 million, “we were able to talk about the breakfast club, which was a group of his teammates who got together for breakfast and to train at his house.”

Even former homes of everyone from Cher to Groucho Marx can gain publicity points for the lingering stardust.

4. Some stars are shy

Fame brings more eyeballs to a property, and sometimes more money. But it can cut both ways: Stars who value privacy must take extraordinary steps to hide their ties to a home.

That can start when the home is bought, by using a trust name and address that’s not traceable to the real owner. Still, photographers and fans have a way of ferreting out celebrities’ homes — one reason that, by the time they sell, they’re ready to leverage their celebrity.

Even then, the going can be rough.

One star had people trying to climb over his fence as soon as news of his listing hit, said Sally Forster Jones of the John Aaroe Group. She has brokered her share of celebrity real estate transactions, including for Mariel Hemingway, Candy Spelling and baseball player Coco Crisp.

5. Other celebs are just weird

It helps when celebrity sellers move to another home so prospective buyers can drop by without invading their privacy. But some insist on staying.

Christophe Choo of Coldwell Banker Previews International in Beverly Hills had one client who hung out in her bedroom during showings and hid behind a screen while potential buyers were in the room.

“I can’t tell you how private some of these clients are,” he said.

6. Watch out for looky loos

People used to dropping by open houses just to snoop can forget about that with celebrity homes — or almost any luxury listing.

Agents are good at sussing out whether you have the dough to buy a place, and whether you’re genuinely interested. There’s the Internet, the polite-but-probing telephone interview, and the network of other agents. Some agents require people to come with their own real estate agents.

“We vet who the buyer is, so they’re not going to see a home just because of the star appeal,” said Forster Jones.

On occasions when an open house is permitted for a select group of brokers, there will often be security guards in bedrooms and even in large closets, Choo said. “There can be maybe 10 people manning a private open house.”

7. Keep the entourage happy

Control is a big deal for many high-end clients, whether they’re used to the limelight or the board room.

“A well-paid billionaire or businessman likes to be in control of situations,” Choo said. Even celebrities who are not control freaks can have PR managers, lawyers and others who are, he said, adding that he can’t mention the names of famous clients whose homes he’s sold.



As the Summer Games commence in Rio this month, here is a look at past events still cemented in sports history

Every Olympics has its stars and memorable takeaways and the Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be no exception. The world will watch Michael Phelps attempt to swim to further glory, rightly claiming the title of Best Swimmer Ever. The Fastest Human Ever, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, will be the joining Phelps at theses Games. After an injury scare earlier this summer, Bolt announced that he would be competing, and sports enthusiasts around the globe sighed in relief.

That said, there are Olympic moments that transcend time and continue to resonate. Here are our top five:

1) Rome, 1960

A brash, young boxer by the name of Cassius Clay from Louisville, Kentucky, all of 18 years old, quite literally pounded the international competition to claim the gold in the light-heavyweight division. Thirty-six years later, in Atlanta, Mohammad Ali — then a 10-time heavyweight champion as well as an eloquent spokesman for civil and religious rights, now battling Parkinson’s Disease — took to the Olympic stage one more time to face perhaps his most daunting challenge. The applause thundered and eyes welled worldwide as, despite all odds, Mohammad Ali’s failing body and shaking hands lit the Olympic Torch.

In Rome, Ali also surpassed all athletes in the time-honored tradition of trading national pins. He loved nothing more than walking through the Olympic Village to meet people from around the world, proving that he was an ambassador before he knew he was one. Ali went home after the 1960 Games to encounter Jim Crow laws in his home state. Even after bringing honor to the U.S. with this Olympic gold, he couldn’t dine in the same restaurants with whites. That experience forged his tireless advocacy for his race, and next, his newly discovered Muslim religion, and also his vehement objection to the war in Vietnam. In the end, his support for all races and cultures was universal. He was a humanitarian.

We cannot close this sport chapter without acknowledging Ali’s oratory talents. His comments were genius, for example: “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

Mohammad Ali passed away in June.

Mohammad Ali the stole the limelight in 1960 and continued to dominate it over the next six decades.
Mohammad Ali the stole the limelight in 1960 and continued to dominate it over the next six decades.

2) Montreal, 1976

Way back in 1976, one was hard-pressed not to see Bruce Jenner’s face peering off a magazine cover, not to mention a Wheatie’s cereal box, after his record-setting win in the Olympic decathlon. The victory came at the height of the Cold War. Russian Nikolay Avilov was the 1972 gold medalist, an event long dominated by the U.S. and such iconic athletes as Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathias and Jim Thorpe. Jenner won back the title for the U.S. and in doing so, ascended into the firmament of Olympic greatness.

The Olympic Stadium in Montreal
The Olympic Stadium in Montreal
Jenner didn’t just win the decathlon, he broke the previous Olympic mark. No, he didn’t just break the previous mark, he pretty much annihilated it, by 164 points. Jenner then jogged gloriously around Stade Olympique as his competitors, prone in utter exhaustion, littered the track after the event’s 10th competition, the 1,500-meter race. The winner of the Olympic decathlon is typically bestowed the title of “World’s Greatest Athlete.” On that day, Jenner claimed it as his own.

The Decathlon will once again determine the Greatest Athlete of this Olympics.
The Decathlon will once again determine the Greatest Athlete of this Olympics.

Forty years later, after a turn in reality TV, Jenner publically transformed into Caitlyn Jenner, becoming the most famous transgender woman in the world and another champion — one for the rights of the LGBT community.

3) Los Angeles, 1984

These games were a supernova of Olympic star accomplishments – Mary Lou Retton’s All-Around Gymnastic Gold among the most notable – but no achievement shines brighter than Joan Benoit’s win in the first ever women’s Olympic marathon.

Women were finally given the opportunity to compete in the grueling 26.2-mile race, having been allowed to compete at the iconic New York Marathon since 1970. It was due time. Joan Benoit, small in stature but with the heart of a warrior, lined up with the rest of the field in gray uniform that looked a little too big and donning a quirky white cap. She had spent the time leading up to the trials recovering from knee surgery and relentlessly pedaling a stationary bike to keep in shape. It was almost unthinkable that she was in the field at all.

Benoit had begun to distance herself from the field by the first water station. The distance opened and soon television cameras couldn’t capture the leader and the field in the same frame. And still the distance opened, with Benoit, whose own mother described her as a little gray mouse, leaving the long-legged thoroughbreds in her wake. She won by more than four minutes. Four minutes? Enough time to enjoy a coffee and scan the newspaper. Second place went to Sweden’s Grete Waitz, widely considered among the best distance runners of her generation. Benoit’s field of competitors was world-class and she bested them all with grit and perseverance, thereby vaulting women’s running into the mainstream.

Track and Field, which includes the Marathon, will be a headliner event in Rio.
Track and Field, which includes the Marathon, will be a headliner event in Rio.

4) Barcelona, 1992

The U.S. Dream Team burst onto the scene in Spain, mounting a full court press of awe and athletic star power that continues to amaze. This was the first team of NBA players to compete in an Olympics following a rule change previously banning professionals on the Olympic basketball court. The motivation for the rule change was to up the level of Olympic play, and boy, these gods of hoops certainly dazzled.

The Dream Team still stands as the greatest sport team ever assembled in any sport. Superstars Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, who had just tested positive for HIV, formed the nucleus showcasing their competitiveness and wizardry at every turn. Add to that the thunder dunks of Charles Barkley and Karl Malone and the precision passing of John Stockton and opponents didn’t have a prayer – and few seemed to care.

The Barcelona Olympic Stadium
The Barcelona Olympic Stadium

Charles Barkley was a mainstay at the Olympic Village, much like Ali some 30 years prior. Like a gigantic Pied Piper, throngs of camera-toting fans followed him about and he achieved U.S. ambassador status by happily posing or providing autographs. There is a famous story, posted on the NBA website, of an opposing player in an early round guarding Magic and waving desperately at his teammates on the bench to get an action shot of the two of them. The Dream Team scored an average of 44 points over their opponents; rather than hanging their heads in defeat, the losing team only wanted autographs from the victors. At the medal ceremony, these seasoned pros with multiple NBA championship rings between them, jumped and laughed like giddy school kids, underscoring the power of the Olympic spirit and just how perfectly the game of basketball can be played when the world’s finest are assembled on one team.

The 1992 Dream Team brought basketball into international prominence.
The 1992 Dream Team brought basketball into international prominence.

5) London, 2012

It is hard to compete with an Olympiad that opened with the Queen Mother parachuting out of a chopper with Daniel Craig as the James Bond theme played, saw the Spice Girls reunited and then closed with Sir Paul McCartney singing “Hey, Jude.”

Athletes still commanded the spotlight. For the first time ever, at the London Games, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei entered female athletes. Women’s boxing was included for the first time, distinguishing these Games as the first where females competed in all events. These were also the first Olympics where every participating country included female athletes. Quite a statement.

In London, women’s boxing made its debut as an Olympic event.
In London, women’s boxing made its debut as an Olympic event.

In London, Michael Phelps became the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, earning his 22nd medal. The fastest human ever, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, gifted with a surname that captures his speed, amazed once again by claiming the gold at the 100, 200 and 4×100 meter relay. He became the first man in modern Olympics to win six gold medals in sprinting and win the 10 and 200-meter titles at consecutive Games.  Both Phelps and Bolt are scheduled to compete in Rio so stay tuned.

This property in Hawaii has a built-in Michael Phelps swim spa. Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas were developed with input from 18-time gold medalist Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman for all types of training, swimming, fitness programs and aquatic therapy. It features a unique propeller design that provides a wide, deep and smooth current — giving you a swimming experience that is far superior to any other swim spa. The Michael Phelps Swim Spa is energy efficient and has digital controls allowing you to set the water temperature where it’s most comfortable.
This property in Hawaii has a built-in Michael Phelps swim spa. Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas by Master Spas were developed with input from 18-time gold medalist Michael Phelps and his coach Bob Bowman for all types of training, swimming, fitness programs and aquatic therapy. It features a unique propeller design that provides a wide, deep and smooth current — giving you a swimming experience that is far superior to any other swim spa. The Michael Phelps Swim Spa is energy efficient and has digital controls allowing you to set the water temperature where it’s most comfortable.
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Las 10 casas más impresionantes y lujosas de los famosos

La celebridades suelen comprarse lujosas casas con algunos espacios excéntricos o poco comunes. Aquí les presentamos las más impresionantes.

Oprah Winfrey. La poderosa animadora y emprendedora de medios de comunicación tiene varias propiedades. Su casa principal es su terreno de 16 hectáreas en Montecito, California. La mansión de 50 millones de dólares tiene ocho habitaciones y 14 baños.

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La propiedad tiene además un casa para las visitas y una construcción que es la favorita de Winfrey: la tea house (casa del té) donde la comunicadora va a leer, tomar té y alejarse de los negocios.

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Su otra propiedad favorita es su casa en Hawaii.

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John Travolta. El protagonista de Grease tiene una de las casas más extravagantes de todas. Su hogar tiene un aeropuerto y no uno pequeño ya que ahí es donde guarda sus aviones y uno de ellos es un Boeing 707. La casa está ubicada en Ocala, Florida.

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La casa llamada “Jumbolair” tiene vista a los aviones desde el comedor y otras partes de la vivienda. En una oportunidad Travolta estaba grabando en California y viajaba diariamente en avión a trabajar para luego volver a Florida para estar con la familia cada noche.

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Celine Dion. La cantante tiene también una casa muy llamativa. En su propiedad en Florida, Dion tiene un parque acuático. Cuenta con toboganes, trampolines, cascadas y hasta una casa en un árbol con el fin de ser el lugar perfecto para sus hijos y sus sobrinos.

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La casa además tiene una piscina un poco más sobria con vista al mar y claro, un bajada directa a la playa. Para mantener todo esto tienen cinco pozos. La vivienda está valorada en 20 millones de dólares.

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Will Smith. El actor tiene una gran propiedad junto a su esposa Jada Pinkett y sus hijos. Ubicada cerca de Calabasas, California, la casa tiene una cancha de tenis, una de básquetbol y tres hoyos para jugar golf.

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La casa estimada en 20 millones de dólares tiene una piscina y además su propia laguna privada. La construcción tiene varios espacios abiertos para aprovechar el clima y una sala de grabaciones con la última tecnología donde la hija de la pareja, Willow, grabó su single “Whip my hair”.

Larry Ellison. El fundador de la compañía de software Oracle y multimillonario tiene muchas pero muchas propiedades. Pero una de ellas destaca por tener una cancha de tenis, una casa con camarines para hacer uso de ese espacio, una piscina y un funicular para ir desde la terraza de la casa principal a la piscina.

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Además de sus casas en varias ciudades de Estados Unidos, Ellison compró más de 10 casas con entrada a una de las playas más exclusivas de Malibu. Algo no fácil ya que cada una de esas propiedades tiene un costo millonario.

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Jerry Seinfeld. El comediante y protagonista de Seinfeld tiene una casa en East Hampton, Nueva York. Esta propiedad de 32 millones está en 5 hectáreas y tiene 24 habitaciones y 13 baños. Además cuenta con gimnasio, piscina interior y exterior, pista para jugar bowling, una sala de música y una cancha de beisbol.

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Mariah Carey. La cantante junto a Nick Cannon tienen una mansión en Beverly Hills llamada Fleur de lys. La super casa costó 125 millones de dólares y es una de las más caras de Estados Unidos.

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La propiedad tiene 15 habitaciones y paredes de mármol italiano. La casa tiene un salón de baile, dos cocinas, una biblioteca y un cine para 50 personas. No podría ser menos para la diva y su familia.

50 Cent. El rapero ha intentado desde 2007 vender su mansión en Conneticut, pero no ha sido posible. El precio por el que empezó a vender la casa es de 18 millones de dólares.

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La propiedad tiene 52 habitaciones, una sala de cine, un discotheque con piso iluminado, un bar y un espacio para DJ. Tiene una cancha de racquetball, una de básquetball y piscina. También tiene un jacuzzi para 40 personas y otro jacuzzis más repartidos por la casa.

Tony Hawk. El skater profesional tiene nada más y nada menos que un skatepark en su propia casa. La construcción del parque costó más de 100 mil dólares.

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El deportista que se reitró a los 31 años asegura que así puede hacer lo que le gusta sin que los fans lo sigan.

Al interior de la casa también hay una excentricidad, ya que gastó más de 150 mil dólares en videojuegos y un sistema que cualquier gamer amaría tener conectado a una pantalla gigante.

Bill Gates. El fundador de Microsoft no podía quedar fuera de esta lista. La mansión ubicada en Medina, Washington cuesta más de 140 millones de dólares. La casa claramente tiene mucha tecnología como pisos sensibles al tacto y parlantes escondidos en cada habitación que sienten cuando cada persona ingresa a una habitación y así la música que escogiste te sigue adonde vayas.

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La piscina tiene un sistema de sonido bajo el agua para poder escuchar tu música favorita mientras nadas. La propiedad tiene 24 baños y un ascensor. Además hay 23 espacios para autos en el garage.


La casa que inspiró y donde se escribió el cuento de ‘Peter Pan’, a la venta por 10 millones de euros

La mansión londinense en la que James Mathew Barrie vivía cuando escribió el cuento de ‘Peter Pan’ está en el mercado por 10 millones de euros. Esta vivienda unifamiliar situada frente a los jardines de Kensington, donde Barrie conoció a los hijos de la familia Llewelyn Davies –que le servirían de inspiración para los personajes de su obra–, aún conserva muchos de los detalles que el escritor plasmó en su libro.

De manera que quien pague el dineral que piden por la casa no solo se llevará una joya arquitectónica, sino que también será propietario de un pedacito del corazón de todos los que disfrutaron con la historia del niño que no quería crecer.

Propiedades de algunos nominados al Oscar

Por: Lamudi México

Nos hemos dado a la tarea de investigar dónde y cómo viven algunos de los actores nominados al Oscar en ésta última gala.

Comenzaremos con Julianne Moore, una actriz con mucha experiencia, nominada en 5 ocasiones a los Premios de la Academia y ganadora de la última nominación como Mejor Actriz por la película Siempre Alice, es amante de la arquitectura y el diseño de interiores. La aclamada actriz Junto con su esposo, el director Bart Freundlich, compraron un town house en un edificio del siglo XIX en West Village en Manhattan, Nueva York. La propiedad está valuada en aproximadamente $11,995,000 USD y tiene una superficie de 372 metros cuadrados, más un jardín. La propiedad cuenta con 6 recámaras y 6 baños completos.

El actor inglés Benedict Cumberbatch nominado a Mejor Actor por la película Descifrando el Enigma, y mejor conocido por Scherlock Holmes parece que se ha encontrado la residencia perfecta en Los Ángeles para compartir con su prometida Sophie Hunter. La propiedad es una villa estilo toscano de un valor de 10,800,000 de libras esterlinas.

Michael Keaton, nominado a Mejor Actor por su actuación igualmente en Birdman y quien ha destacado por otras intervenciones como Batman en 1989 bajo la dirección de Tim Burton.  Este actor tiene como domicilio un rancho en Montana. El rancho ubicado al sur de Montana, tiene más de 600 hectáreas. A Michael le encanta estar en la naturaleza y pescar, es por ello que eligió un lugar como este para vivir desde de los ochentas.

Posee una residencia en el oeste de Los Ángeles con una superficie aproximada de 646 metros cuadrados, aunque le llevó varios anos encontrarla. Hablamos de la aclamada actriz Reese Whiterspoon nominada en la categoría de Mejor Actriz por su destacado papel en la película Alma Salvaje, y ya ganadora en 2006 en la misma categoría con la película Walk the Line. La residencia cuenta con 5 habitaciones y 6 baños completos. La actriz ha decidido decorarla con interiores estilo español; cuenta con un amplio y hermoso jardín con alberca.


La Puerta de la Creación de Tadao Ando recibe premio por su iluminación


El Centro Roberto Garza Sada bautizado por su creador Tadao Ando como “la Puerta de la Creación”, es el primer edificio comercial diseñado por el arquitecto japonés en Latinoamérica que cuenta con certificación LEED.

El Centro Roberto Garza Sada bautizado por su creador Tadao Ando como “la Puerta de la Creación”, es el primer edificio comercial diseñado por el arquitecto japonés en Latinoamérica que cuenta con certificación LEED.

El proyecto de iluminación respeta las líneas simples y limpias de la propuesta arquitectónica con la filosofía de diseño de Ando: “pensar que el espacio en sí mismo puede ser una fuerte de inspiración”.

El edificio sigue el estilo típico de construcción de Tadao Ando, en el cual predominan el concreto y el cristal en formas geométricas variadas. En el espacio predomina un elemento denominado “La Vela” de casi 80 metros de largo, el cual atraviesa el edifico y le da forma a la “Puerta”. Esta “Vela” cruza los espacio interiores a la vez que le da la forma a las fachadas del edifico.

El diseño de iluminación se desarrolló respetando las lineas simples y limpias del diseño arquitectónico. Dominan las luminarias lineales empotradas con lámparas fluorescentes T5, las cuales se ajustaron en la obra a la medida exacta de los arreglos de cajillos en salones, laboratorios y salas polivalentes. No hay dos cajillos de la misma medida en el edificio, ya que se siguieron las geometrías variables de los muros que resultan de la complejidad de los espacios interiores, por lo que la versatilidad de las luminarias fue crítica. Se incluyeron downlights empotrados con lámparas compactas fluorescentes, las cuales producen iluminación sin deslumbramiento para áreas comunes y pasillos. Los espacios destinados para la exposición y crítica constructiva de los proyectos se complementaron con rieles para luminarias dirigibles de halógeno.

Las áreas exteriores se iluminan a base de luminarias empotradas con luz rasante de LEDs para indicar los límites de andadores con luz rasante de LEDs para indicar los límites de andadores. Para las áreas más alejadas se colocaron postes y bollares con diseños modernos y limpios que utilizan tecnología LED.

El edifico se diseñó y construyó buscando la certificación LEED plata (otorgada ya), por lo que en la selección de todas las luminarias y lámparas se consideró como parámetro de primera importancia la eficiencia energética, sin sacrificar el rendimiento de color.

Cliente: Universidad de Monterrey, A.C.
Arquitecto: Tadao Ando Architects & Associates
Diseño de Iluminación: Antonio Garza / Iluminación Total
Fecha de finalización: 2013
Normas: LEED Plata
Fotografía: Jorge Taboada, Roberto Ortíz
Colaboradores: Arquitectos locales: LeNoir & Asociados, Estudios de Arquitectura, Administración de Proyecto: Lend Lease (MX)


Museo de Antropología: 50 años


A partir de ese año, se ha convertido en un emblema de todo el país, es el museo mexicano que más visitantes recibe (más de 2 millones al año) y está catalogado como uno de los diez mejores a nivel mundial.

Hoy el museo se ha convertido además en un gran centro de cultura: no solo por las exposiciones permanentes, la cantidad de piezas que alberga o lo majestuoso del edificio. También ha sido sede de congresos, exposiciones temporales que han venido desde Egipto o China, y próximamente encontrarás tesoros griegos en sus salas.

A continuación enlistamos algunas cosas que probablemente no sabías del Museo de Antropología.

1. El verdadero precursor de este museo Jaime Torres Bodet, que fue Secretario de Educación Pública durante el periodo de López Mateos. Él reunió al equipo de expertos y los mandó a viajar al mundo para ver cómo se hacía un buen museo.

2. Su construcción costó 130 millones de pesos. Al cambio actual equivaldría a 10 millones de dólares.

3. El 25 de diciembre de 1985, hubo un saqueo al museo. Lo llamaron el robo del siglo. Mientras todos celebraban la navidad, 140 piezas fueron sustraídas de las vitrinas. Dos ladrones entraron al museo por una escalera del sótano y de ahí se introdujeron por los ductos de aire acondicionado. Los guardias de seguridad celebraban la nochebuena y no se dieron cuenta. En 1989 se recuperó parte del botín cuando un presunto narco confesó haber participado en el robo.

4. En la sala Mexica se encuentra la representación más antigua del escudo nacional: el Teocalli de la Guerra Sagrada, donde se puede ver al águila devorando a una serpiente sobre un nopal, tallada en piedra.

5. Según Pedro Ramírez Vázquez la entrada principal no está sobre Reforma para que no pareciera un comercio más (y para no hacer tráfico con los camiones escolares que visitarían el lugar)

6. Pocos saben que las bodegas del museo se encuentran en el sótano del edificio, que cubre toda la planta. Ahí se encuentran 120 mil piezas, aunque expuestas solo hay 8 mil.

7. “El Paraguas”, como se conoce popularmente a la fuente invertida donde todos nos fuimos a mojar cuando éramos estudiantes, no fue obra de Ramírez Vázquez, sino de los hermanos José y Tomás Chávez Morado.

8. Hace algunos años, se montó una exposición llamada “Destrucción total del Museo de Antropología”, donde el autor criticaba la manera en la que se trata en indigenismo en este lugar.

9. El museo también fue escuela: en 1965 se encontraban ahí las aulas de la Escuela Nacional de Antropología.

10. La fachada principal iba a estar recubierta de barro. López Mateos decidió que eso se iba a ver muy mal y se optó por mármol.

11. Carlos Chávez hizo una obra musical especial para el museo: “Resonancias”, y que hoy es muy difícil de conseguir.
Sobre la escultura de Tláloc

12. Originalmente en la entrada del museo iba a estar un Atlante de Tula o una cabeza olmeca. Otra posibilidad fue la estela 1 de Yaxchilán, pero resultó imposible transportarla.

13. La escultura de Tláloc fue trasladada desde el pueblo de Coatlinchán hasta el museo. Ese día llovió mucho en la capital (casi dos horas de tormenta) y varias colonias se inundaron.

14. Algunos pobladores de Coatlinchán se opusieron a que se llevaran el gran monolito. Amenazaron con rifles a los encargados del traslado, y les aventaron nopales y piedras.

15. ¿Seguros que es Tláloc? Algunos investigadores afirman que en realidad no es Tláloc sino una deidad femenina del agua llamada Chalchiuhtlicue.



$139 Million Florida Mansion is One of the Country’s Most Expensive Listings


By Elena Dimarco

A Florida mansion with extremely lavish design features is believed to be the most expensive listing in the country, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The newly-built 60,500-square-foot home located in Hillsboro Beach, between Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, is currently listed at a whopping $139 million. The design of the breathtaking 11-bedroom, 17-bathroom home, called “Le Palais Royal,” was reportedly inspired by the architecture of the Palace of Versailles in France. Encircled by a gate decorated with 22-karat gold leaf, this magnificent dwelling is bursting with the finest amenities, including a $2 million marble staircase, 30-car subterranean garage, and an 18-seat IMAX theater with a 50-foot-widescreen. And if the state-of-the-art security system is not up to par, there are also kennels on the lower level built specifically for guard dogs—for extra protection.

The property’s extraordinary level of opulence does not end with its interior. Just outside, there is a 4,500-square-foot infinity-edge pool complete with an LED-lit, double-loop water slide and—perhaps the most jaw-dropping feature of all—a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi suspended above the pool.

Miami-based architect Denio Madera is the interior designer responsible for the wall-to-wall splendor of this awe-inspiring abode, which sits on 4.4 acres, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway. The home is currently in the final stages of construction and, according to the owner’s representative, the home is projected for completion by late 2015.


Mecanoo: Rabobank


The intent underlying Mecanoo’s design of the Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek Advice Centre, located on a small hill, is the development of a cooperative bank extending its invitingly arms to society.

Sittard is located in the rolling landscape of Limburg (The Netherlands), the province of the bronze-green oak and the soft yellow marl. The cooperative Rabobank wanted to combine smaller branches within a large centrally-located advice centre near Sittard station.

Upon entry under the curved ceiling with sculptural skylights, you can survey, in one glance, the whole building and your curiosity is further ignited for activities on the upper floors. These are designed as staggering terraces that meander around the loft as a white ribbon. They invite you to take the zigzagging stairs and not the elevator. The focal point of the central hall is the auditorium which, remarkably, was not in the original brief. In this area, Mecanoo designed a staircase tribune that accommodates flexible workspaces.

The brushed oak panelled walls in the building form a unity with the tribune and furniture. Here, a transparent curtain with different shades of silver and blue designed by Petra Blaisse of Inside Outside runs on a 60-meter long track that winds above the tribune. Diverse spaces and atmospheres can be created by altering the position of the curtain parts. Silver squares in it reference the playful square windows in the building’s facade. It consists of special masonry of yellow clay to which marl has been added. The white-yellow mottled bricks are here and there interspersed with stones with a glaze layer in the small hole, creating a tactile facade.

The entire ground floor including the restaurant is open to the public. Both employees and customers can use the workplaces in the auditorium, just as in a modern public library. The upper office floors are only accessible to staff via a pass system on the first floor. Here you can choose whichever workplace suits your demands: a small room for concentration, a more spacious room for working in a team, a large zigzagging table where you can informally work and chat, as well as open areas for meeting and exchanging ideas, individual work stations along the mezzanine, niches in the oak wall and both small and large conference rooms for gatherings. To provide a high quality acoustic environment, the call centre has its own space on the first floor with a beautiful view. A glass separation ensures that it is visually connected to the rest of the staff.

The advice centre is rated BREEAM Very Good. The bank is connected to The Green Network in Sittard, which makes use of residual heat from the Chemelot industrial zone. The building has energy-saving installations, high insulation and triple glazing. Climate ceilings control ventilation, heating and cooling through radiation without moving air. In addition, the building has a flat panel air conditioning system facing south. In warm weather a transparent screen automatically drops in front of the glass facade. The screen reflects the solar energy, while the heat of the sun between the facade and the screen is mechanically extracted so that the auditorium remains pleasantly cool. Plenty of daylight is obtained through the numerous skylights and the large transparent facades.

Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek Advice Centre, Sittard, The Netherlands
Programme: offices, advice centre
Architects: Mecanoo
Structural engineer: Bartels Ingenieursbureau B.V.
Electrical and mechanical engineer, acoustics, building physics and fire safety consultant: Nelissen Ingenieursbureau B.V.
Light consultant: Studio Rublek
City council consultant: LPB Sight
Technical landscape consultant: Plangroep Heggen BV
Costs consultants and project management: Duckers & de Cock
Client: Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek
Completion: 2014