Today I’ve got a Real Estate Sampler of famous houses, from the English cottage where George Orwell wrote Animal Farm to Shirley Temple’s childhood bungalow, with some current celebrities’ houses in between. Click the links to see the listings below:
1. George Orwell’s Former Cottage in Hertfordshire
The listing says, “A two-bedroom cottage with a garden. George Orwell lived in the house from 1936-1940 and wrote Animal Farm here, drawing his inspiration from the village. The dining room was the author’s writing room and the sitting room with a stunning inglenook style fireplace was once the village shop and home to the village telephone.”
A real estate birdie tells me that Leonardo DiCaprio (may have probably) bought this house. The listing says: “Designed by architect Donald Wexler for Dinah Shore in 1964, this legendary tennis estate defines timeless architecture. This multi leveled single story mansion includes walls of floor to ceiling glass which frames views of the verdant back yard and the magnificent mountains beyond.”
J.J. Abrams, who has written, produced, and directed TV shows like Felicity and movies like Star Trek just bought this “Connecticut Traditional with city and ocean views in the Palisades Riviera.”
I get a lot of questions about Tori Spelling and where she and her family are living now. They just downsized (yes, it was downsizing for them!) to this “Grand Tudor” that they’re renting with 6,600 square feet. It doesn’t look like her style to me at all, so I’d love to see how she decorates it. (Compare this to her former homes in Malibu and Encino that appeared on their reality TV shows and you’ll see what I mean.)
I loved watching old Shirley Temple movies when I was a kid. The Spanish-inspired bungalow she lived in when she was little went on the market in Santa Monica recently and sold within two weeks. I have a feeling it looked a lot different when her family owned it!
I told you about Dick Clark’s unusual house when it was originally listed in 2012 for $3.5 million. It never sold and was taken off the market, but it’s been re-listed for $2.995 million. The listing says: “An imaginative architectural creation nestled atop a promontory surrounded by nature on approx. 22.89 acres. The truly exceptional design of this home seamlessly marries form, function and nature.”
The listing says, “On a private, quiet cul-de-sac only 2 doors from the ocean front bluff! This beautiful home has been totally remodeled. The floors are bleached walnut which adds to the warmth and charm.” You can see the new house she bought here (I like the exterior of that one better).
The listing says: “Designed by John Lautner for Bob and Dolores Hope, the property has entertained dignitaries from all over the world and is viewed by many as one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the world.” Hope’s more traditional Toluca Lake Estate sold last year (you can see it here).
Do you have a favorite? I’d love to see the Orwell cottage in person. Thanks to all of my real-estate spies who send me listings like these each week. Check my Celebrity Houses page to see the 10 Most Popular ones on my blog right now.