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Celebrity Real Estate: Cameron Diaz, Michael Bay And Barry Bonds

This week Cameron Diaz closed on a home in New York, director Michael Bay listed his house and Barry Bonds made his mammoth mansion listing public.

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Cameron Diaz really likes New York. The comely comedic actress may be a native Californian, but her recent filming of “Annie” in Manhattan has culminated in reports that she has bought a $9 million condo in Chelsea.

Diaz’s new home is said to be in the luxury condo building on 212 W. 18th St. called Walker Tower. While one penthouse unit in the building reportedly sold for $55 million, Diaz has settled on a 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom apartment that spans 3,022 square feet.

The 1929 building has been re-done for the well-heeled urbanites that are flocking to the Chelsea neighborhood that has surged in popularity and value over the past decade; current home values hover around $1.557 million. Diaz is getting top-of-the-line amenities in her unit and the building, which boasts a gym, yoga studio, 24-hour doorman and lounge with pantry and bar.

While Diaz has racked up solid film credits in hits like “There’s Something About Mary” and “Being John Malkovich,” she is currently filming a remake of “Annie,” the long-popular musical about an orphan rescued by a rich Daddy Warbucks. Diaz plays the snarky orphanage headmistress in production being spearheaded by producers Jay-Z and Will Smith and co-starring Jamie Foxx.

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Hollywood Director ‘Transforming’ His Living Arrangements


Michael Bay’s is directing his latest real estate divestment. The maker of the “Transformers” series of flicks and “Armageddon” has listed his contemporary Bel-Air estate for $13.5 million.

The 7,919-square-foot home was designed in 1976 by architect Jack Warner but the timeless lines of the architecture makes it just as striking to buyers with today’s home-style taste.

Bay’s home is at 900 Stradella Rd in Los Angeles. It’s best feature, besides the actual home, are the unobstructed views of the Los Angeles skyline from Mount Baldy to Santa Monica Bay.

The home has 4 bedrooms, 6 baths and, surprise, a state-of-the-art theater, as well as a wine cellar. The 1-acre lot features lush gardens, a pool, sauna and patio with outdoor kitchen and dining areas.

See more photos of Bay's home on Zillow.

Major League Home Sales For Barry Bonds


Barry Bonds, whose all-time MLB home-run record has been tainted by his apparent use of performance-enhancing drugs, can’t get the votes to put him in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He’s also having some problems selling his Los Angeles-area mansion.

Now the surly slugger has taken steps to accelerate the sale: He’s dropped the price from its original list price of $25 million to $23.5 million. Bonds had been quietly shopping the home at 44 Beverly Park Circle in Beverly Park for the past year, but it has now entered the multiple-listing service.

After moving from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the San Francisco Giants, the perennial All-Star and MVP bought the estate in 2002. While Bonds has trimmed down from his bulked-up playing physique, thanks in part to his new love of bicycle riding, his estate remains huge.

At a massive 17,000 square feet, Bonds’ Italian-style mansion sits on a 1.85-acre lot. Among the home’s features: A 12-person theater, “commercial-grade” gym and a full spa, which includes “steam sauna and tanning salon … a hydrotherapy tub and Swedish full-body therapy rooms.”

Outside there isn’t a baseball diamond, but a 2,100-square-foot sports court, pool and loggia with outdoor kitchen. A two-story guesthouse rounds out the rest of the grounds.

Beverly Glen, where Bonds' home is located, is a high-priced 'hood, with median home values of $1.789 million, but Bonds' home stands out. Most homes on the market there are well under $20 million.