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Palm Beach Society Tour Gets New Stop: Madoff Mansion!

January 28, 2009 at 11:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Hoping to spy on Donald Trump's old house or Rod Stewart's unbelievably sexy mansion when cruising down the tony streets of Palm Beach? After you scoped out Mar-A-Lago, the Kennedy compound and other oceanfront manses owned by Europeans with four first names, we have one more house you may want to visit on this real estate safari.

Its owner may be stuck in New York right now, but feel free to stop by Bernie Madoff's fraud fortress -- some angry teenagers already have.

Undoubtedly acting on the orders of their ripped-off parents, some neighborhood kids toilet-papered Bernie Madoff's Palm Beach house over the weekend. Local teens took credit for the prank, allegedly telling local law enforcement that they were upset about their trust funds falling prey to the Ponzi scheme. But they must not have lost that much, otherwise they might be tempted to do some real property damage.

Palm Beach was among the hardest hit communities by the Madoff mess; a New York Times article described the Palm Beach Country Club, from which the faux financier recruited many of his clients, as a rumor mill of whispers, with battle lines drawn between those who had been asked to invest and whose who hadn't.

Related Stories:
· Toilet paper hangs at Madoff mansion [Palm Beach Post]
· A Palm Beach Enclave, Stunned By an Inside Job [NY Times]
· Weekday at Bernie's [Jaunted]
· West Palm Beach Travel Guide [Jaunted]

[Photo: Palm Beach Post]

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Benjamin Button's House is For Sale in New Orleans

Where: 2707 Coliseum St. [map], New Orleans, LA, United States, 70130
January 23, 2009 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

Most homeowners these day are fretting over whether or not their house is still worth anything but the owners of the house featured in the Oscar-nominated movie (several times over), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" might not have much to worry about.

The house, located in the Garden district of New Orleans, is now on the market. According to the rental listing on Sotheby's, the 7,800-sq.ft. Victorian-era mansion has six bedrooms, six baths, central air and heat, a library, music room and reception hall. That's a far cry from the movie incarnation of the house which was a nursing home. And the listing price? $2.85 million.

The Sotheby's listing has a 30+ page slideshow of interiors photos of the house and you can practically see Brad Pitt as an old seven-year-old in his wheelchair on the porch. Or Oscar-nominated actress, Taraji P. Henson picking up an abandoned Benjamin Button on the home's back steps. However, if you are interested in buying the house, remember to put some money aside to furnish it.

Also, we're no real estate experts here but if we were the owners, we would hold out until after the Oscars is over. That way if the movie does win all 13 nominations, you could probably get at least your asking price. Of course, there's a chance the movie will only win one Oscar (and a lesser one like "Makeup.") Then you'll just have to use the "Brad Pitt was here" selling angle.

Related Stories:
· 7,800 Sq. Ft Garden District Mansion! [Sotheby's]
· Oscar Nominations Announced [Jaunted]
· Movie Set Travel: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [Jaunted]