The standout beauty of her era, Elizabeth Taylor became as famous for her string of failed marriages as for her amazing track record in film, and later, became a noted philanthropist and charity superstar. Her longtime Bel Air residence is on the market for the first time since she bought in 1981. The 1.3 acre lot overlooks LA, and has its own guard house fronting the driveway. The home is 7,000-square feet and has numerous suites and an open floorplan, along with a lovely pool of iridescent mosaic tile, with adjoining sauna and shower facilities. Grounds have extensive formal flowerbeds, a bamboo jungle, rose gardens and walking paths, plus a koi pond and greenhouse for cultivating orchids.
Deal alert: Billy Joel’s beach house price tag has been reduced at least twice. The legendary rocker immortalized his hometown while cranking out hit song after hit song and famously marrying and divorcing Supermodel Christie Brinkley. His four bedroom “beach house” is more like a mansion in Long Island’s Sagaponack, and has double provenance – it was previously owned by actor Roy Scheider of Jaws fame. It spills onto a sandy beach and has 145 feet of oceanfront, which can be viewed from twin terraces on the upper floor. Recently renovated by an interior designer, the house is turn-key ready with gourmet kitchen and twin master bedroom suites.
Purchase the right to kick up your feet in John Madden’s classic NYC apartment. He was a superstar an NFL player, coach, and TV commentator, Madden is now better known – and better paid – for his uber best-selling Madden NFL video game series (since 1988) than for his Superbowl ring. His exceptionally spacious two bedroom Manhattan apartment has added celebrity cache from being located in the classic Dakota, also John Lennon’s residence and the building Lennon was shot in front of. Overlooking Central Park, The Dakota was also the film location for Rosemary’s Baby. The venue has its own interior courtyard with private entrance, full-time doorman, and even a throwback elevator operator. The classic apartment has high ceilings, elaborate original molding, fireplaces, and loads of built in bookshelves and cabinets. .