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.
From a Sandwich Box to Staring Preschool
Amazing things can happen in modern medicine, and helping premature babies survive to full development and ultimately growing enough to have a normal life almost seems like pulling off a miracle. For one mother who’s baby girl was born premature, that’s exactly what her doctors pulled off.
Darcey Clegg today is now age four, all energy, big eyes and questions about the world like any preschooler getting ready for a jump to kindergarten. However, her first days were very different. At birth, Darcey only measured about the size of a sugar packet, weighing barely one pound and five ounces. Brought into the world by an emergency c-section, Darcey’s odds of surviving were not very good at all. Serious sports betters have taken on much risker-sounding positions on events that were conservative compared to the odds of Darcey’s survival.
As a three-month old preemie, Darcey represented the premier challenge at the moment for the Royal Oldham Hospital’s staff in Greater Manchester. The pediatrics team was already a well-trained group of specialists in their respective fields, but trying to keep a preemie the size of Darcey alive was the extreme challenge. They were very realistic amongst themselves about the possibilities, so when Darcey was able to not only live weeks after birth but a full two months before her hospital discharge, everybody was genuinely shocked.
All of that heart-stretching event now seems so far in the past for Gill Glegg, Darcey’s mother. Instead, she’s enjoying watching and experiencing Darcey’s first day going to school, beaming proud of her vivacious daughter’s grip on life and early childhood. Gill will never forget the size of her daughter those first few, harrowing days of life, almost like reflecting back on a dream the next day. The emotions, no surprise, tend to be overwhelming for Darcey’s mom.
Originally, Gill’s pregnancy seemed normal. It wasn’t until the 28th week during a routine maternity checkup that issues were spotted. At that point, the doctors saw negative signs that Darcey, as a fetus, was not receiving enough blood flow. Something was wrong with Gill’s placenta, the life-preserving organ that was Darcey’s physical connection to her mother. As soon as the problem was identified, Gill went from preparing to come off of work as a caterer to suddenly being an emergency patient under high monitoring and being prepped for surgery. It was the operation or losing Darcey, and everyone was in agreement Darcey needed to be saved.
Even Gill, as much as she was already attached to her unborn child, had little hope Darcey would make it at the time. However, when Gill heard her daughter’s crying when brought into the open air during the surgery, the mother wanted her daughter to live. Darcey was immediately connected to life-preserving equipment and had to have blood transfusions regularly to develop and build up a normal level of internal functions missing from being born early.
However, despite the above, Darcey did grow, develop and has now turned into a beaming, normal four-year-old kid bubbly about her new friends at school and being a living dream for her mother. To Darcey, however, her survival doesn’t even register. All she thinks about is what school is like and seeing her friends every day in class.
A Coyote Is Rescued After Trying To Go For A Swim In San Francisco Bay
Most folks who visit Fisherman’s Wharf and the Pier 39 area of San Francisco City tend to do it on the weekend. So, for the locals, the weekdays are far better times to go for a walk, avoiding crowds and congestion, and having an open area to relax and destress. However, on a given Thursday in the middle of the week, a coyote pup somehow managed to find her way onto the urban San Francisco peninsula and then take an unhealthy dip into the San Francisco Bay’s cold waters.
The coyote has been roaming the City streets for a while, likely eating out of trash cans and similar, given how much opportunity there is in the City for scavenging. However, unlike rural areas, cities have full departments dedicated to catching stray animals and stopping them from becoming a problem for residents. So, soon enough, this particular coyote pup had an unwanted fan club in the form of the City’s animal control chasing her down. In the midst of that pursuit, the coyote pup took a wrong turn and thought to evade the control officers by jumping off the pier. The shock on the animal’s face will likely never be recorded, but she did end up in the cold water pretty quickly, to the amusement of some local seals.
The whole chase got started because the coyote got herself stuck in a resident’s backyard without a clear way out. San Francisco inner city backyards are fairly small, about the size of most family rooms in a home in most cases, so the residents were likely freaked out to suddenly find a snapping stray dog in their yard. By the time officers arrived, however, the coyote was gone. It appeared next when moving at an erratic pace in the area of Pier 39. The chase was on. The coyote was actively afraid of humans and even got herself wedged between dock parts at one point. With the officers closing in, the coyote panicked, got free and then took her leap for freedom, or a cold bath.
Not used to swimming, the coyote was immediately struggling, just trying to keep above the water and figure out where to go. A nearby boat closed in and one of the animal control officers jumped onto it to reach in and snag the coyote with a control lasso. Soon enough, the pup was out of the drink and firmly secured in the back of an animal control truck. Fortunately, however, the pup wasn’t going to maximum security. Instead, it was checked out by the city veterinarian crew, warmed up again due to suffering from hypothermia, and eventually relocated to a wild area likely south of the city and away from people.
Given the experience, it’s likely the coyote pup will never venture anywhere close to San Francisco neighborhoods again, but the animal was a bit of a different experience for the control officers. Dog-like but wiry, coyotes are extremely fast, smart, and resourceful in surviving. Folks had their hands full just trying to corral a young female in this case. And, it’s not every day they get fished out of the Bay either.
Senior Citizen Saved After Cat’s Meow Alerts Searchers to Ravine
Over the years, you’ve heard of dogs saving their owners, but a feline has proven that it doesn’t matter what type of pet you are; love conquers every situation.
It was the case for an older adult who fell deep into a ravine, and residents would not have located the woman had it not been for some seriously loud meows from her dear pet that drew the attention of community members and rescue operators.
Cats can be aloof and prefer to do whatever they desire. One cat, however, has become something of a hero after alerting rescuers to the site where its owner had fallen into a ravine.
On Saturday, crews were already searching for a missing 83-year-old woman in Bodmin, Cornwall, when neighbors helping in the search for the woman heard her pet cat Piran meowing and followed the sound.
The woman had fallen a ravine with “complicated access and uneven terrain,” according to the report, and the woman had even slipped through some barbed wire.
The older woman had come to a halt in the middle of a creek. Piran was “very persistent,” according to one of the witnesses, according to BBC News. “This was unusual,” the owner of the farm where they found Piran told media representatives.
Tamar Longmuir told reporters that, “The cat is quite loyal to its owner, and he was walking to and fro in the gateway with nonstop meowing, so I decided to go and search the maize field.”
After that, Longmuir went to the field and began calling the woman’s name. Longmuir’s cows first replied, but she later stated that she had heard the woman’s cry for help.
Longmuir told reporters at the scene that if the cat hadn’t been waiting at the field’s gate, it could have been hours before I or anyone else checked there.
“Piran, the cat, saved the day,” stated Bodmin Police. The woman was carried back up to the top on a stretcher and transferred to a local hospital, according to police.
The rescue has brought the community even closer than it already was. Neighbors constantly keep an eye and ear out for each other. However, now that everyone anticipates the older woman’s speedy recovery, the focus is on her cat, Piran.
Both the rescue workers and the community as a whole continue to laud the creature, who has a close bond with its owner. Cat’s may be self-centered, but that does not mean they don’t care for their owners.
Piran certainly proved that, and it has driven many residents to draw even closer to their pets in the event they should one day need their assistance for any reason.
Cats Give What They Get, Researchers Say
Meanwhile, contrary to popular perception, Oregon State University researchers have shown that cats build personal connections when the proximity of a caregiver makes them feel safe and calm.
“Cats that feel insecure are inclined to run into hiding or appear aloof,” said Dr. Kristyn Vitale, the study’s principal author. The researchers looked at the interaction between 108 cats and their owners.
When cats were abruptly left alone, they behaved similarly to dogs and children, according to the research.
Seventy cats were placed in an unknown room with their owners for two minutes during the trial. The owner left the room for another two minutes.
According to the researchers, 64.3 percent of the cats showed symptoms of “secure attachment,” meaning they grew more relaxed when their owner returned while others became unduly attached to their owners or altogether avoided them.
According to Vitale, the qualities of a secure cat include welcoming its owner and then returning to its previous activity.
She continued, “That’s how a secure human behaves as well.” “It is critical for owners to consider this. When they’re in a stressful circumstance, the way they act can have a direct impact on their cats’ behavior.”
A Huge Tip Windfall for an Airport Piano Player
These days, with all the security involved, it’s not often one sees local entertainment at the airport. However, for Tonee “Valentine” Carter, playing the piano at Atlanta International Airport has been his gig for decades. As it turned out, one day, that became the best life choice he ever made.
Tonee Carter has been playing piano for years. And at age 66, there isn’t much else he’s going to do. So, travelers who make their way through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport get the unique opportunity to enjoy Carter’s piano playing daily, often stopping folks in their tracks as they arrive, depart or catch a connecting flight. And a lot of it has to do with the fact that Carter puts his soul into his music when he plays.
As it turned out, one traveler named Carlos Whittaker was also in Atlanta International on a given day, trying to make his way back home midweek after one of his events ended up being cancelled at the last second. Looking to make a connection back to Tennessee, Whittaker was not in his best mood getting circumvented through Atlanta instead of his normal flight route. However, that was also the moment that Whitaker was put in the right place at the right time to hear and enjoy Tonee Carter’s piano playing in the airport.
Whitaker not only stopped to catch his bearings, the motivational speaker was moved by the music, and he stayed to listen for almost two hours as Carter played one melody after another ,the music wafting through Concourse A, blocking out the incessant chatter of airport announcements and general buzz of travelers talking. Whitaker didn’t stop listening either; he used his smartphone to video film the musician as well as post a meeting and chat with Carter as well. That particular post then ended up going viral with Whitaker’s network and 200,000 viewers online.
As they talked, Whitaker, who normally makes a living speaking, ended up hearing an amazing personal story of Carter’s and how he ended up doing what he does with a piano. The telling moved Whitaker and a spark flashed inside the professional speaker’s head; he was going to see if his following audience would be willing to participate in giving Carter the biggest tip he ever received in his piano-playing history. The idea went off like a rocket. In a half hour, the tip amount grew to $10,000.
Carter at first thought the whole thing and Whitaker were a spoof, a candid camera joke. However, when he realized that Whitaker was serious, and the money for the pianist’s tip was real, he was floored. Carter had spent his entire life giving to others; nobody had ever picked him out from the crowd to be a recipient. Whitaker kept the drive going before leaving for his connection, and when he did reach Nashville, the donation account had doubled. Later that same day, Whitaker connected with Carter and put the pianist on a podcast, and the balance was then at $44,000. By the end of the workweek, Carter was going to be the tip recipient of well over $61,000, without any strings attached.
From a boy who was inspired by Ray Charles’ piano-playing at the age of six, Tonee Carter would find himself 60 years later being rewarded for his musicianship by complete strangers. For Whitaker, the moment galvanized his speeches on how people can do great things when they work together, even if just with small contributions rolled together in a big movement. However, for Carter, he doesn’t plan to be greedy. Instead, he expects to take his tip and pay it forward to others who need help. And he’ll still be playing piano at Atlanta International Airport, Concourse A, for as long as he can.
Activist Known For Protecting MOST-TRAFFICKED Mammal Awarded Major Honors
A tiny animal known to thrive throughout Africa and Asia, pangolins are as fascinating as they are bizarre. Covered in scales from head to toe, the pangolin feeds on ants and termites which it catches through a prolonged tongue, eating nothing else from the environment. Due to their unusual bodies and beautiful scales, the pangolin has become one of the most trafficked mammals on the planet. Already critically endangered, pangolin smugglers often ship the animal’s scales into China for profit on the black market and use through traditional Asian medicine.
Setting his sights on helping such a critically endangered species, Thai Van Nguyen would score international honors from the Goldman Environmental Prize, a grassroots award offered to environmental activists from all over the world.
Earning the Goldman Environmental Prize
Established in 1989, the Goldman Environmental Frize was founded by Rhoda and Richard Goldman in the city of San Francisco. For more than 32 years, the Prize has been offered to grassroots activists working day and night to benefit and protect the planet. Environmental activists from every inhabited continental region in the world compete for the top honors, with more than 206 winners spread across 92 nations at the time of this writing.
Susie Gelman is the V.P. at the Goldman Environmental Foundation and it was through a press release that she honored past recipients of the prize. Focusing on the importance of the work they are advocating for Gelman stated, “The global community of leaders, thinkers, and philanthropists is only growing and becoming more sophisticated, united, and powerful.”
Gelman went on to describe how each prize winner has played an immeasurable role in helping the planet move forward, focusing on the “balance with nature” that Gelman believes is the key to survival.
Meet Thai Van Nguyen; International Eco-Activist
With a workmanlike dedication to fighting the good fight, Thai Van Nguyen has been working in pangolin conservation since 2015. The founder of Vietnam Wildlife, Thai, and his team have personally accounted for the rescue of at least 1,540+ pangolins since their work began.
In addition to saving many at-risk pangolins from international trade, Thai was integral to establishing Vietnam’s first-ever anti-poaching unit. This anti-poaching unit has helped to significantly address illegal activities that were prevalent throughout Pu Mat National Park. Thai’s efforts helped to lead his anti-poaching unit to destroy over 9,700 animal traps, 775 illegal camps, and 78 guns. The anti-poaching unit that was established would also help lead to the arrest of 558 poachers in 7 years.
Before he was an international icon and environmental hero, Thai Van Nguyen was just another child growing up near Cuc Phuong National Park. It was there that Thai saw a baby pangolin and its mother trapped and killed by poachers. Since then, his efforts have been entirely focused on putting an end to the practice. To accomplish this task, Nguyen decided to embark upon a multi-pronged campaign to educate the public of Vietnam while stressing the importance of conserving the pangolin population.
Nguyen would begin conservation efforts by deploying an education campaign, discussing how to rescue and treat pangolins while also contributing to peer-reviewed journals and international workshops. Eventually, Nguyen would help engineer the opening of the Carnivore and Pangolin Education Center, a true first-of-its-kind establishment in the region. Through the non-profit, Nguyen has helped to educate guards, rangers, students, locals, and customs officials on how to properly care for pangolins.
Despite Nguyen’s heroic efforts, the past decade has seen more than 1 million pangolins poached worldwide, with Vietnam a particularly notable hotbed for the activities.
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