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“August’s Top 10 Celebrity Real Estate News”

“J-Lo & A-Rod’s New Star Island Home”
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have been collecting houses almost as often as Rodriguez collected base hits. J-Lo & A-Rod will soon be enjoying life in their new 14,762-square-foot Star Island mansion they just bought for $32.5 million. One of several man-made islands accessed by bridges off of causeways running between Miami and Miami Beach, Star Island is often referred to as Miami’s Millionaires’ Row.  The asking price was $40 million.  On the West Coast, the super couple recently listed for $7.99 million a Malibu oceanfront home they bought in 2019 from Jeremy Piven for $6.6 million.

“Simon Sells One of His Beverly Hills Homes”
American Idol judge Simon Cowell’s longtime Beverly Hills home has closed sale at $25 million. According to Variety, Simon spent millions of dollars on upgraded amenities and security including a wellness center, a retina-recognition security system, two kitchens and a solarium movie theater.  The home is almost 10,000 square feet on a bit less than an acre in Beverly Hills Flats neighborhood. Simon owns several other properties including his main home in Malibu, another Beverly Hills home, and more homes in New York and London.

“Meghan & Harry’s New Home”
After weeks of speculation about where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would buy a home, they decided on Santa Barbara where they paid $14.65 million for a 14,563-square-foot home on 5.4 acres. They were previously living in their friend Tyler Perry’s Beverly Hills mansion.

“Susan Sarandon’s NYC Apartment”
Susan Sarandon recently listed her longtime New York City, six-bedroom apartment for sale at $7.9 million. The 6,061-square-foot apartment features wood floors, family room, den, library and views of the Empire State Building and the World Trade Tower.

“Regis Philbin’s Connecticut Home”
Regis Philbin was at his best when he was bantering with his audience about the events in his life, which sometimes included the Greenwich, Connecticut home that he and wife, Joy, purchased in 2008 and lived until near his death. A home that Regis often joked about his lack of home repair skills leaving them up to Joy to get done. According to GreenwichTime.com, the home sold for $4.015 million, just a few weeks before Regis died from a heart attack.

“Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Dream Home”
Dream Works co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has sold his Beverly Hills home in an off-market deal for $125 million. In 2012, the longtime Walt Disney CEO and Dream Works co-founder built a 26,619-square-foot home on six acres he bought in 2009 for $30 million. It is the third highest price ever paid for a California home trailing Jeff Bezos’ recent purchase of David Geffen’s Warner Mansion at $165 million and Lachlan Murdaugh’s $150 million Bel-Air deal.

“Geena Davis’s L.A. Home For Sale”
Geena Davis has listed her longtime Mediterranean-style home in Los Angeles for $5.99 million. Geena bought the five-bedroom, over 5,100-square-foot home in 2007 for $4.19 million.

“Rachel Ray Finally Sells Hamptons Home”
It took three years but Rachel Ray has sold her Southampton home for $3.25 million, a sharp drop from the $4.9 million she was asking in 2017 when the 3,000-square-foot home first went on the market.  Rachel also owns a home in Upstate New York that was recently damaged in a fire.

“Jeff Bezos Buys Little House Next Door”
Jeff Bezos just paid $10 million for the three-bedroom home next door to his 10-acre Beverly Hills estate he bought in early 2020 from David Geffen for $165 million. No news on what the Amazon CEO plans to do with his new home.

“Kanye West Plans White House Size Compound”
According to TMZ, Kanye West has been approved by building officials to build a 10-bedroom, 52,000-square-foot mansion on his Wyoming lake that will be almost as big as the White House. Kanye also plans to build two more homes and two underground garages on the property.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at The Hollywood Times, a showbiz/promotions aggregate mainly for insiders. She has written for Communications Daily in DC, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International in NYC. Valerie works closely with GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign (Fed Club Council Member), LAMBDA Legal, NCLR, and Outfest. She is also a member of the LA Press Club. She is a lay minister and parishioner of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Hollywood. Milano loves meeting people and does so in her getaway home in Palm Springs as a member of the Palm Springs Museum, Palm Springs Center and DAP Health (Partners for Life member). For years Valerie Milano had volunteered as a board member and one of the chief organizers for the Television Critics Association’s press tours. The tours take place twice a year in Beverly Hills/Pasadena.