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Nicholas Sparks' Ex

Hands Over Stake in Family Mansion

... Still Makes Out

10/13/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1012_nicholas-sparks-and-catherine_getty"The Notebook" author Nicholas Sparks is a true romantic in real life ... when it comes to his beloved North Carolina mansion, anyway -- and now he's making sure he keeps it in the breakup with his wife. 

According to docs obtained by TMZ ... Nicholas and Catherine Sparks both signed the deed for "Trent Acres" -- the massive family estate -- over to the Nicholas Sparks trust. As you'd expect ... the author runs his trust, so basically Catherine's given him her share of the 24,000 sq. ft. home. 

The Sparks' announced they were separating in January after 25 years of marriage.

It's unclear from the docs what, if any, compensation Catherine's getting for forking over the deed ... but typically there is something called an equalization payment. She's already secured a $1.1 million mini-mansion, just a couple miles away from "Trent Acres." 

Nicholas declared his love for his estate in a video every bit as sappy as "Nights in Rodanthe." Grab some tissues ...

Britney Spears

$7 MILLION Steal for New Mansion

10/12/2015 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013_britney_pears_Thousand_oaks_mansion_launchIf you want to know where Britney Spears' massive Las Vegas paychecks are going -- feast your eyes on the huge estate she just snatched up outside Los Angeles!

Brit closed on the 13,264 sq. ft. palace on Friday, according to our real estate sources, and she got it for an amazing $7.4 million. It's not often you hear that kinda price called "a steal," but we're told that's how it's being described in celeb housing circles. 

Here's why -- besides the 5 beds and 7.5 baths ... Brit's new crib sits on 20.98 acres, has tennis courts, AND an infinity pool. She can also work on her golf game (if she's got one), since there's a 3-hole course on the grounds!

Brit's becoming a land baron -- she already owns another property in the area, but she's living in a rental right now.

If there's a downside, it's the $1,836/month in HOA dues. We suspect Britney will find a way to make ends meet.

Gigi Hadid & Joe Jonas

We're Apartment Hunting

... For One

10/9/2015 12:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1009-joe-jonas-yolanda-foster-akmgsiGigi Hadid isn't ready to share precious closet space with boyfriend Joe Jonas, because the couple isn't moving in together ... TMZ has learned.

Photos of G.i.-Joe gawking at a building in Manhattan's NoHo 'hood surfaced Friday, sparking rumors the couple of only 4 months was taking the leap. 

We're told that's not the case, and Gigi is the only one shopping ... she even brought mom Yolanda along to see some of the spots. They checked out a boutique building on Bond Street where 2 and 3-bedrooms go for around $6.5 mil.

Good security has to be high on Gigi's list of amenities for a new home -- she had to sell her old place after a stalker got inside


Beyonce & Jay Z

Check Out Our New $45 Million Palace

10/6/2015 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


Jay Z and Beyonce got the last laugh after getting notice to leave the house they were renting ... because we've learned they got an even better house.

Our sources say Bey and Jay are now renting the $45 million Holmby Hills palace that was owned by ex-L.A. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

McCourt sold the house to a British billionaire last year for $45 million, but we're told the new owner was hardly in L.A. and it just sat vacant. So he recently decided to put it on the market for lease ... we're told for around $150k a month.

Our sources -- all of whom are people who were on hand this past weekend facilitating the move -- say Beyonce and Jay signed a 1-year lease. 

As for the house ... it's 20,000 square feet, complete with an indoor Olympic-sized pool complex and an outdoor pool with a waterfall and formal gardens. 

As we previously reported, Bey Z got the boot from their old rental in the same neighborhood after the owner decided to sell it.

We broke the story ... Jay Z and Beyonce are putting down stakes in L.A., largely because they think it's a good place to raise Blue Ivy.

Alfonso Ribeiro

My New Pad Is Fit For A Prince

10/6/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1005_alfonso_ribiero_buys_granada_hills_house_launchAlfonso Ribeiro danced his way to a sprawling new home, and even though it's not in Bel-Air ... it's still pretty sick.

The "Dancing with the Stars" champ and "Unwrapped 2.0" host plunked down $2 million for the killer solar-powered pad in Granada Hills, about an hour north of the neighborhood that made him famous. 

The home is huge ... 7,500 square feet with 8 bedrooms and 7 baths, so definitely Fresh Prince-ish.

The guest house alone is 1,500 square feet and the patio has a grotto-style pool, waterfall and swim-up bar connected to a full-service outdoor kitchen with a BBQ and Chicago brick pizza oven. 

Most importantly ... tons of room to do 'The Carlton.'

Penn Jillette

Hey Bacon Worshipers ...

Wanna Buy My Vegas Crib?

10/3/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1002-church-of-bacon-fun-art-TMZ-GETTY-01Penn Jillette might just have the perfect buyers for his Las Vegas mansion and the new residents are all high ... in cholesterol.

The United Church of Bacon, a group of more than 12,000 religious skeptics and atheists has its collective eyes set on the 7,500 square foot pad. We're told they'll use the place for community meetings, weddings and for plain old, "having fun."

As for the home, which Jillette nicknamed "The Slammer," it sits on 8.5 acres and features a lap pool, catwalks connecting different wings of the house and even a fire pole from one level to the floor. 

The church's central tenet is that bacon is real ... it's proven to exist. The church's money better be real too ... the home is listed at more than $2 million.

Taylor Swift

Pants on Fire!!!

She Did Buy That $25 Million House

10/1/2015 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1001-taylor-swift-getty-01Taylor Swift scoffed at reports she didn't buy the legendary, $25 million, Samuel L. Goldwyn estate in Bev Hills, but we checked the tax records and the paper trail leads right to her doorstep!

Taylor went on social media Tuesday to shoot down stories she bought the late movie mogul's estate. She said, "What the press says I'm doing: Buying a Bev Hills mansion, getting married in an English castle. What I'm doing: Playing a show in St. Louis."

So we checked the property records. We found out today, Thursday, October 1, 2015, title to the estate changed hands from the seller to a company that's headquartered in Nashville. The address of the business goes right back to Taylor's Nashville address.


Gavin Rossdale

Post Divorce Home is ...

Total Pimp Palace!!

9/30/2015 7:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


The single life agrees with Gavin Rossdale -- in the real estate department, anyway -- because he just nailed down the sickest bachelor pad in Bel-Air.

Hard to get over a cool chick like Gwen Stefani, but a nearly 4,000 sq. ft spread sure helps! Our sources tell us Gavin moved in to this 5 bedroom, 5 bath spread just over a month ago.

We're told Gavin dug the place because it's not far from the Bev Hills home where Gwen and their kids live. He's only renting, but it has airliner views of L.A., separate guest house ... and an incredibly massive pool worthy of a Four Seasons resort.

Again. Divorce sucks, but ...



Riff Raff

My Codeine Castle

More Purple Than Prince

9/30/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0929_riff_raff_house_codeine_castle_launch2Riff Raff's moving into a Las Vegas home fit for a Purple Icon.

The rapper says he'll coronate the 5 bedroom home, "The Codeine Castle."  Its "Beetlejuice"-like purple interiors are pretty spectacular. There's even a purple weight room ...  perfect since he's been beefin' up in the muscle dept.

There's a basketball court and an oasis pool with a waterfall, slide, mini-beach, and a swim-up BBQ and bar. There's also a huge yard for his two huskies ... Kody and Jody.

Jody Highroller, aka Riff Raff, isn't quite yet the proud owner of the $1.299 million home -- it's still in escrow.

Only thing missing ... neon aquaberry Versace pillows.


Matt Groening

Neighborhood War Erupts

Over Pine Tree Massacre

9/23/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0922-trees-tmz-01Matt Groening is literally living a Joni Mitchell song ... his neighbor paved paradise and put up a parking lot, and he's pissed.

Matt is enraged one of his neighbors is taking an ax to four 100-year-old pine trees, which he says are on protected property.  

The "Simpsons" co-creator says the neighbor wants to pave over the area to accommodate her cars.

The Santa Monica neighborhood is up in arms. Bobby Shriver, the former Santa Monica mayor and member of the Kennedy clan, along with his wife, Malissa, tried to stop the chainsaw massacre by protesting to the City of L.A. Turns out, the trees are on the border between Santa Monica and L.A. and the stumps rest on the L.A. side.

One neighbor, Jerry Rubin, actually chained himself to one of the trees in protest.

Matt and company won a temporary reprieve ... the City of L.A. ordered the tree hackers to stop until they determine conclusively whether she has a right to chop the pines down.   

As they say ... you don't know what you got till it's gone ...

Bryan Cranston

I Just Sold My Condo

A Little Bigger Than Walter White's Trailer

9/19/2015 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0918-bryan-cranston-building-crisnetThe man who played meth mastermind Walter White has moved to greener and bigger pastures, so he just unloaded his modest digs for a return that would humiliate the diabolical chemistry teacher.

Bryan Cranston just sold his North Hollywood condo he bought in 2008 ... pre-"Breaking Bad" but post- "Malcolm in the Middle." The digs are relatively small -- 1,270 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms and 3 baths.

He bought the place for $451,500 and just sold it for $497,000. Walter made 1,000 times that in one transaction.

But don't cry for Bryan. He has other properties in L.A. and is doing just fine. 

Fredrik Eklund

I'm Not Moving From 'Million Dollar Listing'

9/10/2015 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0910_Fredrik-Eklund_million_dollar_listing_tmzFredrik Eklund isn't leaving "Million Dollar Listing New York" -- despite reports he was being 86'd for diva demands.  

Eklund will definitely be back next season, so says his manager, Steven Grossman.  

It's kind of ridiculous to think Bravo would ax anyone for diva behavior -- remember, they have 100 housewives on the payroll. But we're told Eklund's not a diva by any stretch.

Fact is ... his show's doing so well, they want to give Fredrik a spin-off. If that happens he'd probably leave "MDLNY." 

As for more cash ... he doesn't need it. Eklund's sold more than $3.5 BILLION in New York real estate in the last decade. 

Beyonce And Jay Z

We're Getting Booted from Our Home!!!

9/10/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0909_jay_z_beyonce_holmby_hills_home_launchBeyonce and Jay Z are about to become homeless in LA.

TMZ has learned the place they've rented since February has been sold and they have to be out lock, stock, and barrel in 60 days.

Beyonce and Jay dropped $150k a month on the 16,000 square foot Holmby Hills estate ... this after looking in vain for a place to buy in the L.A. area.

It appears they weren't interested in outbidding the buyer, who agreed to pay $35.5 million for the pad.

So the task at hand is now finding new digs, and we're told the couple is already on the hunt in Beverly Hills, Bel-Air and Holmby Hills.

Nothing but the best for Blue Ivy.

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