Celebrity Real Estate Roundup: Top Chef, Daryl Hall
By Laura Vecsey
Top Chef Digs
The stars of Bravo’s hit TV series Top Chef found it tough to keep a low profile on location for this season’s location: Seattle. The small-town atmosphere of this Pacific Northwest city made Top Chef judge Padma Lakshmi feel bad for having to act a bit rude during forays into Pike Place Market and other foodie-centric spots.
Thankfully, the 18 cast members were able to hide away between shoots, thanks to their penthouse at the Olive 8. The downtown condominium building features 229 units in the tallest residential building in the Emerald City. Tune in to see if quick-fire challenge stress can be soothed by the sights of ferries streaming across Puget Sound – one of the splendid views from atop this “Top Chef” hangout.
It was a labor of love but now musician Daryl Hall is ready to move on. The blue-eyed soul singer has slashed the price of his restoration masterpiece overlooking New York State’s Catskill Mountains from his original asking price of $16 million to $8.75 million.
That’s a pretty penny, but given the construction details and the acreage of the estate, Hall has created a museum-quality residence by displaying the same fine eye for detail and craftsmanship that has kept him on top of the charts and in front of adoring audiences for three decades.
The Philadelphia-area native spent more than 10 years acquiring 245 acres and moving two 1770’s-era houses from Connecticut to his spread just 100 miles north of Manhattan. Using carbon-dating techniques, Hall made sure that wood used to restore the now connected pair of homes was authentic.
The 8,400-square-foot home has 4 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, several barns and a guest home. It also houses the tricked-out barn where Hall hosts his critically acclaimed show: Live From Daryl’s House. But don’t worry. Hall won’t be lacking for places to work on or live. He has restored historic homes in London, Maine and Connecticut.
Western Wing Dinged
Actress Allison Janey’s Palm Springs house was foreclosed on. Janey bought the house in 2006 for $3.9 million but after attempts to sell it for upwards of $5.5 million, the house was officially taken by the bank. Originally built in 1977 for actor William Holden, the home sits on 3.7 acres.
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