What the rich pay for housing

In the midst of the American housing crisis

Some inside info on what the rich are paying

Babe's Place
This week's Top 10 homes spotlight at www.toptenrealestatedeals.com/ includes a look at the New England home that once belonged to Babe Ruth. The legendary Yankee who made major league baseball the #1 sport in America and set a number of both hitting and pitching records lived at a place he called Home Plate Farm between 1922 and 1926. The home has undergone major renovations and updates since the Babe lived there but much of the original home remains including the burns in the floor where he smoked cigars and flicked his ashes on the floor. It is now for sale at $1.65 million.

In other home news:

Playboy Mansion
You can now own an elegant slice of Chicago history with a vintage condo in the original Playboy Mansion. Hugh Hefner bought the mansion on Chicago's Northside in 1959 and divided his time between the Chicago mansion and the Los Angeles Playboy Mansion until 1974 when he moved his entire entourage to California. The building is classic brick and limestone constructed in 1899 with 70 rooms for a prominent Chicago surgeon.  The building was converted to condos in 1993. The unit on sale includes 3,250 square feet, a 13’ marble foyer, marble baths and herringbone patterned wood floors. Small pets (defined as cats and dogs, no mention of bunnies) are welcome. The asking price is $2.3 million.

A Home On The Range was liked by Ike
An historic Mexican ranch where presidents such as Ike Eisenhower and celebrities like Charles Lindbergh have stayed is now on the market for the first time.  The San Geronimo 50,000-acre ranch has been in the same family for over a century and has been run as a cattle ranch. The main living area includes 6,500sf ,  6 bedrooms, 7 baths, a large pool, and a landing strip and hangar for your airplane. Priced at $6 million.

Judy Garland's, a horse palace and White House toy up for $999,900 cash only

Also, Judy Garland’s Los Angeles home has sold again for the second time in a year, 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat's birthplace is going to auction, and a White House replica foreclosure in Virginia is for sale at $999,900 – cash only.  

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Terry Walsh
Marketing Coordinator

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