Category Archives: Homes of the rich and famous

Louis CK’s Shelter Island summer retreat


I have a secret crush on Louis CK. And now that I have seen the new house he bought, even more.
It’s located on an actual island in the far end of Long Island, nestled between Gardiners Bay and the Shelter Island sound. It can only be reached by ferry, and is a good 3 hours drive from Manhattan. The location alone is worth it, but look at this house. It’s gorgeous!

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

He reportedly paid $2,440,000 for the 4,957 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 3.5 bathroom mansion. It looks like it was designed by a German architect who liked Tudor style and watched the Adam’s Family. And it somehow even looks Eastern European. But I love it; both inside and out.

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

Look at that amazing sun room! Or that vintage kitchen. I hope Louis won’t rip all that character out. He seems pretty mellow and down to earth so I wouldn’t be surprised if these characteristics are what attracted him to the property.

Louis CK’s Shelter Island retreat / Photography Daniel Gale / Sotheby’s International Realty via Curbed/Real Estalker

I want a private dock too :-(

What do you guys think?

Jon Hamm’s modest NYC Penthouse


Take a look at the floor plan of this apartment.

It’s nice enough, sure, but does it look like a succesful 10-time Emmy nominee actor lives here? Well, he does. Mad Men’s Jon Hamm shares this 2 bed, 2 bath with actress ladyfriend Jennifer Westfeldt. And they have put it on the market.

It’s not their primary residence, that’s LA, but they likely spent quite a bit of cash on renovating it. I love the sunroom in the back. Especially the window panes. But I would have done more with the space. Probably turned it into a conservatory with lush plants and flowers. And maybe I would’ve panelled the walls with low bookshelves. And the rug is very blah….

Despite its humble size, the apartment is listed for $2,450,000… It’s hard to believe, but I actually think that’s a trick to get it sold fast. The terrace is a massive commodity in NYC as is the view of Central Park. The price therefore surprises me a bit. However, true to NYC fashion, there are monthly charges of $3,661. That does include taxes, a part-time doormen and porter, a live-in super, storage rooms and free laundry facilities.

The building was designed by renowned architect Rosario Candela. He was most famous for his many NYC apartment blocks. Apartments in his buildings are popular because both kitchens and bathrooms tend to have windows, as is the case in this particular property

Source and images: The Real Estalker

Kendrick Bangs Kellogg designed Joshua Tree rock house for sale


For the first time since its construction, this architectural master piece is on the market. Kendrick Bangs Kellogg designed it for Beverly Doolittle and her husband in the late eighties. They had bought a rocky hillside plot in desolate Joshua Tree National Park, and wanted something that blended in with its naked surroundings. That Kellogg succeeded might be proven by the fact that this home is relatively unknown. Maybe people never spotted it. The roof looks likes a large ribcage carved out of pebbles. The colour is a slightly duller hue than the red rocks it is surrounded with, but it almost looks as if it was shaped by nature.

Kendrick Bangs Kellog’s villain lair – pictures by TTK

It’s spectacular nonetheless. LA Curbed.com describes it as a supervillain lair, and it very well could be indeed! It can be yours for $3000.000. Check the original listing here.

Living room – pictures by TTK

Bedroom – pictures by TTK

The roof looks like a rock carved rib cage – pictures by TTK

 

 

Rachel Zoe’s got her work cut out for her in her new house


She sure has some styling to do! Celebrity fashion designer and stylist Rachel Zoe bought a new house, and boy does it need work!! A simple paint job is not going to cut it. This needs a lot of TLC, eye for detail and money… lots of money. And she had such a nice house! 

 

Rachel Zoe’s new home. Pictures courtesy of the Real Estalker

Read the whole story at the fantastic blog of  The real Estalker

English village that inspired Agatha Christie for sale


The village of Bantham, in the English county Devon, is for sale. It’s here where Agatha Christie found inspiration for many of her stories. Those who can scoop up £10.000.000 can be the lucky new owner.

 

Village that inspired Agatha Christie for sale (image APEX)

The village has about 25 homes and a small shop only open on weekends. Most of the buildings are cottages with thatched roofs and the streets are lined with cobble stones. Off course there is a small local pub and a natural beach is just around the corner. It’s part of one of the largest private estates, Evans Estate, which is also for sale. £35.000.000 and it’s yours, and this includes the village. It’s not certain if the two can be bought separately.

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Wicker; trend to be left in the Golden Girls’ home? Or on its way back?


Remember the Golden Girls? Off course you do. We just sat through ALL seasons again and loved them. And not just for the stories. I absolutely loved seeing that decor again. I remember loving those pastels when I saw the show first as a kid. The pale blues, tappid greens, peach pinks, matte beiges and the wicker… the wicker everywhere. But I want to bet you that wicker is hard on its way for a massive come back if it hasn’t arrived yet. And I think there will be enough room for a serious nod to the shoulder pad days. And I even think some relatives of the same pastels will be joining….

So maybe not exactly like this………

 

But more like this…

 

Yes I know, not wicker but ratan. Who made you king of woven furniture?

Don’t remember or know Lloyd Loom yet? Make a note of that name. It’s coming back!

 

Want to join me on the lanai?

Now where did I see these chairs before…….

Aah, yes….

 

In that case……

There you go….

I wonder what’s next…

Pink arches, glass beds, white high gloss tables and beige leather anyone?

 

 

What $2.950.000 buys you in New York.. and in Amsterdam


A recent post on one of my favourite blogs, The Real Estalker, featured a modest two bedroom apartment in NYC. I am no newbie to international real estate so know that prices tend to be, well, insane there, but this surprised me. The 1,486 square feet apartment is listed for $2,950.000….

Don’t get me wrong.. it’s a nice place, but $2.950.000? really??

Granted; the views are amazing, and having windows in both the bathroom and kitchen are rare in this city, but still…. $2,950.000???????

Let’s stop and have a closer look. First, let’s get this in metrics; $2,950.000 equals about €2.225.000 and 1486 square feet is about 138 square meters. I am actually wondering if, based on the floor plan, that figure is not a bit of a fib, but let’s say that square footage is a hard fact. Now come join me and find out what that price tag gets you in my home town Amsterdam, shall we?

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I give you, the floor plan of just one floor of our soon to be revealed mystery home

I wish I could get a sharper image, but I am confident that you can see that this home (yes home, not apartment) is a tad bit bigger than the NYC listing. It is situated on one of Amsterdam’s famous canals; Leliegracht. It’s listed for exactly €2.225.000 and for that you get 13 rooms spread over a total of 500 square meters (5382 square feet). But the real treat is the garden! The back of the house is double width so the garden is huge with a lot of privacy. It borders the neighbouring gardens so the city seems far, far away.

The House is situated on a lovely, treelined canal

The House is situated on a lovely, treelined canal

The home would not be fully available for use though. The second floor consists of two self-contained studio apartments that are rented out. But this, in turn, gives you a bit of cash each month, lowering the monthly payments. And the current tenant is willing t discuss a move. That’ll cost you a so called ‘oprotpremie’ (severance pay). Mind you, there is still more than enough private space, and the studio’s make use of their own separate entrance. The one downfall really is parking, or rather, the lack there-off. No private parking means you are subjected to the bureaucratic hell that is parking laws in Amsterdam. If you did not leave behind a house in the same area, you might be looking at a waiting list for one spot. But then again, the building fees of the apartment in NYC are a staggering $2668 a MONTH, which is more than enough to rent two parking spots somewhere nearby.

The main floor boasts a wonderful formal living room and eat-in kitchen with doors leading to the garden

The main floor boasts a wonderful formal living room and eat-in kitchen with doors leading to the garden

Lush gardens, with several spots to follow the course of the sun

Lush gardens, with several spots to follow the course of the sun

The house is old, built in 1900. Which is actually relatively young for its location as most homes on Amsterdam canals are from the 18th, sometimes even 17th Centuries. It’s a monument, which does mean that you are limited in what you can change or do with the home. But anything you do, you can do subsidised! Ahhh, the joy of living in a socialist state ;-)

The house actually looks older than it's 114 years.

The house actually looks older than it’s 114 years.

So, I guess it’s safe to assume living in NYC comes with a price. A high price. And here we are, Dutch ‘disgruntleds’, complaining about the price of real estate in our capitol…… I dare not compare the other way around; checking to see what a private residence with garden on Manhattan would cost. I guess it’s more though.