There is little doubt that celebrities have the most lavish homes you can find in any neighborhood. So it’s no surprise that these houses are immediately purchased by new homeowners as soon as they are available. However, some celebrity mansions have been mysteriously abandoned despite being possible hot properties. These homes happen to have some intriguing stories of their own.
A few of these old mansions have been purchased but still remain abandoned to this day. Others have been given a new life after its former celebrity owner left the house. Nevertheless, these expensive homes have fascinating tales that could explain why they are no longer occupied.
Michael Jackson’s idyllic 2,700-acre property was once the kind of place that kids only dreamed of. It was filled with zoo animals, two railroads, a Ferris Wheel, bumper cars, and a roller coaster, and children certainly loved hanging out at the California property. However, things changed in 2003.
Jackson faced child abuse allegations that year and although the musician was cleared of charges, it took a toll on his finances. By 2009, he sold the ranch to Colony Capitol, who is still trying to sell it for $67 million. The documentary Leaving Neverland is named after the ranch where the abuse allegedly took place.
The Minnelli Mansion
The Beverly Hills mansion was reportedly built in 1925 before being
remodeled by architect John Elgin Woolf. Soon it was purchased by director Vincente Minnelli and life was good.
When Vincente passed away, he left the estate to his daughter Liza but gave
his wife Lee unlimited, lifetime access to the house. When Liza decided to sell the house, Lee fought back by filing a lawsuit against her step-daughter, accusing Liza of breach of contract, elder abuse, and infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit was eventually dropped and the mansion was sold. However, the new owners are still undecided about what to do with the property and it sits abandoned to this day.
Mike Tyson’s Ohio Mansion
The former boxer certainly knew how to live life to the fullest. His former home near Southington, Ohio once housed Tyson’s four tigers and actually had money-covered ceilings and walls. Unfortunately, the boxer had to leave it behind when he went to prison for three years in 1996.
The mansion found a new owner in Tae-bo entrepreneur Paul Monea, who also ended up abandoning it over conspiracy and money laundering charges. It currently belongs to The Living World Sanctuary Church, which is trying to convert it into a church.
The Hook End Manor
The unassuming 11-bedroom mansion sits quietly in South Oxfordshire, UK but it was once the home of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Naturally, the rock star added some quirky touches like a tombstone in the basement and a recording studio. However, things turned tragic when Gilmour sold the house to record producer Trevor Horn.
In June 2006, Horn’s son was target-shooting with his air rifle at the mansion. He accidentally shot his own mother, who survived but spent more than three years in a coma and retained brain damage. Horn sold the house after the incident and the mystery buyer has since turned it into a commercial studio space. Nevertheless, it remains unoccupied.
Bruce Lee’s Hong Kong Home
The late actor’s house in Hong Kong wasn’t as extravagant as the other mansions in the list. However, it deserves a place for everything that happened after Lee’s passing in 1973.
Chinese philanthropist Yu Pang-lin bought the property and immediately turned it into a “love hotel” where rooms are purchased by the hour. However, he changed his mind about the business move and tried to sell the house to raise funds for the 2008 Sichuan earthquake victims. When Lee’s fans begged him to preserve it in honor of Lee, Pang-lin tried to turn it into a museum but was denied by the government.
When Pang-lin finally passed away, he left the mansion to charity. It is currently being converted into a Chinese studies center for 400 children and will open in September 2019.
Disney’s Upcoming Streaming App Will Have Every Film They’ve Ever Released
The streaming service will contain “the entire Disney motion picture library.”
If you've been a fan of Disney movies since your childhood days, then this will undoubtedly excite you. As recent reports tell us, the House of Mouse is going to be launching its own streaming service soon - which will contain all the films ever released under the Disney banner.
Yes, you read that right, folks - that's every movie released by the company and much, much more. Sounds like the perfect way for adults to relive the magic of old classics and to introduce them to the younger generation, right
According to Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, the streaming service will be called Disney Plus.
16 ’Avengers’ Stars And Their Real-Life Partners
Is your favorite Avenger already taken?
Marvel’s The Avengers, or simply The Avengers, was a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. This movie was done so well that several sequels have since sprouted up namely Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.
But what made these films highly-successful and special is the cast. As excited fans are eager to know more about their favorite Avenger, we bring you a list of these characters with their real-life partners.
1. Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and his wife, Susan Downey
15 Unbelievable Transformations By Our Favorite Movie Stars
As their characters, these 15 celebrities were totally hard to recognize!
Good actors lose themselves in their roles. They invest time to learn a different accent, adapt mannerisms, and even master new skills depending on the roles that they portray.
In some instances, a drastic change in their entire appearance is needed to fully achieve the effect. Case in point, these Hollywood stars transformed themselves to bring us some of our favorite movie characters - and many of them were so convincing we didn't recognize them right away.