Saturday, March 26, 2011
Want to Live Like a Pop Diva Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow and Alicia Keys show us how it's done
The term “diva” is derived from the Italian word for “goddess” and was originally used to refer to divinely talented and fanatically celebrated female opera stars. The term is now used more widely to describe gifted women performers in all musical genres.
Modern-day divas are also known for their fine tastes and high style. So when a diva moves house, the property she leaves behind will fit even the most discriminating buyer.
Here are five properties on the market that have served as homes to music’s biggest divas.
Outside Lady Gaga's $4.5 million Los Angeles home for sale
10968 Savona Rd., Los Angeles, CA
The 24-year-old superstar reportedly rents the 6,200-square-foot “Villa Savona” in Bel Air, Calif. Renting allows this diva to change her mind on a whim and move whenever she’s in the mood. Gaga’s rental is also available for rent at $19,500 per month and listed for sale for $4.5 million. Not clear where Gaga is decamping to next – maybe another luxury rental?
Villa Savona offers “jetliner” views of the ocean, a nearby canyon and city. Tenants can take a dip in the pool, soak in the spa or cozy up in a master suite and avoid the paparazzi.
The view from Christina Aguilera's $6 million Los Angeles home for sale
Photo: Drew Fenton/Hilton & Hyland/Christie’s Great Estates
1443 Devlin Dr., Los Angeles, CA
This four-time Grammy Award winner is trying to unload her ultra-mod 1960s home in Los Angeles for just under $6 million. The former “Star Search” contestant and “Mickey Mouse Club” member appears to be moving on after her divorce from music producer Jordan Bratman.
The 6,500-square-foot home in West Hollywood offers views of the city, canyon, and ocean through its glass walls. The neighborhood is an enclave for the rich and famous with easy access to the best the city has to offer. She equipped the home with a screening room and music studio. There’s also a large pool, a 12-person spa and an outdoor fireplace.
Sheryl Crow's $7.5 million College Grove, Tenn. home for sale
6662 Cross Keys Rd., College Grove, TN
This nine-time Grammy winner, former Michael Jackson backup singer, ex-paramour of Lance Armstrong and mother of two, put her solar-powered equestrian estate in Tennessee up for online auction after not getting a buyer for her $7.5 million asking price. But, the reserve was not met at the auction, and it looks like Crow still hasn’t found a buyer. The bidding is closed for now, but the auction site is still online at Sherylcrowauction.com.
The 10,624-square-foot main house features French-inspired architecture and sits on 150 acres. Crow purchased the property, named Cross Creek Farm, in 2006. It has a saltwater pool, a 14-stall barn, indoor riding arena, media room, a recording studio, dual solar systems, and a three-bedroom guesthouse.
Alicia Keys' $2.4 million Syosset, NY home for sale
Photo: Alexis L Siegel/Core Long Island LLC
12 Serenite Lane, Syosset, NY
This Grammy winner, newlywed and new mom is trying to sell her home on New York’s Long Island for the fire-sale price of $2.3 million after buying it for almost $4 million in 2005. While the 2.2-acre, seven-bedroom mansion will serve anyone with an “Empire State of Mind,” it's also big enough for a family.
The home also features a 50-foot pool with Jacuzzi, poolhouse and patio. The gourmet eat-in kitchen is fit for divas who like to cook – and some divas do.
Kelly Clarkson's $1.5 million Nashville, Tenn. home for sale
Photo: Mary Beth Thomas/ Fridrich & Clark Realty
716 Westview Ave., Nashville, TN
Clarkson, “American Idol’s” first winner, is selling her “modest” 4,900-square-foot Tennessee home. Located in a posh suburb of Nashville, the house is listed for $1.5 million, $41,000 less than Clarkson paid for it in 2007. The stone house has five bedrooms and bathrooms, and a screened porch with one of the property’s three fireplaces. The master bedroom on the main level has an ensuite bath with a luxurious soaking tub.
The home features a wood-paneled office suited for a two-time Grammy winner and multi-platinum selling artist. There is also a recreation room above the three-car garage, and a living room with a fireplace. Clarkson reportedly did not live in the house full-time, as her primary residence is a 50-acre property in Fort Worth, Texas, but she needed a place to stay while collaborating with country singer Reba McEntire.