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Friday, August 22, 2008

John McCain: more houses than Oprah!

Would you believe that John and Cindy McCain own more homes than Oprah Winfrey, who's richer than GOD? What about Madonna, or for that matter, Paris Hilton? Let's play, "who's the out of touch celebrity," with today's contestants...

John and Cindy McCain

Number of homes: At least 7 ... no, make that 8! (you know what? We'll have our staff get back to you...)

1. 15-acre ranch compound in Hidden Valley, (Sedona) Arizona owned by the Hensley Family Trust. The spread includes at least 3 individual buildings spread out over 6 acres. Valued at more than $1 million.

2 & 3 - Two combined condo units in an exclusive 12-story glass building at 2211 Camelback in downtown Phoenix that bills itself as "the Valley of the Sun's finest example of urban residential living." The units are valued at $1.7 million, but according to the Washington Post: "The McCains dropped $4.6 million to turn two pads into what can be described only as a crib deluxe (7,000 square feet).Walk through the lobby and listen to the cascading waterfall. Or slip into the wet bar and stare at the 50-inch plasma TV in the communal party room."

3, 4, and 5: Beachfront digs in California, about which the post says: "There's the condo in La Jolla and two more in, yes, the same building in Coronado. The McCains had survived with just one apartment in Coronado, but Cindy felt compelled to add another this year, apparently after tiring of sharing the digs with their four kids. (Of course, they did forget to pay the property taxes...)

"When I bought the first one, my husband, who is not a beach person, said, 'Oh, this is such a waste of money; the kids will never go,' " Cindy McCain told Vogue. "Then it got to the point where they used it so much I couldn't get in the place. So I bought another one." The La Jolla condo alone is valued at more than $1 million. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:

Dream Catcher Family LLC, a domestic corporation formed by the McCain family, owns two condos in a beachfront complex in Coronado, Calif. Tax records show one is valued at $2.7-million. The other was purchased this year, according to sales records. A sales price was not available.

6. The CSTimes also reports on yet another condo:

An Arizona company called Wild River Rental LLC, which records show is owned by Cindy McCain, is listed as the owner of Phoenix condo worth more than half a million dollars. The McCains bought the condo for their daughter Meghan, according to a story in GQ magazine and confirmed through a public records search. The reporter compared the inside to "a spaceship furnished by West Elm. There's a giant silver chimney that extends out of her fireplace into the ceiling about twenty feet above."

7. Three-bedroom condo in Arlingon, VA, about which the Post says, "the McCains got themselves a three-bedroom apartment in a building that features balconies, patios and 'climate controlled access to Metro.'" Value: $847,000.

UPDATE! 8. Politico smokes out house number 8, an $830,000 condo in the same building as the couple's Phoenix spread.


Oprah Winfrey

Number of homes: 6

According to a Wikipedia entry: Winfrey currently lives on “The Promised Land”, her 42 acre (170,000 m²) ocean and mountain view estate in Montecito, California, outside of Santa Barbara.

Other homes: A house in Lavallette, New Jersey;

An apartment in Chicago;

An estate on Fisher Island off the coast of Miami;

A ski house in Telluride, Colorado;

Property on the island of Maui, Hawaii.



Number of homes: 6

According to Forbes, Madonna and hubby Guy Ritchie own a half dozen homes in England, including a "$12 million, 10-bedroom Georgian townhouse in London's Marylebone neighborhood."


Tom Cruise (totally not gay celebrity)

Number of homes: 3

According to Forbes, Cruise, wife Katie, and daughter Suri, along with Tom's older children from a previous "marriage" to Nicole Kidman (who with new hubby Keith Urban own just one home, after selling a property,) enjoy these digs in Telluride, Colorado, plus homes in Beverly Hills and in Essex, England.


Paris Hilton

Number of homes: 1

Sure, her parents own hotels all over the world, and she and he sister Nikki can live in any one of them, but Paris is actually a homeowner in her own right. According to People Magazine, Paris sold her 3,000 square foot home for $4.2 million recently and invested in new digs: a 7,000-sq.-ft. Beverly Hills mansion in the gated Mulholland Estates.

The new place, built in 1991, is said to offer more privacy, as well as five bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms and a fitness room that Hilton intends to convert into a shoe closet, her uncle and real-estate agent, Mauricio Umansky of Hilton & Hyland (which is affiliated with Christie's Great Estates), tells the paper.

The Mediterranean-style house on more than three-quarters of an acre was also a bit of a bargain for Hilton: $5.9 million, which was below the original $6.25 million asking price.
Wow ... Paris is almost living as large as Cindy McCain!


Oh, and Barack and Michelle Obama? One house, and no, wingers, he didn't buy it from Tony Rezko, at a discount, in a smoky pool room. (Actual factuals here.)

Get more information on celebrity home holdings here!


Rachel said...

Thanks for using my picture without permission. Haha! But I see you are using it for a good cause. I hate that pics of Barack's house make people think that he is rich and elitist. But he only bought that house after his bestselling book. So Barack has one "mansion" on a busy Chicago street. John has 8 properties. Who's elitist here?

JReid said...

Amen, and thanks ... for the permission...?

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