This Week’s Top 10 Real Estate News – Celebrity Mansions & Spectacular Homes

The pool house at Villa Paradiso in Palm Springs was built for Cary Grant.

“Top Ten Real Estate News”

This Week’s Top 10 Real Estate News

“October Housing News Best Since 2007”

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, Americans were buying new homes in October at the fastest rate since 2007, an annual rate of about 685,000 homes. The National Association of Realtors reports equally strong sales for existing homes up two percent to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.48 million. The increases were higher than experts expected after two months of hurricane disasters and low inventory.

“Tom Petty’s $5.9 Million Lake House”

Recently deceased Rock and Roll superstar Tom Petty’s lake house near Malibu is for sale at $5.895 million. Built in 1931 with walls of local field stone, Petty’s retreat has mountain and water views across the natural lake from almost every room and 125-feet of lakefront. Deceptively large at 5,300 square feet, the house has three bedrooms and three baths and underwent an expansion in 2004.

“Rand Paul’s House Wars”

While some people are spinning Rand Paul’s dispute with his Kentucky neighbor as a political squabble, others point to a typical neighborhood feud involving Paul’s messy yard clippings, grass length and home style. One of Rand’s neighbors told gq.com, ‘They pick on Rand because he has the smallest one (house) out there.’

“Richard Nixon’s Western White House For Sale”

Richard Nixon’s Western White House is for sale. Listed at $63.5 million, the 15,000-square-foot compound on 5.5 acres in San Clemente, California is where Nixon spent much of his time during the Watergate hearings and where he lived after resigning the presidency. Nixon sold the home in 1980 and moved to New York City. The estate includes a main house with 9,000 square feet, four bedrooms and seven bathrooms, guest house, tennis court and several staff buildings that housed the Secret Service. Nixon bought the home in 1969 for $1.4 million.

“Happiest Cities In the U.S.”

According to National Geographic, Boulder, Colorado is the happiest city in the United States. An analysis based on 15 factors including vacation time, financial security and civic engagement determined Boulder to be the…

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