9 Luxurious Celebrity Homes You Can Own Right Now

Editors' pick: Originally published August 17.

Ah, celebrities: Navigating relationships, selling homes. They're just like us.

That comparison would be more apt if "us" had every detail of our private lives placed on public display and had our seven- to eight-figure homes go straight from multiple listing services right to the tabloid pages.

Still, they're benefiting from an upswing in the U.S. housing market just as much as anyone else is. Existing home sales in June jumped 3% from the same time last year. The median existing home sale price meanwhile, is up 4.8% since the same time last year.

"Existing sales rose again last month as more traditional buyers and fewer investors were able to close on a home despite many competitive areas with unrelenting supply and demand imbalances," says Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors. "Sustained job growth as well as this year's descent in mortgage rates is undoubtedly driving the appetite for home purchases."

Meanwhile, a lack of available homes is keeping prices high. The 2.12 million existing homes on the market is down 5.8% from last year and currently sits at a 4.6-month supply. That's well below the six-month stock that's considered healthy, and it's due largely to the 33% of all buyers who are first-time home buyers -- the highest such percentage since June 2012. However, with roughly one out of every five home sales being paid for in cash, there are flippers in the market and high-rollers looking to move.

That's where celebrity homes come in. With help from Zillow-owned real-estate site Trulia, we took a look at a busy, star-studded high-end market and found ten homes that celebrities are looking to unload -- or that are celebrities in their own right. Some are West Coast mansions, others are Midwest movie settings, but there isn't a home on this list that'll cost a buyer less than a supporting actor's cameo fee:

9. Ginnifer Goodwin's Hollywood Hills home
9. Ginnifer Goodwin's Hollywood Hills home

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Asking price: $1.499 million

Yeah, it's been about half a decade since she played Margene Heffernan in HBO's Big Love, but Once Upon A Time's Snow White and Zootopia's Judy Hopps is making that Disney cash now and ranks somewhere just beneath Kristen Bell in the minds of the youngest demographics. Combine that with the fact that she and husband Josh Dallas just had their second child, and maybe this place is just starting to seem a little small.

Besides, this 2,204-square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath 1923 villa has gained a reputation as an actor's starter home. Goodwin bought it from Busy Phillips (Cougar Town, Freaks and Geeks) for $1.07 million during her Big Love days in 2008. Phillips bought it from Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) for a pre-housing-crisis $1.349 million in 2005, while Bilson scooped it up in 2001 from Rose McGowan (Scream, Charmed) -- who paid just $762,500 for it in 2001.

So what do you get for that price? A step-down living room with French doors and windows; built-in bookcases; and a wood-burning fireplace; a kitchen with a Wolf range, Miele dishwasher and Waterworks fixtures; a master suite with custom built-ins and a claw-foot tub and steam shower in the bathroom. Oh, and a view of the Hollywood sign from the house-length deck.

8. Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson's Brentwood home
8. Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson's Brentwood home

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Asking price: $8.9 million

Get ready to feel old, tennis fans: Pete Sampras hasn't played meaningful tennis in 14 years.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have either tied or surpassed his 14 Grand Slam titles, and his kids are now 11 and 13. Bridgette Wilson, meanwhile, was last seen on screen in 2008 after an acting career that featured big roles in Billy Madison, Mortal Kombat, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Shopgirl. However, though both are only in their early 40s, they know a good time to sell when they see it.

They're asking $3 million more than what they paid for the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom property in 2009 after a big expansion project that opened up the floor plan a bit. With two master suites, a cavernous library/screening room, a swimming pool, outdoor spa and fireplace, outdoor kitchen, fountains and wooded acreage, there's a whole lot of appeal. What there isn't is a tennis court that Sampras has played on. His court is at the family's $6 million Bel Air home, which Wilson and he purchased two years ago.

7. The 'Sixteen Candles' house in Evanston, Ill.
7. The 'Sixteen Candles' house in Evanston, Ill.

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Asking price: $1.499 million

O.K., it's been 32 years since Molly Ringwald sighed her way through these halls as the put-upon, forgotten daughter in the John Hughes classic Sixteen Candles. One look at a near-unrecognizable Anthony Michael Hall -- or your 31-year-old co-worker who didn't exist at that point -- will drive that home.

But with Sammy Baker Davis Jr. and her embarrassing, bathroom-hogging, handsy grandparents out of the picture -- as well as some unfortunate '80s ethnic stereotypes that we won't go into here -- you'll get to enjoy all the upgrades that have been made since the galvanized screens came down. Nobody should be fighting for bathroom time in this six-bed, six-bath property with a wood-burning fireplace, new kitchen, media room, rec-room with a second fireplace, a two-car garage and the room that served as Molly Ringwald's bedroom (pink paint not included). Now before you start getting any ideas about inviting geeks to wild parties, just remember that Jake Ryan is pushing 50 these days and isn't going to stand for any of it.

6. Christie Brinkley's Hamptons estate
6. Christie Brinkley's Hamptons estate

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Asking price: $29.5 million

You can mark the generations by how they know Christie Brinkley.

Some know her as the supermodel in the Ferrari from National Lampoon's original Vacation. Some know her as the "Uptown Girl" from the video for ex-husband Billy Joel's song of the same name. Some know her as Jerry/Garry/Larry/Terry Gergich's beautiful wife Gayle from NBC's Parks and Recreation. In this corner of Long Island, however, she's the owner of a sprawling 1891-vintage estate known as Tower Hill. After purchasing the place for a scant $3.2 million in 1998, she's kept the 20-plus-acre property overlooking Atlantic Ocean in pristine shape.

That isn't easy when the four-bed, five-bath main house is built on 475 tons of local rock and includes a 50-foot stone observation tower overlooking the property. The rest of the compound, 11,037 square feet in all, includes a four-bed, two-and-a-half-bath guesthouse with a greenhouse conservatory and a separate barn/artist studio with bedrooms and a four-car heated garage. The oversized country kitchen, double-height great room, living and family rooms, three fireplaces, gym, office, wisteria-covered pergola and multilevel stone terraces -- not to mention the gated entry, walking trails, private pond, hidden tennis court and oversized, heated pool with spa -- are all just secondary.

5. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's Beverly Hills Mansion
5. Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's Beverly Hills Mansion

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Asking price: $17.5 million

Even a middle-of-the road pop star/reality show coach and a Victoria's Secret model eventually settle down.

Levine and Prinsloo have been married for two years and announced the impending arrival of their first child back in March. However, with Levine tethered to The Voice and the couple's New York loft off the market, it's goodbye to L.A. and the home they bought back in 2012 for $4.83 million. So what are you getting for nearly $13 million more than Levine and Prinsloo paid? Nearly four acres inside the private Wallingford Estates; a completely rebuilt 7,100-square-foot, five-bed, seven-bath home; a media/screening room; a gourmet kitchen; a library; a separate gym and spa; and a two-story car collector's garage with an elevator. The swimming pool and championship-sized tennis court are just a given at this point.

4. Matt LeBlanc's Pacific Palisades house
4. Matt LeBlanc's Pacific Palisades house

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Asking price: $8.75 million

Nope, this isn't the house that Friends built.

LeBlanc bought this Spanish-style home ten years ago, which would make this the house that Joey built... just before LeBlanc went on a five-year hiatus from acting just to get the public to stop thinking of him as Joey Tribbiani. Now that he has five seasons of Showtime's Episodes nearly behind him and landed a sweet gig as the host of Top Gear that nobody hates, LeBlanc is parting with this one last vestige of the old days.

This 1930s property sits on a half-acre tree-filled lot and features a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home encompassing about 3,930 square feet. Overlook the L.A. canyons from the step-down living room with a fireplace, entertain in the paneled dining room or just tuck yourself away in the cozy library. High, beamed ceilings and wood floors, original ironwork and Spanish tiles all make fine touches in a deceptively modest home.

3. 'The Father of the Bride' house in Alhambra, Calif.
3. 'The Father of the Bride' house in Alhambra, Calif.

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Asking price: $1.998 million

Why live in the set of a 25-year-old movie that was a remake of a 66-year-old movie? Because Nancy Meyers can make any home look like the one you'll want to die in.

"This house is warm in the winter, cool in the summer... and looks spectacular with Christmas lights. It's a great house, and I never want to move. But the thing I think I like best about this house... are the voices I hear when I walk through the door."

If that quote from Steve Martin's character isn't in the seller's listing or painted on a wall of the house somewhere, it should be. Meyers, the screenwriter of the 1991 film, gave that line to Steve Martin's lead character just before the film shows off his family's perfectly cluttered professional kitchen, a huge formal dining room, high arches, hardwood floors, crown moldings, custom cabinetry and the three-car garage.

The backyard can accommodate a giant, tear-jerking, coming-of-age wedding, but even if you just wanted to cook out and play basketball on the same hoop that Martin and on-screen daughter Kimberly Williams (now Williams-Paisley) played on in the film, that's just fine. You know you're getting a gorgeous home for your investment, as screenwriters almost never put Diane Keaton somewhere they wouldn't want to live themselves.

2. David Arquette's historic Los Angeles home
2. David Arquette's historic Los Angeles home

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Asking price: $8.495 million

It's been a weird few years for the former Scream and Buffy The Vampire Slayer star and WCW wrestling champion.

Arquette bought this house in 2014, year after divorcing Friends actress Courteney Cox, to whom he'd been married for 14 years. Also in 2014, he had a child with his girlfriend Christina McLarty, whom he just married last year. This was clearly a transitional time for Arquette, but his move to the next chapter of his life is about to pay big dividends for some lucky buyer.

The house he bought was the O'Melveny House, a registered city landmark built in 1908 by architects Hunt, Eager & Burns. The seven-bedroom, eight bathroom, 9,708-square-foot English Craftsman-style house has been completely restored. From the wood-paneled foyer and formal living room to the study, library, and dining room, the original early 20th Century design has been updated with a large kitchen, storage throughout and his-and-hers closets in the master suite. Though it's on a little under an acre, the property's rolling lawns, an outdoor fireplace, meditation pond, swimming pool and hot tub are rare gems among Los Angeles homes that typically skew far more modern.

1. Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams' Los Angeles Villa
1. Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams' Los Angeles Villa

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Asking price: $3.199 million

Granted, both pop-star Moore and indie rocker Adams lived here while they were married from 2009 through earlier this year. However, with their divorce now final, Moore can sell the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home she bought for $1.725 million right at the end of her teen-pop heyday in 2002.

With her new NBC show This Is Us coming up in the fall, and her ex still occupied with his note-for-note cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 album, Moore can move on and part with this 4,747-square-foot spread on a nearly 13,000-square-foot lot in the Oaks area of Los Feliz. Built in 1927, the house still has its original magnesite stairs, wrought-iron railings and stunning wood floors. That's to say nothing of its reading room room, with intricate "wedding cake" beading on the ceiling, and a living room with a fireplace and an adjacent outdoor patio. A formal dining room, chef's kitchen, walk-in pantry and master suite with private balcony round out the offerings, but a terraced backyard with citrus trees and rose bushes seems like a fine place for a fresh start.

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This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.

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