Now that the awards for the Oscars, Grammys and Golden Globes have been handed out, it’s time to move on to the next celebrity prize: The mirrored ball trophy for the winner of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The DWTS contestants have just been announced for the 14th season, which begins March 19. Ranging from actor Jaleel White, best known as Urkel on “Family Matters,” to soul singer Gladys Knight and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, this seasons’ contestants undoubtedly have been busy busting their best moves for their debut.
A few of the contestants have also been busy prepping their homes for the real estate market. DWTS contestants Gavin DeGraw and Melissa Gilbert have homes currently listed and host Brooke Burke recently removed her home off the active market.
Singer/songwriter DeGraw first gained popularity when his song “I Don’t Want To Be” was used as the theme song for TV’s drama “One Tree Hill” and his following album release “Chariot” was certified platinum.
His home is not typical celebrity real estate. Although the singer/songwriter’s home is listed on the Hollywood real estate market, it’s the other Hollywood — the city located in sunny Florida, not sunny SoCal — where DeGraw’s home exists.
Listed for $365,000, DeGraw’s Hollywood home was built in 1958 in a classic Spanish bungalow style. The 3-bed, 2-bath home features 1,700 square feet of living space on a 0.14-acre lot a short distance from the downtown Hollywood and lakefront beaches. The home takes advantage of Florida’s light and breezes with large windows and outdoor entertaining areas.
The home owned by Melissa Gilbert, famous for her stint as Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” and Bruce Boxleitner, best known for his role on TV series “Babylon 5,” was on the Tarzana real estate market already when the couple announced their separation after 16 years of marriage.
The 4,609-square-foot home is a quite a step up from the Ingalls’ modest home on the prairie. Sold to Gilbert and Boxleitner in 2005 for $1,260,000, the home was first listed at $1,349,000 in February 2011, before it dropped to its current price of $975,000. The current median home price in Tarzana, CA is $586,600, a few hundred thousand above the national median home price, and even significantly above the mid-point price of homes in most L.A. neighborhoods.
Built in 1955, the gated estate sits on a one-third of an acre at the end of a private cul-de-sac. The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has stayed true to its original one-story ranch style with a partial brick exterior and sprawling lawn.
Brooke Burke’s Home
Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke and David Charvet’s home, aptly named Chateau Charvet, was designed to evoke a house in the south of France, where Charvet was born.
The home was last listed for sale on the Malibu real estate market for $12,500,000 — property listing information shows it as an 880 percent price increase from when the land was sold to Charvet in 1998. The chateau-like estate was built in 2007. As of the January 2012, the home is no longer listed for sale.
The home for sale is located in the exclusive celebrity enclave of Serra Retreat, where Mel Gibson and Kelsey Grammar own homes. Although these homes don’t offer views of the water like ones found in the Malibu colony, many of them have larger property lines and enjoy greater privacy. Current median Malibu home values are $1,361,000.
Past DWTS contestants’ homes
Gilbert and DeGraw aren’t the only DWTS stars to partake in the real estate dance.
Season 12: Kirstie Alley’s Girly Maine Home