Pompano Beach, FL, December 19, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- This week's Top 10 homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com includes a look at the Material Girl's New York apartment, now on the market at $23.5 million. Madonna is one of today's many celebrities “living in a material world” buying and selling homes like some people collect new iPhones. Madonna's home affairs started in the 1980s with her first Los Angeles house, which she eventually sold to Leonardo DiCaprio. Then followed four more homes, an equestrian facility and a London manse she lost to ex-husband Guy Ritchie.
In other home news:
Robert F. McDonnell was the longtime senior designer for Walt Disney, leaving his creative stamp on many Disney theme park Main Streets and the train station in Disneyland Japan. When one spends his career designing fantasy buildings, it would be impossible not to daydream about what it would be like to design and actually live in one, so McDonnell set about creating a magical home for his own family. The home was built in 1937 in the prestigious Los Angeles suburb of La Canada Flintridge. In 1971, McDonnell bought it and started turning it into the mythical fairyland castle it is today with lots of spires, gingerbread and pretty colors. McDonnell's home is for sale at $1,449,999.
Petra Island is a heart shaped 11-acre island in Lake Mahopac, only 47 miles from New York City. As the story goes, when Wright designed an island estate for engineer A.K. Chahroudi, the combination of the site and design promised to match that of Wright's most famous work, Fallingwater. However, when it turned out that Chahroudi didn’t have the commission for the entire project, Wright completed only a small guest house. When retired sheet-metal contractor, Joe Massaro, bought it and began construction from Wright’s original drawings, a whirlwind of controversy arose from the FLW purists. Though building to closely match Wright’s specifications, the purists argue that it cannot be called a Frank Lloyd Wright home.
Some big auction news:
Robert Taylor's 11,700 square foot Los Angeles ranch was once on sale at $65 million, but just sold at auction for $12 million. Villa Belvedere is a newer mansion on the water’s edge of San Francisco Bay with 5,000 square feet of waterfront terraces, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Sausalito and the Bay Bridge that was for sale at $45 million. It is going to auction on December 30th.
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