Aretha Franklin’s Home To Be Foreclosed For $445 Tax Lien

December 28, 2008
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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin’s $700,000 home in Detroit’s Bloomfield Hills is in danger of being foreclosed for a meager $445 worth of late fees and taxes that Franklin failed to pay in 2005 which ultimately amounted to back taxes worth $19,192 as of 2007. Franklin however said she will pay up before the March 31 deadline even as she blamed her lawyer for the non-payment of taxes.

The 65-year old Grammy-winning singer has been earning a lot so the non-payment of such a meagre tax amount came as a surprise to most people. The singer, who is known for her 60’s hit songs including “I Say A Little Prayer” and…

Michael Jackson to pay $100,000 for Holmby Hills Home Rental

December 28, 2008
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If Michael Jackson can afford $100,000 rental fee for a seven-bedroom home in Holmby Hills in Los Angeles then his financial status might be totally different from what is being perceived in news reports. The Richard Landry-designed three-story home includes a wine cellar, library, guest house, a heated pool, theater room, 12 fireplaces and 13 baths.

The deal was leaked to the press despite a heavy confidentiality agreement inked between Jackson and the real estate representatives. Built in 2002, the French-Chateau” style estate measures 17.171 square feet. The property was pulled out from the real estate market where it was advertised for sale at $38,000,000.

The property is considered one of the…

Anne Rice’s Former Home Up For $3.75 Million

December 25, 2008
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If you want a home that’s rich not only in features but also in history then this New Orleans Greek-Revival style home is a fitting choice.  This five-bedroom home is rich in literary history having been previously owned by author Anne Rice.  The home, which was occupied by Rice from 1989 to 2004, has borne witness to Rice’s literary Vampire masterpieces.  This is an original 1850s home with antique murals and bevelled mirrors as well as high and plated ceilings.

The allure of this home however does not just lie on the previous owner’s literary popularity. If you love a great challenge, the spooky ones, then rumors that this house is…

Tony Hawk’s skateboarding home

December 22, 2008
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What else would a professional skateboarder invest his hard-earned money except in something he loves which is skateboarding?  Tony Hawk got tired of photographers gawking and following him every time he is seen in public parks so he made way for a skateboarding facility right in his 5,000 square-foot home in Carlsbad, California.

With a 4,000 square-foot skate park, a pool and a basketball court, hawk need not venture outside anymore. A 65-inch plasma HDTV and gaming electronics worth $150,000 are his other passions. For Hawk, life is simply marvelous considering this piece of real estate which he calls home.

Edgar Kaufmann house back in the auction market

December 19, 2008
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A historical house built for Edgar J. Kaufmann by popular architect Richard Neutra at a cost of $295,.000 is now back at the auction market barely six months after it was won in a Christie’s Great Estates auction by an anonymous foreigner for $19 million.  The 61-year old house is however back not with a vengeance but with a whimper as it is being sold at a cheaper price of only $12.98 million.  The property is however estimated to be worth from $15 million to $25 million.

It seems that the modernist architectural style is no longer as popular today as it was before.  Proof of this is the seeming disinterest…

E.T.’s home out of the auction

December 19, 2008
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A spaceship-shaped home appropriately dubbed the “Spaceship House” in Signal Mountain, Tennessee has been put out of the auction market after James Faris’s $119,000 bid made him the new owner of the infamous house. Faris, who is a resident of Signal Mountain, bought the queer-shaped house for investment purposes as he plans to rent it out during weekends.

Faris might be getting a good return on investment because weekend visitors might find staying at ET’s house more exciting than staying at an ordinary hotel. If you are planning to visit the place for the weekend then don’t forget to pass by 1408 Palisades Road and check out the Spaceship House which…

Nicolas Cage puts up haunted house for sale

December 19, 2008
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A total of three real estate properties owned by popular actor Nicolas Cage are up for sale.  While anyone of these properties can be a good catch for those who want celebrity real estate hunting, it is Cage’s New Orleans home which is getting a lot of interest.

Cage’s 13,000 square foot New Orleans home is being sold for $3.1 million, his Rhode Island home for $15.9 million and his Bel Air home for $30 million.  Among the three, it is the New Orleans home which would probably get sold first as it is a good place for those who want to go ghost-hunting!

The New Orleans home of the actor is…

Jewel’s Hollywood home up for sale

December 18, 2008
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A Hollywood Hills home owned by singer Jewel and her husband Ty Murray is up in the market.  The Grammy Award nominee is selling her luxurious home, which boasts of an office, a private deck, two bathrooms, a car garage and two bedrooms, for $1.7 million.

The main selling point of the property is however the fact that it was once owned by a celebrity and that it has a great view of the city lights.

The price of her abode may be too low considering her celebrity status but it is already a far cry from her previous dwelling place—a van. However, the fact that Jewel’s home has a total area…

T-Boz Of Rap Group TLC Losing Atlanta Home to Foreclosure

December 2, 2008
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It looks like the Atlanta Rap Star, T-Boz of the 90’s girls group TLC, is losing her home to foreclosure. The home which is valued at 1.5 million is being foreclosed over a 530,000 dollar loan.

These rough economic times are hard for all I guess. She joins Evander Holyfield as famous Atlantan’s to face foreclosure. One huge difference is that in Atlanta a million dollar plus home is huge, while on the coasts they are much smaller so the expenses are much higher on the Atlanta homes.

It is knows now that the five-bedroom, nearly 10,000-sq. ft. house owned by T-Boz (real name: Tionne Watkins-Rolison) is about to go on the…