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Celebrity Real Estate News: December 2012

Posted December 19, 2012

December of 2012 was great fun on the celebrity real estate front. The biggest real estate news in the tabloids this month was Rihanna's purchase of a mini-mansion in Pacific Palisades. Perhaps the most interesting home of the bunch is famed photographer Annie Liebovitz's Greenwich Village digs.

1. Rihanna bought a villa in Pacific Palisades for $12 Million. According to Trulia, Rihanna just bought a $12M estate in Los Angeles's celeb-heavy Pacific Palisades. Rihanna's new house boasts 20 parking spaces, 9 bathrooms, a swimming pool with a huge patio (perfect for parties, one presumes), stone tile floors, and 7 bedrooms. The previous owner of the house must have had a thing for beige, as he or she apparently instructed his or her Los Angeles painting contractor to paint every single surface in the house beige. One would think that given Rihanna's colorful public persona, that she'd buy a house with more interior detailing, but perhaps the constantly busy starlet needs the serenity of a sleek, modern house up in the hills.

2. Jennifer Love Hewitt sold her Toluca Lake house for $2.15M. Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt was reported to have pocketed a $450,000 profit in the sale of ther Toluca Lake house. The sprawling house, though not architecturally interesting, did have quite a few nice built in features that were built by an obviously skilled trim carpenter. The six bedroom, six bathroom house includes high ceilings with attractive moldings, built in book shelves, a swimming pool and large patio, and a working fireplace. She reportedly has not lived in the house for quite some time, rather occupying another home in Toluca Lake.

3. Photographer Annie Leibovitz lists $33M Greenwich St. house. Curbed reported that celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz has listed her Greenwich Village mansion. The compound is comprised of three connected townhouses (at a total of 10,200 square feet) built around a large courtyard . Allow me to be a home improvement nerd right now as I call your attention to her weathered, antique-looking floor boards. Much like a pair of jeans that someone would pay $200 for because of their perfect fit and pre-worn patina, these floors are perfect. OK, OK, her place occupies prime real estate; it is huge; and there is a whole floor of art studio space, but it is the architectural details of this house that make it so swoon-worthy.

Chaya Kurtz writes for

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