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.