It’s been another big year in the world of real estate, and celebrities have been no exception, with a number of eye-watering transactions taking place in 2021.
According to realtor.com, each of the top five sales and purchases of the rich and famous exceeded $25 million, with some record-breakers thrown in too. The biggest deal was $85 million.
Check out the biggest celebrity home purchases of the year:
Price: $78 million
Bezos reportedly spent around $78 million for a secluded waterfront spread in Maui, that apparently set a record for real estate on the Valley Isle.
Known as the Carter Estate, the 14-acre offering is said to include a 4500-square-foot main house, a 1700-square-foot guesthouse, and a 700-square-foot pool.
According to reports, the home wasn’t even on the market when Bezos first expressed interest, but the multi-billionaire was able to convince them to make the sale.
Price: $70 million
The purchase of a Bel-Air mansion for $70 million reported was reportedly one of the biggest transactions of the year in LA.
The 33,000-square-foot home on 1.58 acres overlooks the exclusive Bel Air Country Club, and apparently includes a gym, indoor pool, home theatre, and recording studio, along with an infinity pool, sport court, and split staircase leading down to a lawn.
And as was the case with Bezos, the homeowners weren’t looking to sell, The Weeknd was able to talk them into it.
Price: $57.3 million
Soon after separating from Kim Kardashian West, Kanye West snapped up this discounted Malibu mansion which was first listed for $75 million.
Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the modern home features 1200 tons of concrete, 200 tons of steel and 12 pylons that were embedded 60 feet into the sand, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Measuring 3652 square feet, the residence offers four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Glass doors pivot open to balconies, and a private staircase leads to the beach.
Price: $27.8 million
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also received a slight discount on this Beverly Hills mansion, originally listed for $30 million.
Built in 1993, the Mediterranean mansion measures 15,000 square feet and has seven bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, a massive gym, home theatre, elevator, recording studio, and 2500-square-foot guesthouse – all set on 3.6 acres.
Price: $24 million
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner snapped up this South Florida mansion, located on the ‘Billionaire Bunker’, a 300-acre island with only 36 home sites, 24/7 police force and an 18-hole golf course.
The 8510-square-foot home has six bedrooms and 8.5-bathrooms, along with 26-foot domed ceilings, opulent double staircase, open entertaining areas, large screening room, wood-panelled office, large gym, and spacious master bedroom with two full bathrooms.
Not only did they buy up big, but plenty of celebrities offloaded their properties too, receiving a huge pay cheque for doing so.
Check out the biggest celebrity sales of the year:
Sold for: $85 million
The fashion designer reportedly sold the last of his Hamptons real estate for a staggering $85 million – he paid just $3.6 million for the property back in 1987.
It was reportedly the most expensive transaction for the area.
The oceanfront estate near Georgica Pond, built in the 1800s, was designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorp, and includes a main house, a pool, and a boathouse.
Sold for: $55 million
Retired golfer Greg Norman and his wife, Kiki, sold their Jupiter Island waterfront estate for $55 million, after listing it for $60 million earlier in the year.
Known as Tranquility, the 8.3-acre property extends from the ocean to the Intracoastal Waterway and includes a main house, pool house, and beach house. Over their three decades of ownership, the couple had rebuilt and improved the place, which includes almost 32,000 square feet of living space.
The property has 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and six half-bathrooms.
Sold for: $39.5 million
Hollywood heartthrob Tom Cruise sold his 320 acre Telluride ranch for $39.5 million, seven years after listing it for $59 million.
The home features a scenic driveway and gated entry, top-of-the-line chef’s kitchen, fitness centre, rec room, den, office suite, two fireplaces, and multiple terraces.
The property also includes a massive three-bedroom guest lodge.
Sold for: $35 million
After trying to secure $40 million for the sale of their Star Island home, Gloria and Emilio Estefan settled for $35 million.
The home was on the market for six years – they purchased the property in 1993 for $1.8 million.
The compound includes two homes on 1.34 acres, with six bedrooms and 8,000 square feet of living space. The landscaped grounds feature tropical foliage, palm trees, a resort-style pool and spa, and private dock.
The home was bought my Sean “Diddy” Combs who also owns the neighbouring homes.
Sold for: $30 million
Multibillionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk sold his Hillsborough estate for $30 million, after reportedly buying the property for $23,364,000 in 2017.
The 47-acre estate offers a 1912 home which features seven-bedrooms, 9.5-bathrooms, a five-star kitchen and stunning living room.
The library has leather walls and a fireplace, plus a sunroom that opens out to the patio and pool. There’s also a dining room and a separate cocktail room.