This week, Jodie Foster listed her super-private residence and both Billy Joel and Rosie O’Donnell sold South Florida estates.
Jodie Foster sells renovated Hollywood Hills home
For a celebrity known for keeping her private life private, a home can serve as a window into the past. Such is the case with Jodie Foster’s Hollywood Hills home, now on the market for $6.399 million.
The 50-year-old actress, director and producer has let her resume do most of the talking. But her personal life made headlines while she was living at 9219 Flicker Way, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.
Foster was set to play the lead in “Double Jeopardy,” when word quickly spread that she was pregnant with her first son, Charlie, raising questions about paternity and conception. Fortunately, Foster had an escape from the paparazzi in her new Spanish villa, which could be discretely accessed from a rear-gated driveway.
The home, located in the distinguished Bird Streets, has 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 2 half-baths and an attached guest suite — plenty of room for her new baby and partner at the time, Cydney Bernard.
“The Silence of the Lambs” star reportedly updated part of the home soon after she bought it in 1997, while maintaining its 1930s Spanish style. Overhead beams, brick patios and a backyard pool are a few highlights, as well as a large media screening/kids’ play room.
With her second son, Christopher “Kit” Foster, entering his teenage years, Foster isn’t an empty nester quite yet. Last year she bought a new Beverly Hills home for $11.75 million, which will likely become her new primary residence.
Rosie O’Donnell sells Star Island home
Rosie O’Donnell has also sold her waterfront property, this one on Star Island, for $12.675 million. The same day her show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN TV Network was canceled in April 2012, O’Donnell listed the 1.1-acre estate for $19.5 million.
Surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, the estate features a 11,035-square-foot main house, two private guesthouses, a pool and 203 feet of beachfront property. O’Donnell bought the place in 1999 for $6.79 million and has done extensive upgrades over the years, including a gourmet kitchen and custom millwork.
Billy Joel’s La Gorce Island home sells
Billy Joel just sold his La Gorce Island home for nearly $14 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Piano Man bought the 7,856-square-foot Mediterranean mansion for $13.5 million in 2006. Six years later, he listed the beachfront property for $14.75 million.
With 7 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a wine bar, covered poolside patio and private courtyard — not to mention 165 feet of beach looking out over Biscayne Bay — the home looks more like a five-star resort than a vacation home. Located in a popular spot for A-list celebs and Wall Street bigwigs, Joel was neighbors with Cher, who previously owned a home down the street.
Joel and O’Donnell join a handful of celebs who have listed or sold their South Florida homes over the past month. Alex Rodriguez made headlines for selling his modern Palm Beach home for $30 million, while Olivia Newton-John decided to list the home she moved into after marrying John Easterling in 2008.
Editor's note: This story bylined incorrectly when published. Zillow'sCatherine Sherman wrote this post.
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