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    Movin’ Out: Billy Joel’s Sprawling New York Estate Just Hit the Market for $49 Million

    Billy Joel has long been known as Long Island’s golden boy, but the musician is saying buh-bye to his home base out east.

    The Piano Man has listed his Oyster Bay mansion for a cool $49 million, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The 26-acre property, known as Middlesea, sits along the North Shore waterfront and includes a 20,000-square-foot main house, along with a beach house, a guest apartment, a gate house, and more.

    One of the bedrooms

    Tyler Sands

    Currently, the central home is undergoing renovations, but it includes five bedrooms and eight bathrooms, along with covered porches, brick columns and archways, and a two-story foyer with black-and-white marble floors. Plus, the home comes with a suite of amenities suited to a rock star: There’s a spa and hair salon, a bowling alley, and a wine cellar. At one point, the home sported an indoor pool—along with the two outdoors—but Joel had it covered up to make a music room, the listing agent Bonnie Williamson with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty told the WSJ.

    Joel decided to list the house while renovations were still occurring because “whoever buys will want to do their own selections of how to paint and decorate and perhaps style the kitchen,” Williamson said. It should be completed by the late summer or early fall.

    A living area

    Tyler Sands

    Over the years, Joel acquired bits of property to amass his enormous estate: He paid $22.5 million for the first 14 acres in 2002, then snapped up the surrounding land. He’s decided to give it all up now because he and his wife spend most of their time in Florida, where he bought a $22 million home in 2015.

    The Grammy winner’s decision to forgo his Long Island abode will be another family’s gain, however. Along with all of the various indoor spaces, the property features a floating dock, boat ramp, and helipad, allowing you to skip the New York City traffic and arrive in style. And the various other homes on the acreage give you at least another 10 bedrooms for guests to enjoy.

    So although Joel may no longer be living in a New York state of mind, you sure can be.

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    Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake Are Teaming Up to Build a 600-Acre Town in Florida

    It’s not every day that a legendary golfer and a global pop star join forces in real estate.

    But that’s exactly what Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake are doing in their latest venture, a luxury residential community in Wellington, Fla., a popular equestrian destination. The new enclave, aptly dubbed the Wellington, will span 600 acres, with single-family homes, condos, stores, and a hotel near Palm Beach. With a focus on enhancing the area’s equestrian spirit, the proposed development includes doubling the size of the current international showgrounds as well as a nine-figure investment to expand and upgrade other major facilities.

    Nexus Luxury Collection, a developer and hospitality group founded by Woods, Timberlake, and British billionaire Joe Lewis and his Tavistock private investment company, is leading the charge alongside entrepreneur Mark Bellissimo, with plans to start updating the area’s current 18-hole Cypress Golf Course next month, Bloomberg reports.

    An aerial view of Wellington, Fla.

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    Wellington is usually busiest during the winter months, when equestrian and polo competitions are held throughout the town. Now, however, finance firms and their employees, who moved to the area during the pandemic, are looking to make it their main base but may be looking for more than what’s currently available. The Wellington’s 120,000-square-foot sports-performance facility and a world-class racquet center are just two amenities in development to breathe new life into the town, as well as a 17-acre commercial center for stores, restaurants, and offices. 

    “The programming and the amenities and the lifestyle that you’ve got to deliver 12 months of the year is a little short in this area,” Christopher Anand, Nexus’s CEO and managing partner, told Bloomberg. “We have a real opportunity to redefine what full-time living is for families in South Florida.” 

    Sites for the Wellington’s custom builds will range from a quarter-acre lot to five acres, with pricing starting at $3 million. Completed condos and single-family abodes, meanwhile, will vary between $4 million and $5 million, according to Bloomberg. Those rates might be a steal for some, compared to Palm Beach, where “it’s $10 million to have a conversation” about purchasing a home, Anand says. 

    The developers expects some push back from a few locals as development continues due to the scale of the plan. But Bellissimo, who acquired the land over two decades, hopes his record of doing business in the area will keep things moving forward.

    If you’re an equestrian fan, the Wellington could be for you. Buyers looking for a suburban respite close to their West Palm Beach offices may also be interested. Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, actor Tommy Lee Jones, and rock legend Bruce Springsteen have all owned homes in Wellington, which is experiencing rapid growth. With no time like the present, you can check out the Wellington website for more details.  More

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    Barbara Walters’s Longtime N.Y.C. Apartment Just Listed for $20 Million

    Late TV news icon Barbara Walters’s New York City apartment is now up for grabs. 

    The Upper East Side abode is set inside 944 Fifth Avenue, a white-glove co-op, where the award-winning journalist resided for 30 years. Her 11-room home spans the entire sixth floor of the prewar building and hasn’t changed much since she lived there, says Compass, which holds the listing. Architect Nathan Korn designed the 14-story building in an Italian Renaissance palazzo style, which explains the property’s 10-foot ceilings and seamlessly connected rooms. With sweeping views of Central Park, the two-bedroom abode just splashed down on the market for $20 million.

    Inside the living room with three big-picture windows and a fireplace.

    Donna Dotan

    Just from the home’s brick-red entry foyer, you get a sense of how massive each room is, making the property an ideal space to host swanky dinner parties and daytime guests alike. Apart from its towering ceilings, the living room stretches out along Fifth Avenue with three big-picture windows and a wood-burning fireplace. Wide openings between the living room, the dining room, and the library connect the three areas for an easy entertaining flow. The eat-in kitchen also includes a butler’s pantry that might come in handy for those formal dinner occasions. 

    Elsewhere, you’ll discover the wood-paneled primary bedroom, with two large windows showcasing exceptional views of the park. Two bathrooms and a sitting room/office area are attached to the grand Victorian-esque space, a style seen in the room’s expansive built-in closets, which are painted with floral motifs. Two more light-filled bedrooms can be found down the hall (one is currently being used as a den), with their own bathrooms. There are also two staff rooms with baths located in the abode.

    The primary bedroom with built-in closets donning floral motifs.

    Donna Dotan

    Walters’s dressing room and library, meanwhile, might be the home’s most intriguing space. The eye-catching room is decked out in red lacquer, accented by a leopard-print carpet. The property is still furnished with unique antiques, art, and touching mementos collected by the journalist, though Walters’s estate declined to comment on whether these elements will come with the home or be sold separately, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Walters was the first female anchor of a morning and evening television-news program and was once the highest-paid TV-news personality in the country. Longtime fans of the journalist, and her decidedly lavish digs, can contact Compass’s Alexa Lambert, who holds the listing, for more details. 

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    Inside 12 Extravagant Estates Owned by the British Royal Family

    The British royal family is known for their extravagant estates, from Buckingham Palace to Balmoral Castle—and even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former residence, Frogmore Cottage, has gotten press since the couple’s Netflix special. With King Charles III’s impending coronation on May 6, just how many homes does the monarchy have? Well, since Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, King Charles III now oversees the late monarch’s $42 billion portfolio of assets, reports Forbes, including jewels, art, and the Ascot Racecourse and golf courses. A huge chunk of that massive sum includes a $25 billion real-estate portfolio, which encompasses seven palaces, 10 castles, 12 homes, 56 cottages, and 14 ancient ruins throughout the U.K., Ireland, and Romania. There are many lesser-known residences that the royals own, too, like sprawling estates and modest, tucked-away country retreats. Read on to discover 12 of the most extravagant royal residences—and their estimated values.

    Buckingham Palace

    Buckingham Palace in London is one of the most-visited royal palaces.

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    The most iconic and important piece of royal real estate is London’s Buckingham Palace, said to be worth an estimated $4.9 billion. One of the world’s most-visited tourist attractions, the famed property has been the official residence of the monarch since 1837. The neoclassical-style palace has a whopping 775 rooms, including 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, and 19 state rooms. It also functions as the monarchy’s administrative headquarters.

    Balmoral Castle

    Queen Elizabeth II spent much of her time here, including her final days.

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    Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Balmoral Castle was Queen Elizabeth’s favorite summer home, and also where she ultimately passed in September 2022. Prince Albert purchased the castle for Queen Victoria in 1952, and it became a go-to summer home for the royal family and the location of the annual royal summer party known as the Ghillies Ball. Spread over 50,000 acres, the estate has 150 buildings and a tried-and-true Scottish design of plaid wallcoverings, ornately carved wooden cabinets, and tartan decor.

    Kensington Palace

    This is the former official residence of Prince William and Princess Kate.

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    The former official residence of Prince William and Kate until the Queen’s passing, Kensington Palace in London has been owned by the British family since 1698 and was the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria. Many famous royals have lived here, including Princess Diana during her marriage to the now-King Charles. According to Forbes, it’s said to be worth an estimated $630 million. There are 547 rooms in total, but William and Kate resided in Apartment 1A within the palace—a residence with four floors and 20 rooms. According to the royal family’s official website, other royal residents have included the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent (who live in the palace’s Wren House), the Prince and Princess of Kent, and Princess Eugenie and her husband (who now reside in the palace’s Nottingham Cottage, also Prince Harry and Markle’s first home). 

    Windsor Castle

    Windsor Castle is worth an estimated $743 million.

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    Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, located in the English county of Berkshire 25 miles west of Central London. Since their move from Kensington Palace, William and Kate have resided in Windsor Home Park’s Adelaide Cottage, which is about a 10-minute walk from Windsor Castle. Worth an estimated $743 million, the famed site can be visited by the public throughout the year. 

    Sandringham Estate

    The royals have their annual Christmas celebrations here each year.

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    The Georgian-style Sandringham Estate was one of Queen Elizabeth’s favored homes and where she held the royal family’s annual Christmas celebration. It now is the private country retreat for King Charles and Camilla. Built in 1771, the Grade II–listed mansion is situated on 20,000 acres of land, 350 of which is a public park. The grand estate has belonged to the British monarchy since 1862, when Queen Victoria bought it as a gift for her son and heir, Prince Albert Edward of Wales. William and Kate also have a home on the property, called Anmer Hall, which they intend to keep. 

    Frogmore House

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    The Crown has owned Frogmore House, located in Windsor, England, since 1792. The house is currently unoccupied but is the site of many private and office events. The more well-known Frogmore residence may be Frogmore Cottage, the former home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, that shares the same grounds as Frogmore House. Frogmore Cottage was built in 1801 when Queen Charlotte reigned. 

    St. James’s Palace

    Princess Anne resides here when she comes to London.

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    St. James’s Palace in London was the official residence of the monarchs for 300 years until the reign of Queen Victoria. It still holds an important role today; it’s where the Garter King of Arms announces the accession of the new monarch. It’s also where Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Alexandra reside when they’re in London. More than 100 charity receptions for charities associated with the royal family are held here annually. According to Forbes, it’s worth roughly 700 million. 

    Clarence House

    The home where King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla lived before the accession.

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    Before the accession, King Charles and Camilla lived in London’s Clarence House. It was built between 1825 and 1827, and Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip even resided here after they got married in 1947. The Queen Mother also lived here for nearly five decades, and Prince William and Prince Harry briefly stayed here before moving to Kensington Palace. Said to be worth $72 million, the Regency-style house was built by architect John Nash.

    Highgrove House

    King Charles III purchased the Highgrove House in 1980.

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    King Charles purchased this nine-bedroom Highgrove House in Gloucestershire, England, with his then-wife, the late Princess Diana, in 1980. They renovated the Neoclassical Georgian mansion into a fitting country retreat, as well as planted gardens with rare trees and plants. King Charles spent a day of reflection here after the death of the Queen, and it is now one of his private residences with Camilla, according to the website.

    Palace of Holyroodhouse

    This is King Charles III’s official residence in Edinburgh.

    Palace of Holyroodhouse

    The $83 million Palace of Holyroodhouse is King Charles’s official residence when he goes to Edinburgh, Scotland, for official royal engagements. There are 14 apartments within the residence, but it is also open to the public year-round. It was originally built in 1503 by King James IV and is probably best known as the residence of Mary, Queen of Scots. 

    Kew Palace

    The smallest royal palace.

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    Small but mighty, the Kew Palace on the banks of the River Thames was once the home of Queen Caroline and George II in the 1720s and later George III and Queen Charlotte. It’s the smallest of all the royal palaces, but still said to be worth $70 million. The grounds feature magnificent gardens, royal kitchens that depict Georgian life in the early 1800s, and Queen Charlotte’s rustic cottage.

    Royal Lodge

    The Royal Lodge in 1942.

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    This Grade II–listed home 3.2 miles south of Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England, has had much chattered surrounding it as of late: King Charles has asked his brother Prince Andrew, Duke of York, to vacate the Royal Lodge, his residence of more than 20 years. Though Charles reportedly offered Prince Andrew Frogmore Cottage, the former senior royal is refusing to downsize. More

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    Stevie Wonder Once Lived in This $11 Million Beverly Hills Home. Now It Can Be the Sunshine of Your Life.

    One of Stevie Wonder’s former residences wants to take you to higher ground.

    From 2011 to 2015, the legendary musician leased the 6,217-square-foot California digs set in Beverly Hills’s affluent Trousdale Estates neighborhood. The gated home at 600 Clinton Place was built in the 1970s with Hollywood Regency-style touches spanning four bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and a number of common spaces. Its spacious floor lets in an abundance of natural light and provides you with views of the Pacific Ocean from nearly every corner. If you’re looking to relocate, the luxe urban oasis can now be yours for $11 million. 

    Inside the Beverly Hills home’s living room with a fireplace and outdoor views.

    Marc Angeles

    Lush front yard landscaping leads to the home’s front door. The exterior is at once modern and regal. Inside you’ll find soaring ceilings, wood flooring, and classic white paint on the walls that give it a minimalistic finish. The living room lies just ahead with a spacious area for plush seating, as well as a double-sided fireplace and tall sliding doors that open out to the backyard. 

    Further in, you’ll find the chef’s kitchen with luxe stainless-steel appliances such as a double oven, island-set stovetop, and dishwasher. There’s an excess of cabinet space for storing extra groceries and easily finding dishware when hosting guests. Adjacent is a spacious formal dining area with a tall window offering backyard views. The home’s primary bedroom is set on the East Wing with newly renovated finishes, dual walk-in closets, and an ensuite bathroom. A fitness center, office, and four-car garage round out the indoor amenities.

    “The walls in this home hold so much history from the ‘Wonder’ days and I had a feeling when I walked this home that if these walls could talk, you might hear Wonder and Quincy Jones re-living their 1972 You’ve Got It Bad album days,” says listing agent Holland Ashrafnia of the H Group at AKG | Christie’s in a statement.

    Backyard views at night fall featuring an oval-shaped pool and city views.

    Marc Angeles

    The abode’s backyard, meanwhile, features a covered patio with recessed lighting and smooth stone flooring. It extends out horizontally with enough space to house lounge seating next to lush landscaping and an oval-shaped pool. Even better, the backyard serves up mesmerizing views of the LA cityscape.

    For more details, contact agents Holland Ashrafnia, Aleks Lipovic, and Kyle Siwik of The H Group at AKG| Christie’s and Aaron Kirman of AKG | Christie’s who hold the $11 million listing. 

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    Who Needs Music? Taylor Swift Has Amassed a Real-Estate Empire Worth More Than $150 Million.

    Taylor Swift is in her homeowner era.

    The Ticketmaster-crashing pop star owns a number of properties in the United States, to the tune of more than $150 million, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. That’s true even though she’s shaken off a few homes throughout the years, including a Cape Cod mansion and two four-bedroom houses in Beverly Hills.

    In 2009, after releasing her first album, Swift paid more than $2 million for a spread at a luxury condo building in Nashville, where she initially moved with her family to pursue a music career. Then, in 2011, she put down $2.5 million for a Greek Revival estate where her mother now lives. Today, those properties are worth about $5 million and $8 million, respectively, local real-estate agents estimate.

    Swift later welcomed herself to New York with homes in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. In 2014, she spent almost $20 million on two penthouse units in the Sugar Loaf building, where stars like Orlando Bloom and Steven Soderbergh have lived. In fact, Swift bought the units from the director Peter Jackson, combining them to create an 8,000-square-foot duplex. A few years later, the singer snapped up another $9.75 million apartment in the building, as well as an $18 million townhouse next door. In total, her N.Y.C. digs are now likely worth $45 million.

    If that seems like more than enough space for one person, Swift would beg to differ. Out on the West Coast, she owns the Samuel Goldwyn Estate, which she landed for $25 million in 2015. That house sits on two acres of land and features its original 1934 pool house, tennis court, and screening room, among other amenities. Despite being located in Beverly Hills, it’s a home truly fit for Hollywood.

    And of course, there’s Swift’s Rhode Island beach house, the home of her Instagram-worthy Fourth of July parties and the inspiration for her song “The Last Great American Dynasty.” Swift acquired the Colonial-style mansion for almost $18 million in 2013, and since then its value has skyrocketed to about $30 million.

    So where is Swift likely to set down roots next? Across the pond would be a good guess, given that London is the hometown of her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. A person with knowledge of Swift’s actions told the WSJ that she was recently looking to buy a home in the Hampstead area, although it’s unclear if she completed a deal. Regardless, it seems like the star is building up a real-estate portfolio to rival the size—and value—of her music catalog. More

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    Chicago Cubs First Baseman Eric Hosmer Just Listed His 1930s-Era Boston Manse for $6.5 Million

    Beantown just got a swanky new listing in one of its most historic districts.

    Set in the heart of West Newton Hill, the 8,000-square-feet colonial home at 35 Wykeham Rd sits on just over one acre of land. Housing six bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half baths, the residence is just 10 miles away from the Massachussets capital. Major League Baseball first baseman Eric Hosmer has placed the 1930s-era estate on the market for $6.5 million, following a recent move to the Chicago Cubs from the Boston Red Sox. 

    Inside the home living room with a lit fireplace.

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    Renovated in 2018 by local custom builder Thoughtforms, the sprawling digs has a lot to offer. Its foyer leads you to the home’s inviting living room and sun room that overlooks the property’s verdant landscaping. A formal dining room, chef’s kitchen with a massive island, family room and three fireplaces can also be found in the home. A library with bay windows is one of the standout spaces in the abode, as well as the “snow globe room” that features floor-to-ceiling windows, a wood-paneled ceiling and outdoor views.

    Five bedrooms are located on the second floor, including the luxe primary suite with a spa-like bathroom and oversized walk-in closet. The lower level of the property, meanwhile, houses an extra room for your guests, spacious wine cellar, fitness room and storage room. For year-round entertaining, the backyard patio is equipped with a grill, fire pit and ample space for your most comfortable lounge seating. There’s even a vast amount of backyard space for your kids and furry friends to frolic and explore nature. 

    Cozy settings inside the snow globe room with wood-paneled ceilings and outdoor views.

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    Hosmer and his wife, Kacie McDonnell Hosmer, paid $6.15 million for the estate in September 2022, after his move to the Red Sox. The couple bought the home to “put roots down” before their first child was born, The Wall Street Journal claims. “We really found our dream home,” he told the publication, also noting they are sad to be leaving it. The star athlete began his baseball career in 2008 with the Kansas City Royals, according to the MLB website. He later moved to the San Diego Padres, then the Red Sox before signing with the Cubs this year. 

    To stake your claim on the Boston-area manse, contact Manuel Sarkis of The Sarkis Team at Douglas Elliman for more details. 

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