Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi list their stunning Santa Barbara villa for $45M

Ellen DeGeneres, television powerhouse and high-end house-flipper extraordinaire, and her wife, the actress Portia de Rossi, have put their 1930s Santa Barbara stone villa on the market for $45 million. Prominently featured in Ellen’s 2015 book Home, The Villa, as its known, was designed by architect Wallace Frost as a residence for himself after returning from living in Italy. Many years later,...

The Beastie Boys’ Mike D lives in a gorgeous modern house by Barbara Bestor

Well this is nice (and perhaps a bit unexpected): Los Angeles architect Barbara Bestor of Bestor Architecture, whose work we’ve admired many times on our pages, designed this modern home for Mike D of the Beastie Boys. In a piece he penned for the March issue of Architectural Digest, Mike “D” Diamond tells the tale of his family’s decision to decamp from L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood to live...

The Life Of Martin Luther King Jr., As Told Through Real Estate

The country continues to celebrate the birth and life of civil rights activist and beloved African-American leader Martin Luther King Jr. A preacher and a forerunner in the 1950s civil rights movement, King inspired a country divided by hate and ignorance to set aside its prejudice to build a more unified nation at a time when the legal segregation of African-Americans prevented black and white citizens...

New York City’s iconic subway signs celebrated in a new, site-specific exhibit

The now-iconic graphics found throughout the New York City subway system—the colorful lettered and numbered line markers, and signs rendered in white-on-black Helvetica—have been celebrated in books, on posters, and can even be found on shower curtains and other tchotchkes. And as of this week, those graphics are also the subject of a new exhibition in a very fitting location: “The Subway: Design...

First-Time Homebuyer? Here’s How to Buy Your First Home

Owning a home is a major milestone many Americans expect to achieve in their lifetime. It's not simply about having the ability to stay in one place for years – it's also about taking advantage of the incentives to homeownership, including the financial security to make a major investment and see it grow over time. Even the millennial generation, which has been slower to become a major part of the...

How to Get a Mortgage With No Down Payment

The down payment can be one of the biggest obstacles to homeownership. Even in a very modestly priced market, a traditional 20 percent down payment easily amounts to tens of thousands of dollars. Add the various closing costs and a typical home shopper can face a financial goal that is unrealistic at best. If you’ve got limited cash on hand for a down payment but feel otherwise ready to take on...

Deadline is set for bids on Trump’s DC hotel

Potential buyers have until January 23 to bid on the Trump Organization’s controversial Washington, D.C. hotel. The firm marketing the Trump Washington hotel, JLL, is already seeing “robust activity,” the Wall Street Journal reported, and the Trump Organization hopes it can fetch $500 million for the ground lease. That price would represent $2 million per key, which would constitute a record in the...

Michelle Pfeiffer Sells Her Silicon Valley Compound for $22M

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer and her TV producer husband, David E. Kelley (“Big Little Lies,” “Ally McBeal,” “The Practice"), finally unloaded their spacious estate in Woodside, CA, according to Variety. The property was sold for $22 million—about $7.5 million less than their original asking price, property records show. The luxury compound was initially listed in spring 2018 for $29.5 million....

Ellen Pompeo Sells Her Custom-Built Modern Farmhouse in the Hamptons for Nearly $3M

After the arrival of her third child, Ellen Pompeo realized the family had outgrown their summer retreat in Sag Harbor, NY. She listed the Hamptons hideaway for $3.8 million. Two years later, the stylish farmhouse was sold for $2,995,000. The actress bought the place in 2011 for $925,000, property records show. After tearing down the existing cabin, she built this exquisite 2,400-square-foot home in...

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