This week in celebrity real estate Yankees' star Derek Jeter relisted his bachelor pad penthouse for $18 million, Meg Ryan is hoping for a buyer for her Bel-Air home and Britney Spears' estate may have finally sold.
Want to live like Derek Jeter?
For close to $18 million you can.
The Yankees shortstop has recently listed his enormous bachelor pad in the Trump World Tower for sale — $2 million less than when he listed the home previously in 2010. Talk about connections; Jeter bought the Manhattan home directly from Donald Trump in 2001 for $12.72 million.
Reportedly the superstar is looking to downsize from the 5,425-square-foot penthouse. With a 30,000 custom estate on the waterfront in Tampa, Fla., listing agent Carrie Chiang, of the Corcoran Group told the NY Post that Jeter just wants a "pied-à-terre apartment" in New York.
Jeter's apartment features plenty of bachelor-approved features: a pool table, Pac-Man game, wood-burning fireplace and control system for the audio, video and lighting in the home. Ultra-suede wall paper cover the walls and hardwood floors are featured throughout. Views of the Manhattan skyline are visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows.
See more photos of Jeter's place on Zillow.
According to the property's price history, this is the third time Ryan has listed the home since she bought it in 2000. Perhaps the news of home values rising and a housing bottom in sight makes her optimistic the time is right to find a buyer.
Best known for her roles in rom-coms like "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle" and "You've Got Mail," Ryan purchased the home for $8.5 million. She first listed the home for sale in October 2008 for $19.5 million, but took it down in February, only to relist it again in October 2009 for a decreased price of $14.2 million.
With no takers, the blonde actress decided to go the landlord route, offering up the classic Spanish-style home as a $40,000-per-month rental. Rumor has it that Diane Keaton rented the home, but has moved on, leading Ryan to try her luck at selling again.
The 6-bedroom, 7-bath home has 6,877-square-feet of living space, two family rooms, a film-screening room, separate bar off the kitchen and enormous master suite.
Finally, the home connected to singer Britney Spears' worst moments in 2007 could be behind her.
Reeling after her divorce in 2006, Spears bought herself a Studio City home in January 2007 for $6.750 million. It was supposed to be a place of solace, but it became ground zero for the paparazzi and Spears' soon-to-come tumultuous, headline-grabbing year.
In September 2008, Spears decided a new chapter was in order and she listed her Summit Circle home for sale for $7.9 million.
Four years, six price cuts and a few different brokerages later, Spears' property finally found a buyer and is listed on Zillow as a pending sale. The current listing price? $4,466,150.
Why did Spears' home linger on the market so long?
"Unfortunately," explained Mauricio Umansky, Zillow real estate expert and co-founder of The Agency, "she bought it at the top of the market and listed it for so high right after the market crash in 2008 [it was] a bad marketing strategy."
According to Umansky, the home should have been listed below the price Spears purchased it for, and if potential buyers balked, the listing agent should be able to back up the high price.
"Her [Spears'] celebrity status should be worth some money, " said Umansky. "Playing that up and marketing the home right may have been able to get the home to sell in the low sixes."
Built in 2001, the Mediterranean-style villa is located in the high-security, prestigious Summit neighborhood. The 5-bedroom, 6-bath home has an enormous master suite with his-and-her bathrooms and a fireplace.