Ed Snider may have put his Manhattan apartment on the market, but as a Property commenter pointed out, he also owns a condo at the swank Lippincott on Washington Square which, according to Public Record, he bought for a cool $2.61 million in May 2013.
Monsignor Bonner High School grad Jamie Kennedy has had some trouble selling his ranch home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of LA, which he’s listed three times. It’s unfortunate because Kennedy made a lot of funky changes to the house, turning it from cookie-cutter to unique.
Last time I wrote about the home, I had this exchange with Kennedy via Twitter (where else?):
@PropertyPhilly fish tank. There's also a moat
— Jamie Kennedy (@JamieKennedy) January 10, 2014
I then suggested he advertise the moat in the listing. I mean, a moat? That’s highly unusual. That’s gotta get someone excited.
Under usual circumstances, a home that hasn’t been updated since the 1950s might be a tough sell. In this case, it’s a point of pride. If the basement looks like a mid-century relic, that’s because it is. Woe betide the buyer who removes so much as an inch of the historic paneling where the legendary Bill Haley and His Comets once practiced.
Mr. “Rock Around the Clock” built Melody Manor in 1954 on the site of his childhood home beside the cottage where he grew up. Haley’s biography claims that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer declined to knock down the cottage, preferring to leave it as a reminder of his meager start.
At the American Museum of Natural History gala, host Tina Fey was asked by a reporter about…her fireplace. (This was clearly not a reporter from TMZ, though it’s kind of fun to imagine the Keno brothers, say, reinvented as paparazzi.) Standing with her husband, Jeff Richmond, the Upper Darby native said, “We’ve never used it because it’s always too warm on Christmas.” She also called it “smallish.”
Her husband is obviously more of a fireplace guy. He told the AD reporter: “It’s an original, 1910, plaster fireplace, recently restored.” He said it had nice details, “like beautiful soap.”
This place just needs some extra time — to buy new window treatments and paint — and your renovation kiss. Because right now it’s a Prince-ly palace: aggressively purple, from the shutters outside to the living room walls; from the grape-juice velvet dining room chairs to the matching velvet window swags.
Putting all that aside, this four-bedrdoom Queen Village home is rather terrific. After all, there is a marble gas fireplace and a kitchen stocked with fancypants appliances, which leads out to a lovely patio. There are surprisingly spare bedrooms on the second floor as well as a laundry room (seriously: Prince is not going down to the basement). The master suite — also with a sort of Prince vibe — features huge closets and a full, en-suite bathroom.
Monsignor Bonner High School grad Jamie Kennedy, who was probably voted Class Clown, has relisted his home in the Los Feliz neighborhood of LA — for the third time. It makes sense that someone from an unpretentious background would live in a hood like Los Feliz, which is a far cry from Beverly Hills or Encino. But according to realtor.com, the comedian made plenty of modifications to the home, including the installation of “an outdoor fish tank,” which the listing refers to as “an aboveground koi pond.” The listing also calls the house “beautiful, contemporary, cool, and rare,” and there’s some truth to that, for sure.
Take a look. Gallery below.
The Real Estalker reports that Queen Latifah, aka Dana Owens, has listed her New Jersey home, which is about an hour and a half from Philly (and close to Asbury Park). It has a total of 23 rooms, including seven bedrooms, a sun room, an exercise room, and a home theater. There’s an Olympic-size heated Infinity pool on the nine-plus landscaped acres.
The Real Estalker is not much impressed, however, by the home’s overall “murky vernacular,” “wonky ceiling and wall angles that we can’t understand or intellectually support,” “a soul-sucking office-like dropped ceiling treatment,” and “inelegant and sorta janky looking—open-air tented pavilion along one of the long sides of the rectangular pool.”
Frank, as always. Gallery below.
We’re feeling the love for Rocky II these days. The Philly Post’s Dan McQuade analyzed and mapped Rocky Balboa’s famous filmic run, which took him (most memorably) through the Italian Market and up the Art Museum steps as well as other Philadelphia neighborhoods. McQuade calculated that the run traveled through 10 neighborhoods and traversed more than 30 miles.
Looking at the clips and photos of the film in McQuade’s post put us in mind of the Girard Estate home at 2313 S. Lambert Street — around 20th and Wolf — that starred as Rocky and Adrian’s home in Rocky II. (In the movie, the real estate agent showing the home to the couple said it was in “a very good neighborhood.”) That three-bedroom home went on the market this spring for $139,900, and the listing included a Rocky II mention as a selling point.
Nonetheless, it didn’t sell until last month, and at more than $10,000 below its asking price. What’s wrong with people? This is a cinematic treasure!
Our friend HughE over at PhillyChitChat tells us that Richard Gere is coming to live in the Greater Philadelphia area to film the movie Fanny, and that he’s likely to rent “in the suburbs” because that’s where the majority of the movie will be filmed. “The suburbs,” you’ll admit, is a rather large chunk of change, particularly given that it includes New Jersey and Delaware.
My concern is for Gere’s comfort. This is not a man who — despite his progressive politics and his Buddhism and his passion for yoga — lives modestly. In fact, he currently has a vacation house on the market for $65 million. It’s a manor, actually, and looking at its contours, I don’t see many candidates in this area for a replacement, even if it’s only temporary. In fact, even the Sotheby’s listing says its “a unique property that can never be replicated.” Oh dear.
The house is in the Hamptons, and is called Strongheart Manor. It’s 12,000 square feet and has 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in the main house. There are guest houses on the property as well. Below, some photos of the property.
Okay, so obviously, Cape May, it isn’t. But, I have found what seems to be a reasonable solution, and since it’s at the shore, people won’t likely find him, and surely he can afford a driver to get him to the suburban set. I recommend: Brigantine.
Brigantine is quiet and the people there respect privacy. The below mansion (not a manor, but we’re only talking about a couple letters) has a name: Casa Bella. This is good. Stars like properties with names. Though it’s for sale, celebs know how to rent places that aren’t for rent. (Confidential to plebes: Don’t waste your time trying.)
It’s got 10,000 square feet, though only four bedrooms. But that’s okay! It’s temporary! There are four-and-a-half bathrooms as well, which is not 12, but is more than three. There’s an elevator and a game room.
Other perks: a “state-of-the-art theatre” — with a golfing mural and a popcorn machine — where he could watch his movies (is there anyone, man or woman, who doesn’t cry at Officer and a Gentleman?), and a pool, in case the waterfront access doesn’t cut it. Photos below:
Listing: Strongheart North Haven Waterfront [Sotheby's]
Listing: 524 W Shore DrBrigantine, NJ [realtor.com]
Our friends over at Philly Post tell us the Forbes 400 is out–aka “ The Richest People In America” list–and four people within our Greater Philly universe have made the list. For those wondering how the other half lives, so to speak, here’s what we know about their residences.
Mary Alice Dorrance Malone
The Campbell Soup heiress operates Iron Springs Farm, which breeds, sells and develops champion Warmblood and Friesian stallions. Should you be an animal person interested in cooing over foals, go quickly to the Farm’s Facebook page, where you may catch a glimpse of life on the farm.