Kelly Ripa Lists SoHo Loft for $24.5M (PHOTOS)

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Kelly Ripa is moving on . . . from her Manhattan digs.

The 42-year-old talk show host and her husband Mark Consuelos have listed their 6,800 square foot SoHo loft for $24.5 million, according to the New York Daily News.

The two-floor home includes five bedrooms, some 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, a Balinese wall and home gym.

“You look at them and say, wow, they really made it,” a source close to the couple told the Daily News.

“This is how celebrities are supposed to live. But it’s tasteful, and suitable for a family which you don’t have to find a lot in downtown lofts.”

Other features of the luxurious apartment include a kitchen with two dishwashers, hot tub, media room, outdoor kitchen and roof deck.

Raphael De Niro — son of Robert De Niro — is sharing the listing with Adam Modlin of the Modlin Group.

What do you think of Kelly Ripa’s downtown loft? Check out the gallery, above for photos of the home and weigh in below.

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Mel Gibson Donates $1 Million to His Private Church (EXCLUSIVE)

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Mel Gibson has piled a further $1 million into his controversial church in Malibu, Calif., Celebuzz has exclusively learned.

A federal tax filing we’ve obtained reveals that the oft-troubled actor-director made the large lump sum donation last year to his 400-seat Holy Family Catholic Church, which is situated in the secluded hills on the scenic and quiet Mulholland Highway.

The private church now has $68 million in its tax free coffers — up from $27 million in 2006, according to the document.

Gibson, 57, donated $1,057,593 last year. He was the sole contributor to the church, though the donation he made in 2011 was significantly down on previous years.

Why?

In the now infamous recorded tapes released in 2010, Gibson confessed he’d fallen on hard times.

He ranted to his ex-lover, Oksana Grigorieva, that he didn’t have “any f**king money,” despite the millions he’d made in Hollywood.

“I have to support you and everybody else! I have to sell paintings. I have to sell my box at the Lakers game,” he was caught on tape saying.

The everybody else to which the Lethal Weapon star referred was likely his wife of 26 years, Robyn Moore, who officially divorced him on Dec. 23, 2011 after splitting years earlier.

Moore, the mother of seven of Gibson’s children, walked away with half of his estimated $800 million fortune because the pair had no prenup.

Still, Gibson’s church has proved to be a war chest of sorts.

Gibson is listed in federal tax records as the CEO of the church and it is run out of Gibson’s Icon Production company offices in the beachside suburb of Santa Monica.

He lists just three major expenses for 2011, totaling all up $273,218 — including almost $40,000 in legal fees.

One of the church’s major assets is listed as being $416,375 in artwork.

Gibson’s secretive sect is not recognized by the Roman Catholic Church because it does not acknowledge the authority of the Pope or the Vatican.

The exclusive parish keeps its address a secret and its 17 acres are guarded by security personnel.

Launch the gallery above to see photos of Gibson’s secluded church, and watch the video below to see where else he donates money.

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7 Things to Know About Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s New Neighborhood

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly splashed-out $11 million on a new mansion in the upscale enclave of Bel Air, in the hills of the Westside of the city of Los Angeles.

And the couple — who are expecting their first baby this summer – have chosen one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in America to raise a family.

Before you take a peak inside in this gallery, click after the jump to learn what you didn’t know about the affluent residential community.

Situated some 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles and surrounded by the beautiful foothills of Santa Monica, Bel Air is steeped in Hollywood history with both younger and older celebrities living there.

Here are seven fun facts about Kim and Kanye’s new neighborhood:

1. Bel Air has long been a favorite shoot location for both television and film – exterior scenes for The Beverly Hillbillies were filmed there in back in 1962 along with other scenes for Get Shorty and The Rockford Files.

2. It is the home to Jennifer Aniston, basketball player Chris Paul and Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis.

3. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan still lives in Bel Air – her late husband President Ronald Reagan lived in the house from his retirement in 1989 until his death in 2004.

4. The population of Bel Air is an estimated 8,253 and the median income is a massive $207,938 a year.

5. Multi-millionaire residents like to socialize and relax at both the exclusive Bel Air Country Club and the Bel Air Hotel.

6. Kim and Kanye will not have any shortage of schools to choose from for their first child – Bel Air boasts eight private schools.

7. A massive fire on November 6, 1961 hit the area, injuring 200 firemen, destroying 484 homes and causing over $30 million in damage – late stars Burt Lancaster and Zsa Zsa Gabor lost their homes in the historic blaze.

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Take a Look Inside Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s New Bel Air Mansion (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have decided to drop $11 million on a mega mansion in the exclusive Bel Air Crest gated community.

The first-time parents-to-be have wasted no time to find a love nest together, preparing to welcome their first child on the way. Some of their famous neighbors include Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kardashian’s close pal Joe Francis.

The estate is described as “New Tuscan Mediterranean” and is located on a premier parcel of land with an expansive private grassy yard and peaceful vista views.

The home, which is currently under construction, features a magnificent two-story entrance with black walnut parquet floors and cathedral living room with stone fireplace.

The great room is the gem of the massive abode, featuring a stunning beamed ceiling, a bar with leaded windows, fireplace and wine cellar.

The home also includes a gourmet custom kitchen flows to the rear yard with an 800 square feet pavilion.

“We feel so blessed and lucky,” Kardashian, who is three months along, wrote on her blog following her baby announcement. “Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family.”

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Lisa Lampanelli Buys $2.2 Million Seaside Home in Connecticut (PHOTOS)

Lisa Lampanelli isn’t just dropping the pounds.

The comedian recently dropped $2.2 million on a 3897 square foot seaside home (worth $2.4M) in the upscale community of Fairfield, CT, according to RealEstalker.

Built in 2002, the slender three-story home includes 3-4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms – and is so exquisite that it was featured in the November 2012 issue of Connecticut magazine

Located right next to the beach, the ocean-side property includes a kitchen, dining room, and family room that all look out on the water through floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors.

Special features include: a spiral staircase, single car garage, a private room for her hubby Jimmy Cannizzaro– plus plenty of room for guests.

Lampanelli has two guest bedrooms on the second floor of her estate, along with a den. Also on the second floor is a private sitting room, small balcony looking out on the coast, and bathroom with a fancy Jacuzzi style tub and glass-bricked shower.

But no need to be cooped up inside, as the bi-level deck is filled with sea grasses to cop a squat or enjoy a lovely picnic away from the sand.

The Queen of Mean also maintains a rental apartment near Lincoln Center in New York City and a condo-type bungalow in Tucson, AZ.

Click through the gallery above to see all the details inside Lampanelli’s seaside home, and watch the video below to find out more on her recent weight loss.

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Apolo Ohno Buys Million Dollar Los Angeles Condo (PHOTOS)

A spot on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars has certainly paid off for Apolo Ohno.

The Olympic speed skater — who earned about $300,000 during the reality competitive dancing series this year — recently landed a Los Angeles condo for a steal of a price, dropping $990,000 on a pad that previously sold for $1.5 – $1.55 million between 2006 and 2008 — according to TMZ.

Encompassing 2500 square feet, the two bedroom, four bath home is located right near the upscale community of Beverly Hills. Featuring a large pool on the premise, there’s certainly a possibility of some major pool parties on the horizon.

Ohno, 30, has won multiple medals within his athletic career — two gold, two silver, four bronze — and was paired with Ukranian ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff during Dancing With the Stars, but couldn’t escape the mid to low rankings on the leaderboard.

Click through the gallery above to see how Ohno is living post-DWTS, and watch the video below to see an exclusive Celebuzz interview with the star about DWTS.

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Look Inside Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Holiday Home Owned by Designer Donna Karan (PHOTOS)

Life’s a beach when you’re Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

The Brangelina brood is reportedly staying at the serene Caribbean retreat of fashion designer Donna Karan in exotic Turks and Caicos for a holiday getaway.

The famous family is joined by 22 VIPs, including Pitt’s parents, brother, sister, and those closest to the couple for a big blowout New Year’s bash, according to the New York Post.

Karan’s stunning villa is located in the ultra-swanky island community of Parrot Cay and features a private white sand beach, infinity pool with black volcanic stone and an open-air screening room for watching movies.

The island abode, which was featured in Architectural Digest in 2009, is an interior decorator’s dream with three private villas separated by open-air pavilions and stained cedar walls throughout the exclusive property.

The Jolie-Pitt kids are bound to be enjoying some fun in the sun on the private beaches while their parents soak up the rays and catch up on their much-needed rest and relaxation in the very Zen atmosphere.

The happy couple of seven years has been engaged since April, but even though Pitt has popped the question he’s revealed that the twosome haven’t begun wedding preparations just yet.

“No plans yet. Other than, we’re gonna do it,” the big screen heartthrob told reporters at the Killing Them Softly London premiere in September.

One month later, Pitt was singing a different tune regarding their plans to walk down the aisle: “The time is nigh,” he said at the film’s NYC premiere. “It’s soon.”

Do you think Brangelina should get married in Turks and Caicos? Let us know below.  


Click through the gallery above to check out where Brangelina’s family is spending their holiday.

Ricky Martin Buys $5.9 Million Uptown New York City Apartment — Take a Peek Inside (PHOTOS)

Ricky Martin is livin’ la vida loca in uptown New York City.

The pop star has recently dropped $5.9 million on a swanky four bedroom, four-and-half bathroom home located in the heart of the Upper East Side.

The 3,150 square foot family pad features two master suites, 10-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a children’s playroom with ample storage for the 40-year-old father’s two twin boys, Matteo and Valentino.

And this jet-setter has multiple homes in other exotic locales.

According to Real Estalker, the “She Bangs” singer also has properties Madrid, Rio de Janeiro and Dorado, Puerto Rico.

Previously, Martin lived in the Big Apple’s elite abode at 40 Bond Street before moving uptown to the Lucida in 2011. 

Take a peek inside the Puerto Rican heartthrob’s new pad in the gallery — above.

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Kelsey Grammer Leases Beverly Hills Mansion for $30K per Month — Take a Peek Inside (PHOTOS)

Kelsey Grammer has found a new family home.

After welcoming his newborn daughter Faith with wife Kayte Walsh in July, the former Frasier star has dropped big bucks on five bedrooms, six bathrooms mansion located in the heart of Beverly Hills.

Originally designed in 1926 by renowned architect Ralph C. Flewelling, Spanish Colonial-inspired abode features boast wood-burning fireplaces, butler’s pantry with a refrigerated wine storage, maid’s quarters and a poolside guesthouse. The home also features a detached 3-car garage with a gated motor court.

How much is Grammer, 57, splashing out for this lavish manor?

According to the listing records, the home is currently going for $30,000 per month.

This summer, the former Frasier actor and his ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Camille Grammer, placed their two homes on the market: a $7 million vacation estate in Beaver Creek, Colo., and an $18 million Beverly Hills home.

Camille, 44, also listed her $17.9 milliom Malibu mansion for sale in August.

What do you think of this celebrity pad? Launch the gallery to take a peek inside.

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Seal Makes Offer on $6M Bachelor Pad (PHOTOS)

It looks like ex-wife Heidi Klum isn’t the only thing Seal is officially moving on from.

The 49-year-old singer recently made a formal offer to purchase new green digs in Brentwood, Calif. — one of Los Angeles’ celeb-friendly neighborhoods. The contemporary style home encompasses 5,500 square feet within a 6,115 triangular shaped lot, as reported by TMZ.

And the private pad doesn’t come cheap.

The three-level home — consisting of four bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms, an open-concept living and dining room, two modern kitchens with Euro appliances, a den, office, media area, and basement that holds a fitness room — totals up to a whopping $6 million.

Plus, there is no sneaking into this pad. Gates and walls surround the house, keeping it private, but limiting the backyard space. However, there are a few tree-top view terraces to enjoy the fresh air, according to RealEstalker.

Klum and Seal sold their former Beverly Hills estate in June 2011, and Klum is currently residing at a 12,300 square foot mock-Med mansion that the duo bought back in late 2010.

Click through the gallery above to see where the “Kiss From a Rose” singer plans to reside. Do you think it’s worth $6M? Leave a comment below.

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Rihanna Buys $12 Million Mansion in Los Angeles (PHOTO)

These fancy things!

R&B superstar Rihanna just dropped a lot of money — $12 million, to be exact — on a new Pacific Palisades mansion in Los Angeles, Calif.

According to The Daily Mail, the property sits on a 33,541 sqaure-foot lot, and the mansion itself covers about 11,000 square feet.

Inside the mansion, among other things: seven bedrooms; nine bathrooms; a zero-edge swimming pool; and a media and game room. Not bad.

It’s just the latest real estate purchase for Rihanna, 24, who recently bought a home in Barbados for her mother, Monica Braithwaite.

She also just wrapped her controversial 777 tour, in which she performed seven concerts in seven countries in seven days, much to the chagrin of the journalists who traveled with her.

The tour was to promote her new CD, Unapologetic, which became her first number-one album, in November. The CD features a duet with Chris Brown, whom Rihanna is rumored to be dating again after their violent fallout, in 2009.

Check out more photos of Rihanna’s new digs (via Trulia.com) in the gallery, above.

Arial photo provided by X17Online.com.

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