This week in celebrity real estate, Barry Manilow and Ryan Seacrest re-listed their homes, and the home that billionaire Howard Hughes crashed his plane into is on the market.
Manilow's Malibu retreat overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
Barry Manilow is back in the game -- at Radio City Music Hall and on the Malibu real estate market.
Not bad for the spike-haired crooner whose decades of hit-making and stellar concert performances have earned a loyal following.
The man who made "Mandy" -- a love song about a dog -- an indelible part of pop music has re-listed his contemporary-style home in Malibu for $6.95 million. That's a pretty steep drop from the $10.9 million Manilow first listed the beachfront compound back in 2009. But after a few years, four price drops and -- most startling, and a health scare earlier this year -- perhaps the singer is more eager to finalize a sale.
The news of the Malibu re-list comes as Manilow was performing in New York, where he's making up three shows that had been canceled in February due to health issues. According to reports, Manilow was still undergoing physical therapy after undergoing hip surgery.
Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, Manilow's Malibu home is ready for action, too. The property contains a main house with four bedrooms and walls of glass overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There is also a guest house across a private courtyard that offers additional living space. Manilow's retreat has been noted for its high fences, assuring privacy, and its location on the uber-desirable Malibu Road.
The oceanfront home has patios overlooking the beach.
See more photos of Barry Manilow's home on Zillow.
The listing for Ryan Seacrest's home has only been released with one photo.
Call it a real estate rerun. TV and radio host extraordinaire Ryan Seacrest has placed his Los Angeles home back on the market -- with a new price.
The "American Idol" host and television producer first listed the home in 2010 for $14.95 million. When it did not sell, Seacrest took it off the market for a year before relisting it recently for $11.985 million.
Not that Seacrest has had a lot of time to worry about the ups and downs of the market. In addition to everything else the amiable frontman does in Hollywood, he's recently been added to the Olympic coverage team for NBC. The gig will take him to London for the 2012 Summer Games and add a few more dollars to his eye-popping annual income of $40 million. According to Forbes, Seacrest rakes in more than Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.
Seacrest's home has some deep Hollywood pedigree. It was previously owned by Kevin Costner, from whom Seacrest purchased the home for $11.5 million in April 2006. The Mediterranean mansion has been featured in "Architectural Digest" and was decorated by famed designer Jeff Andrews.
Property records show that the 5-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 8,172-square foot home in Hollywood Hills is certainly up to celebrity standards with posh amenities such as a swimming pool, guest house, detached garage, tennis courts, Los Angeles views and peaceful gardens.
If you want to see more photos of Seacrest's home, you'll have to get pre-approved by the listing brokerage Westside Estate Agency. Photos on their site are password protected.
The 1920s-era home was once hit by the eccentric Howard Hughes.
A relatively new listing in Beverly Hills, California draws attention to the original details of the immaculate Spanish-style home at 805 N. Linden Drive that was designed by renowned Southern California architect Wallace Neff.
That's probably enough history to draw attention to the 6,246-square-foot home priced for $6.995 million in one of the most famous ZIP codes in the world. It's got curb appeal galore.
But what about the other history of the home -- the part where Howard Hughes so famously crashed his twin-engine, twin-boom, $8 million plane into three houses in Beverly Hills, one of them being 805 North Linden Drive?
Hard to pass up that fiery bit of aviation drama, especially one that film director Martin Scorsese so wildly re-enacted in his cinematic homage to Hughes in the movie "The Aviator."
According to Curbed, which first reported on the Linden Drive listing, the plane sliced through the bedroom and garage before crashing in a fireball and spewing engine parts into surrounding yards.
Details of the crash are contained on Check-Six:
Although it was planned to be only a short 20 minute flight, Hughes amended the plan after take-off to include an aerial tour of the Los Angeles basin to show off his latest aircraft. After a series of test maneuvers, Hughes begun his return to his factory's airport in Culver City when the right engine propeller control's ran out of oil due to an undetected leak. The rear portion of the propeller kicked into a "flat pitch" like indoor ceiling fans and forced one of the sets of blades to cease working
... Next, it hit the house next door at 805 North Linden Drive of actress Rosemary DeCamp (best known for her role as James Cagney's mother in Yankee Doodle Dandy). It sliced through the bedroom where her and her husband, John Staler, were, and ripped across the couple's garage rooftop. Fortunately they both escaped injury.
The house, built in 1926, bears no scars from that fateful day. The Spanish tile floors, dark beams, library, formal dining room and generous lawns give the place a gracious serenity. However, as Curbed noted, there is no garage, it having been taken out during Hughes' crash.
Spanish tiles and dark beams are characteristic of a Mediterranean-style home.