What do Leonardo DiCaprio, Cindy Crawford, Tom Ford and Gwen Stefani all have in common? Besides being ridiculously attractive humans, they’ve all made some serious adjustments to their real estate portfolios this year. And they’re not the only ones; for your perusal, here are some of the biggest celebrity real estate happenings that graced 2016:
The late, great Robin Williams kicked off the year’s deals with the sale of his 20,000-square-foot Napa Valley home for $18.1 million. The listing agent told the Wall Street Journal that this was the highest price ever paid for a Napa Valley home without a winery.
In July, the illusionist David Copperfield is thought to have smashed Las Vegas records with the purchase of his new $17.5 million home. The 31,000-square-foot property comes with eight bedrooms, a nightclub, three antique arcade exhibit rooms, a golf simulation room, two commercial elevators, a movie theater, and an interior Zen garden.
Then actor Johnny Depp re-listed a village he owns in the south of France for $55 million — more than twice its original asking price of $26 million. Depp bought the property in 2001 and spent $10 million on renovations that include turning a church into a guesthouse (a confessional is now a closet). There is also a 4,300-square-foot main house with five bedrooms, an art studio, a “Pirates of the Caribbean”-themed wine cave, a covered wagon that has a kitchen and bathroom, two swimming pools, a gym and a skate park.
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen certainly didn’t pay deflated prices for their new Tribeca pad. The power couple went in contract to buy a $20 million-plus pad at 70 Vestry Street this summer.
The most infamous celeb deal of the year might just be the $100 million sale of the Playboy Mansion. Billionaire Daren Metropoulos – principal at investment firm Metropoulos & Co. and a co-owner of Hostess Brands (Twinkie, anyone?) – officially closed on his purchase of the mansion in August. As part of the deal Hugh Hefner – and we suspect some bunnies too – will continue to occupy the mansion for his lifetime.
Tom Ford’s ridiculously flawless New Mexico property hit the market for $75 million in August. Spread across over 20,000 acres, the ranch has its own landing strip, eight-stall horse barn, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, staff quarters, guest houses, and an entire movie-set town. One enterprising individual tried to crowdsource enough money to buy the place.
By October, the ink on Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s divorce papers had well and truly dried, so it wasn’t surprising that the pair’s home in the Beverly Hills Post Office area hit the market. The spread is asking $35 million. According to Variety, the former-couple purchased the home – which once belonged to Jennifer Lopez – in 2006 for $13.3 million.
In November, Tommy Hilfiger thew his biggest sale ever — by cutting the price of his Plaza penthouse by more than $20 million. The fashion designer first listed the pad in 2013 for $80 million, and the price has since dropped to $75 million, then to a little under $69 million and now to its current price of $59 million.
Later in the month, supermodel extraordinaire Cindy Crawford and her husband, male model turned nightlife entrepreneur Rande Gerber, decided to part ways with their Malibu mansion for a cool $60 million. The listing dishes that the beach-front spread is owned by a celebrity couple who “transformed this residence into a one-of-a-kind beach compound.”
Finally, earlier this week actor Leonardo DiCaprio — after months of selling properties around the country — decided to beef up his real estate portfolio, and coughed up $23 million in an off-market deal for a 1.8 acre ocean-front property above Malibu’s Paradise Cove.