Breakups, Shake-ups, and Big Buys: The Year in Celebrity Real Estate 2023

Celebrities: They’re just like us—even when it comes to real estate. Sure, they operate in a much higher tax bracket and are fairly insulated from the gyrations of the housing market.

But like us mere mortals, when celebrities go through major life changes—like a divorce, a marriage, or a career shake-up—a significant real estate transaction is usually close behind.

That said, 2023 was another banner year for celebrity real estate with break ups (Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner), new romances (Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce), and transitions (Aaron Rodgers’ trade to the New York Jets), all punctuated by the notable homes these famous folks bought, sold, or rented. To sift through the top celebrity housing stories of the year, we decided to break them into three categories: breakups, big buys, and fan favorites.

So as 2023 draws to a close, let’s reflect on the high-profile houses and prestigious properties we couldn’t get enough of.

Breakups

When stars consciously uncouple, we can’t help but wonder what will happen to their real estate holdings. Here are this year’s juiciest housing stories surrounding certain celebrities who recently called it quits.

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner listed their New York City condo for $6 million.

(Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic / Realtor.com)

In September, the pop star and the “Game of Thrones” actress announced their divorce after four years of marriage. Subsequently, Jonas and Turner decided to part ways with their New York City condo, placing it on the market for $6 million. The former couple, who have two children, also unloaded their midcentury modern mansion in Miami this year for $15 million.

Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen

Tom Brady put his 6,500-square-foot abode up for rent at $60,000 a month, while Giselle Bündchen splashed out $9.1 million for yet another South Florida mansion.

(Taylor Hill/FilmMagic / Realtor.com)

News of Brady and Bündchen’s divorce filtered out in fall 2022, and this year we witnessed the two stars make noteworthy real estate moves as they navigated the single life. After announcing his retirement from professional football “for good,” Brady put his 6,500-square-foot waterfront home in Tampa, FL, up for rent at an ask of $60,000 a month.

Meanwhile, Bündchen paid $9.1 million for a 7.5-acre equestrian estate in South Florida.

Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara slashed the price on her Beverly Hills estate to $16 million.

(Getty Images / Realtor.com)

News of the Hollywood couple’s split hit tabloids in July, and around that time, Vergara reduced the price of her Beverly Hills, CA, mansion to $16 million.

Before her marriage to Manganiello, the “Modern Family” actress purchased the Tuscan-style estate on Valentine’s Day 2014 for $10.6 million and has been trying to offload the abode since summer 2022. Records reveal Vergara originally listed the home for $19.6 million, and after two price cuts, the 11,369-square-foot property remains on the market.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' Alum Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann
‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ alum Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann listed their Georgia mansion for $6 million.

(Paras Griffin/GC Images / Realtor.com)

This year has been nothing if not a roller coaster for former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Zolciak-Biermann and her husband, Kroy Biermann, whose highly public divorce, on/off relationship, and legal woes have played out in the tabloids and on social media.

At the center of the drama is the couple’s seven-bedroom estate in Milton, GA. The place was reportedly in foreclosure in late February and headed for public auction. According to Zolciak-Biermann, the situation was a “misunderstanding” with the bank, and the auction was canceled a week later. However, after new revelations about their financial issues (including a reported $1.1 million debt to the IRS) and impending divorce, the couple agreed to list the home in October for $6 million. The property is still waiting for a buyer.

Big buys

In 2023, we saw celebrities drop big bucks on homes all around the country, but the following pricey purchases will live rent-free in our heads for a while.

Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Travis Kelce’s leveled-up to a magnificent $6 million mansion near Kansas City

(Brynn Burns / David Eulitt/Getty Images)

While NFL fans are all too familiar with Travis Kelce, the rest of the world was introduced to the superstar tight end this year, thanks to his high-profile romance with Taylor Swift.

Kelce, a key member of the Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs, quickly learned that linking up with an A-lister like Swift leads to even more attention from the paparazzi. A series of privacy concerns prompted him to level up to a massive, more secluded property.

Kelce’s new home, which set him back $6 million, is situated inside a gated community in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, KS. The 17,000-square-foot mansion sits on nearly 3.5 acres at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

Once Listed For $135M, This Beverly Hills Home Sold to Ben Affleck and J. Lo. For Just $60M
J. Lo and Ben Affleck reportedly snagged a $135 million Beverly Hills estate for $60.8 million.

(Getty Images / Realtor.com)

After rekindling their love and tying the knot in 2022, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez proved that true love conquers all. Naturally, the next big step for Bennifer was to find their forever home, but hunting down a property proved to be quite the pursuit. Then, in May, the couple landed an ultramansion in Beverly Hills, CA—and it appears they picked it up for a song.

The 38,000-square-foot palace—known as the Wallingford Estate—first hit the market in 2018 for $135 million, and property records show that the home sold for $60,850,000. Even at a reduced price, this property is a dizzying display of the duo’s wealth; but since it’s totally turnkey and very private, it seems perfectly suited for the power couple.

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers reportedly picked up a trophy property in Montclair, NJ, for $9.5 million.

(Nick Cammett/Getty Images / Realtor.com)

Super Bowl champ Aaron Rodgers made two big moves this year: one for his football career and the other for his real estate portfolio.

After months of speculation, the longtime Green Bay Packers quarterback left Wisconsin to ply his trade with the New York Jets. And since he’d be spending a lot more time in the tri-state area, Rodgers picked up a trophy property in Montclair, NJ, for $9.5 million.

That price means Rodgers’ new digs cost $950 per square foot. And because the median price per square foot in Montclair is around $360, we had to question whether Rodgers overpaid. But our experts relayed that the custom home is brand new, private, and has panoramic views of New York City. So it appears that Rodgers made the right call. Too bad his Jets season lasted only four plays before a season-ending injury.

Drake

Drake
When Drake hinted at moving to Houston, we played fantasy real estate agent and put together a list of some Drizzy-Worthy homes in H-Town.

(Amy Sussman/Getty Images for dcp / Realtor.com)

In early September, during the Houston stop of his All a Blur tour, music superstar Drake told all in attendance that he would be spending a lot more time in Texas.

The Canadian rapper said he’d spent years searching for a place to put down roots outside of his native Toronto and finally landed on a home in H-town. At the time, we couldn’t help but play fantasy real estate agent and even suggested several Drizzy-worthy properties; but Drake’s big-baller purchase of 2023 actually appears to be a ranch.

video posted to X shows the rapper embracing his yeehaw era, driving in a golf cart on his new property and confirming—in a fake country accent—that “the sale is made.”

Fan favorites

You don’t have to be a Swiftie or a member of the Britney Army to understand the significance of these homes—but it helps.

The rental that broke the internet

The West Village Townhouse in NYC Where Taylor Swift Once Lived Can Now Be Rented For $45K a Month
Taylor Swift’s former, luxury town home in New York City went up for rent at $45,000 a month.

(John Shearer/TAS23/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management / Realtor.com)

When Taylor Swift sang, “I rent a place on Cornelia Street” in the eponymous song on her 2019 album, Lover, Swifties never would have dreamed they’d learn the actual location of the Greenwich Village pad where Swift stayed for a short while in 2016 and kindled her relationship with now-ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn.

So when news broke this year that the infamous Cornelia Street townhouse was available for rent (for $45,000 a month), stans just about lost their minds and nearly broke the internet to get a peek inside the apartment that’s forever tied to Taylor Swift lore.

Britney’s childhood home

Britney Spears
The 2,299-square-foot abode in Kentwood, LA, is on the market for $1.2 million.

(Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for Clear Channel / Realtor.com)

We’d be remiss if our 2023 celebrity wrap-up didn’t include Britney Spears, who experienced both highs (the release of her revelatory bestselling memoir, “The Woman in Me”) and lows (the end of her six-year marriage to Sam Asghari) over the last 12 months.

In November, the pop star made news in the world of real estate when her childhood home in Kentwood, LA, hit the market for $1.2 million. Spears had zero connection to the sale, but the listing turned heads because the house is in its original condition—and even retains some mementos from Spears’ time there (including a VIP pass from the ‘N Sync World Tour ’98).

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