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Saturday, 10 March 2012

Homes of young idols

Wasif Chudhary

Did you hear? The celebrity real estate world recently buzzed with the rumor that Justin Bieber had bought himself a $10.8 million home for his 18th birthday — and it was the same bachelor pad Ashton Kutcher has been renting, no less. It was almost too dreamy for a single item of gossip.

As anyone who attended high school knows, gossip isn’t always true, and TMZ soon reported that while Bieber had in fact toured that home, and two others, Kutcher may be the one who buys that house.
Miley Cyrus
Location: Studio City, Calif.
Price: $3.9 million
Beds / Baths: 5 / 7
Square Footage: 5,173

Last year Cyrus bought this mid-century modern house.
House: Realtor.com | Cyrus: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
Miley Cyrus, 19, was born during the heyday of her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, but has come into her own fame, performing as her Disney alter-ego Hannah Montana and as herself.

Last year, Cyrus plunked down the very grown-up sum of $3.9 million for a mid-century modern Studio City house, according to NBC New York. The private, gated and walled property features a double-sided fireplace and sliding glass doors leading out to the deck and patio.

Taylor Swift
Location: Beverly Hills, Calif.
Price: $3.975 million
Beds / Baths: 4 / 4
At 22, country pop singer/musician Taylor Swift has already been quite active in real estate. According to The Real Estalker blog, she bought a penthouse duplex in Nashville’s The Adelicia in 2009. Last year she bought a house in Nashville for her family, and just months later it went back on the market.

Swift picked this one up in spring 2011 for $3.975 million, according to Realtor.com. Built in 1941, this feminine and gracious traditional home manages to reflect its current owner. An unidentified source told the New York Post that Swift bought this house so she wouldn’t have to stay in hotels when she was in L.A.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Location: Bel Air, Calif.
Price: $5.995 million
Beds / Baths: 5 / 5
Square Footage: 4,044

The "Twilight" couple bought this house for just under $6 million.
House: Realtor.com | Couple: Jason Merritt / Getty Images
This modern house could be the ultimate fan headquarters for a die-hard Twihard. For a few months, it was rented by "Twilight" stars and real-life couple Robert Pattinson, 25, and Kristen Stewart, 21, and it went on the market around the premiere of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn” for just under $6 million, according to the listing on Realtor.com.

With its Southern California location, its fabulous views of Canyon Reservoir, its abundance of natural light and its pool and patio, it’s easier to picture buff, shirtless teen werewolves living here than pale, sparkling vampires. Whatever their reasons for choosing it, the famously private couple continue to remain mum.

Chris Colfer
Location: Los Angeles
Price: $860,000
Beds / Baths: 2 / 4
Square Footage: 2,462

Colfer of "Glee" bought this relatively modest house for $860,000.
House: Realtor.com | Colfer: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
In this collection, Chris Colfer’s Laurel Canyon house is the most like a non-celebrity’s first home. Built in 1963 with updates like a ‘90s-esque kitchen and what appear to be wood laminate floors, the house is quite modest for a star of a smash-hit TV series.

However, Colfer is just 21, so for that age group he’s doing quite well. And maybe the “Glee” star is too busy filming his show in nearby Paramount Studios to care about domestic aesthetics.

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