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Obama's Former Landlady, Johnsie Walsh, Says President Had 'Simple Needs'

We know that President Obama was a very good roommate. Now we're hearing from his former landlady, Johnsie Walsh, that he was also a very good tenant! He rented a very "plain Jane" and "meager" one-bedroom pad in Johnsie Walsh's Stanton Park, D.C., apartment building. At the time, Obama was just a senator, and though he... Continue Reading »

Russian Princess Kristina Kovalenko Puts NYC Condo Up for Sale (House of the Day)

Kristina Kovalenko, princess of the tiny Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria (don't worry, it's not just you; we've never heard of it either), sure knows how to live like royalty in America. She's just put her posh New York City condo on the market, and it's worth every penny of the $8 million asking price. Well,... Continue Reading »

Billy Bob Thornton, Angelina Jolie's Former Home in Beverly Hills Sells for $8 Million

Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie's former home in Beverly Hills, Calif., sold on New Year's Eve, ringing in 2013 by shutting the door on the ex-power couple's burned-out romance. The home sold for $8 million -- nearly $2 million less than Thornton listed it for in October -- listing service Zillow... Continue Reading »

Madonna's House in Beverly Hills on the Market for $22 Million

Just months after the self proclaimed "Material Girl" listed her swanky townhouse on New York City's Upper West Side, Madonna also appears to be throwing her Beverly Hills house on the market -- for $22.5 million. Madonna has owned the luxurious mansion for almost a decade (Madge allegedly purchased the home when she... Continue Reading »

Lindsay Lohan's Rental Hits Market for $10,000 a Month

Oh, LiLo. We wait patiently for the day when this talented but troubled actress turns a new leaf, but alas, it seems we wait in vain. This time it appears that Lindsay Lohan is being forced out of a stunning Beverly Glen, Calif., home because she allegedly can't keep up with the $8,000-a-month rent. (Steep to us, but a... Continue Reading »

Rosie O'Donnell Slashes Price on 'Ganja Church' Home in Miami Beach (House of the Day)

Rosie O'Donnell is one of a kind. She's not only inimitably hilarious, but she's the only celebrity we know who's quirky enough to have bought and renovated the former headquarters of the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church (a purported marijuana cartel that claimed to be its own religion in the 1970s). Not that you can tell.... Continue Reading »

Pop Singer Psy to Live in (Gangnam) Style in Los Angeles

We've all heard the viral pop song "Gangnam Style," a song written about the flashy, ostentatious lifestyle of Gangnam, a wealthy neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea. It's maybe no surprise then that its singer, Psy, is living "Gangnam Style" himself -- having just snapped up a superbly swanky condo in Los Angeles. The... Continue Reading »

Rihanna, 'Diamonds' Singer, Buys House for $12 Million in Pacific Palisades

Rihanna's smash hit "Diamonds" might be topping the music charts, but we're not sure the house she recently bought is as big of a winner. The powerhouse songstress plopped $12 million on a super-modern 11,000-square-foot mansion in Pacific Palisades, Calif., that honestly looks a little like an airport. Or a spaceship.... Continue Reading »

Biggest Celebrity Real Estate Deals of 2012

While we commoners have been wondering all year where all this housing recovery business is coming from, it seems like it's been a housing boom for our celebrity counterparts over in La La Land and elsewhere. This year has seen A-listers flinging mansions on the market like they're having a yard sale, selling their... Continue Reading »

Britney Spears Can Be Your Neighbor in Wayne Gretzky's Former Home (House of the Day)

This Thousand Oaks, Calif., mansion, originally custom-designed for Wayne Gretzky by star architect Richard Landry, has a long history. After Gretzky built the estate in 2002, he spent five luxurious years there before selling it to disgraced baseball player Lenny Dykstra, who had plans to flip it. Dykstra paid around... Continue Reading »

Leonardo DiCaprio Puts Malibu Home on Market After Failing to Find Renter (House of the Day)

By Erika Riggs According to the Los Angeles Times, Leonardo DiCaprio has decided he's had enough of trying to rent out his Malibu place: He wants it out of his hands once and for all. The "Titanic" actor first listed his Malibu home for $75,000 a month in May. Even though the rental was listed all summer, the A-lister... Continue Reading »

Toni Braxton's Foreclosed Mansion Up for Sale for $1.1 Million

Though she's got a hit reality television show on the WE TV cable channel and an alleged talk show in the works, songstress Toni Braxton isn't so successful in the world of real estate. The six-time Grammy Award-winning singer has officially thrown back on the market the same Duluth, Ga., mansion that she tried... Continue Reading »

David Hasselhoff Lists California Mansion for Sale (House of the Day)

We've always wondered where David Hasselhoff hung his red "Baywatch" swim trunks out to dry after a long day's "work." Well, not really. But if you were ever wondering, now you know -- in fact, you can even buy the place if you have a loose $3.795 million. That's right, the Hoff is selling his palatial, 8,974-square-foot... Continue Reading »

'Zorro' Cabin Where the Hit Show Was Filmed (House of the Day)

What makes a House of the Day? Well, we usually require it to be huge, unique, a celebrity crib or just plain weird. Of course, this unassuming cabin in the hills of Simi Valley, Calif., doesn't seem to fit any of those categories. Don't worry, there's a method to our madness. What makes this home special isn't obvious... Continue Reading »

'Scarface' House Renting for $30,000 a Month in Santa Barbara (House of the Day)

Scarface was never afraid to go big. And the house portrayed as the intrepid drug dealer's in the iconic 1983 film of the same name certainly reflects that personality trait. The "Scarface" home, lauded for its exquisite landscaping, was once listed at $35 million -- a price you might not have to be a ruthless gangster... Continue Reading »

Naomi Campbell's Futuristic Russian Home: Like Something From 'Battlestar Galactica'

There's only one thing that can top the epic "Star Trek" home shaped like the Starship Enterprise. That would be supermodel Naomi Campbell's "Battlestar Galactica" mansion. Campbell's billionaire boyfriend, Vladislav Doronin, is building the dream home of sci-fi nerds, dubbed the "Capital Hill Residence," in a forest... Continue Reading »

Calvin Klein's Former New York City Duplex Penthouse Hits Market at $35 Million (House of the Day)

The New York City duplex penthouse formerly owned by designer Calvin Klein has hit the market for $35 million. The apartment, currently owned by ex-record exec Steve Gottlieb, overlooks iconic Central Park and has been largely unused for years. The glass cube home has undergone several changes, most notably when Klein... Continue Reading »

The Carolwood Estate, a Home That Replaced Walt Disney's Spread (House of the Day)

A mega-mansion built on the former estate of Walt Disney has hit the market for a mind-numbing $90 million. The Carolwood Estate, built in 2001 and owned by investor Gabriel Brener, is located in the affluent neighborhood of Beverly Glen in Los Angeles. And even in an area where the median house price is around... Continue Reading »

Alicia Keys to Buy Eddie Murphy's $15 Million Home? (House of the Day)

Funnyman Eddie Murphy's stunning Englewood, N.J., mansion has been on the market for a while, at a serious asking price of $14.9 million. We've had our eye on this sweet piece of real estate for years -- what with its two-lane bowling alley, racquetball court, indoor swimming pool pavilion, wooden spa and elevators.... Continue Reading »

Stella McCartney's Notting Hill Home: 'Blah and Bland'? (House of the Day)

Stella McCartney, the daughter of Beatles great Paul McCartney, is famous for her sense of style. In fact, the fashion bigwig's company designed the gear of Team Great Britain for the Olympics, according to Time magazine. That makes the attention her London townhouse has recently received somewhat ironic: The apartment... Continue Reading »

Hilary Swank Lists Home for $9.5 Million (House of the Day)

Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank has put her gorgeous Pacific Palisades, Calif., home on the market for a whopping $9.495 million (talk about a million-dollar baby!). Rumor has it she'll be making a hefty profit on the home, which she snapped up in 2007 for $5.8 million. Apparently, Swank gave the... Continue Reading »

Ed Sullivan's Former Connecticut Country Home (House of the Day)

This unassuming country house in Southbury, Conn., has a big name behind it: It was once owned by the late, great Ed Sullivan. And the home's pool has even bigger names attached to it: The Beatles, who made their debut in the U.S. on "The Ed Sullivan Show," supposedly took a dip there. Built in 1920, the... Continue Reading »

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Lists NYC Bachelor Pad for $8.5 Million (House of the Day)

Mo' money doesn't seem to be bringing mo' problems for Sean "Diddy" Combs. And if he calls selling a New York City bachelor pad for $8.5 million a problem, we'll gladly shoulder the burden. Diddy turned his three-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot Manhattan penthouse into a customized one-bedroom hip-hop paradise, and now... Continue Reading »

Joe Montana's Wine Country Mansion (House of the Day)

This home is the winner of last week's #housepornthurs, a weekly Twitter conversation hosted by @aolrealestate. Tweet listings to AOL Real Estate with the hashtag #housepornthurs every Thursday for a chance to have one of your submissions featured as a House of the Day the following week. Congratulations to @PacUnion... Continue Reading »

J.K. Rowling Lists Farmhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, for $3.7 Million (House of the Day)

J.K. Rowling's farmhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, may have been the place where she found inspiration to write many of her wildly popular "Harry Potter" novels, but since that chapter of her life is over, she won't be needing the house anymore. Rowling has put the monstrous eight-bedroom Victorian estate on the... Continue Reading »

Reese Witherspoon Lists Ojai Home for $10 Million

Even pregnancy isn't stopping Reese Witherspoon from being a player in the real estate game. The actress recently listed her retreat in Ojai, Calif., for $10 million. Besides being owned by Witherspoon, the "meditative and restorative" ranch is famous for being the temporary refuge of Robert Pattinson as he escaped the... Continue Reading »

Frank Sinatra's NYC Penthouse (Inside Look)

"I want to wake up in the city that doesn't sleep and find I'm king of the hill, top of the heap," crooned Frank Sinatra in his classic 1979 recording of "New York, New York." Turns out that he was top of the heap, alright! The infamous, glass-walled "Birdcage" where Sinatra entertained, slept and... Continue Reading »

Vermont Farm Previously Owned by Michael J. Fox (House of the Day)

Michael J. Fox didn't have to travel back in time to buy this farm in South Woodstock, Vt., built in 1817. But he did own it briefly starting in the late 1980s. Now, it can be yours for $2.75 million. The Lottery Hill Farm spans 121 acres and features a six-bedroom brick Federal Style main house and a newer... Continue Reading »

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick List Manhattan Townhouse for $25 Million

Sarah Jessica Parker goes through homes like Carrie Bradshaw goes through shoes. It was only in March 2011 -- after years of searching -- that SJP and hubby Matthew Broderick bought a townhouse in Manhattan's Greenwich Village for $19 million. But now, just 18 months later, the couple has thrown it back on the market... Continue Reading »

Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's Homes

As the presidential race heats up, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are concentrating their focus on one certain house in Washington, D.C. But before they considered the White House as their possible residence, the two lived in a variety of places across the U.S. Here's a roundup of the homes... Continue Reading »

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