Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

A Peek Inside Casa J.Law

October 24th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Yesterday it was J.Lo, today it's J.Law. Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar winner and close contender for America's Sweetheart, recently shelled out for a new home sweet home in the Hidden Valley community of Beverly Hills. Public records show that the home sold for $8.225 million, a healthy appreciation from its 2013 selling price of $6.4 million. The French-style abode (reportedly inspired by the architecture of the Hamptons) sports 5,550 square feet of living space, including five bedrooms, a home gym and a chef's...Read More

J.Lo Scoops Up Pricey Manhattan Penthouse

October 23rd, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Jennifer Lopez's love may not cost a thing, but the same can't be said about her new home. The actress / singer / American Idol judge / owner of a world-famous derriere has finally wrapped her search for the perfect New York City nest, settling on a two-story unit in a luxe Georgian building across from Madison Square Park. There are rumors that Lopez is in line to be the next performer tapped for a Las Vegas residency, and if that...Read More

No Tigers Allowed In Elin Nordegren’s New Nest

October 22nd, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Former model (and erstwhile Mrs. Tiger Woods) Elin Nordegren is putting her $100 million divorce settlement to good use. According to sources, she just finished construction on a stunning, nine-bedroom abode in North Palm Beach, Florida. Proving that there's no revenge quite like living well, Nordegren has splashed out on an outstanding pad fit for a queen... or the ex-wife of a philandering golf superstar, anyway. The home's plans were leaked online, and the home's amenities sound like a laundry list...Read More

The CENTERfold: Ballin’ In the Barclay Suite

October 21st, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Get ready to fall in love! Today's CENTERfold is a very special one. The Barclay Unit takes up no less than three "hotel units" (C, D, and E) with its extraordinary European flair and classic architectural details. It was entirely renovated in 2001. Sporting four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms over 3,000 square feet, you won't want for room to roam. It all starts when you enter the foyer, with its floor of black and white marble leading out to every wing...Read More

Hollywood’s Latest Homeowner: Lady Gaga

October 20th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Let's hear some "Applause" for Lady Gaga, the newest homeowner in Hollywood. Reports say that the singer just bought her first home, a stunning $22.5 million estate across from Zuma Beach in Malibu. While most folks go for a modest "starter home," the "Born This Way" belter rarely does anything small-scale... and that applies here as well. The Manhattan-bred singer, aged 28, went straight for the big leagues with her ultra-luxe pad. The manse, which formerly belonged to Dan Romanelli of...Read More

Freaky Historical Philly: Where to Get Your Creep On This October

October 17th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Can you believe that Halloween is in two weeks? I don't know about you, but I'm ready to set the mood! Luckily, Philly is the perfect place to get in the spirit. Owing to the city's long and eventful history, there are several locations that either have a morbid backstory or are rumored to be haunted. All of the following are open to the public and available to be explored... if you dare. Will you have a close encounter with...Read More

Someone With a “Braveheart” Needed to Buy Mel’s Jungle Getaway

October 16th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Quick: who's got $30 mil and a desire to really get away from it all? Mel Gibson's having a bit of trouble unloading his Costa Rican enclave. Consisting of three Spanish-style villas and surrounded by 500 acres of private jungle, it's definitely not the kind of property one encounters every day. Unfortunately, it's apparently also not the kind of property that one purchases every day: it's been sitting dormant on the market for a year now. The homes are situated on Playa...Read More

When “Oops!” Doesn’t Cut It: Right House, Wrong Lot

October 15th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

It’s the kind of story that could only come out of Florida. So, you’re having a home built. You picked out your land, bought your plot, agonized over the upgrades you couldn’t live without, and signed all the papers. Nothing to do but sit back and watch as your perfect nest goes up, right? Not necessarily - just ask Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri. The couple paid $160,000 for Lot 12 in the Ocean Hammock gated subdivision of Flagler County, Florida. They...Read More

Four Years Later, Still No Buyer For Lilly’s Pad

October 14th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Turns out that us common folk aren't the only ones who occasionally have trouble unloading a home! Erstwhile Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has been having a rough go of it trying to sell his Wrigleyville, Chicago home. The house was just relisted, following four straight years of Lilly trying to get rid of it. The Lake View nest is certainly a pretty enough home. With six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 5,400 square feet of living space, one definitely has room to...Read More

When “The Raven” Flew Over Spring Garden: On Poe’s Time In Philly

October 13th, 2014 Shannon O'Donnell Comments Off

Dear Baltimore - Let's get one thing straight. Edgar Allan Poe is ours. You may have his body, but no1curr about some dusty old bones. Kindest regards, Philadelphia. Okay, time to be serious. Well, I mean, that was serious - Philly has, and always will have, the better claim over Poe. But I'm getting ahead of myself. It's October, month of all things weird and spooky. Edgar Allan Poe, great American author of many creepy poems and short stories, is right on theme this...Read More