June 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM ET
This week in celebrity real estate, it’s about the guys. Action star Bruce Willis listed his Beverly Hills home for a whopping $22 million, Sean “Diddy” Combs dropped the price on his apartment, and Redskins QB RGIII bought in Virginia.
Bruce Willis lists home for $22 million
Bruce Willis is hoping for a big payout. The veteran action-flick actor has listed another one of his real estate holdings, this time the Beverly Hills home he picked up in 2004. The nearly one-acre property is listed for a whopping $22 million; Willis paid $9 million for it nine years ago — that’s a 144 percent price increase.
Why the jump in price? Southern California real estate is a hot buy. Beverly Hills home values are increasing, with Zillow data showing values up 18.3 percent year-over-year. And as far as location goes, Willis’ home, located at 1005 Benedict Canyon Drive, Beverly Hills, is in the coveted 90210 ZIP code, just steps from the Beverly Hills Hotel.
It looks like Willis, along with wife Emma Heming, have also put in a lot of work into the 10,379-square-foot home.
Boasting 11 bedrooms and 11 baths, Willis’ home has large living spaces that open up to a courtyard with a fountain. The updated kitchen has a large center island and restaurant-quality appliances. Outside, the home’s grounds include a tennis court and pool.
Willis has a large collection of real estate and recently added to it, buying a Manhattan apartment from U2 bassist Adam Clayton. He also holds quite a few properties in Idaho but has been trying to dump them in recent years. Currently he has a Hailey, Idaho lodge listed for $12 million, as well as the bar he once co-owned with ex-wife Demi Moore.
Diddy cuts asking price on New York condo
Listings can often make strong statements that are somewhat of a stretch, claiming a home is fit for a celebrity or designed for royalty.
But when the listing for this apartment says the place is ”befitting a movie star or CEO,” it’s stating the truth. Considering that the home is currently owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs, music producer, rapper and media mogul, another CEO or celeb would feel right at home in the Manhattan digs. The home was also once owned by actor Daniel Craig. According to public property records, Diddy bought the Midtown condo located at 230 W. 56th Sts #66-A, New York, N.Y. 10019 in 2005 for $3.82 million.
The future star owner could even get a bit of a discount on the home. First listed in September 2012 for $8.5 million, the price on Diddy’s place has dropped to $7.99 million.
A price drop doesn’t mean a drop in amenities. The 2,292-square-foot home has extensive views of the New York skyline and features Venetian plaster ceilings, closets with humidors and specialized lighting (which makes sense for a man who owns a few clothing lines), marble baths and an eat-in kitchen.
The apartment is outfitted with a “world-class” sound system and black-out shades, undoubtedly providing a perfect backdrop for Diddy’s famous parties.
The listing is held by Philip Askeroth of Home New York.
Redskins QB RGIII drops $2.5 million on Beltway home
There was hardly a more exciting player in the NFL last season than Robert Griffin III, otherwise known as RGIII. The Heisman winner out of Baylor University was electric. He was a rookie sensation with discipline, manners, confidence and mad skills who gave long-suffering Redskins fans a reason to believe again and became a kingpin among an outstanding new class of NFL QBs — at least until his scrambling, take-that-extra-yard style was flattened by a season-ending knee injury.
With rehab going along smoothly, and football fans everywhere imploring Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan to better protect this emerging NFL star, RGIII has found himself a nice place to recuperate and settle down with his soon-to-be bride.
Griffin just bought a five-bedroom home in a gated community in Aldie, Va. for $2.5 million.
The home — complete with the one amenity that will make life easier on that pummeled set of legs and body: an elevator — is situated in Creighton Farms in Loudon County, about 30 miles east of D.C. The neighborhood has a Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course as its centerpiece, meaning that the high-energy Griffin will have a place to swing his clubs when he’s not strengthening that busted knee or trying to talk Shanahan into letting him go for it on fourth down.
Griffin is getting married to longtime girlfriend Rebecca Liddicoat in July, an event that blew up Twitter a bit when Redskins fans wound up buying wedding gifts for the couple via their Bed, Bath & Beyond registry. But even with a new house and impending marriage, Griffin is said to be keenly focused on being healthy and conditioned enough to start the Redskins’ season opener against NFC East rivals the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9 on the perfect stage: Monday Night Football.
Erika Riggs, a real estate writer for Zillow Blog, covers celebrity real estate, unusual properties and home design trends. Read more of her work here.
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