Celebrity Homes That No One Wants to Buy

published Dec 6, 2017
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Even the biggest stars on the planet can’t always sell their homes. After all, not everyone can afford multi-million dollar properties in the ritziest of locations. And sometimes, these sprawling mansions spend lots of time dwindling on the market, waiting for someone with a serious bank account to come along and snatch them up. Here are three properties associated with some of the biggest names that just can’t seem to find an owner.

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Michael Jackson

He may be forever associated with the Neverland Ranch, but the King of Pop also had a spacious home in New York City. Billionaire Marc Lasry bought Jackson’s 12,745-square-foot mansion for $11 million back in 2001, but it’s currently dwindling on the market for a cool $39 million. Standing 25 feet wide by 100 feet deep, with a prime location by Central Park between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue, the Beaux-Arts beauty has seen a variety of famous faces, and we’re not just talking about Michael’s: artist Marc Chagall previously lived there as well. Unfortunately, word on the web is that the property needs a lot of work (it was commissioned in 1898, after all!) and that’s why it’s currently sitting on the market. It was rumored that Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were buying it, but that has not proven to be true.

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The Obamas

Back in simpler times, the Obama family took their annual hiatus from the chaos of the White House and headed to peaceful Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts. In 2013, they went with a six bed, seven-bath estate (five full, two partial baths) known as Chilmark House as their vacation home of choice. (We would too, seeing as it has its own private beach!) The 7,000-square-foot home was first sold in 2000 for $3 million, and ended up on the market 5 years later for $22.5 million. But nobody seemed interested in dropping that much dough on the estate, so the price was brought down to $19.125 million a few months later. It was put back on the market this summer for $17.25 million… and has continued to sit there all the way into December. Might be time for another price drop!

Harry Styles

The One Direction heartthrob’s three-bed, six-bath home in the luxe Hollywood Hills was put on (and taken off) the market more times than we could count between 2009 and now. Harry bought the property in January 2016 for $6.87 million, and only owned it for 18 months before listing it for $8.497 million back in May. But prospective buyers apparently balked at that price hike, even though the agents claimed the increase was due to Harry’s renovations and “LA’s robust real estate market.” Just a few days ago, the home was taken off the market again. Has Harry’s House of Handsomeness finally been snatched up? It’s possible!