Celebrities moved quickly this year to sell property, buy property and even become landlords and house flippers (ahem, Kylie Jenner, ahem).
In one of the most highly publicized listings of the year, the famous Playboy Mansion went up for sale in January — with a catch. Whoever bought the house would agree to have Hugh as their roommate until the publisher's death. In June, Daren Metropoulus (the CEO of Hostess Brands and Hugh's neighbor) purchased the estate for $100 million. There were reports in early August that the deal may have fallen through because Hefner wasn't up for Metropoulus' renovation plans — but the sale officially closed in mid-August, making it the largest residential deal in the history of Los Angeles County.
In May, pop culture history hit the market when the "Full House" residence went up for sale in San Francisco. Asking $4.150 million, the traditional Victorian home has the famous facade the show showcased, but strikingly different interiors. In August, the home sold for $4 million, but then became available as a rental for $13,950 per month. Turns out, the buyer was Jeff Franklin, who created the '90s sitcom and who plans to preserve the house for fans.
Sadly, we lost many icons in 2016, including Prince. The star ruled the world of music, and apparently lived like royalty too. His former Spanish villa has struggled to find a buyer for two years, but appeared in the limelight again this year after the singer's death. The 7,535-square-foot villa is asking $5.93 million and overlooks the Mediterranean in a wealthy neighborhood in southern Spain. The six-bedroom mansion was a wedding gift for his then-wife, Mayte Garcia, in 1998.
As the Obama family prepared to move out of the White House this year, they scooped up an 8,200-square-foot home in the exclusive Washington D.C. neighborhood of Kalorama. The house is reportedly worth $6.35 million and includes parking for nearly a dozen cars — which could come in handy for the Secret Service detail Obama has for life — plus eight bedrooms and nine-and-a-half bathrooms.
Six months after the "If I Was A Rich Girl" star left ex-husband and Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale (who allegedly had an affair with the family's nanny), the former couple listed their Beverly Hills mansion, which once belonged to Jennifer Lopez, for $35 million. The couple purchased the 11,845-square-foot property, which appears to have a chicken coop, for $13.3 million in 2004. The home is still for sale.
In news only Johnny Depp can produce, the famed actor listed his Los Angeles penthouse — which is actually five adjacent penthouses he essentially treated as room at the top of the Easter Columbia Building in Los Angeles. The penthouses encompass 11,500-square-feet with nine bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, and asked $12.78 million for all five. Two of the units have sold separately so far (one for $3.09 million and another for $2.54 million), and the remaining three are still up for grabs.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, her music producer husband, listed a glass mansion on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix they called "Dreamland" for $3.85 million in March. The 7,881-square-foot home has panoramic views of the valley and mountains surrounding the city. The home is still for sale, but at a discounted price of $3.199 million.
In the midst of an unpredictable political climate, Trump's childhood home in Queens, New York, went up for sale in July for $1.65 million. The house holds the same address of that listed on the President-elect's 1946 birth certificate. This month, a mystery New York investor reportedly purchased the home, and plans to take it to auction January 17, just days before Trump's inauguration. The house sold for $1.25 million, but experts estimate that the home could be worth up to $10 million now, due to Trump's election.
Paltrow gets an honorable mention for the incredible language in her listing, which describes her fluffy white apartment in New York City as one of "artisanal, bespoke nature" and which "floats above the cobblestone streets like a pale, dreamy cloud." How very Goop-y of her. The property, which Paltrow co-owned with ex-partner Chris Martin, was initially put on the market for $14.25 million early this year. In April, the price dropped to $12.85 million. Whether it sold or not seems to be under wraps, but the listing is no longer on Corcoran's website (and also isn't marked in its "sold" results).
In what's been dubbed the "Thrilla Villa," the Las Vegas mansion that was one of Michael Jackson's last residences went up for sale in June, asking $9.5 million. The 1.7-acre compound included the original mirrors Jackson used to rehearse famous dance routines, a 74-seat medieval chapel and tributes to Jackson. The property is still for sale.
As 2016 began, Palin seemed to have made a resolution to sell her very-far-from-Alaska equestrian estate in Scottsdale, Arizona. The nearly 5-acre property was listed for $2.5 million, and features equestrian facilities, a putting green, a spa, a lighted sports court and a pool (not to mention Jacuzzi bathtubs and wrought-iron staircases). In September, the property sold for $2.275 million — less than the asking price, yet still a considerable profit for Palin, who purchased the house for $1.695 million in 2011.
Amidst her legal battle with Dr. Luke, Kesha listed her spa-like home in Nashville and finally found a buyer this year. She asked $1.449 million for the 4,800-square-foot home, which is filled with sunlight and Brazilian cherry floors. The home sold in March for $1.3 million.
In February, Oprah purchased a $28.85 million horse farm in Montecito, California — just months after spending $14 million on a Colorado ski retreat. The Montecito estate sits on 23 acres between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, and includes a 4,750-square-foot main house, a pool, a manager's cottage and a horse trainer's house, in addition to show horses.
This spring, Britney Spears listed one of her Thousand Oaks, California, homes for $8.995 million. The 8,500-square-foot house sits on 62,000 square feet of land, and has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. Spears purchased the estate in November 2012 for $6.744 million. The property is still for sale, but at a discounted price of $7,495 million.
Maroon 5's Adam Levine and his Victoria's Secret Angel wife Behati Prinsloo listed their SoHo loft at 112 Greene Street in the spring for $5.5 million, and sold it just six months later for $5.4 million — about $1 million more than what they paid for the loft in 2014. The apartment was a whopping 2,800 square feet (keep in mind the average one-bedroom apartment in NYC in 750 square feet).
The iconic "Boy Meets World" house in Studio City asked $1.6 million when it was first listed in November, but was marketed as a "possible lot split, rehab or build new." The house is where the fictional Matthews family lived, and the current owner of the Cape Cod-style home is 92-year-old actor Joe Campanella. The home is still for sale, but at a discounted price of $1.495 million.
Ben Carson has had a busy year: The neurosurgeon ran for president, has earned a spot as President-elect Donald Trump's pick for the next secretary of Housing and Urban Development and put his West Palm Beach mansion on the market for $1.2 million this month. The 6,155-square-foot property resembles an English palace with beige accents, high ceilings and lots of marble. The house is still for sale.
The youngest sister of the Kardashian/Jenner clan became a certified house flipper this year. After purchasing a Hidden Hills home four months ago, the realty star put the 4-bed, 3.5-bath property on the market this month for $5.4 million. Jenner also purchased a $6 million home in May (which happens to neighbor the Hidden Hills home she's selling now), a $12 million Hidden Hills mansion (and her fourth home) in September and listed a 4,800-square-foot Calabasas home she bought in 2015 in June for $3.9 million (but that listing has since been removed). She also played landlord to her brother Rob and his fiancé Blac Chyna.
DiCaprio sold one of his more humble properties this fall — a mid-century modern ranch home in Studio City. The star asked $2.4 million for the 3,400-square-foot property, and it sold for just slightly less at $2.24 million. The property featured vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, an al fresco dining area and plenty of greenery outside.
When Chris Hemsworth and actress Elsa Pataky moved to their native Australia, they left their grand estate in Malibu behind, asking $6.5 million for the secluded home in February. The couple purchased the house from "Crocodile Dundee" star Paul Hogan, and it sold only after two months on the market for over the asking price at $7 million. The 6,800-square-foot house has five beds and six baths.