By Laura Vecsey
Guess She’s Going to Stay
Rihanna has made the switch from LA to NYC and is doing it in style.
The native Barbadian who owns a sprawling home with a pool in Pacific Palisades grew so infatuated with a Soho condo she viewed during her Big Apple Fashion Week layover that, well, she rented it.
The 129 Lafayette Street penthouse, with views of the Empire State Building and beyond, is listed for sale for $14.6 million, but apparently RiRi wanted to give it a test whirl before committing to buying anything.
The $39,000-a-month duplex provides plenty of room for the entertainer, considering its 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms are spread out over 4,660 square feet. That doesn’t include a massive 2,400-square-foot terrace that could certainly lend itself to some heavy downtown partying.
“Privacy Setting” for Facebook Founder Cost $30M
Mark Zuckerberg is worth about $19 billion, so it’s not really a surprise that he would shell out $30 million to purchase the homes of four neighbors.
What is unusual is that Zuckerberg doesn’t want the homes: He just made deals with the owners so that he could control when and to whom they were sold to, if and when it was time.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the 29-year-old tech titan offered generous terms to entice the homeowners to buy into his plan. The deal-making started back in 2012, when Zuckerberg learned that a developer was planning to build a huge home next to his home, then capitalized by marketing the home as being next to the Facebook founder.
So began the buying spree, with the fourth home sale completed in early October, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Bel-Air? Heidi Klum Is In
Heidi Klum and her new man have been perusing Los Angeles the past few weeks, looking for a new home to settle down in. Now, it’s settled – for $9.875 million.
Klum has bought an old-school, 11,000-square-foot, brick mansion on 4 grassy acres complete with circular driveway that oozes Old World grace, right down to the white columns at the front entrance.
Eschewing the more contemporary homes that usually attract Hollywood’s elite, Klum bought the custom-built, Georgian-style home from Emmy-winning writer/producer Ed Weinberger, best known for his work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Cosby Show” and “Taxi.”
The purchase comes two years after Klum and her ex, Seal, sold their Brentwood home after calling it quits. The pair was spotted greeting each other warmly at their daughter Lou’s birthday party, but Klum is keeping house these days with her bodyguard, Martin Kristen.
Rosie Swaps Coasts in Florida
Rosie O’Donnell sold her Star Island home in Miami this summer for $16.5 million, but then started looking for another Florida vacation home.
After backing out of a deal to buy Olivia Newton-John’s home up north in Palm Beach, due to a suicide on the property that spooked O’Donnell from closing, the comedienne/actress/mother/activist has found a new Sunshine State locale: Sarasota.
Maybe Rosie was whistling a little Katy Perry tune as she signed on the dotted line for the 4-bedroom, 7-bathroom abode: West Coast represents.
O’Donnell has paid $5 million for a remodeled, 4647-square-foot spread that backs onto the Gulf Coast beach in Nokomis, a part of Sarasota where author Stephen King also calls his second home. With winter coming, the native New Yorker will no doubt be looking to head south with her wife and 5 children.
And the Winners in California Are: Mitt and Ann Romney
After hassles from a neighbor who appealed a ruling that they could build their California dream home, Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are back in business.
The California Coastal Commission ruled Oct. 11 that the former Republican presidential candidate and his wife are free to build their dream house on the beach in La Jolla, Calif.
The Romneys purchased the 3,300-square-foot home in 2008 for $12 million, and then submitted plans to tear it down and replace it with an 11,000-square-foot spread complete with car elevators and a nifty garage. The plan was approved, but then stalled by a neighbor who disputed that the Romney’s lot was large enough to warrant the bigger home.
However, on Oct. 11, the California Coastal Commission green-lighted the project, saying the Romneys were entitled to go ahead. That was likely music to Mitt’s ears, since he said he wanted the property so he could “hear the waves.” We’ll see about that, since the Romneys will no doubt be hosting their 23 grandchildren once the beach home is done.
Hollywood Hills Musical Chairs for Zac Efron
After a second stint in rehab for his admitted difficulties with drugs and alcohol, Zac Efron has decided to start over. The “High School Musical” star has bought a new home just a few miles from the modern party pad he bought back in 2008.
Efron’s new 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom abode was marketed as Zen-like, which may explain its appeal to the twenty-something star many are rooting for to stay healthy.
The home had been on the market since February, initially listed for $4.495 million before the price was slashed to $3.995 million, which property records show is what Efron paid for the contemporary, 5,644-square-foot pad.
Set behind gates at the back of a long driveway, the secluded offers views of the city and ocean, and the open floor plan flows right out to a deck and stunning pool with a waterfall feature.