May 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM ET
You know the record sales are doing well when there’s rumors you paid for your latest home in cash. This week in celebrity real estate, Taylor Swift reportedly picked up a home in Rhode Island, actor Vince Vaughn bought in La Canada Flintridge, and the original Ozzie and Harriet house hit the market.
Taylor Swift buys oceanfront manse for $17 million
This country girl has been digging the East Coast lately, at least in terms of her real estate purchases.
According to TMZ and real estate blog The Real Estalker, country-pop princess Taylor Swift has purchased a waterfront mansion in Watch Hill, R.I. for around $17 million. Last year she picked up a home near the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. She flipped it in November, so that may be the cause for her wanting a new East Coast home base.
The white, Cape Cod traditional was previously listed at $24 million back in 2011. Apparently Swift paid in cash, which may have given her the discount on the purchase price. Not that Swift needs to worry about discounts; according to Forbes the 23-year-old is worth $57 million-plus.
Sitting on five acres, the home has more than 700 feet of beachfront on top of “the highest point in Watch Hill,” giving Swift unobstructed views of the water, all the way to Montauk Point. Watch Hill is an affluent New England coastal town but not necessarily a typical choice for A-listers to vacation, which may be the reason Swift chose it. The quiet neighborhood and likely guarded home will give the starlet some much-needed privacy.
Measuring 11,000 square feet, the 7-bedroom, 9-bath home was built in 1930. A circular drive leads to a pillared front door.
Swift also owns a Cape Cod-style compound tucked back in Beverly Hills, a condo in Nashville and a mansion outside Nashville that her parents reportedly live in.
With a baby on the way, Vince Vaughn buys new place in La Canada Flintridge
He’s making way for baby No. 2, and in the real estate world that means it’s time for a bigger house. Vince Vaughn just bought a 5-bedroom, 6-bath home in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif. for $3.925 million.
The actor’s former L.A. home, which he sold in August 2005, had 4 bedrooms and 3 baths — apparently enough for a “Couple’s Retreat” but not a growing family. Now Vaughn and wife Kyla Weber can look forward to raising their kids in a colonial-style estate located in a quiet, affluent city north of Los Angeles.
While not in a popular destination among the celebrity set, Vaughn’s home passes the A-list test. Built in 2000, the house has a large gourmet kitchen, stately library, swimming pool and sport court in the backyard. The home sits on three-quarters of an acre — plenty of space for 3-year-old Locklyn and her soon-to-be little sister or brother to play outside.
Vaughn also currently owns a townhouse in Chicago that he has had listed on and off the market in recent years, most recently listed for rent in 2011.
Want to be Vaughn’s neighbor? Check out other La Cañada Flintridge homes on the market.
The “Ozzie and Harriet” House, Also Featured on “Entourage,” for sale
After passing the screen test for one role, a home can usually fill in for a different role. Such was the case for this Hollywood Hills home, which made its debut on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” in the 1950s and returned to the small screen in 2004 on “Entourage.” Located at 1822 Camino Palmero St., Los Angeles, Calif., the residence was recently listed for sale for $3.295 million.
Featured in the opening credits of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” the home was actually owned by stars Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, and the set for their television show was based off their family home’s interiors.
In its second turn on television, the property was used as the home of Ari Gold, the agent played by Jeremy Piven on “Entourage.”
Every room except the master bedroom was filmed for “Entourage,” and the owners allowed the HBO film crew to completely take over — redecorating the place to fit Gold’s tastes, which owners Bo Zenga and Zorianna Kit called a bit “stodgy.”
“Let’s just say we were happy to have our own furniture back,” Zenga told the Los Angeles Times in 2007.
Built in 1916, the home also has a dose of architecture history, having been designed by Frank Kegley and H. Scott Gerity. The colonial-revival sits on nearly an acre with an emphasis on indoor-outdoor living, featuring sliding glass doors that open to patios and a pool. Measuring 5,283 square feet, the home has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths.
The property is co-listed by Deedee Howard, Craig Knizek, and co-founder Billy Rose of The Agency.
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