'Nothing' Is Selling? Celebrities Who Would Beg to Differ

Who says nothing is moving in the real estate market? For all those naysayers -- yes Case and Shiller we mean you -- we offer these recent high-profile sales of celebrity homes that sold without breaking a sweat.

1. Our fast-selling hero award goes to actor Jason Statham of "The Transporter" movies, who put his Hollywood Hills home on the market in May at $2,749,000 and reportedly entered escrow at $2.7 million within a week. Some movies go to video faster than that.

Statham (pictured at left) bought the post-and-beam house, built in 1957, for $2.4 million in 2005. We call that a man who dodged a housing market bullet and lived to tell about it.

Peter Lorimer of Peter Lorimer Group Estates, Beverly Hills, was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Rayni Romito and Branden Williams of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.

2. Two other lucky celebrity souls were pop singer Katy Perry and her husband, comic actor Russell Brand (pictured above), who bought a 1922 Mediterranean-style house in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles in 2009 for $3.25 million and just sold it for $3.3 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. It had been listed at $3.395 million in May -- again, sold after just a brief stay on the market.

The gated, one-third-acre property has a 4,600-square-foot home and a pool.

Need more proof that Perry and Brand believe in the future of the real estate market? They own a unit in New York and also recently spent $6.5 million for a Sunset Strip-area compound.

Ernie Carswell and Christopher Pickett of Teles Property, Beverly Hills, were the listing agents on the Los Feliz property and David Findley of Partners Trust, Beverly Hills, represented the buyer.

3. Heidi Klum and hubby Seal were also visited by some good real estate karma. They listed their Beverly Hills home for $6.9 million in May and it flew off the market nanoseconds later for $100,000 over asking, says the MLS. Presumably the TV star-model (who also produces content for AOL) and her Grammy-award winning husband are enjoying the Los Angeles home they bought for upward of $14 million.

Let's repeat that: They got an offer of $100,000 over asking.

4. The Hollywood Hills home of Bela Lugosi -- that's Count Dracula to you -- has sold for $2.25 million. It was listed in April at $2,367,000. We call that close enough to qualify for a Snoopy Happy Dance.

Castle La Paloma is a 1926 Tudor with 5,000 square feet in the Beachwood Canyon area. Lugosi, who was 73 when he died in 1956, was a vampire before it was fashionable.

Konstantine Valissarakos of Sotheby's International Realty, Los Feliz, was the listing agent. Hugh Evans of Partners Trust, Brentwood, found the buyer.

5. Of course, not every real estate story has a happy ending. Ashlee Simpson spent $4.5 million in 2007 for a 7,100-square-foot Beverly Hills-area house once owned by comedienne Rita Rudner. Three short years and one marriage-headed-south later, she had it on the market last April at $3,699,000. Redfin reports that the house sold for $3,475,000 in June -- a big ouch heard from the wallet.

Also see:
Case-Shiller Index: 3 Reasons to Blow It Off

Brian Wilson's Former House, Full of Good Vibrations
'Entourage' House Sold for $4.2 Million

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No wonder, as these people live in a fantasy world after all.

August 06 2011 at 7:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In 2002 singer Deborah Harry (Blondie) spent $1M for a home in Red Banks New Jersey

August 02 2011 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wish these Brits would go Home, we already sent em home once!

July 31 2011 at 5:59 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Well OK. Reasonable market price. One even took a pretty good loss. I imagine if I wanted to sell my house for a hundred thousand less than I paid for it, It would sell in a week as well.

July 31 2011 at 1:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the pictures you're showing for Jason Stathams home...many of them were used as pictures of Jen Anistons house, just saying. Shady.

July 31 2011 at 1:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looks like Ashley Simpson completely abandoned her Christian faith in favor of Bhuddism unless it's Pete who is a Bhuddist. I'm surprised Papa Joe went along with that but, then again, there isn't any length that man would go to in the process of promoting his meal ticket daughters' careers. He was the first to abandon his Christian lifestyle so he just led by example.

July 31 2011 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The real estate market I understand . . . . . Why the beautiful and talented Katy Perry would marry the ugly and talentless Russel Brand . . . that's what I don't understand !

July 31 2011 at 12:28 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Great investment in Little known area The San Luis Valley of alamosa Colorado, one of the best kept secrets in the USA, great weather low taxes, low electric and drinking water second to none,.. did I mention views of Mt Blanca 14,345' sunrises and sunsets superb,.....

July 30 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I bought the house i n ow live in, 6 years ago for $300,000 spent $16,000 improvements
and to day I c annot get $225,00 for it. In a develope,emy that has everything including
a golf course. there are over 30 homes for sale here. Hernando Florida

July 30 2011 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh, jorge83diaz, Russell Brand is not gay, but you sure sound like a wetback. Go back home to your third world country.

July 30 2011 at 9:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Hey mcjimbo .... what are you going to do when hispanics (along with other "minorities") become the MAJORITY here in the US within the next generation? Maybe they will join with the native americans and tell you and yours to go back "home", jackwad. Karma is a beyotch ... get used to it.

July 31 2011 at 7:29 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

True enough. Seems all they do is breed and the state covers it and them. Got them next door and that is ABSOLUTELY true. We are made responsible and they live off the system. My great grandparents came from Italy and WANTED to be Americans and wished to learn English and become part of this once great land. So many of these "immigrants" come just to get away from where they come from and move their entire culture and set up separate societies and are isolated. Glad I'm up there in age because when their uncontrolled "free" babies are born and cared for by the government and they do outnumber us, the country's internal weakening that we are beginning to feel now will be complete and then "WATCH YOUR BACK"! I can see what kind of "leadership" will prevail and it's VERY scary.

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