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.
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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
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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
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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
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
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
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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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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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
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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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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.
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
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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.
14-Year-Old Heman Bekele Named America’s Top Young Scientist for Skin Cancer Treatment Innovation
In an inspiring triumph of youthful innovation, Heman Bekele, a 14-year-old ninth-grader hailing from Annandale, Virginia, has been bestowed with the prestigious title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” His remarkable achievement was made possible by his groundbreaking invention: a soap designed to treat skin cancer, a condition that has seen a concerning rise in the past decade.
The coveted award was presented by 3M and Discovery Education, a competition well-regarded as one of the nation’s premier middle school science contests. Heman’s accomplishment reflects his firm belief in the ability of young minds to make a positive impact on the world, a sentiment he expressed in his submission for the award.
Heman’s journey to becoming America’s Top Young Scientist was marked by his unwavering passion for biology and technology. He revealed, “I have always been interested in biology and technology, and this challenge gave me the perfect platform to showcase my ideas.”
Heman’s innovative soap addresses a pressing issue: the rise of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, over the last decade. Melanoma is a serious and potentially life-threatening form of skin cancer, making early detection and effective treatment crucial.
Heman’s soap offers hope and a practical solution for treating melanoma. It’s affordable, costing just 50 cents per bar, making it accessible to a broad range of individuals. His invention represents a significant step in the fight against skin cancer, potentially changing the lives of many.
Winning the 3M Young Scientist Challenge not only awarded Heman the prestigious title but also a substantial $25,000 cash prize. This grant will enable him to continue his research and potentially refine his soap further. His ultimate goal is to make this innovative treatment readily available to communities that need it the most.
Heman’s dedication and ingenuity serve as a powerful reminder that young minds can indeed catalyze change and contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. His soap may well become a beacon of hope for those affected by skin cancer.
Bravery Beyond His Years: 12-Year-Old Austen MacMillian Saves Drowning Man with CPR Skills from “Stranger Things”
In a heart-pounding moment of bravery and quick thinking, 12-year-old Austen MacMillian from Florida became a real-life hero when he saved a drowning man’s life, thanks to skills he learned from an unexpected source – the TV show “Stranger Things.”
One sunny day, Austen was enjoying a swim in a pool with his behavioral therapist, Jason Piquette. Little did they know that this day would take a dramatic turn. Piquette, attempting to see how long he could hold his breath underwater, found himself submerged for what seemed like an eternity, nearly five to six minutes. Austen’s instincts kicked in as he realized something was terribly wrong.
“It was like five to six minutes he was under the water, and I was like, ‘That’s way too long. He cannot do that,'” Austen recounted.
Panic set in as Austen observed his therapist’s prolonged submersion. “I think I passed out in about 30 seconds, and I don’t know why,” Piquette added, describing his desperate situation.
But young Austen wouldn’t let fear paralyze him. He had seen something on the television show “Stranger Things” that would prove to be a lifesaver. Without hesitation, Austen swam to Piquette’s aid, pulling him to the safety of the shallow end of the pool. He then dashed out of the water to call for urgent help.
Surveillance footage of the incident captured the young hero’s actions – a reminder of his courage and quick response. After calling for help, Austen returned to Piquette’s side and performed CPR, a life-saving technique he had picked up from the TV show.
“I just saw it from a TV show – ‘Stranger Things,’” Austen explained. “After I gave him CPR, he woke up a few minutes later.”
Piquette regained consciousness, and the situation started to stabilize just as Austen’s father arrived home and called 911. Austen’s mom, Christina MacMillan, couldn’t be prouder of her son’s actions during this life-or-death moment.
“When I first got the call from my husband, I almost felt like I couldn’t speak. My whole body, like, locked up,” Christina MacMillan shared. “It was definitely a really proud mom moment. He’s really brave and courageous,” she said. “I’m just so, like, amazed at how strong he was and how wise he was in that moment. And I always want him to know that he is a hero.”
A 5-Year-Old’s Big Impact on Maui Fire Victims
In a heartwarming display of compassion and generosity, a 5-year-old’s lemonade stand in Seattle has turned into a powerful force of support for the victims of the devastating wildfires that ravaged Maui. Edison Juel, known as Eddie, became a shining example of kindness as his simple lemonade stand raised over $17,000 to aid those affected by the tragedy.
The story began when young Eddie was on a family trip to Hawaii and learned about the wildfires that were wreaking havoc on Maui. “It was Wednesday afternoon, we had the news on, and he asked me to turn it off because he said that made him too sad,” Eddie’s mother, Ami Juel, recounted. “At that point, I realized he really was paying attention and listening, that we needed to actually address it. I hadn’t really intended to tell him about it necessarily.”
Moved by Eddie’s empathy and determination, his parents decided to help him channel his concern into action. Eddie came up with the idea of setting up a lemonade stand, inspired by a similar venture he had seen during a previous trip to Colorado. The goal was simple yet profound: to raise funds to aid the victims of the Maui wildfires.
Eddie’s parents, Ami and her husband, immediately rallied behind his noble idea. On a bustling Seattle street, they set up the lemonade stand, ready to turn a young boy’s goodwill into a force for positive change. The stand was open from 10 am to 6 pm, and it offered a variety of items beyond lemonade – from pink and yellow lemonades to sparkling water, popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, candy, and toys.
The response from the community was nothing short of remarkable. Lemonades were priced at just one dollar each, but many patrons generously gave $5, $10, or $20 bills as part of their donations. The outpouring of support was overwhelming, and the lemonade stand’s earnings quickly soared.
What made this initiative even more impactful was the family’s decision to amplify the impact. The profits from the stand itself, along with donations received, were augmented by the generous matching contributions from Eddie’s parents’ companies. The financial support escalated with a 3:1 and 1:1 matching, ultimately culminating in a staggering total of $17,000.
Ami Juel expressed her awe at the astounding response, saying, “I don’t think he understands that this is just like not a normal response. I had a lemonade stand as a kid. I remember waving and smiling for a long time hoping to get a car every now and then. But it was like, there’s periods where it was just every car stopped.”
Beyond the monetary impact, Eddie’s lemonade stand carried a message of unity and compassion. “Struck by how his generosity invited others to be generous,” Ami shared. “It was not something we could have orchestrated for him, so it was nice to see that was an idea he has.”
Eddie’s lemonade stand became a shining example of how a simple act of kindness, fueled by the pure intentions of a young heart, can create a ripple effect of goodness. In a world often filled with challenges, Eddie’s story serves as a beacon of hope, reminding us that even the smallest actions can make a monumental difference in the lives of those in need.
Meet Sparrow – The Incredible Service Dog with a Sixth Sense
Service dogs are truly remarkable creatures. They are not just loyal companions; they are also trained to assist people with disabilities, helping them with everyday tasks and even alerting them to potential medical issues. These specially trained pups are like superheroes, always ready to lend a paw when needed.
Sparrow, a Golden Retriever service dog, is a prime example of the extraordinary abilities that these dogs possess. Service dogs are known for their keen sense of awareness and their ability to detect changes in their owner’s health. These furry friends can sense things that might be undetectable to humans, thanks to their heightened senses and training.
One heartwarming story revolves around Sparrow and his owner, Libbi. Libbi was filming a playful moment with Sparrow when something incredible happened. Despite being off-duty and in the midst of playtime, Sparrow suddenly stopped playing and became alert. He sensed that something was amiss. Without hesitation, Sparrow turned his attention to Libbi and alerted her to a medical issue. It’s a reminder that these dogs are always on duty, even when they seem to be having fun.
The heartwarming video of Sparrow’s quick response garnered widespread attention and garnered numerous positive comments. One commenter added a touch of humor to the situation, asking, “Does this count as overtime?” It’s moments like these that showcase not only the incredible bond between service dogs and their owners but also the astounding abilities these dogs possess. Sparrow’s actions remind us that service dogs are not only highly trained companions but also devoted protectors, ready to leap into action whenever their owners need them.
Kansas City Woman Finds Relief from Summer Heat with Kind Samaritan’s Help
Living through scorching summer heat without air conditioning can be really tough, especially for senior citizens like Peggy Moore from Kansas City. Peggy’s struggle to beat the heat became a hot topic on FOX4’s Problem Solvers segment. The story highlighted how Peggy had been enduring months of sweltering temperatures due to a broken air conditioner. But the good news is, a kind-hearted man named Harry Frame stepped up to the plate and offered his helping hand.
Peggy’s story caught the attention of many, including Mr. Frame, after it was featured on FOX4 Problem Solvers. Peggy had been patiently waiting for her air conditioning to be fixed for months, and she was feeling the heat both outside and inside her home. The summer days were getting hotter, and the indoor temperature was reaching uncomfortable levels.
In her time of need, Harry Frame saw the segment and felt compelled to help Peggy out. He decided to fix her air conditioning for free, ensuring that she would no longer have to endure the scorching heat in her own home. This act of kindness came as a ray of hope for Peggy, who had previously faced a frustrating situation.
You see, Peggy had originally paid a significant amount of money – a whopping $5,000 – to a man named Gregg Fowler to fix her air conditioning. However, despite the payment, the work was not completed to her satisfaction. Even though Mr. Fowler claimed to have finished the job, the temperature in Peggy’s home remained a sweltering 89 degrees.
But Harry Frame was about to change all that. He reached out to FOX4 Problem Solvers and offered to fix Peggy’s air conditioning, and he did so without asking for any payment. Peggy expressed her gratitude for the outpouring of care and support that she received, especially when she felt like she was out of options.
“I’m thankful that so many people cared and came to my rescue because I didn’t know what I was going to do,” Peggy shared. She highlighted the importance of small acts of kindness, especially in a world where problems can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Harry Frame, from Service 1st Contractors, expressed his thoughts on the matter as well. “There is a lot of problems in the world these days so anybody can – that can reach out and just do a little good for somebody it needs to happen more often,” he said. His words echo the sentiment that a little bit of kindness can go a long way in making a positive impact.
After inspecting Peggy’s air conditioning unit, Harry Frame realized that it was too small for her home. As a solution, he decided to replace the old unit with a brand new one. This generous act ensured that Peggy could finally enjoy a comfortable and cool environment within her own home.
With her new air conditioning unit, Peggy can now relax in her home without worrying about the stifling heat. She won’t have to worry about being too hot to clean or carry out her daily activities. Peggy’s story is a heartwarming example of how the kindness of strangers can make a real difference in someone’s life, bringing relief and comfort during challenging times.