Today I wanted to go for a light and entertaining read – so I thought, what better way to accomplish that than to write about two entertainers and their recent blog-worthy real estate feats.
I’ll start with television host, comedian, and actress Ellen Degeneres. No stranger to buying and selling real estate, Ellen just recently purchased what many deem ‘the best house in LA’. The Brody house—yes, this house is so awesome it was given a name— boasts 13,511 square feet and sits on 2.3 acres of L.A.’s finest land. Being the entertainer that she is, I’m sure the 6 bedrooms and 9 ½ bathrooms inside The Brody House won’t go unused (unlike many other rooms in the neighboring mansions around Holmby Hills). With a knack for modern architecture and design, it is very suiting for Ellen to purchase what is considered the most iconic and modern estate in L.A.
The Brody house was designed in 1949, and stood true to its original layout until this last October when designer Stephen Stone brought it back up to date—and oh boy did he do a spectacular job. Real estate sources show that Ellen paid $39,888,000 for the property before it even had a chance to hit the market! I wonder if Ellen will have a problem with her new neighbor, Mr. Hugh Hefner, who I hear enjoys throwing large parties quite frequently–I’m sure she won’t mind, I wouldn’t. So, take a peek at this contemporary masterpiece, it lives up to the hype.
Now we’ll take a step out of Los Angeles and head over to South Florida where we’ll find Michael Jordan’s mega-mansion compound that was just recently finished. After two years of waiting, MJ and his soon to be wife Yvette Prieto are finally moving into his gigantic new South Florida palace. The property sits inside Golf legend Jack Nicklaus’s super exclusive The Bear’s Club community, in which the initiation fee by itself is supposedly $350,000 (not counting the monthly dues).
According to realtor Jeff Lichtenstein, a luxury real estate specialist in Florida, Air Jordan spent $4,800,000 for the enormous 3 acre piece of land and paid $7,600,000 on construction alone. Inside, the couple enjoys 11 bedrooms—though I doubt they will step foot in all of them—a media room to re watch highlights of MJ’s slam dunks over and over again, and an athletic wing with a basketball court for MJ to try and relive those slam dunks over and over again. The two story guard house assures Michael and Yvette won’t be bothered, even though I’m sure it’s hard enough to get into that gated community as it is, let alone the Jordan estate ( a one story guard house would have done just fine).
Two questions loom after its all been said and done—one, why didn’t MJ choose a waterfront property for his new home? This is Florida we are talking about, the land where sunglasses fog up upon stepping outside from an air conditioned room! It just makes sense to live on the water when you have an unlimited budget. The second question is how much will he be able to resell the property for? Realtor Carey Lichenstein wrote, “It would be interesting to see what the Jordan home sells for, being that its location, while great for MJ’s privacy, is not ideal for resale to the trophy and yacht buyer”.
While I respect the breathtaking size and stature of MJ’s dream-team compound, if I had to choose between his new crib and Ellen’s, I’m kicking Ellen out and moving in tomorrow. When it comes to many areas of life, less is more, and although neither one of these estates can be characterized as “less”, I would prefer to be able to find my roommates without having to use some sort of GPS locator…
Florida photos compliments of jeffrealty.com