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23 Insane Celebrity Houses – Their Home Insurance Costs Are Unbelievable!

 

We all dream about a magnificent home. Whether or not we can afford our dream house is another matter. Celebrities though, have different needs and for them, these mansions you’re about to witness not only contribute to their celebrity status, they’re actually -up to a point- a necessity.

 

Indeed, celebrities do have different needs than the rest of us mere mortals. They cannot simply go and live like a normal person and require security and staff to run their errands. The cost of keeping these mansions is staggering. Utilities, home insurance, maintenance… I keep telling myself that they might sometimes wish to live a bit more like the rest of us but then again, when you’ve made so much money that you won’t be able to spend it during your remaining lifetime, perhaps it’s time spend away. And spend they do, these homes require fortunes just to keep them running, not to mention the cost of home insurance, security systems and the like. Let’s have a look.

Meghan Markle – Toronto. $2 million.

Via Wikipedia /Toronto news

 

Meghan will soon be moving to a cottage in Nottingham with her husband Prince Harry. She put her Toronto house on the market recently and it has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a garage and a terrace. It also has a very nice backyard where she took a picture of herself holding a bunch of flowers and posted it on Instagram. It’s a lovely house, surely she’ll get the asking price.

Cameron Diaz – $4.25 Million, Manhattan

Via Wikipedia / architectural design

 

Cameron Diaz, the lovely Hollywood actress with the wonderful smile, has a beautiful property in Manhattan that has been decorated with impeccable taste. She also has a house in Miami that is equally gorgeous.

Rob Lowe – 42 million, Santa Barbara

Via wikipedia/architectural design

 

Rob Lowe has a wonderful mansion in Santa Barbara that he bought with his wife for $42 million and subsequently renovated for over $6 million. The renovation/redecoration was flawlessly executed and the mansion was featured in many designer magazines. It has 20 rooms, a pool, a gym, hot tub and fountains. With such an investment, surely they’re also covered by an equally huge home insurance policy.

Oprah Winfrey – $50 million, California

Via TMZ

Oprah is a feminine symbol and her mansion suits her. She paid $50 million for it and she made quite a bit of work on it because it is estimated to be worth $165 million nowadays. She has impeccable taste and surely also the biggest home insurance policy in the vicinity.

Mark Wahlberg – $30 million, Beverly Hills

Via TMZ

Mark Wahlberg’s net worth is north of $225 million and his $30 million home in Beverly Hills is something that he can afford, particularly considering that his career is going rather well. The mansion has 7 bedrooms, a private cinema, a gym, a pool and a basketball court. The pool is huge. It has a slide, a romantic cave and a waterfall.

Ciara – $6.7 million, Meydenbauer Bay

Via YouTube / Wikipedia

Ciara and her husband the famous Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson

got themselves a gorgeous mansion in the well-to-do area of Bellevue, close to Lake Washington. Considering their combined net worth, the $6.7 million investment surely wasn’t a particularly big concern. The mansion has 7 bedrooms, an even bigger number of fireplaces and a dock by the lake.

Kate & Prince William, Priceless, Kensington Palace.

Via zw.it/royak.co.uk

Prince William & Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge respectively, live in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace. They invested over $6 million recently renovating it and they have completely settled there since the summer of 2017. The “apartment” has 4 stories and 20 rooms.

The Obama Family – $8.1 million, Washington, D.C.

Via allthingsceleb.com

 

 

When former President Obama left the White House, he thought about securing a home in Washington to “stay in the loop” and rented a house in the remarkably exclusive Kalorama neighborhood in Washington D.C. After spending some time in the lovely house they decided to buy it and paid $8.1 million. The house is flawlessly decorated in a style that says that would surely seem familiar to the other former World leaders when they pay him a visit.

Bruce Willis -$9 million, New York

Via Trulia/Wikipedia

 

The Hollywood action star truly has money to burn and his wonderful $9 million house in Bedford, New York is surrounded by nature at its finest. He has a big basement solely for wine storage, a tennis court, a pool and advanced security measures to guarantee his safety. In addition the house has 3 independant residencies for guests, in case some family or friends come to visit.

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka – $5.5 million, East Hampton

Via Wikipedia /9homes

 

The Neil Patrick Harris/David Burtka couple recently acquired this $5.5 residence in East Hampton. It has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a library and a wine cellar. It also has a wonderful hot tub on the roof. Considering they’re both doing rather well financially speaking, we’re sure they’re covered by an ample insurance policy to protect this investment.

Patrick Dempsey – $14.5 million, Malibu.

Via Wikimedia/Architectural Digest

 

 

Patrick Dempsey did rather well to buy his marvelous Malibu mansion. One of the earliest houses designed by Frank Gehry, it has over 4,415 square feet construction and over five acres of land. The house itself has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and plenty of room to spare. The garden has an Airstream trailer in the middle, purely for decorative purposes. It’s filled with flowers and herbs.

Jennifer Lawrence – $8 million, Beverly Hills

Via Trulia/Wikimedia

 

 

Jennifer Lawrence made a sound investment on this $8 million mansion, that has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a private pool hidden in the backyard. Jennifer went out of her way decorating her house like a French palace. Surely she’ll spend a formidable time in this house between blockbuster shootings.

John Krasinski & Emily Blunt – $6 million, Brooklyn

Via Wikipedia / hookedonhouses

 

 

The famous couple has a gorgeous house sitting on Brooklyn’s Park Slope where the couple invested over $300K in renovations. The property has 3.990 square feet of land. It doesn’t have bedrooms but suites -these are bedrooms with a seating space- 6 suites actually, along with a wooden dining room and a very modern kitchen.

Michael Phelps – $2.5 million, Scottsdale

 

Via Wikipedia /YouTube

 

The renowned athlete has a wonderful 6,000 sq ft mansion sitting a full acre of land in Scottsdale. The residence has 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a huge kitchen, a big dining room, 4 fireplaces and -unsurprising given that Phelps is the closest thing to Aquaman there is- a luxurious swimming pool.

Rihanna – $22 million, Barbados.

Via YouTube / Wikipedia

 

 

The massive 5-bedroom house Rihanna built for herself in Barbados set her back $22 million. It has an incredible view of the Caribbean Sea and access to the beach. In addition it has golf and tennis courts, gym, pool and spa.

Naomi Campbell – Aprox $390 million, Turkey.

Via YouTube /Wikipedia

 

Naomi Campbell’s boyfriend is a billionaire. He spent over $390 million on it and it is a marvel of environmental friendliness. The mansion is located on a private island that was designed by architects to provide its own energy. The black tiles are solar panels and the house can regulate its own temperature. Surely Naomi appreciated the gift and considering the figures on her bank statement, she won’t have any issues paying for home insurance.

Brad Pitt – $60 million, France

Via lefigaro.fr/Wikipedia

 

 

The lovely couple made by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is no more but they acquired quite a bit of estate together amongst which perhaps the most luxurious was a chateau in France that cost them $60 million. It’s a huge place with 35 bedrooms that sits over acres of land including a private vineyard. The place is basically a French castle.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle – Nottingham Cottage, priceless.

 

Via bollywoodlife

 

The Nottingham Cottage were Prince Harry now lives with his newlywed wife, is the place where his mother Princess Diana spent her last years. It is one of very few cottages inside the royal compound and it has its own heliport surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Tiger Woods – $60 Million, Florida.

Via wikipedia

 

 

Tiger purchased this Jupiter Island estate in Florida for $60 million just after his divorce. The marvelous mansion has, among other things, a gym, a golf course with 4 holes and most likely the largest home insurance policy in the area.

Eddie Murphy – $85 Million, Hollywood Hills.

 

Eddie Murphy bought this marvelous mansion for $20 million and made renovations that elevated the price of the estate to $85 million. It has a total of 32 rooms, swimming pools, a tennis court and a guest house. It’s a little paradise where we’re sure he’s very happy.

Heidi Klum – $24 million, Los Angeles.

Via wikipedia

 

The gorgeous supermodel got herself this gorgeous mansion in Los Angeles. It has 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, childrens playhouse, swimming pool, spa, a golf course and fountains. It’s an Italian style mansion decorated with the most refined taste.

Justin Bieber – $20 million, Hollywood Hills

Via Wikipedia / Business Insider

 

 

Justin Bieber, even though he could afford any house he wanted, prefers to be a tenant in this $20 million glass house. He pays $60K a month for it and it has 6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 7 garages. The practical upshot of renting is that he doesn’t need to worry about home insurance since that is his landlord’s problem.

Jane Fonda – $13 million, Beverly Hills.

 

Via Wikipedia/ Variety

 

 

The legendary beauty paid $13 million for this 7,102 sq ft home that includes a glass elevator, a solar heated pool, an enormous walk-in closet. The house has 4 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Gorgeous like its owner.

George & Amal Clooney – $20 million, London.

Via Emirateswomen/Dailymail.com

 

 

George Clooney and his lovely wife own some definitively high-end real estate properties. Among this jewels the one that tickles our fancy the most is a marvelous mansion in Berkshire. The house has 9 bedrooms, a 12-seat home cinema, a pool with its pool house, indoor tennis court, a nannery and an outdoor playground.

Angelina Jolie – $ 24.5 million, Los Feliz

Via Wikipedia /RIS Media Housecall

 

 

Right after Angelina ended it with Brad she bought this beautiful home in Laughlin Park. It’s called, “Los Feliz” and it’s a 6-bedroom mansion that makes you feel you’re in a 5 star hotel. It has a pool and gardens.

 

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First Wild Kiwi Egg Laid in Wellington in A Century

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The first wild kiwi egg to be laid in Wellington in more than a century is a historic event for both conservationists and animal lovers. Due to habitat damage and predation by imported predators like stoats and feral cats, the kiwi, New Zealand’s national bird, has been experiencing population reduction in recent years.

The last wild kiwi in the region was last spotted in the early 1900s, and Wellington’s kiwi population has been particularly heavily impacted. The Zealandia wildlife sanctuary and the neighborhood iwi (original Maori tribe) have been leading a new project to encourage the kiwi to return to the region.

A predator-proof fence was first built around the 225-hectare sanctuary as part of the effort, allowing local species to flourish without concern for predation. This offered the kiwi a secure sanctuary, and a breeding program was started to increase the population.

The first wild kiwi egg to be laid in Wellington in well than a century was finally discovered after many years of toil and dedication. A ranger discovered the egg while doing a normal survey of the sanctuary’s kiwi population, and it was then brought right away to the Zealandia hatchery for incubation.

The birth of this kiwi chick is a significant accomplishment for Wellington’s conservation efforts and the kiwi species as a whole. It serves as a reminder that endangered animals can be saved from extinction with the appropriate actions and commitment.

The kiwi chick is not simply a sign of hope for this species’ survival, but also Wellington’s entire ecology. Kiwis’ are key seed dispersers in their ecology and aid in the management of invertebrate populations. If they suddenly vanish, the entire ecosystem may be affected.

A great example of how local groups and conservationists may collaborate to make conservation efforts succeed is the breeding program at Zealandia. The collaboration between Zealandia and the local iwi, which provides practical support like kiwi population monitoring together with cultural and spiritual counseling, has been crucial to the program’s success.

With plans in place to release more kiwis into the wild in the upcoming years, the kiwi population in Wellington has a promising future. The quest to bring the kiwi back to Wellington has just begun, but this is a big step in the right direction.

The first wild kiwi egg hatched in Wellington in more than a century is a testament to conservation efforts and the fruit of a fruitful collaboration between the community, the local iwi, and the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary. It serves as a reminder that we are capable of saving endangered animals from extinction with perseverance and hard effort. We anticipate the Wellington kiwi population’s continuous growth and the contribution they will make to the ecosystem.

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Saving a Dog Against the Icy Odds

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Moose is an odd name for a dog. Then again, once people meet the canine, they realize why the dog’s name fits the dog. Moose should have been born a cat as well; he’s definitely had more than one life with the number of situations he’s barely escaped death. However, in this case, this Australian Doodle had gotten himself into more of a cooler than his dog brain expected.

Like a lot of dogs, Moose didn’t always get to go everywhere with his owners. On one particular trip, Moose ended up at the dogsitter, specifically a fellow named Nic Converso, over in Edgewater, MD. Moose had no problem with the arrangement. As Converso noted, the dog adjusted and made himself darn comfortable. And so, everything was fine up to December 23. That particular morning, as soon as Converso opened the door, Moose bolted out. There was no block, no time to react, the dog was out in the open before his sitter could do anything.

That December 23 was a particularly cold day in Maryland, and everything was brisk and frozen, or at least it appeared that way. Converso went out the door trying to get the dog but it was impossible. Moose was on the run. So, she started enlisting the local community. Converso also digitally connected with Moose’s owners, to let them know what happened. The dogsitter feared the worst.

The whole neighborhood was mobilized in the search for the dog. At first, nobody found a clue where Moose went. However, the dog was getting around. Converso was repeatedly getting calls, texts and emails with momentary glimpses of the canine on the move. However, Moose got a bit too exploratory. He finally got himself into a bad mess by walking on thin ice, literally. A neighbor was clued into the dog’s location by hearing his crying and whimpering, and she called for help. The whole crew with Converso got on the road and to the specific location only to find Moose in a really bad situation. The dog was in the icy water. He had broken through and was trapped, sure to drown in minutes once Moose got exhausted from paddling.

Fortunately, Moose’s dogsitter also happened to be a water polo coach. And, not wasn’t just any coach, Converso was a U.S. Naval Academy water polo coach (and a darn good swimmer too). The dogsitter immediately went into the ice, smashed into the water and got to the dog. The news of the safe rescue of the dog was then distributed via social media to make sure everyone involved got notified the rescue.

Of course, Moose’s big adventure makes for one hell of a dinner story. As for the dogsitter, Converso, found a sense of fulfillment. The moment of finding the dog in the ice went from joy, to disaster, and then to saving Moose’s life. For Converso, the whole experience has given a sense of personal gratitude for being fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time to do good.

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Airline Acts of Kindness

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Flying is More Stressful Than Ever

Flying has always been stressful. You need to have everything with you when you check in, and your luggage must meet airline standards. Airlines encourage passengers to arrive at the airport hours ahead of time so they can go through security and take care of any last-minute problems, which then means waiting for hours until the actual departure. The plane cabin feels confining, even to some passengers with more room, because you can’t leave once the trip starts. And you are surrounded by people experiencing the same feelings of stress.

In the past few years, stressed out passengers have taken out their frustrations on the crew and other passengers. There have been arguments, assaults, and general refusals to follow airline rules. That is why it is such great news to hear of times when an airline has gone above and beyond to simply spread kindness, proving that we can get through this and return to days of greater civility and enjoyment when flying.

A Lost Phone

If you’re like most people, you have almost everything you need on your phone. You use it to communicate with your friends and family, to stay in touch at work, to buy food, to keep up on the news, to keep track of the time, and an endless variety of other tasks. Losing your phone for any extended period of time will cause anything from a minor inconvenience to a disaster. Imagine getting ready to start a flight to another city and realizing that you don’t have your phone.

A passenger traveling from Long Beach, California lost their cell phone. The traveler was about to put hundreds of miles between himself and the phone that had all that important information. When the airline workers found the phone, the plane had already been pushed back from the gate and was about to leave. The plane was unable to open back up, even knowing that the passenger needed something important.

In a great act of kindness, the Southwest people worked together to make it happen anyway. The Captain had the idea, but it wouldn’t have worked without a lot of help. The baggage handlers who were allowed in the area brought the phone within reach of the the Captain so that he could grab it through his cockpit window.

Taking Care of a Dinosaur

Another passenger had a great experience when bringing an important model dinosaur while traveling on Southwest. Concerned about how well the model would be taken care of, the young passenger spoke with the airline while checking in. Kind workers assured him that the model would be handled carefully, even loading it separately and taking pictures of the journey. This simple act of kindness was much appreciated by a worried youngster.

Proposal

Southwest really appreciates its customers and proves it with these kinds of actions. When a pilot decided to propose during a flight, he gave more proof that Southwest treats their passengers like family. Pilot Brad Ruff made a traditional proposal to his girlfriend during a flight, bended knee and all, in front of all the passengers. It was their second anniversary of dating, and he felt like it was the perfect time. There was applause and whistles as the couple made their happy moment a special moment for everyone flying that day.

Flying can be hard and stressful, but it makes it easier when remembering that everyone you are dealing with is another person trying to achieve a goal. These Southwest employees made flying more special and less stressful for everyone.

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Pneumonia-Fighting Tiny Robots

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Be careful mixing up the movies of the future and medical reality; they might start to blend. That is the case at least with fictional nanobots and the actual work going on using tiny robots to help attack pneumonia bacteria.

Most people, thanks to Hollywood, think of robots as mechanical constructs, with wires, joints, metal parts and glowing eyeballs. In reality, robots can be made from proteins, biological material, and organic matter. The key factor is that they can be assembled in mass and controlled to do specific actions. This was the case recently with swimming robots that were sent into a lab mouse to directly attack pneumonia. The goal, of course, is to take an overt approach to fending off a pneumonia infection versus using the indirect approach of bolstering the body and its own immune system.

The exact assembly of the micro-robots is a construct of an algae cell that is then coated with antibiotics. The algae cells have the ability to move through the lungs with ease, and then they are programmed to find and target pneumonia microbes. It’s a bit like sending in a guided missile at the cellular level. Everything else is left alone as only the target is recognized.

The experiment has shown very positive results. Those mice with the algae treatment cleared up their pneumonia within a few days. The mice that had no treatment died very soon after infection. So, will we be seeing algae robots in people at the local hospital? Not so soon. The experiment was a prototype test, a proof of concept that the idea could actually work. Now that the algae robots have a proven effect, there comes a long road of lots of additional tests to make sure the results can be consistently performed, as well as whether there are any harmful side effects. In short, a lot more mice are going to have to be used.

The assembly of the algae cells is a bit complicated and involves a lot of bio-genetic work. Each algae “robot” is covered with spheres that do the actual medical work. These are then covered with neutrophils, effectively white blood cells. The combination guides the algae cell to its target and then the antibiotics are released in close proximity, basically killing the pneumonia microbe and everything around it, a microscopic suicide drone. The mix also helps reduce local inflammation, which then clears up the area in the lung and the patient can effectively breathe better.

Other methods were tried before using an inhalation approach. A bloodstream entry of the algae cells was tried, but the circulatory approach diluted things so much, the dosage had to be thousands of times higher to have an effect. Instead, direct inhalation went straight to the source of the problem.

The approach of medical micro-robots is a big one, and it represents the frontier of bio-technology. Pneumonia kills thousands every year, especially seniors with compromised immune systems. Pneumonia can happen through social contact as well as when people are in the hospital and put on ventilators for other reasons, such as COVID, for example. Many times, patients in these situations end up staying in the hospital longer and have a higher likelihood of mortality once an infection sets in.

Again, the concept is a long way off from any practical use. Human immune systems are very different from mice, and what works on rodents may automatically trigger bad responses or perform little in humans. No surprise, lots of testing is in store, but the early results clearly advocate for more work versus killing the project altogether.

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Tiny Turtles Prove the Odds Wrong

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What chance does a creature have when it is one of the world’s smallest in the big ocean and the most endangered? As far as nature is concerned, it never seems to listen to the odds. That’s the case with a sea turtle species that has made itself at home near a Louisiana barrier island.

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has managed to survive and has been observed again after being missing in biological terms for almost three-quarters of a century. Grinding out a delicate survival on the Chandeleur Islands, which have no human presence, the turtles have been eaking out an existence despite oil spills, hurricanes and everything else that can go wrong. While other wildlife was decimated by the BP spill a decade ago, the turtles somehow avoided certain elimination and instead are still alive, laying eggs, and hatching. However, much of that was missed because nobody was paying attention to the barrier islands.

However, on an off chance, scientists who were visiting the area realized what they had been watching was two small hatchlings struggle to get to the water after birth. And since that day, a total of at least 53 individual hatchlings have been tracked on the islands. Additional evidence comes in the form of the movement tracks made by the mother turtles to their egg nests and then back to sea. Add in the dozens of smaller tracks of hatchlings heading back out and some being observed getting into the water, and the proof is conclusive. The turtles survived and are growing in number.

The discovery is easily argued as one of the rarest moments that most researchers wish they could happen on. Many spend decades studying the sealife and wildlife of the Gulf and never get a chance to re-discover a known extinct species. Not only seeing them alive, but seeing the very young versions make it to water and swim is an extremely rare instance of biology most only read about or watching in films.

Now that the turtles are confirmed alive and functioning on and around the Chandeleur Islands, increased government presence is being applied to keep the area protected. The islands themselves, however, are numbered in days. They’ve lost their soil, and what’s left is being washed away by the ocean. Eventually, the island will be completely submerged at their current erosion rate. What happens to the turtles at that point is anyone’s guess, but they will likely end up opting for another similar island instead, if they can reach it.

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