Celebrity Roundup: Alex Rodriguez, Truman Capote, Willem Dafoe, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and Matthew Perry
New York Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez has made more headlines off the field than on this past year since his split with wife, Cynthia, and a flurry of rumors that A-Rod and Madonna are planning on having a baby together. With divorce comes real estate sell-offs, starting with A-Rod’s Coral Gables home. Read more delicious details at the Real Estalker.
Listing description (by Coldwell Banker’s Florida Moves.com) — Private sanctuary on the Bay! Experience the timeless and understated beauty of this magnificent Old World Mediterranean w/its breathtaking oceanfront views! Nothing short of paradise yet comfortable & inviting, this unparalleled property offers the finest in waterfront yachting, entertaining & living. Completely renovated, with a unique combination of new & old handcrafted, custom designed finishes creating an unmatched setting with an abundance of water surrounding more than an acre of park like grounds.
The former home of writer Truman Capote (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “In Cold Blood”) and his partner, Jack Dunphy, was recently listed for sale by Sotheby’s International for $14.6 million, but was taken down soon after for reasons that are not known. Capote lived here from the 1960′s until his death in 1984. After Dunphy died in 1992, the saltbox-style home was bequeathed to the Nature Conservancy, who then sold it in 1993 to abstract-expressionist painter Ross Bleckner for $800,000, which is an amazing deal considering a house with deep history in one of the Hamptons’ most-desired real estate locales. [Source: Big Time Listings, by way of the Wall Street Journal's "Private Properties"]
It’s called “the Rubber House” and with good reason: it’s entirely wrapped with “a thick skin of gray-black rubber” that was stretched over the wood-frame exterior. I don’t see “Goodyear,” or “Firestone” lettering appearing anywhere on the exterior, but you can’t help but leap to that ridiculous mental image. The rubber idea was commissioned by the home’s former owner choreographer Eugene Loring in 1981 — just one year before Loring died. Actor Willem Dafoe purchased the property, which is located in upstate NY (about 100 miles from NYC) in 2005. [Source: Wall Street Journal's Private Properties]
Listing description (by Chris Pomeroy of Halstead Properties) THE RUBBER HOUSE. A Hudson Valley landmark, this superb example of modern architecture is a true work of art and one of a kind. This 2BR/2.5ba retreat was originally built for a choreographer, who worked with a noted landscape architect to design and position the house so that the dialogue with nature was effortless. The open chefs kitchen, living room with WBF and master suite with balcony, WBF and deep soaking tub provide the ultimate in luxurious moderism just 2 hours from NYC and less than 10 minutes to Stone Ridge. Totally unique and impressively built, don’t miss a rare opportunity to make The Rubber House your own.
Country music superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are parting with their Beverly Park South home after purchasing it in 2003 for $6,200,000 from Sasha Stallone, wife #1 of Sly’s three wives. [Source: Real Estalker]
Listing description (by Keller Williams) — Mediterranean estate w/grand views & privacy in prestigious Beverly Park South. Situated on over 4 acres the estate offers sweeping panoramic views. Grand two story entry features lime stone floors, large skylight & wrap around staircase, This home is highlighted by a spacious and elegant master suite w/his & her baths connecting to a state of the art gym. Gourmet kitchen w/stainless steel appliances, large open formal dining room w/step down living room. Manicured gardens w/ luxurious pool.
Listing description (by Rose + Chang) — This 8,000+ square foot Lautner-esque 4-bedroom Modern estate sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills. Characterized by generous proportion and scale, this nonetheless comfortable-feeling home features a tremendous Poliform kitchen that opens to the family room, which spills out to the sizable back yard with large lawn, outdoor cooking & dining, and infinity pool & spa. Sensational city-to-ocean views can also be enjoyed from the lavish master suite with Poliform closet and the two-story high living room. A state-of-the-art Crestron system controls the luxurious, technologically-advanced, 14-person, tiered screening room, as well as most other automatable features of the house.