When it comes to celebrity real estate, not everyone’s livin’ la vida loca.

That includes the man who famously crooned about living the crazy life. Singer Ricky Martin just sold his Miami “masterpiece” for a big loss. Same with Hulk Hogan. Meanwhile, Robert De Niro will take a price cut on his West Village town home while New York’s newest QB opts for temporary digs.

Here’s the lowdown on losers and winners in la vida real estate.

Tim Tebow

NY Jets quarterback
“Scrambling to New Jersey”

The bright lights of Manhattan are best viewed from a distance if you’re the clean-living QB from Denver. That’s right. Newly acquired NY Jets quarterback Tim Tebow is opting for the Jersey side of the Hudson River, where he’ll be renting a two-bedroom condo in Hoboken, NJ, according to the NY Post.

Tebow is said to be eyeing a condo at 2 Constitution Court (photo above) where rentals go for upwards of $10,000. It makes sense, since the Jets play at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, only seven miles away. This keeps Tebow on the right side of metro NY/NJ traffic jams and away from the city that never sleeps.


Ricky Martin

“Don’t Cry For Me”


Ricky Martin and his family are living in New York. SOURCE: Vanity Fair

With a new show on Broadway that has Ricky Martin playing Che Guevara in “Evita,” the Puerto Rican heartthrob has had little time for his adopted home of Miami. So it was good news — along with some pretty decent reviews of his starring Broadway role — that Martin has finally off-loaded the Mediterranean masterpiece which has been sitting on the Miami Beach real estate market for the past five years.

According to The Real Estalker, Martin has accepted a $10.6 million offer for the bay-front beauty. Martin bought the property in 2005 for $10 million, and has added millions in upgrades to make this a richly tricked-out mansion so fly it had Beyonce and Jay-Z considering it. According to Zillow price history, Martin settled for millions less than his one-time asking price of $16.9 million.

With eight shows a week under the bright lights, however, Martin and his long-time partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella and their twin sons are ensconced in Manhattan, so while he has taken a hit on this real estate deal, life’s pretty good for the 40-year-old star. In the words of Evita Peron: Don’t cry for Ricky.

Robert De Niro

“You Talking To ME?”


Born and raised in lower Manhattan, De Niro has owned the same townhouse in the coveted and historic West Village neighborhood for more than 30 years. However, the Academy Award winner appears eager to ramp up efforts to sell the 5-bedroom, 3.5- bathroom town home at 14 St. Luke Place, dropping the price from $14 million to its new list price of $11.995 million.

De Niro has also turned the listing over to his son, Raphael De Niro, a successful agent who runs a sales group out of Prudential Douglas Ellison group. The 5-story, 22-feet-wide building will take some elbow grease and cash to transform. According to the listing notes, the building is looking for not only an owner, but someone to transform this blank slate into a dream home fitting the high-end properties that surround it.


Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne

Rock legend & reality TV stars
“Bye-Bye Malibu”

The wild and crazy family that helped push the reality TV genre to new heights has lightened their Southern California real estate load by one house. The Osbournes have reportedly sold their Malibu beach house.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the home they bought in 2003 for $5.1 million and had recently rented out has fetched a purchase price of $7.925 million. That’s about a 20-percent drop off the $10 million the rock family initially sought.

The Pacific Coast Highway villa sits on the exclusive La Costa Beach and like a lot of those homes, what you see from the street belies the luxury inside.

The 4,500-square-foot Malibu home boasts 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms and opens into an Italian garden. Inside, there’s a gourmet kitchen, master suite and two additional bedrooms all with sun-drenched views of the Pacific.

The Osbourne’s other home in the Hidden Hills real estate market of Los Angeles remains on the market.


Hulk Hogan

“The Hulk Takes A Beating”

Six years after his hulking, 17,000-square-foot mansion in the Belleair real estate market in Florida was first listed for sale, Terry Bollea has completed the deal. Too bad the final sale price was about $19 million less than the original $26 million asking price. Bollea bought the property in 1992 for $2 million.

The new sale ends another chapter for the man known as Hulk Hogan. It’s not really the worst news for the bleach-blond wrestler, considering the messy divorce from his wife, Linda, and the horrific car crash in which his son, Nick Bollea, was the driver in an accident that left passenger John Graziano with permanent brain damage.

According to Tampa Bay Online, Bollea’s house sale was finalized on April 13, when it appraised for $5.36 million — about a million less than the $6.2 million purchase price.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

“Upstate New York Home for Lovebirds”

The Bedford Inn has been a dining spot for Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively in recent months. SOURCE:

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds spotted in New Canaan, CT. earlier this month. SOURCE: New Canaan Advertiser

Forget Hollywood. Forget Manhattan. Heck, forget Connecticut!

After less than a year of canoodling, and many forays into the pricey Connecticut suburbs, word is that Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have bought a house in Bedford, NY. The town is just over the border from the Nutmeg State, but like the towns in Connecticut where they were house hunting, Bedford is for the especially well-heeled.

About a total of 40 square miles, Bedford is located in Westchester County, which is the second-wealthiest county in New York state behind Manhattan. According to People, Lively and Reynolds have bought a home for about $2 million in Bedford, where the pair had dined at the Bedford Inn (pictured above.)

Here are some homes listed for sale in Bedford for around the price the Hollywood power couple are said to have bought. Have a guess at which one might be theirs!

About the Author

Laura Vecsey is a former sports columnist, news reporter and politics writer and has worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Baltimore Sun, Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union and Harrisburg Patriot-News. She was also a regional editor with She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.

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