Mansion Roundup: Kardashian, Kluge, and the Big Russian Loss

Last Updated Mar 3, 2010 3:49 PM EST

Now just $48 MM
It's been a busy couple of weeks in high-end real estate. First up is today's news: Kim Kardashian, the bootylicious reality TV star who wore fake gold nails in honor of the New Orleans Saints' trip to the Super Bowl (hey, it worked) bought a house; a surprisingly tasteful house.

The five-bedroom, $4.8 million Los Angeles home has dark floors (ebonized in the kitchen, dark brown in the rest of the house), off-white walls with white trim, dark wood window trim and cabinetry, and beige and white furniture with hints of taupe and gold metallic. (The best pictures on the Web are the ones the Mail Online has here). Guess the best retreat from a day job of flash and glitz is an abode with very little of it. No word yet on whether her boyfriend, Saints running back Reggie Bush, will cohabitate.

On the sales side, wealthy divorcee Patricia Kluge (that's pronounced "TV Money" as her ex-husband is Metromedia czar John Kluge) chopped the asking price of her home by $52 million. The Charlottesville, Va., eight-bedroom Georgian is known as Albemarle House. It's set on 300+ acres and is now just $48 million. It's the perfect place to picture riding to hounds -- I wonder if Madonna likes Virginia? TTR Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

Then there's the deal that wasn't: like so many, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov decided to buy pre-crash and then changed his mind post-crash. The home was Villa Leopolda in Villafrance-sur-Mer on the French Riviera. Our friends at ABC News report that yesterday a French court ruled that seller Lily Safra could keep his deposit on Villa Leopolda -- of $53 million.

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Photo of Albemarle House courtesy of TTR Sotheby's.
  • Alison Rogers

    Since graduating from Harvard summa cum laude, Alison Rogers has been a reporter, an editor, a real-estate agent, a Wall Street desk jockey, a columnist, a failed flipper, and a landlady. A member of the National Association of Realtors, she currently sells and rents luxury co-ops in Manhattan for the Chelsea-based firm DG Neary. (If you've got $27,500 a month, the firm has an apartment for you!) Her book, Diary of a Real Estate Rookie, was called "a valuable guide for rookie buyers" by AOL/Walletpop, "beach-read fun" by the New York Observer, and "witty" by Newsweek.