In the world of celebrity real estate, stars buy homes through trusts in LLCs in an effort to cut the paper trail leading to their names.
Despite their best efforts, it's possible to figure out who the real owner of a mansion or penthouse is with a little sleuthing.
Such is the case with a posh Manhattan penthouse for sale. In 2008, it was reported that former news anchor and Oprah Winfrey's best bud Gayle King bought a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath apartment in the new Midtown tower, Place 57.
Finished in 2006, Place 57 has condos that originally sold for $1.47 million to $7 million-plus. Oprah's penthouse sits on the 36th floor and features 2,530 square feet of wall-to-ceiling windowed space as well as a 768-square-foot terrace.
The modern space features a "triangle-shaped" living room, high-end kitchen, dining area and two bedrooms -- one with an attached bathroom. The master suite has three walk-in closets, a jetted tub and sleek shower.
If this is Oprah's home, it's only one on a list of several properties that she owns, including a duplex in downtown Chicago, a plantation in Hawaii, a huge sprawling property in Montecito, Calif., as well as smaller homes and condos in Douglasville, Ga., Franklin, Tenn., and Elmwood Park, Ill.
King currently owns an apartment in the Big Apple as well as a home in Greenwich, Conn.
The home is listed by Mark Schoenfield of the Corcoran Group. According to Zillow's mortgage calculator, a monthly payment would be $29,115, assuming a 20 percent down payment on a 30-year mortgage.
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Location: New York
Price: $100,000 a month
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Amenities include a private indoor swimming pool, 925-square-foot terrace, a grand library and motorized movie screen. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer beautiful views of streets below, which teem with boutique retail.
The home's walls of glass open to gorgeous panoramas of Malibu coastline. It has bamboo flooring and a stainless steel kitchen. The property also has been approved by the Coastal Commission for a second-story addition, a stamp that surely enhanced the home's value a bit.
Pitt reportedly enjoys purchasing homes to spruce them up. We're not sure how he may have tweaked this place, but we do know it's breathtaking. Sited on a 1.26 acre plot, the property includes a tennis court and a lap pool, in addition to other amenities. We've speculated in the past that Brad and Angelina's ever-growing brood might have played a role in his decision to list the home.
NBA star Jason Kidd just about has his dexterous hands on this Hamptons mansion, having recently signed a contract to purchase the home. The two-acre property has a lower-level staff suite that stretches 2,300 square feet.
Kidd's contract has him staying with the Mavericks for one more year. The player has said he'd like to stay a pro for another couple of years. After that, he may put himself out to pasture, perhaps in this home's pasture.
President Obama just lost his favorite summer getaway. The First Family had rented "Blue Heron Farm," a Martha's Vineyard estate, for the last three summers. But just recently Norman Foster, one of Britain's leading architects, purchased the place for $21.9 million.
Other amenities include a water-view pool with hot tub, par-3 golf hole, tennis court, half basketball court (no doubt where the prez has swished his fair share of three-pointers), and areas for lawn bowling and horseshoes.
The sixth-floor unit offers eight rooms, three full baths, 10-foot ceilings, two fireplaces, a library, a solarium, a formal dining room, a wine room and a custom kitchen, among other billionaire perks.
This is not the first luxury property that Queen Oprah has listed for rent. Earlier this year, Oprah's company, Overground Railroad LLC, listed a 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom mansion in Greenwich, Conn., for $24,500 a month.
The home offers four large fireplaces, hardwood floors and best of all, numerous doors that open out to the sand. It's located right on La Costa Beach and close to Carbon Beach, where all the Hollywood movers and shakers are.
Location: Los Angeles
Price: $2.9 million
Sq. Ft.: 4,179
This stunning property, located in the Los Feliz neighborhood, just south of the Griffith Observatory and Mt. Hollywood, blends elements of Mediterranean and Southwestern design to create a truly original living space. Fun fact: The "Big Bang Theory" star bought the beautifully-restored home from Charlie Sheen, who purchased the estate with then-wife Brooke Mueller.
Terraced yard steps lead down to a sprawling lawn and a huge swimming pool surrounded by a tree-shaded sunbathing terrace and stacked-stone wall. Perfect for lounging around, A-list style, during those hot Hollywood summers.
When he needed a break from being one of the world's best-loved action stars, this is where Bruce Willis would hide out -- and we can see why. This 20-acre, lakefront ranch boasts a heated pool with water slides, a waterfall and a rope swing, as well as several man-made ponds on the grounds. He put it on the market in November for $15 million because sadly, he tells The Wall Street Journal, he isn't "spending enough time there."