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.
7 Of The Most Restricted Places On Earth
Life is so open these days that you can barely contemplate the notion of privacy. There was, however, once a time when you could enjoy a day, or even a week, without the neighbors knowing what you had to eat or drink. While most establishments and communities are becoming more transparent by the day, these seven areas are steadily holding to the notion that less information and exposure is more in this world.
1. Club 33
This secret spot was originally a restaurant in Disneyland. Now, it serves as the ultimate hotspot reserved only for the significant people in the world. One hundred people allegedly applied for membership to the exclusive club but not before showing proof that they had $25,000 in the bank to pay for an association.
2. Vatican Secret Archives
Italy has many beautiful spots and the Vatican Secret Archives is undoubtedly one incredible place to visit. The problem is that few, if any, will ever get to see the extensive collection of publications since the Pope has to give his stamp of approval for every person who wants to stop by for a tour. You can only view books and articles older than 75 years old, but it would still make for a great trip.
This town in Bashkortostan only has 17,000 residents and doesn’t invite visitors to tour its region often. Secretive Russian companies have serious business in Mezhgorye, which is why the federal government strictly monitors who comes in and leaves.
4. Snake Island
Brazil is such a beautiful place, but not every part of the quarters is accessible to the general public. Snake Island is off limits to human beings due to the island being inhabited by the world’s deadliest snakes. Defy these orders, and you could die.
5. Area 51
Area 51 is quite possibly one of the most controversial places in the United States. The space is officially regarded as a military installation post, but several theorists have thought the spot to be the breeding ground for UFOs and other out-of-this-world phenomena.
Sealand is not officially recognized as its own nation, but it kind of is a territory to itself. HavenCo is just off the coast of Suffolk, England, and allegedly holds some of the world’s most pertinent data. You kind of need to be invited to the getaway to see all of its wonders. It wouldn’t be wise to hold your breath waiting for an invite, though.
Bahnhof is also recognized as Wikileaks, Sweden. You know, Wikileaks, which led to a serious uproar from which the world has yet to recover. The good news is that this spot is located in the white mountain of the country, which is beautiful to no end. The scary news is that Wikileaks is surrounded by armor that makes its capable of withstanding a nuclear attack. Would you want to work in an institution as such?
It would be great to visit any one of these places but don’t count on a ticket to view any of these spectacular spots.
Man’s Not so Friendly Best Friend- Forty of The Feistiest Dog Breeds Around
Are you looking for a four-legged friend? Dogs can be one of the best options when considering a pet. They are smart, loyal, and affectionate, especially when you adopt them as pups. One of the best things that you can do before choosing your canine companion is research because not all dogs are created the same. Like people, all dogs have their own individaul and unique personality, but lets take a look at some of our canine companion that are known for being fiesty.
Wolf Hybrids are the offspring of a domestic dog and a grey wolf. Because of their instinctual nature, Wolf Hybrids are extremely territorial and like to roam. Experts suggest that one should only consider a hybrid if they can invest the time, energy, and money it takes for training and upkeep, as they can be high maintenance.
Thousands of Years Old Penguin Colony Has Disappeared
Recently, there was a tragic sea-ice collapse in the Antarctic. As a result, thousands of emperor penguins are presumed to be dead. These birds were said to be raising their chicks on a massive chunk of ice. Two years ago, a major storm hit the Wendell Sea. This caused the ice to weaken, and thousands of baby penguins drowned. According to officials with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), as the Antarctic continues to warm up, experts are worried that there will be more incidents like this in the future.
The Emperor Penguin
The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all penguins. The ice where they raise their young needs to be incredibly sturdy. Between April and December, the ice has to be strong enough to hold the weight of thousands of birds. Since we don’t have people out in this area, the BAS relies on satellite images to check up on the penguin. They have confirmed that the entire colony is gone. Because this species is near extinction, this was a significant loss.
The Satellite Image
It was Dr. Peter Fretwell, a member of BAS, who first looked at the satellite image and discovered that the colony was no longer there. He says that part of his job is to look at the images from the satellites to check on the condition of the ice and the creatures that live there. Initially, he thought that he was looking at the wrong image when he saw that the penguins were gone. When he double checked and saw that he was looking at the correct image, he was devastated. There were thousands of penguins on the ice the day before. Penguins can breathe underwater, but they can hold their breath underwater for a long time. After falling into the water with no ice to stand on, it was just a matter of time before the thousands of penguins died.
Dr. Fretwell believes that the weakening of the ice and the warmer waters will put the existence of the emperor penguin in great danger. Because our oceans are warming up at such a rapid rate, the ice is melting just as quickly. He says that the emperor penguin isn’t the only animal at risk due to the warming of the oceans. Polar bears are also in danger. When a female polar bear gives birth, she hunts on the sea ice. She needs it to travel to different regions looking for food. If there is less sea ice, the females will need to go longer without food. This can hinder their reproductive success and their fat storage. If the summer ice completely disappears, the polar bears will need to live on land, which can put their survival at considerable risk.
The walrus and several species of seals also at risk while the sea ice melts. Seabirds, such as the ivory gull is also at risk. Over the last two decades, the number of ivory gulls in Canada has dropped by 90 percent. This number is only expected to rise.
Dr. Fretwell has tried to get people to listen when it comes to the dangers of Global Warning. Unfortunately, there are still people, some in power, who don’t believe in Global Warming or who refuse to admit that it is a serious issue. Sadly, by the time people finally decide to act, several animal species will no longer roam the Earth. The disappearance of the emperor penguin colony is just the beginning. Dr. Fretwell says that it is just a matter of time before more species are wiped off the planet.
A Young Man’s Journey to Feed the Needy
If you’ve ever felt a need for inspiration, a young man’s story is sure to warm your heart and soul. Liam Hannon saw homeless people on his way to school every morning, and felt horrible for them. When school let out he asked his dad, Scott Hannon, if he could take them lunches for their afternoon meal. Scott thought it was a wonderful idea filled with love and caring, and wasted no time getting the required materials together to begin the project.
Liam lives in a small Massachusetts town, where at ten years old he had just finished fifth grade last year when the project started. Lunches for Love, as the small business is aptly titled, began with Liam and Scott making 20 lunches every week to hand out to the impoverished homeless people in town. Unlike most pre-teen young men, Liam decided to forego television and video games in the hopes of accomplishing something far more rewarding and of value to the community.
What He Does
Once started, the project seemed to take on a life of its own. Liam started a Go Fund Me account to help sponsor the growing needs of Lunches for Love. He works in tandem with a local community adult resource, the Hildrebrand Family Help Center, in an attempt to not just feed the homeless but to help provide them with the skills and resources they need to lift their lives to something more fulfilling. To this end, by the end of the summer he was making up to 60 lunches each week to hand out. Although he did have to go back to school when autumn arrived, but continues to hand out as many lunches as possible on weekends. Of course, that is between completing his homework on time, studying for tests, and generally being a great student at the top of his class for grades.
Why He Feeds the Poor
Liam has his own reasons for feeding the poor, which is the sheer honesty of children. He saw they looked hungry, that hurt his feelings, so he decided to do something about it. As a ten year old child is wont to do, he asked his dad for help and advice to get started, needless to say, he has a great dad who was absolutely supportive of the idea and used the opportunity to make it a father/ son project. When the local community realized what was going on, they asked questions to find out that even though he had some help, the project was the brainstorm of a young man. Everybody was amazed and impressed by the boy’s ambition and willingness to give so selflessly of his time a generous gift to those in need. If you ever find yourself lacking in inspiration, remember what this young man has accomplished and allow the story to lift your spirits at the what can be accomplished when you set your mind to it.
Loyal Dog Protected Injured Sister Stranded On Railroad Tracks For Days
It Seemed To Be Very Bad
Denis Malafeyev felt his heart paralyzed when he saw the train approaching. On the railroad was an injured dog that couldn’t move. He prepared for the worst but then something unbelievable happened. A dog appeared like an angel and stole the hearts of many on the Internet.