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For Sale: Perfect Party Pad -- Convertible to a Workspace

Zillow By ​Catherine Sherman Photographer Richard Franklin's memorable home -- that featured a stripper pole in the shower and a two-story disco -- has gone through major changes since he listed it in 2012. According to the home's new listing agent, Nathaniel Pitchon-Getzels of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the home... Continue Reading »

Oscar-Worthy Home Theaters

Zillow Among the highest priorities now for homebuyers with high incomes is that their dwellings have home theaters. According to a survey last year of homebuyers with incomes over $250,000, home theaters ranked above wine cellars, safe rooms, tennis or sports courts and even servants quarters. Of course, what qualifies... Continue Reading »

Papa John's Founder Lists Luxurious Condo at Record Price

Zillow AP By Laura Vecsey The most expensive condo to ever be listed for sale in Utah is offered at $17.99 million. Don't have $17.99 million? Well, sell some pizzas! That's how Papa John's founder John Schnatter amassed the wads of cash it took to purchase the entire top floor of the exclusive St. Regis Deer Valley... Continue Reading »

Jumbo Loans Loom Large in Luxury Housing Market

Shutterstock By Beth Pinkster The view of the Pacific Ocean from the San Joaquin Hills in the California community of Newport Coast is extraordinary. So, when Mohammad Taghavian started looking for a new home four years ago, he knew exactly where he wanted to be. The housing market, however, wasn't so... Continue Reading »

Las Vegas Bomb Shelter for Sale: Luxurious Blast From the Past

realtor.com While "unique" is probably the most overused word in real estate listings, this five-bedroom, six-bath Las Vegas home just blocks from the Strip delivers on that while still managing to be one of those trendy luxury doomsday bunkers. The luxuries in this case are 1970s vintage, though -- hot tub, outdoor... Continue Reading »

Magician Penn Jillette Lists Candy-Colored Mansion (House of the Day)

By Amy Schellenbaum Yes, the hot-pink music sanctuary, red-striped bathroom, and overall Easter-basket color scheme is all a bit insane, but remember: This is Vegas, and craziness is relative. There's no elaborate fake backyards or gold pleather sofas? Well, this seven-bedroom home -- put on the market for $2.1 million... Continue Reading »

Director Jules Stewart, aka Kristen Stewart's Mom, Buys Hollywood Home (House of the Day)

By Erika Riggs She may be a longtime script director in Hollywood, but as it often goes, the well-known in Tinsel Town aren't usually known for their careers but their connections. And Jules Stewart has the ultimate connection to the A-lister set: She's Kristen Stewart's mother. Being the "Twilight" star's mom means... Continue Reading »

Robbie Williams' Beverly Hills Compound, With Soccer Field (House of the Day)

By Catherine Sherman Yes, that's right. English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams just sold two properties totaling 1.15 acres in the coveted 90210 ZIP Code. Here's the skinny: Main house Specs: five bedrooms, four bathrooms plus a two-bedroom poolhouse. Address: 13741 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif. Sale price:... Continue Reading »

An End to Bush-Era Tax Cuts Could Push High-End Properties Onto Market

Some well-heeled homeowners are reportedly scrambling to offload luxury properties by the end of the year or else risk having a serious bite taken out of their bottom lines. That's because if the Bush-era capital-gains tax cuts expire in January, as they are expected to, those homeowners would be shelling out a lot more on... Continue Reading »

Bedford, N.Y., Home Offers Luxury in Bucolic Setting (House of the Day)

This home is the winner of last week's #housepornthurs, a weekly Twitter conversation hosted by @aolrealestate in partnership with Curbed.com. (See Curbed's #housepornthurs feature here.) Tweet listings to AOL Real Estate with the hashtag #housepornthurs every Thursday for a chance to have one of your submissions featured... Continue Reading »

Just in Time for Summer: The Biggest Hamptons Sale of 2012

Private equity honcho Marc Rowan has sold his Southampton mansion for $28.5 million -- the biggest Hamptons sale of the year so far. And that wasn't even what Rowan wanted for the residence on Meadow Lane: It was listed with an asking price of $34 million. The 9,000-square-foot traditional cedar shingle home boasts six... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: 'Sound of Music' Views in Vail Village

Oh, Vail. With your sweeping vistas of the Gore Mountain Range and your sprawling homes all sporting flawless European craftsmanship and impeccable detailing, you're almost infuriatingly perfect. Take this immaculate, 11,771-square-foot European masterpiece in the heart of Vail Village, for instance. Newly listed for... Continue Reading »

Brady and Bundchen's Massive Mansion Nearly Complete

Where better to house the combined star power of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, than in their soon-to-be finished 22,000-square-foot monster mansion? Well, in this A-list couple's estimation, nowhere -- which is why they began construction on the Brentwood, Calif.,... Continue Reading »

Feeling Presidential? Live in Your Very Own White House

By Mary Umberger Judging by all the recent hollering, finger-pointing and campaigning, it would seem that a goodly number of people aspire to live in the White House -- though, of course, only one of them will get the key to the Oval Office washroom. For the runners-up, there are some consolation prizes out there:... Continue Reading »

Glass Houses That Will Shatter Your Expectations

Leave the price-range box blank when you surf real estate listings, and you'll see some serious embarrassments of riches: mansions of mind-boggling size that sprawl tens of thousands of square feet or houses built with outrageously expensive materials and finishes. In their over-the-top grandiosity, these houses almost... Continue Reading »

House of the Day: Butterfly's View of Carmel's Coast

What was once just a diamond in the rough is now a beautiful gemstone. Carmel's legendary Butterfly House -- one of only five true ocean front properties in Carmel -- has emerged from a major renovation and is back on the market at $19.2 million. Continue Reading »

Make a Splash With These Beach Homes

"Beach house" really doesn't do these places justice. The Rubik's Cube above is just one of the stunning seaside residences in this weekend's gallery. From modern geometry-inspired boxes to Parthenon-styled temples of seaside excess, they put ordinary cabanas to shame--and they're all for sale, if you've got a spare... Continue Reading »

Own a Palace in Versailles for $30M -- Versailles, Ky., That Is

Yes the Versailles you're thinking of is a chateau in France. This $30 million castle for sale sits in Versailles, Ky. (pronounced ver-SALE), horse country outside of Lexington. Or "Arab-bluegrass country" as one Realtor called it. Saudi sheiks have bought nearly 5,000 acres of thoroughbred horse farms in the area and... Continue Reading »

World's Most Expensive Real Estate: $9,500 a Square Foot

The just-completed One Hyde Park apartment complex in London is notable for more than its A-list architecture and posh park views. At as much as $225 million a unit, it sets a real-estate record: a jaw-dropping $9,500 per square foot, making it the most expensive real estate in the world. By way of comparison, the closest... Continue Reading »

Live Near Brangelina's $40-Million Villa in Italy's Wine Country

If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wanted to get into the business of bottling their own red wine, northern Italy's Valpolicella, where they reportedly just purchased an 18,000 square-foot villa for $40 million, is the place to do it. Not far from Verona, Valpolicella is not just a a gorgeous countryside famous for its... Continue Reading »

Homebuilder Toll Brothers Trims Losses, Predicts Recovery (Again)

Overly optimistic home builders helped fuel the housing bubble. Now the country's largest luxury homebuilder is back -- as overly optimistic as ever. Should buyers believe the hype? In case you missed it: Toll Brothers reported that its losses shrank in the second quarter to $40.4 million or 24 cents a share, compared... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Condo: Short Hop to Giants' Ballpark, $1.8M

The San Francisco Giants are off to a hot start this season, making the prospect of living near the team's ballpark an especially appealing adventure. This condo at 657 Third St. is two blocks from AT&T Park, and you can just hear the stadium calling your name as you walk by on a game day -- or is that crowd noise? Continue Reading »

San Francisco: Prices Drop on Telegraph Hill

For millionaires it must always be a good time to enter the housing market. After all, they can still afford a home when prices are high, and now that they're low again, million-dollar bargains abound. Recent price drops in San Francisco's Telegraph Hill make the area worth looking at again. I recently wrote about a... Continue Reading »

San Francisco Homes for Sale: Under $3M in Haight-Ashbury

You've got to love San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. This is where it all happened, man, during the Summer of Love. You can take a walking tour of The Haight, as it's called, and come across houses where the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix lived. Located near the Panhandle and Golden Gate Park, the... Continue Reading »

San Francisco's Pacific Heights for Less Than $2M

Living in the San Francisco neighborhood of Pacific Heights is expensive. Home prices average $3.1 million, and some mansions price for as high as $13.5 million. But for less than $2 million, we found three excellent homes in Pacific Heights. Much of the affluent neighborhood was built after the 1906 earthquake, although... Continue Reading »

I Want This House on Telegraph Hill in San Francisco, $1.9M

San Francisco has many beautiful hills, but the views from Telegraph Hill are spectacular enough to warrant living there at least once in your life if you can afford it. This condo for $1,995,000 at 235 Francisco St. is on one of the more private streets on Telegraph Hill, and is in a residential neighborhood that is much... Continue Reading »

Singer Josh Groban Asking $6.1 Million for Malibu Villa

Less than two years ago, Josh Groban spoke of his Malibu, Calif. villa to InStyle.com, "I bought this house with the idea that I'd grow into it." But the 29-year-old superstar singer hasn't given himself much time to age as he recently listed his beloved Tuscan-style mansion for $6.1 million. In 2005, the multi-platinum... Continue Reading »

I Want This House: Washington, D.C.'s Dupont Circle for $3.9M

The main reason I want this Washington, D.C. house -- for the princely sum of $3.9 million -- isn't because it looks like a castle and has five levels and an elevator, but because it's at the center of the city, in the heart of the city's nightlife in Dupont Circle. The house at 2030 R. St. surely does the job as far as... Continue Reading »

I Want This Miami House: Like Living in a Resort for $18M

One of the great things about vacationing at a luxury resort is all of the amenities: the pool, rec room, beach, fine dining, and personal service. Moving into this $18 million house at 3575 Stewart Ave. in Miami, Fla., would be like living permanently at a luxury resort, minus the personal service. That is unless you hire... Continue Reading »

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