In troubling economic times, it's always a treat to peek into the world of celebrity excess, and nothing defines "over the top" like the outrageous homes of Hollywood superstars. From Jim Carrey's surprisingly minimalistic coastal house to Celine Dion's entire island, here are four high-profile homes currently up for sale:
Jim Carrey's Malibu Retreat
This beautiful piece of beachfront property is where the Dumb and Dumber and Ace Ventura funnyman goes to get away from it all. Jim Carrey purchased the sleek, modern home in 2004 for a cool $9.75 million, and looks to turn it around for $13.5 million. With five elegant bedrooms, a private rooftop spa and jaw-dropping views of the ocean at every turn, this slick, upscale home merges indoor and outdoor living with ease.
http://www.frontdoor.com/buy/tour-jim-carreys-malibu-home-for-sale/pictures/pg541 The Island of Celine Dion
Okay, now this is just too much. But then again would we ever expect any less from Canadian diva Celine Dion than a $29.5 million private island in Montreal, Quebec? More important than the 830,000 square-foot island itself is the 24,000 square-foot Victorian style mansion, featuring miles of marble and ornate details. Manicured lawns cover the estate grounds, along with elaborate stone patios and expansive gardens. But the real deal-maker is the rusticated basement cellar that appears to have fallen out of a Game of Thrones episode.
http://www.sothebysrealty.ca/idx/cms/14140/details.html Larry the Cable Guy's Rustic Charmer
Blue-Collar comedian Larry the Cable Guy is looking to pass on his secluded log home. Built in 1996 on seven acres of Wisconsin forest, this expansive retreat is every outdoorsman's dream with its exposed raw timber and large rock fireplace. Looking to cool off, or spend a mellow afternoon fishing? The property is only steps away from Long Lake, making it the definitive summer home. And with a listing price of only $1.5 million (pennies to Hollywood stars), this slice of rustic bliss is practically begging potential buyers to "git-r-done."
http://listings.listhub.net/pages/RANWWI/817518/ Joan Rivers' East Side Condo
As you can probably guess, any condo belonging to Joan Rivers will stretch the definition of the word. This neo-French classical penthouse is up for sale for a whopping $29.5 million, and for good reason; from the grand columned entryways to the period-style furniture and accessories, this gilded NYC home is clearly designed for Hollywood socialites. An elaborate fireplace can be found in many of the rooms of the 5,190 square-foot condo and the vast living rooms with impossibly high ceilings provide endless amounts of space for entertaining guests.