Sunday, March 13, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up

Academy Award winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (Resevoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) has had it up to there with his Academy Award winning next door neighbor Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, America Beauty, True Blood) and his actor man-friend Peter Macdissi and their aviary full of exotic birds that screech and squawk and let out "blood curdling" and "obnoxious pterodactyl-like" screams at all hours of the damn day and night.

Last week we discussed a luxe London mansion owned by brutal Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's second son Saif was taken over by a group of protesting squatters. This week photographs were released that show the naughty squatters inside the posh pad lying around, watching tee-vee and displaying the pre-Gaddafi Libyan flag. Fascinating stuff, puppies, just riveting really.

Celebutante turned low-profile mommy-housewife Nicole Richie spent $3,000 on designer pillow for her house in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles but her rocker husband Joel Madden thinks that's just plum ka-razy.

Hoochie-luvin' professional golfer Tiger Woods is finally fixin' to move into his newly completed $50,000,000 compound in Jupiter Island, FL that includes a 6,400 square foot private gym/media room/bar, multiple swimming pools and a four-green golf course in the backyard.

Meanwhile we hear through the celebrity real estate gossip grapevine that his former wife Elin Nordegrin paid $12,250,000 for a 9,191 square foot beachfront pile with 6 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms in nearby North Palm Beach. Real estate Chicken Littles will delight in the fact that ex-Missus Woods paid $2,900,000 less than the sellers–a banker and his wife–paid for the property in early 2002.

Actor Kelsey Grammer and his new trolley dolly wife Kayte Walsh continue their house hunt in New York City at The Plaza where they were married in late February 2011 even before the damn ink was dry on the groom's dee-vorce from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' resident villainess Camille Grammer.

The newlyweds reportedly had a look-see at a low-floor two bedroom and 2.5 bathroom unit with 1,795 square feet, a few of Central Park and a $9,900,000 asking price.

Anyone feel like dropping $500,000 for a two-week summer rental in the Hamptons this summer? Maybe some of the children can go in together to defray the costs of leasing the 31,000 square foot spread that includes 12 bedrooms, 10 full and 4 half bathrooms, 8 fireplaces, a two-lane bowling alley, indoor skateboard half pipe, rock climbing wall, disco with full bar, squash and racquetball court, sunken tennis court, recreation pavilion, 60-foot swimming pool and on and on and on.

Oh, an p.s., it's also for sale for $49,500,000.

All the architectural classicists who ache and pine for the bygone days when rich people really lived like rich people ought to buckle their seat belts when they have a look-see at this mouth-watering vintage video tour of Rose Terrace, the long-gone Grosse Pointe, MI mega-mansion of automobile widow and heiress Anna Thomson Dodge. For all the who don't know Grosse Pointe, it's so damn fancy-pants that Gross Point–sans the "e" on the end of each word–would have been just too déclassé.


Anonymous said...

Anna spent her last years in bed watching three TV sets, all on at once. She was quoted as complaining of the "greed" of her relatives. I presume she meant in first place her son, Horace Jr. He was the Dodge "bon vivant" who, I read somewhere, climbed up on the roof of the old Desert Inn in Palm Springs (years and years ago) and peed down onto the table where the Duchess of Windsor was sitting, dining. I always thought that was probably his finest moment.

lil' gay boy said...

Wrap up time; oh, goody!

1) My best friend had a pet store, primarily tropical birds. As much as I love animals of all sorts, I can attest to the cacophony of birds as being particularly irksome (especially when they scream in the middle of the night when one is otherwise "occupied"); good luck Quentin! Take 'em to the cleaners & back again.

2) Ya just gotta love democracy; at least they haven't trashed the place like the Wanamaker debut debacle.

3) But just think about how much she saves on food...

4) Aren't we done with Tiger & his wood yet?

5) A whole damn continent ain't enough to separate him & that über-bitch. Wanna bet the Hamptons house becomes her number one interest right about now?

6) Speaking of the Hamptons, here's a little interlude cobbled together from the realtor; ah, to be insanely wealthy now that summer approaches...

7) Rose Terrace even had a special room just to make ice cream ––– sad to think that as the auto industry died, so did a lot of these one-of-a-kind mansions. For more fascinating photos, check out The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit...

Anonymous said...


Gosh, I've got to hear more with details on Elin Nordegren's new home in North Palm Beach. Thanks.

commentator8 said...

Kelsey Grammar is gross, The Plaza is obscenely overpriced and I'd love more detail on Elin's new spread.

Anonymous said...

@ Lil Gay Boy - Kelsey doesn't seem like much of a prize himself, unless we're talking $.

I wonder if Tarantino contacted animal control. They're pretty responsive here in LA with regard to excessive noise from neighbors pets. Just sayin,' it worked for me.

Lady J

Jesse said...

The Hamptons home has been on MTV's Teen Cribs.

Full episode is here:

Anonymous said...

Elin Nordegren's new mansion is on Seminole Beach Road in North Palm Beach.