Some fortunate (and invariably wealthy) individuals love to boast that they own a home that once belonged to a famous icon, say, a Rockefeller or a famous actor or actress like Mary Pickford. I thought of this when I got a press release earlier today alerting me that HULK HOGAN’s home is for sale in Belleair, Fla. IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS! Imagine yourself saying, “This house was once owned by the ‘Hulk’ himself.”
The property includes a 17,145-sq. ft. mansion designed by Mrs. Hulk herself, Linda Hogan, as well as Hulk-in-la…I mean his mother-in-law, who is an interior decorator. Other perks include an in-ground pool, gym, view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico, private docks, two separate garages, and a library featuring hand-carved antique pine paneling and built-in bookshelves. (Hey, he’s the Thinking Man’s wrestler…)
It’s going for a cool $17 million, so pro wrestling much have been very, very good to the Hulkster. Of course, given that the air is already deflating from the housing bubble in Florida, El Hulko might need to be ready to accept, say, $14 mil. (Look below the photo for a few more shots of celebrity homes that recently hit the market.)
For photos of homes being sold by rappers 50 Cent and Little Bow Wow, and an unnamed actor who I’m guessing is Ray Romano (or Kevin James), click below…
Here's the listing for the waterfront mansion in Farmington, Ct., being sold by rapper 50 Cent. He's asking $18,500,000 for a 51,657-sq.-ft home set on 17.6 acres with 19 bedrooms, 35 bathrooms, , multiple fireplaces, a disco/entertainment space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, multi-car garage, a sauna/steam room, atrium, outdoor kitchen area and multiple balconies.
Here's the listing for Little Bow Wow's house in Duluth, a suburb of Atlanta.
The $1.5 million ranch-style home is a 4 BD/4.5 BTH with a theater, study, spa, pool, and "easy access to a championship PGA Tour golf course" (I'm assuming that's Atlanta Athletic Club, site of the PGA Championship a few years ago).
And lastly, the listing was sent to me by the PR folks at Move.com, and is for an unnamed sitcom star "whose show recently ended its 8th season" and who is also described in the release as "Master of his Domain" (I know that line is associated with Seinfeld, but that shows has been off the air and Ray Romano and Kevin James' shows both ran eight seasons, I think). Whoever he is, Mr. X is asking $1.6 million for this Spanish-styled home in LA that sports 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, "amazing views of Hollywood," and a multi-terraced yard with a pool and hot tub.
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