‘The Northman’ Actor Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd Lists Historic Manhattan Pad for $2.6 Million

True Blood alum Alexander Skarsgård is ready to part ways with his historic East Village co-op.

The actor — who’s currently entertaining movie goers as the avenging Viking prince Amleth in the action-filled epic The Northman, now playing in cinemas — is looking to fetch $2,599,000 for his New York City home.

According to our sources, Skarsgård bought the apartment approximately 5 years ago, then embarked on an extensive renovation process that modernized the unit without altering its historic character.

Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner

The studio apartment has loft-like proportions and stands out with its exposed brick walls, tall, wood-beamed ceilings, and stunning pre-war details.

Among the latter: a wood-burning marble fireplace that anchors the living area, as well as original pocket shutters.

Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner
Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner

Bathed in light by five skylights, three southern-facing windows and a large casement window, the studio apartment boasts carefully refurbished original pine flooring.

As part of the extensive renovation work, the Swedish actor also added a brand new kitchen — fitted with custom European white oak cabinetry, Carrara marble countertops, a Bertazzoni range and Bosch refrigerator and dishwasher. 

Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner

During Alexander Skarsgård’s ownership, the apartment was configured as a one-bedroom — and a stunning one at that.

The bedroom is also skylit, for residents to enjoy clear, starry nights (or utter privacy thanks to its electric shades) and features plenty of storage, maximized by custom European white oak floor-to-ceiling closets.

But it can easily accommodate a second bedroom, and future owners can also add a private roof deck with views of Downtown Manhattan and the Freedom Tower. According to the listing, roof rights are included with the sale.

Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner
Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner
Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner
Inside Alexander Skarsgård’s apartment in Manhattan. Photo credit: Yale Wagner

Skarsgård’s apartment is set inside an East 10th Street townhouse that, alongside five other 19th century buildings, form a highly coveted cooperative of 29 apartments.

The building sits on one of the most idyllic tree-lined blocks of the East Village, between Second and Third Avenues in the St. Mark’s Historic District.

The desirable location places it within blocks of Union Square, Astor Place, and Tompkins Square Park.

Emma St. Laurent of Compass holds the listing.

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5 of the Biggest Celebrities Living in Calabasas, One of LA’s Most Affluent Neighborhoods

Located in the southwest corner of the San Fernando Valley, Calabasas is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Calif.

Including a portion of the Santa Monica mountains, Calabasas is located just over 30 miles from the downtown core.

The swanky suburb is bordered by Woodland Hills to the northeast, Topanga to the east, Malibu to the south, Agoura Hills to the west and Hiddens Hills to the north.

And the pretty people love it there! In recent years, the city of Calabasas has upgraded its amenities to cater to the luxurious lifestyles of the rich and the famous.

The exclusive Los Angeles neighborhood offers a variety of attractions such as the popular retail and entertainment complex Commons at Calabasas, the Malibu Creek State Park and the Pet Memorial Park, to name a few.

Entrance to The Commons, an upscale shopping center in Calabasas, California.
Entrance to The Commons, an upscale shopping center in Calabasas, California. Photo credit: Lux Blue / Shutterstock

Not to mention the swanky gated communities with spectacular mountain views and large lots for multi-million dollar mansions.

And that’s why a growing number of famous folks have set up residence in this upscale Los Angeles neighborhood. On that note, here’s a breakdown of some of the biggest celebrities who currently live in Calabasas.

1. Kourtney Kardashian

In 2014, reality star Kourtney Kardashian purchased a Calabasas compound with her former partner Scott Disick.

Spanning 12,000 square feet, the stunning Tuscan-style estate cost $8.5 million and had previously been home to NFL star Keyshawn Johnson.

Kourtney Kardashian house in Calabasas
Kourtney Kardashian’s house in Calabasas. Image credit: property – Architectural Digest; Kourtney Kardashian – Toglenn, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Featuring 6 bedrooms, 9 baths, a state-of-the-art kitchen, a massage room and gym, the Calabasas compound was designed by lauded architect Richard Landry.

The celebrity house was built in 2011 and sits on a nearly 2-acre lot that offers plenty of room for a huge backyard — that includes covered patios with outdoor fireplaces, a cabana and gazebo, sunken basketball court, pool, spa, fruit and shade trees and a barbeque center.

Buying a house nearby is completely out of reach to those that don’t have a million dollar paycheck; mansions on the same street as Kourtney’s house cost between $20 to $30 million.

Most of Kourtney’s famous family lives nearby in the neighboring city of Hidden Hills.

2. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith

Power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have one of the most luxurious homes in Calabasas. So much so, it has its own zip code!

The sprawling ranch nestled in the Santa Monica mountains has a man-made lake with views of Saddle Peak.

Jada and Will Smith’s house in Calabasas draws inspiration from Persian, Moroccan, Spanish, and Southwest American cultures.
Jada and Will Smith’s house in Calabasas draws inspiration from Persian, Moroccan, Spanish, and Southwest American cultures. Image credit: Roger Davies for Architectural Digest, inset DFree / Shutterstock.com

The couple purchased the 150-acre lot in 2003, and the 25,00-square-foot home — designed specifically for the Smiths by architect Stephen Samuelson — was completed seven years later, in 2010.

Now worth an estimated $42 million, the highly customized Calabasas compound boasts 9 bedrooms, a home theater, meditation lounge, 8-car garage, tennis court, basketball court and outdoor pool, to name a few of the fabulous features.

To read all about it, head on to our dedicated article on Jada and Will Smith’s many houses.

3. Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O’Connell

Joined by their twin daughters, longtime couple Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell live in a secluded home in Calabasas.

Rebecca-Romijn-and-Jerry-OConnell-house-Calabasas
Celebrity couple Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell live in a 1939-built Calabasas house. Photo credit: Google Maps, inset Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock

Originally purchased for $1.3 million in November 2000 with her ex-husband, Full House star John Stamos, Romijn kept the Calabasas home that was built in 1939.

In an older interview, the model-actress said cowboy star Randolph Scott was one of the former owners. She also shared an interesting tidbit about the private property.

“[The house] used to be a whorehouse!” Romijn said. “When I found it, two old hippies were living here, and they were like, ‘There’s a lotta sexual energy here.’”

Together since 2004, Romijn and O’Connell were wed at their Calabasas home in 2007.

4. Nas

In 2021, rap star Nasir ‘Nas’ Jones joined the ranks of Calabasas celebrities by purchasing a sprawling estate for $3.5 million.

Rapper Nas' 6,500-square-foot Calabasas mansion he bought in 2021 for $3.5 million.
Rapper Nas lives in a 6,500-square-foot Calabasas mansion he bought in 2021 for $3.5 million. Photo credit: Redfin, inset DFree / Shutterstock

Built in 2007, the 6,500 square foot home features 4 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and 10.5+ acres of land with majestic mountain views.

The newly acquired Calabasas compound also boasts a gourmet kitchen, fireside family room, formal dining room, office, wine cellar, billiards room, wet bar, pool, waterslide and beautiful roof deck with views for days.

And it seems to be a perfect fit for Nas; the rapper, whose debut album Illmatic (1994) is considered to be one of the greatest hip hop albums of all-time, has an estimated net worth of $70 million.

5. John Travolta

Legendary actor John Travolta lives with his two children in a Mediterranean-style mansion in Calabasas.

Built in 1993, John Travolta's house is a Spanish-style home
Built in 1993, John Travolta’s house is a Spanish-style house that features an ultra-generous 7,500 square feet of living space. Photo credit: MLS, inset Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock

Tragically, the Pulp Fiction star lost his beloved wife, and the kids’ mother, actress Kelly Preston, to cancer in 2020.

Just before her untimely passing, the couple purchased a stunning estate for $2.65 million in the celebrity-filled suburb of L.A.

Spanning 7,500 square feet, the mansion boasts 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, a library, wine closet, dining room, home office, chef’s kitchen, pool, spa and spectacular mountain views.

The romantic Spanish-style home has plenty of outdoor amenities that make the most of the picture-perfect location. It comes with an extensive patio space with a fireplace, a detached pergola lounge, a pool and spa, and gardens with meticulous landscaping.

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Grammy Award Winner Doja Cat Lives in a $2.2M Beverly Hills Home With Distinctive Flair

Doja Cat has come a long way from making funny videos on YouTube.

The singer, rapper and songwriter is enjoying her well-deserved success, and with hit after hit rising to the top of the Billboard charts, she is now estimated to be worth around $8 million.

She’s now also a Grammy Award-winner, who just nabbed her first statue for best pop duo/group performance for Kiss Me More, a collab with fellow singer/songwriter SZA.

With a huge budget in tow, the singer treated herself to a gorgeous modern bohemian abode located in an affluent neighborhood last year. The property is a unique find and looks to be just the perfect place for Doja, who is known to be uninhibited and outlandish.

driveway to Doja Cat's house in Los Angeles, which she bought in 2021
Doja Cat’s house in Los Angeles, which she bought in 2021 for $2.2 million. Photo credit: MLS

Before she achieved success and became an influential pop star, Doja was known as Amala Ratna Zandile Dlamini, her birth name. She chose the stage name Doja Cat because of her “affinity for weed culture and love for cats”. 

She has an impressive voice, as well as an amazing stage presence. But, more than anything, her hilarious jokes and funny character are what made her a viral sensation.

Her rise to fame

The 26-year-old singer first broke into popularity through a short clip posted on YouTube back in 2018, which showed her singing a quirky song titled Mooo!

The novelty song became a hit, paving her way to launch a debut album that put her name in the mainstream.

Unlike other pop stars who tend to stick to a particular type of music, Doja stands out with her genre-bending sounds and character-inspired aesthetics. Her song Say So became a viral dance hit on TikTok and the popular platform elevated her fame to superstardom.

Doja’s rise to fame wasn’t uncomplicated, just like many other celebs in the spotlight. She also had to deal with a couple of controversies that almost cost her career. But, all was forgiven after her sincere apology, and pretty soon, she was back charting high on Billboard.

Her latest album Planet Her features A-list collaborations including The Weeknd and Ariana Grande, and debuted number two on the Billboard 200, cementing Doja’s top-tier popstar status.

Doja Cat’s house in Beverly Hills

With all the success shooting straight to her pockets, the singer was ready to plant roots in Los Angeles.

In 2021, Doja splurged $2.2 million on a Beverly Hills Post Office home that’s described as “the epitome of bohemian-chic”. It was originally listed for $2.8 million in 2018, but the singer was able to snatch it for much less.

Exterior of the house, the entrance from the backyard.
Exterior of the house, the entrance from the backyard. Photo credit: MLS

The property was originally built in the 1960s and has already undergone several renovations to modernize its midcentury style, although much of its original form and architecture was preserved.

The multilevel home offers 2,400 square feet of living space and has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It is tucked away behind elm trees and lush foliage, with a long gated driveway, offering maximum privacy for the musician.

The property is situated in the mountains above Beverly Hills, making hiking trails a stone’s throw away, and providing her with access to the best Los Angeles has to offer.

Natural elements surround the property on all sides, making it a true bohemian getaway.

On the end of the driveway, the unique wooden garage door, which looks like a piece of art installation can be seen fronting the house. A few steps away, there is a concrete stairway that leads to the large two-door entrance of the main floor.

Inside the singer’s modern home with a touch of bohemian interiors

The bohemian theme continues inside, with more natural elements brought in from the outdoors — and are complemented by stunning modern finishes.

Wood paneling and concrete-style slate accents are incorporated in some of the rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows line up the sides of the house, providing natural light to the open plan interiors. 

The huge living room sits on the center, accentuated with a dual-sided fireplace.

Living room inside Doja Cat's house in Los Angeles.
Inside Doja Cat’s house in Los Angeles. Photo credit: MLS
the living room and fireplace inside Doja Cat's house in Los Angeles.
Inside Doja Cat’s house in Los Angeles. Photo credit: MLS

The adjoining skylit kitchen offers a more contemporary vibe, with a unique curved island and an ultra clean white-and-grey palette.

Floor-to-ceiling windows wrap around the dining area, providing guests a great view of the outside.

modern kitchen inside Doja Cat's house in Los Angeles.
Inside Doja Cat’s house in Los Angeles. Photo credit: MLS

The master suite upstairs is a spacious respite for the singer, with natural wood paneling, a walk-in closet and an e-suite bathroom that looks like a small private Japanese spa with its slate bathtub, wood panels and open-air shower.

A small balcony rests outside the room, overlooking the outdoor and pool area below.

the bedroom in doja cat's house
Inside Doja Cat’s house in Los Angeles. Photo credit: MLS

There are also two large storage rooms downstairs, attached to the garage, as well as a bonus room space that can be transformed into an office or a music studio.

Outside the house, there are various sitting areas to entertain guests. The property has a steep slope, making its outdoor area a little more restricted. But, the layout was wisely designed to make the most of the space available.

Adjacent to the living room is the main attraction of the outdoor area — a swimming pool that features a unique shape. The curve and slope of the outdoors are perhaps a little odd but akin to Doja’s animated personality, making it a perfect fit for the singer.

The pool and backyard of Doja Cat's house.
The pool and backyard of Doja Cat’s house. Photo credit: MLS

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Decorators Share the Best Ways to Refresh Your Home for Free

Spring brings change outside so it’s only natural to want to redecorate inside. Whether you’re just freshening up or looking for a whole new look, it doesn’t have to cost a lot. In fact, seasoned decorators say there are plenty of ways to redecorate that don’t cost a dime.

‘Shop’ What You Already Have

“I always tell people to ‘shop’ in your home,” said decorator Stephanie Everhart, owner of So Be It Interiors in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Redesign your rooms using the items you already have.”

Joseph Marini, an interior decorator and owner of At Home With Joseph, is also a proponent of keeping original pieces when redecorating. Rearranging a room with the same furniture can make a big difference.

“Say you have a sofa and two easy chairs that are kitty corner to the sofa,” Marini said. “Try taking them and facing them across from the sofa, or putting them beside each other at a right angle to the sofa. Just changing the angles of furniture can give a room a whole new look.”

Re-Evaluate Your Current Layout

As people spend more time in their homes, they’re also realizing what makes them happy and what doesn’t, Everhart said.

That dining room that’s only used five times a year could become a second sitting area or a home office. Take the leaves out of the table, or fold down the sides and put it against a wall. Add a wing chair or bench from other rooms, pull a lamp out of the attic and a desk or end table that’s sitting in the garage. Now you have a new reading room.

Everhart realized her china cabinet took up a whole wall. She no longer wanted to display dinner plates and crystal, so she got rid of it. Now she has a whole new wall space on which to hang the religious art she collects.

10 More Free Ways to Refresh Your Home

Here are some more suggestions from Marini and Everhart:

1. Create an inviting outdoor area.

Whether it’s in your own yard or on a shared back stoop, fresh air is good. Take potted plants from inside to a space outdoors to enhance a sitting area. If you don’t have outdoor furniture, move a kitchen chair and end table outside for a couple days if rain isn’t in the forecast.

2. Try a different way of making your bed.

Fold the duvet or bedspread down to the bottom third of the mattress and drape a blanket over the upper portion. (Think hotel style.) If you usually layer pillows against the headboard, place them flat on the bed stacked on top of each other.

3. Break out the paint and brushes.

“If I get bored with furniture, I never mind painting it,” Marini said. “Take some paint you have lying around. Most furniture can be painted really nicely with two coats. If it’s really, really glossy, you can sand it.”

4. Tend to window treatments.

“One thing I always find that refreshes a home is labor-intensive washing,” Marini said. “Take curtains down and wash them, dry them and iron them. It gives you a sense of accomplishment.”

5. Bring the outside in.

You don’t have to have an elaborate rose garden to make a centerpiece and fill a vase on the bedside table. “Just go out and pick some greenery from your bushes or your trees if you don’t have flowers,” Marini said. “This always freshens a room and adds a personal touch.”

6. Redo your bookshelves.

Everhart shared some ideas, including:

  • Use a spare quart of paint sitting under the laundry room sink to paint the back of the shelves.
  • Arrange books by color. “I love taking those slick jackets off of books so you can see the real color and texture of the books,” she said. “It’s really nice to see their spine. Especially older books.”
  • Place some books vertically, but stack some on their sides. Now you have a little space for a picture frame or favorite memento. “Your bookcases need to have items that tell the story of your life,” Everhart said.

7. Highlight collections by gathering pieces in one place.

If you have two candle sticks on the dining room table and several stuck in a drawer, arrange them together on the fireplace mantle. Take your father’s cufflinks out of the felt bag in your top drawer and place them in a small glass bowl. Line those perfume bottles on a shelf instead of cramming them in bathroom drawers.

8. Reorganize a room by switching out a piece of furniture.

Everhart pulled out all the small appliances, like a crockpot and a long-forgotten George Foreman Grill, that were crowding her kitchen cabinets. “This made putting dishes and bowls away much easier, but I didn’t want the toaster and the blender and everything up on the counter,” she said.

“I went to the garage and found this wooden cabinet painted this God-awful olive green color. I painted it white and put it in my kitchen, where I used to have this little marble table on four legs that wasn’t serving a purpose.”

9. Rework frames and photos.

Replace some older photos with a few newer ones. Put a smaller photo in a frame and use fabric as the background. If frames are crowding a shelf or desk, try hanging a few on the wall.

10. Re-cover a chair to give it a new look

You can do this if you have a staple gun and a couple of yards of fabric, or a cloth shower curtain or vintage tablecloth. If you find that you want to learn more about reupholstering furniture, think about a side gig and make $20 an hour or more updating old furniture.

For more home decor tips, follow Everhart (SoBeItInteriors) on Instagram and Facebook and Marini (AtHomeWithJoseph) on Instagram and Facebook.

Contributor Katherine Snow Smith covers ways to make money, save money and other topics. Her work has appeared in the Tampa Bay Times, Charlotte (N.C.) Business Journal and Greenville (S.C.) News. She is the author of “Rules for the Southern Rulebreaker: Missteps & Lessons Learned.”

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Hitmaker Nile Rodgers Wants $5.25M for His Waterfront House in Westport, CT

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Nile Rodgers is ready to part ways with his longtime home in Westport, Connecticut.

The legendary musician, whose long list of credits include Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Get Lucky by Daft Punk has long been living in the waterfront home — which includes a recording studio where music history has been written.

Throughout the years, some of the biggest names in music have recorded their biggest hits here.

Artists like Blondie, Diana Ross, Slash, and Mick Jagger have all stepped foot in Rodgers’ 5-bedroom home.

exterior of Nile Rodgers' house in Westport CT
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography

But its ties to music royalty are by no means the property’s only merits.

Located in the coastal town of Westport, the 4,109-square foot home comes with a deep water dock and beautiful water views from nearly all of its rooms.

Speaking of rooms: Nile Rodgers’ house has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, bright and airy interiors, and quite a few amenities — including an indoor dipping/exercise pool, gym, and family room loft.

Beyond the easily quantifiable attributes, the Grammy Award winner’s home boasts a certain charm and comfort unique to a house that’s been lived in (and loved) for years.

living room with waterfront views
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
living room with high ceilings and water views
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
living room with fireplace
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
white kitchen furniture
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
the kitchen of Nile Rodgers' house
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
lofted family room in a celebrity house
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
Nile Rodgers' records and books collection
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography

This paired with the enviable waterfront location makes it easy to see how Nile Rodgers was inspired to create hit after hit.

“The property is simply magical. This serene setting of waterfront views is forever changing. One can just imagine the creativity that Nile enjoys,” says agent Shelly Tretter Lynch, who holds the listing alongside fellow Compass agent Chris Gugelmann.

the dock of the Westport house
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography

“I have worked with rock stars of all industries but Nile is the literal rock star legend,” adds Shelly. And she couldn’t be more right.

Nile Rodgers’ contribution to music history cannot be overstated.

Back in 1972, he co-founded the band Chic (now known as Nile Rodgers & Chic), which gave us some of the biggest hits of the disco era, including Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (1977), Everybody Dance (1977), Le Freak (1978), I Want Your Love (1978), Good Times (1979), and My Forbidden Lover (1979).

Many of the band’s songs have left a mark on music culture and industry trends — both past and present — with names like Duran Duran, Queen, Blondie, Grandmaster Flash, or The Sugarhill Gang all drawing influence or sampling their songs in their music.

Rodgers later went on to write and produce music for other artists, to great acclaim. Some of his most notable credits include We Are Family for Sister Sledge, Upside Down for Diana Ross, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album, Original Sin by INXS, Duran Duran’s The Reflex and Notorious, and Madonna’s Like a Virgin.

In more recent years, he collaborated with popular artists like Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Daft Punk — winning three Grammy Awards in 2014 for his work on Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories. He is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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Hitmaker Nile Rodgers Wants $5.25M for His Waterfront House in Westport, CT

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Nile Rodgers is ready to part ways with his longtime home in Westport, Connecticut.

The legendary musician, whose long list of credits include Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Get Lucky by Daft Punk has long been living in the waterfront home — which includes a recording studio where music history has been written.

Throughout the years, some of the biggest names in music have recorded their biggest hits here.

Artists like Blondie, Diana Ross, Slash, and Mick Jagger have all stepped foot in Rodgers’ 5-bedroom home.

exterior of Nile Rodgers' house in Westport CT
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography

But its ties to music royalty are by no means the property’s only merits.

Located in the coastal town of Westport, the 4,109-square foot home comes with a deep water dock and beautiful water views from nearly all of its rooms.

Speaking of rooms: Nile Rodgers’ house has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths, bright and airy interiors, and quite a few amenities — including an indoor dipping/exercise pool, gym, and family room loft.

Beyond the easily quantifiable attributes, the Grammy Award winner’s home boasts a certain charm and comfort unique to a house that’s been lived in (and loved) for years.

living room with waterfront views
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
living room with high ceilings and water views
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
living room with fireplace
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
white kitchen furniture
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
the kitchen of Nile Rodgers' house
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
lofted family room in a celebrity house
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography
Nile Rodgers' records and books collection
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography

This paired with the enviable waterfront location makes it easy to see how Nile Rodgers was inspired to create hit after hit.

“The property is simply magical. This serene setting of waterfront views is forever changing. One can just imagine the creativity that Nile enjoys,” says agent Shelly Tretter Lynch, who holds the listing alongside fellow Compass agent Chris Gugelmann.

the dock of the Westport house
Photo credit: Stephanie Loda / Greenwich Photography

“I have worked with rock stars of all industries but Nile is the literal rock star legend,” adds Shelly. And she couldn’t be more right.

Nile Rodgers’ contribution to music history cannot be overstated.

Back in 1972, he co-founded the band Chic (now known as Nile Rodgers & Chic), which gave us some of the biggest hits of the disco era, including Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) (1977), Everybody Dance (1977), Le Freak (1978), I Want Your Love (1978), Good Times (1979), and My Forbidden Lover (1979).

Many of the band’s songs have left a mark on music culture and industry trends — both past and present — with names like Duran Duran, Queen, Blondie, Grandmaster Flash, or The Sugarhill Gang all drawing influence or sampling their songs in their music.

Rodgers later went on to write and produce music for other artists, to great acclaim. Some of his most notable credits include We Are Family for Sister Sledge, Upside Down for Diana Ross, David Bowie’s Let’s Dance album, Original Sin by INXS, Duran Duran’s The Reflex and Notorious, and Madonna’s Like a Virgin.

In more recent years, he collaborated with popular artists like Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, and Daft Punk — winning three Grammy Awards in 2014 for his work on Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories. He is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

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NASCAR Champ Tony Stewart Lists Luxury Log Home & Hunting Preserve in Indiana for $30M

Ladies and gentlemen, let us start your engines! 

Three-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart is selling his dream home in Indiana, lovingly named Hidden Hollow Ranch.

“This is truly my dream home.”

NASCAR champion Tony Stewart

Listed at a whopping $30 million, the stunning estate has the potential to be one of the highest sales in the Hoosier State’s history. 

And it’s easy to see why Tony Stewart’s house is a worthy contender to the title of “Indiana’s priciest home”.

Tony Stewart's ranch in Indiana.
Tony Stewart’s ranch in Indiana, now on the market for $30 million. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic

Located in Columbus, IN, Hidden Hollow Ranch is a luxurious log home and hunting preserve located less than an hour from the Indianapolis International Airport.

Tony Stewart's house and surrounding 415 acres of land zoned for hunting
The log home is surrounded by 415 wooded acres of land zoned as hunting preserve and filled with turkey, deer, and elk. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic

Hold the breaks and continue reading all about this hot new listing out of the great state known for vast farms, steel mills and the Indy 500.

Inside the $30 million log home and hunting preserve

Checkered flags up, this home is a sure-fire win!

The main property boasts an impressive 20,000 square feet of living space, including six bedrooms, eight full baths, and three half baths.

And have we mentioned that it sits on 415 wooded acres of land with a 9-acre stocked lake?

the entrance to Tony Stewart's ranch, with the name Hidden Hollow Ranch plastered on the gates
The entrance to Tony Stewart’s property, with the name Hidden Hollow Ranch plastered on the gates. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
tony stewart ranch and lake
Tony Stewart’s house and the lake on the property. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
entrance to tony stewart's house
Entrance to Tony Stewart’s house. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
staircase inside tony stewart's house
Inside Tony Stewart’s log home. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
wood interiors in an indiana log home owned by tony stewart
Living area with soaring ceilings, wooden beams and custom-made chandelier. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
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The main living/dining room inside Tony Stewart’s house. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic

Some of the stand-out amenities include a massive indoor aquarium and a nearly 4,000 square foot guest home. But there’s so many of them that’s it’s hard to pick favorites.

Tony Stewart’s house is a ‘dream playground for adults’

For many years, the custom compound served as the perfect getaway for Stewart during his down time from the race tracks.

“We enjoyed every square inch of the land here,” says Stewart.

“This became my place to get away and relax with my family and friends. The best part is that there is always something to do here. The land is great for hunting and fishing, off-roading, or just sitting on the porch and enjoying the stars at night. It is the perfect blend of entertainment and relaxation.” 

Described as the dream playground for adults, the plush property offers everything from a nine-acre stocked lake to an in-home gym, bowling alley, golf simulator and a zoned hunting preserve filled with turkey, deer, and elk.

tony stewart house basement with bowling alley
Basement bowling alley and lounging area. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
tony stewart house basement with bowling alley
The custom-made bowling alley. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
tony stewart house basement with bar and NASCAR car
Entertainment area in the basement of Tony Stewart’s house. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
tony stewart house basement with NASCAR display
NASCAR display in Tony Stewart’s house. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
tony stewart house basement with bar and billiards table
Billiards table in the entertainment area. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic

This property is listed exclusively with Carrie Holle of Compass. And despite her years of experience selling beautiful homes, even Carrie is smitten by the NASCAR legend’s impressive log home.

“The very first time I visited Hidden Hollow Ranch, I was absolutely floored,” Holle shares with Fancy Pants Homes.

She adds: “This one-of-a-kind luxury cabin has everything you could ever imagine, and then some. As I approached the home, an incredible 1,500 gallon stream stocked with koi ran beneath the entryway, cluing me into the many unexpected and luxurious features that I’d soon discover about this property.

This continues indoors with a 8,700 gallon freshwater aquarium in the great room, filled with largemouth bass, bluegill, carp, gar, perch, and crappie. I’ve never seen anything quite like this.” 

The list of impressive and fabulous features continues.

The luxurious log home is built from lodgepole pine sourced from the Northern Rockies, and the meticulously sourced materials continue through to the floors made up of white oak, red hardwood, and stone from Texas.

inside Tony Stewart's ranch home
Inside Tony Stewart’s ranch. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic

The light fixtures were custom made in Utah, the entryway light fixture was handcrafted in Alaska, and Indiana bedrock was used for the fireplaces in the breakfast room, great room, and screened-in porch, as well as to decorate portions of the exterior. 

inside Tony Stewart's ranch home
Dining area with custom stone fireplace. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic

“I really enjoy how the materials ground you in the space, while the home’s size and grandeur elevate your excitement,” Holle shares.

“With six bedrooms all en suite, eight full bathrooms, six-car garage, 3,500 square-foot guest house, and an enormous workshop, there’s an abundance of space to host friends and family for a trip they’ll never forget.”

bedroom inside Tony Stewart's ranch home
Bedroom inside Tony Stewart’s house. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic
lounge area inside Tony Stewart's ranch home
Lounging area with fireplace. Photo credit: Brock Childs/The Home Aesthetic

For those of you out there who don’t speak NASCAR, Tony Stewart (also known by his nickname, Smoke) is a professional stock car racing driver and three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion.

Stewart, who is now semi-retired, is also the team co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, and current co-owner of the Superstar Racing Experience.

He’s one of the biggest names in racing, and made history as the first and only driver to win championships in stock cars, Indy cars and open-wheel Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown cars. 

Now, it remains to be seen whether he can also make real estate history with the sale of his Indiana home. Based on what we’ve seen, it’s only a matter of time.

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Britney Spears’ Star-Studded Former Penthouse in Manhattan is Up for Grabs

A glamorous four-level penthouse with a long list of former celebrity residents is now on the market.

Most famously known as pop star Britney Spears’ former home in New York, the penthouse has attracted some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Cher lived here in the ’80s, then passed on her posh pad to Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons. Rolling Stones‘ Keith Richards also lived here at a certain point, according to Compass, the real estate company that holds the listing.

But it was Spears who left the biggest mark on the top floor luxury home.

During her time living here, the singer combined two units into the current abode which spans 3,785 sq. ft. across four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.

Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 
Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 

She purchased the condo back in 2002 and held on to it for 4 years, before selling it in 2006 for $4 million. Spears was still living here in 2003 when she wrote her Grammy-winning song Toxic.

Not long after parting ways with her condo, Britney moved to the West Coast, where she now lives in a beautiful Italian villa surrounded by 21 sprawling acres of private land in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

The luxury penthouse sits atop the Silk Building in NoHo

Celebrity residents aside, the penthouse has many other things going for it.

With a killer location (14 East 4th Street, also known as the Silk Building), it sits at the perfect nexus of downtown, in the center of Noho — a stone’s throw from the prime Village, Soho, and Astor Place.

Spread on four levels, the penthouse is much like a private townhome, but with jetliner views north over the Village and beyond. And a big terrace to soak in those views.

Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 

Spanning 3,785 square feet, the home is currently configured as a four-bedroom, but can easily be turned into a five-bedroom.

With soaring ceilings that rise approximately twelve feet, the main floor has a generously sized living/dining room complete with wood-burning fireplace, and a large chef’s kitchen.

Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 
Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 
Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 

The next floor up is reserved for the den and outdoor terrace — which spreads approx. 400 feet on the exterior and comes with Empire State Building views — whereas the two lower levels host the bedrooms, two on each floor.

According to the listing, the master suite stands out with its sheer size and cool amenities.

This includes a wood burning fireplace, generous closet space, and a wet bar, but also an en-suite, five-piece bath clad in Italian marble and tasos flooring.

Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 
Photo credit: COMPASS | Evan Joseph Studios 

The star-studded penthouse is listed for sale asking $6,995,000, with Ian Slater and Eduardo Martinez of Compass holding the listing.

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Serving Up Naomi Osaka’s Budding Real Estate Portfolio: A Look at Her Two Beautiful Los Angeles Houses

Ranked the highest-earning female athlete of all time, it’s no wonder that Naomi Osaka is taking her hard-earned money and investing in real estate.

Last year alone, the pro tennis player raked in approximately $57 million, and much of that was made outside the tennis court. In 2021, Osaka launched her skincare brand, Kinlo, put her name on collabs with brands like Levi’s, Louis Vuitton, and Beats by Dre, and released a Netflix documentary.

And her property purchases have been on par with her growing fortune.

The four-time Grand Slam champ bought not one, but two separate multi-million dollar mansions from two different A-list Nicks. 

And we’re here for it.

We’re serving up Osaka’s growing real estate portfolio and highlighting her luxurious California compounds. So just in case you’re wondering where Naomi Osaka lives or what her million dollar homes look like, we’ve got you covered.

Inside Naomi Osaka’s house in Beverly Hills, her first big purchase

The Japanese-born tennis star purchased her first Los Angeles mansion in 2019 after defeating Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open.

The exterior and pool of Naomi Osaka's house in Beverly Hills
Naomi Osaka’s house in Beverly Hills, her first real estate purchase to make headlines. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com

After being crowned the champion of that tournament, Osaka bought her first home in one of the most posh neighborhoods in the world — Beverly Hills.

The tennis star bought the modern mansion from pop star Nick Jonas for $7 million, New York Post reports.

The Jealous hitmaker, 29, sold the home just before his engagement to actress Priyanka Chopra. 

Boasting three bedrooms and four bathrooms, Naomi Osaka’s house is located in the mountains above Beverly Hills, in the corner of the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood known as Beverly Hills Post Office.

Spanning 4,100 square feet, the posh pad sits on a half-acre lot with stunning views of the city.

open floorplan living room inside Naomi Osaka's house in Beverly Hills.
Inside Naomi Osaka’s house in Beverly Hills, which she bought from Nick Jonas. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com
Living room inside Naomi Osaka's house in Beverly Hills, which she bought from Nick Jonas.
Living room inside Naomi Osaka’s house in Beverly Hills, which she bought from Nick Jonas. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com
Bedroom inside Naomi Osaka's house in Beverly Hills, which she bought from Nick Jonas.
Inside Naomi Osaka’s house in Beverly Hills, which she bought from Nick Jonas. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com
Inside Naomi Osaka's house in Beverly Hills, which she bought from Nick Jonas.
Inside Naomi Osaka’s house in Beverly Hills, which she bought from Nick Jonas. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com

Perched on the hillside, the home offers elevated ceilings and clerestory windows, a Miele chefs kitchen and a master bathroom with a freestanding Agape Spoon tub. 

Other luxurious features include a floating guesthouse and terrace sounded by an infinity pool with jaw-dropping views for days. 

Stunning as it may be, Naomi Osaka’s house in Beverly Hills isn’t her primary residence. In early 2022, the tennis player bought herself a second LA-area property — where she quickly set up shop with boyfriend Cordae Amari Dunston.

Her second multi-million dollar mansion in the San Fernando Valley

The LA Nicks have stunning abodes. 

Three years after purchasing Nick Jonas’ gorgeous digs, Osaka bought Nick Lachey’s posh pad. 

According to Architectural Digest, the tennis pro paid $6.3 million to snag the stunning property from the 98 Degrees singer and wife, Vanessa Lachey. 

The house Naomi Osaka bought from Nick and Vanessa Lachey in early 2022.
The house Naomi Osaka bought from Nick and Vanessa Lachey in early 2022. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com

The five bedroom, seven bathroom home is located in the San Fernando Valley. 

Osaka and her longtime boyfriend, rapper Cordae Amari Dunston have set up residence in the 6,855-square-foot home. 

Built seven years ago, the beautiful estate includes an all-white kitchen with two massive marble islands, a family room featuring a fireplace surrounded by built-in bookshelves and pocket doors for a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.

With more than 600 square feet of balcony space upstairs, the stunning views can be enjoyed from the bedroom and the bathroom.

the kitchen inside Naomi Osaka's new house in the San Fernando Valley.
Inside the tennis player’s new house in the San Fernando Valley. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com
living room inside Naomi Osaka's new house in the San Fernando Valley.
Inside the tennis player’s new house in the San Fernando Valley. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com
The primary bedroom suite in Naomi Osaka's house in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles.
The primary bedroom suite in Naomi Osaka’s house in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Photo credit: MLS / Realtor.com

Surrounded by the Santa Susana mountains, the backyard includes a pool, fire pit and sports court equipped with bright lights for evening play.

Creating an oasis away from the controversial headlines

Osaka’s California homes are the perfect getaway from the hectic (and seemingly critical) headlines.

In 2021, the tennis star was set to start the French Open and announced that she would not participate in the mandatory media assignments.

As a result, she was fined $15,000 and threatened with further fines and expulsion. The following day, Osaka announced her withdrawal from the tournament citing mental health struggles. 

Osaka took to Twitter after her controversial announcement. 

“Hey everyone, this isn’t a situation I ever imagined or intended when I posted a few days ago. I think now the best thing for the tournament, the others players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris,” Osaka tweeted.

I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and my message could have been clearer.”

She added: “More importantly I would never trivialize mental health or use the term lightly. The truth is that I have suffered long bouts of depression since the US Open in 2018 and I have had a really hard time coping with that.”

The tennis pro went on to openly discuss her struggles with anxiety and the importance of self-care.

“So here in Paris I was already feeling vulnerable and anxious, so I thought it was better to exercise self-care and skip the press conferences. I announced it preemptively because I do feel like the rules are quite outdated in parts and I wanted to highlight that.”

She went on to say that she would take “some time away from the court” until the “time is right.”

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‘Full House’ Creator Jeff Franklin Asking $85M for Former Cielo Drive Murder House in LA

  • TV producer Jeff Franklin is selling his Los Angeles home for a whopping $85 million
  • The Beverly Hills mansion sits on the grounds of the ill-fated Polanski/Tate estate, where the gruesome Manson murders took place in 1969
  • Sharon Tate’s house was completely razed in the ’90s to make way for the swanky mansion
  • Now called Villa Bella, the opulent estate was re-imagined by Richard Laundry, The King of the Megamansion
  • It features nine bedrooms, 18 bathrooms, and 21,000 sq ft of living space, and amenities galore

Los Angeles – It seems silly to be spooked by a house, doesn’t it?

But certain addresses can conjure spine-tingling fear and bone-chilling anxiety at a simple mention. Think of the Amityville house, the Conjuring house, the Stanley Hotel, the Exorcist house – the list could go on and on. 

If you were around during the 1960s, or if you’ve watched Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ then you might also be familiar with this infamous address: 10050 Cielo Drive. 

The property’s grim history before Jeff Franklin’s house was built

Long story short, the luxury home carefully nestled in a Beverly Hills cul-de-sac was the backdrop for one of the worst crime scenes in history.

The now-notorious, luckily disbanded Manson Family broke into the Cielo Drive property and went on a killing spree that would effectively put a stop to the carefree hippie vibes of 1960s California. 

Needless to say, nobody really wanted to spend the night at 10050 Cielo Drive after the unfortunate events of August 8, 1969, let alone live there.

Trent Reznor gave it a try in the 1990s, during the recording of The Downward Spiral, but even he couldn’t handle it, moving out just a year later. 

The ‘Full House’ creator is ready to move on after two decades on Cielo Drive

Eventually (and thankfully), Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski’s former love nest was completely razed and replaced with a much bigger, much fancier estate that erased any trace of creepiness and murder.

Jeff Franklin's house, an Andalusian-style villa he built on the grounds of the former Tate/Polanski house on Cielo Drive.
Jeff Franklin’s house, an Andalusian-style villa built on the grounds of the former Tate/Polanski house on Cielo Drive. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman

To divert from its sordid past, the new and improved home got a new address, 10066 Cielo Drive, and a new name – Villa Bella. 

Then, in 2000, the 21,000-square-foot, nine-bedroom, 18-bathroom mansion finally landed its dream owner, ‘Full House’ creator Jeff Franklin.

The acclaimed Hollywood producer paid $6.375 million for Villa Bella at the time and moved in a few years later in 2007. Seemed like a match made in heaven.

Fast forward to 2022, and Franklin is parting ways with the Beverly Hills megamansion — not long after he sold another famous property in his portfolio, the actual Full House house in San Francisco.

And the price he’s asking for it is 13 times higher than what he paid for it back in 2000.

That’s right, the ‘Sharon Tate murder house,’ as some still call it to this day, is on the market for $85 million.

If Franklin gets his way, the sale will go down in history as one of the priciest home sales ever to close in Beverly Hills. For now, another Jeff holds that record, namely Bezos, who shelled out $165 million for David Geffen’s house in 2020. 

An endless list of amenities worth $85 million

So, you might be wondering, who in their right mind would pay $85 million to live on the site of a former murder mansion? 

*Inhales* Where should we even start? 

Jeff Franklin really went out of his way to make the Cielo Drive property as luxurious as it could be, working with none other than Richard Landry on the project.

Living room inside Jeff Franklin's house overlooking the city of Los Angeles.
Inside Jeff Franklin’s house, currently on the market asking $85 million. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman

The only things you need to know about Landry is that he’s a renowned architect who designed the homes of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood, and that his nickname is ‘the King of the Megamansion.’

That should tell you all you need to know about his work on Jeff Franklin’s house. 

Richard Landry and Jeff Franklin went all out to transform Villa Bella into an ultra-private, ultra-exclusive, ultra-luxurious estate worthy of a Hollywood A-lister.

The 21,000-square-foot Andalusian-style villa featured nine bedrooms, 18 bathrooms, and a fine collection of amenities.

Luxury living room with fireplace inside Jeff Franklin's house, currently on the market asking $85 million.
Inside Jeff Franklin’s house, currently on the market asking $85 million. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman
Hallway inside Jeff Franklin's house, currently on the market asking $85 million.
Inside Jeff Franklin’s house, currently on the market asking $85 million. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman
elegant game room with billiards table
Inside Jeff Franklin’s house, currently on the market asking $85 million. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman
Bedroom with city views inside Jeff Franklin's house.
Inside Jeff Franklin’s house, currently on the market asking $85 million. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman

It also incorporates a 75-yard swimming pool, a 16-subterranean garage, a movie screening room, a wine cellar, six bars, five aquariums, and even a museum dedicated to Elvis Presley. 

Indoor / outdoor living at its finest

Double gates welcome you to Villa Bella, followed by a winding driveway and a custom-painted dome atop the entry.

Inside, you’ll find arched doorways, ultra-high ceilings, high-end finished throughout, and abundant natural light. Other amenities include a spa, a home gym, a hair salon, and a billiards room.

Exquisite city views can be enjoyed from the decks and balconies, as well as from a tower viewer if you want to zoom in on anything. Basically, everything you need to live, work and play from home in 2022.

The property opens up to mesmerizing city views.
The property opens up to mesmerizing city views. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman

The luxury amenities continue as you step outside.

Besides the gigantic swimming pool, you’ll find three waterfalls, a 35-foot water slide, a swim-up bar, a koi pond, and a private grotto that harks back to the Playboy mansion.

There are also cabanas, lounges, fire pits, and a guesthouse. 

Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, three waterfalls, a swim-up bar, koi pond, and private grotto.
Outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, three waterfalls, a swim-up bar, koi pond, and private grotto. Photo credit: Marc Angeles / Douglas Elliman

The makeover of the ‘Sharon Tate murder house’ was a huge undertaking, and was even covered by Architectural Digest in a feature titled ‘A Dream Reimagined.’

As the listing for Villa Bella — held by Josh and Matt Altman of Douglas Elliman — states, the property offers ‘unparalleled luxury in the most desirable zip code in the world’: that would be 90210.

The ‘ultra private palatial masterpiece’ exudes opulence and was previously available for rent at a rate of $250,000 per month. 

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