Fantasy real estate for a Friday

Living with a couple of tweens makes me fairly susceptible to the celebrity scene. If I don’t know the who’s who of the moment, there are times when I have no idea what my kids are talking about. But then on the flip side, there are those famous folk that I refer to who my kids are clueless about, and when I start talking real estate at the same time, they take on the same glazed expression I have when the name Robert Pattinson is mentioned.


I’m not really one for celebrity gossip, but I am very interested in property and the real estate market. I also have a penchant for looking at property way out of my price range, as I think many of us do, and I was particularly interested when I read that Julianne Moore and David Hasselhoff’s homes (probably should read mansions) were on the market. I find the international real estate market fascinating at the best of times, so throw in a couple of house-hold names and I have to admit I’m inclined to have a look at the details, especially when it comes to the prices and stature of these abodes.


For example, Julianne Moore’s house at West 11th Street in New York City is on the market for a staggering $11,995,000. With 5 floors, 6 bedrooms, 3 full and 3 half bathrooms, it’s definitely sizeable but it’s still just so much money to drop on a townhouse! The property was built in the late 1800's and has been meticulously renovated, as it used live its life as four separate apartments, and cost the current owners a measly $3.5m when they bought it 6 years ago. They must have spent some serious coin changing this place up to its current set-up, and although I still think the price tag is fairly preposterous, it is New York, and the place is pretty nice. One Powerball…


And then, there is the Hoff’s house on the other side of the USA. Seriously, who wouldn’t be interested to see where and how this man lives? I did have a good time looking through the photos of the ex Baywatch main man’s home, I have to admit. And after perusing the details of the aforementioned NYC mansion, the $4,195,000 Mr Hasselhoff is asking for his Californian pad almost seems reasonable, especially after it initially went on the market last year around this time with a price tag of $5.95m. Property records (not that I looked them up myself of course) show that the Hoff and his ex-wife paid just $1,980,000 for this home in 1996 and they actually purchased it from actor John Goodman. The property also has garaging for five cars. I have only hope KITT is one of them.  

Posted by Charles Tarbey on 14/08/2009 at 10:15 AM | Categories:


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