50 Cent – real name Curtis James Jackson – is a man not only of gold grills, but a gold heart. When he finally sold his Farmington, Connecticut home for $2.9 million, it was at a loss – but he put that $2.9 million toward his non-profit, G-Unity. Jackson bought the property in 2003 for just over $4 million from Mike Tyson. The over 50,000 square foot(!) mansion included nineteen bedrooms and twenty-five bathrooms and was done up in a clean white-and-wood combo. However, it definitely had some character distinct to the rapper, with a nightclub and indoor basketball court included. The home was listed in 2007 and spent a grueling twelve years on the market before eventually selling.
Mary J. Blige is an impressive woman – she’s a singer, songwriter and actress often referred to as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.” But when her New Jersey home was listed in August of 2019, a big red flag was raised right away: there were no photos with the listing. Any homebuyer knows that a lack of photos means there’s a problem somewhere, although it’s hard to figure out just why the Queen tried to get away with only a write-up of the property. Her agent noted that a gym, office, and three fireplaces were included in the home, but there’s not much else said. Blige reportedly had the property on and off the market for almost a decade, and it eventually sold for $5.5 million. It was a huge loss for the singer-songwriter as she’d purchased it in 2008 for $12.3 million. Makes you wonder what happened to the home for the price to drop so drastically…
Keith Richards, of the Rolling Stones, owned a Greenwich Village apartment in a popular area that bounced on and off the market for two years. With four bedrooms and four baths in a 2,700 square foot area, the apartment was listed by Richards and his wife for just over $12 million. Each room was full of symmetry, color, and minimalist design. Overall, Richards managed to walk the line between interesting and outright strange. Buyers drawn to art deco vibes should’ve been flocking to the area, but the apartment sat before eventually selling for $9 million – a loss for the rocker.
Sylvester Stallone shows up once again with his La Quinta home appearing on the list this time. Several parties call this retreat “stunning,” but Stallone took a hit when it finally sold in 2020. He accepted an offer of just over $3 million – more than $1 million less than he paid for it. The wood-and-stone design of the home is a great fit for its desert surroundings. For whatever reason, it came on and off the market for years before finally selling. With a barbeque, spa, and man-made creek, it’s hard to understand why no one was clamoring to get their hands on a Stallone property. Can’t win them all.
If you were asked to picture the home of Burt Reynolds when he was at the height of his career, you probably wouldn’t be too far off from the property that was sold in 2015. Unfortunately for Burt, it went into a foreclosure sale for $3.3 million. With wall-to-wall carpeting and mirrored walls, there’s a lot of cringe in the design that added age in a bad way. Almost all of the listing photos show a very dated home with dated furnishings included. But someone saw potential and eventually snapped up the Florida home.
Spears has had her ups and downs over the years, and unfortunately her Beverly Hills mansion was part of the trouble. Britney paid $6.75 million for the home in January 2007 and listed it only months later for $7.5 million. This was immediately after her very public breakdown, so there was a lot of speculation in the media. The Spanish style mansion and property has stunning views, a movie theater, outdoor BBQ area, plunge pool, maid quarters and more. Her interior designer did an amazing job balancing opulence with moderation and each room is tasteful, but rich. Things started looking up for the popstar and in 2021, she finally accepted an offer of just over $4 million. A loss, but she’s likely happy to be rid of this burden.
Kid Rock is notorious for partying, often appearing around town or in music videos in chill attire: hats and sunglasses. His colonial-style home in Detroit was very…specific. With dormers and colonnades, the design itself was interesting. But perhaps the colonial look didn’t pair well with Kid’s love of water-related hang time. The property included a private boathouse, roof deck, and Jet Ski lifts. There was also a house-wide patriotic theme, complete with eagles and spangled decorations, which came with the home. It was an odd combination of furnishings and amenities, to say the least. The 6,000-square-foot mansion eventually sold for a little over $2 million. For whatever reason, the new owners kept every inch of the rock star’s pad exactly as-is.
A home owned by Tom Cruise could be either classy or crazy. It’s hard to tell with the Mission Impossible star which side you’re likely to get. But the estate located in Colorado seems to reveal another side of Cruise. Decked out in fine wood and comforting living areas, it manages to feel both cozy and stately at the same time. A vast wilderness landscape waits right outside almost floor-to-ceiling windows. Cruise listed the home for $59 million in 2014; a steep price, but lovers of the outdoors might have thrown a few looks its way due to the beautiful surroundings. When it didn’t sell, Cruise removed the listing and ended up re-listing in March 2021. It finally sold two months later for $39 million; less than he was hoping for.
Donald Trump has gone from entrepreneur to celebrity to US President, but still can’t seem to sell his St. Martin chateau. Originally listed in 2017 for $28 million, the home is still on the market. The words “lavish” and “sumptuous” have been used to describe the main home and connecting villas, one of which is used for staff. Amazingly, the buildings and surrounding land have withstood literal hurricanes and come out almost unscathed. According to sources, Trump has been using the property as a rental and doesn’t spend much time down there himself. Apparently he no longer sees it as a viable income source or worth his time. Thus the recent price drop to $15.5 million.
Erika Jayne, the reality star known for her antics on Real Housewives, has been caught up in ongoing bankruptcy proceedings after her split with husband Thomas Girardi. The home owned by the two (purchased by Girardi in 1980 for $1.3 million) had to be sold off to deal with accusations of embezzlement and fraud. Located in Pasadena, California, the home encompasses 10,000 square feet. It was described by the listing agent as “old world opulence.” But maybe that opulence is what’s pushing buyers away. It takes a certain kind of person to love solid bronze front doors and walnut paneling. A little character goes a long way and this ex-couple may have overdone it. The coffered ceilings, silk wallpaper, and sprawling gardens are just…a lot. It was originally offered for $13 million in May 2021 and reduced multiple times. In June of 2022, it sold for half that price at $7.5 million.
P. Diddy (Sean Combs) is a jack of all trades. Rapper, singer, record producer and executive, entrepreneur, and actor; unfortunately, real estate just isn’t his thing. Like many before him, Combs made the potential mistake of tailoring the apartment to his specific tastes. Skidmore, Owings & Merill designed the space. Apparently, the rapper decided he didn’t need one of the bedrooms. He had the designer team turn it into a media room instead. One of the bathrooms became a wet bar. Some have speculated that the location – the Park Imperial – just isn’t desirable anymore, as other celebrities have left the area. Combs bought the apartment for $3.82 million in 2005. It was listed for $8.5 million in 2012, but had no interest. The price dropped a handful of times before landing at $6.5 million. It finally sold for for $5.7 million – a cash offer.