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Top 10 celebrity home sales in 2015: Gus Van Sant’s own private 15 acres in …

Take two? Film director Gus Van Sant‘s 15-acre Sauvie Island reclusive retreat sold twice in 2015: For $1.35 million in May and for $1.4 million in October. The real estate broker who represented Van Sant, Janet Rajcich of John L. Scott, explained that the first buyer sold because of a job transfer.

The second buyer, who worked with Jeanne Paul of Windermere Stellar, posted on after the story broke in Dec. 5: “Spoiler alert! We are the couple that bought GVS’s little river-front house… It’s actually pretty modest… One of us works for a non-profit raising money for disadvantaged kids/families, the other for a greedy corporation that doesn’t pay it’s fair share (tongue in cheek). It takes all kinds.”

My own private slice of Portland farmland? Van Sant’s former getaway has more than 1,000 feet of secluded beach front and more than 1,200 square feet of river-view decks. The barn was converted into a conference room with an artist studio and small apartment. At the time of the first sale, there was also a manufactured home on the 15-acre property.

The two-story main house was built in 1989, the year “Drugstore Cowboy” earned Van Sant screenwriting awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and New York Film Critics Circle and Best Director from the National Society of Film Critics.

Was it the setting? Or goodwill hunting? Let’s wait for the sequel.

Throughout 2015, celebrities cashed in by selling their mansions and compounds for mountains of money. In our look at the Top 10 celebrity home sales in 2015, we include Van Sant’s rustic 15-acre spread in Portland’s Sauvie Island and these nine others based on information and photos from

Johnny Depp’s French village sold for $25 million: The actor spent some of the booty he earned starring in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films franchise to buy a 37-acre village in the South of France in 2001. Depp lived there for 15 years with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis and their two children, and he spent millions renovating and decorating the 10,760 square feet of living space among a dozen of structures that were built when a king named Louis reigned. The couple separated in 2012 and this year, Depp put the compound on the market and married Amber Heard.

The perks: The property has a house and cottages with a combined 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms plus a pirate-themed wine cellar, chapel, bar, restaurant and a staff house. Outside, there’s a skate park, two swimming pools and a workshop/garage. The sale included books, DVDs, furniture and some works of art.

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch listed at $100 million: The famous 2,700-acre ranch at 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara, California, was stripped of most of the King of Pop’s toys when it was placed on the market this year. The 12,000-square-foot main house was restyled, the zoo animals, amusement park and carnival rides were taken away and the property was renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. Fans will appreciate that Jackson’s flowerbed clock is still at the walkway entrance (see more photos).

Jackson paid $19.5 million for the oak- and sycamore-studded property in 1988 and rechristened it Neverland after Peter Pan’s island dwelling, according to the Associated Press.

The perks: The main house has expansive, formal rooms, a commercial kitchen and six bedrooms including a master suite complex on two levels with a fireplace in the sitting room, two large baths, cedar walk-in closets and a hidden safe room. The house’s hardwood floors were pulled from an 18th century French villa.

The property also has three guesthouses and a movie theater with 50 seats, a private balcony and stage. There are also several barns, animal shelter facilities, corrals and a maintenance shop. For ultra private fun, there’s a free-form swimming pool, covered barbecue area, basketball court, tennis court and a four-acre lake with waterfall.

Jeff Bridges’ $29.5 million Montecito estate: Academy Award winner, author and musician Jeff Bridges and his wife, Susan, are selling the Tuscan-style estate where they raised their three daughters. The Bridges family has lived in Montecito since Jeff’s dad, Lloyd Bridges, starred in the TV show “Sea Hunt” from 1958 through 1960.

The house, built on almost 20 hilltop acres, was designed by singer Kenny Loggins. The Bridges bought the property in 1994, four year before the release of “The Big Lebowski,” the beloved cult film about a deadbeat bowler.

The living room and other large rooms in the main house have French doors that open to multiple terraces with views of gardens, the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands. The second level has five bedrooms, including the master suite, which has a fireplace, huge master bath and a walk-in closet of over 200 square feet.

But the real charm is found on the rooftop terrace and study on the third level. There is also a subterranean home theater and wine cellar. Outside are terraced destinations for dining, swimming next to a waterfall, lawn games, a vineyard and olive trees.

In addition to the 9,593-square-foot main house, there is a caretaker’s cottage, a detached auxiliary garage, a pool house, guest house and greenhouse filled with orchids. This is where Bridges, 65, practiced his passion for raising aloe plants and a niche in a corner of the yard where he occasionally makes pottery.

Although last November’s Jeff Bridges The Abiders concert at the Aladdin Theater was sold out, here you can see his private recording studio where he cut three albums. Or if you’re not into that whole traveling to see a mansion thing, you can wait for the next Lebowski Bash at Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge in Southeast Portland.

Bob Hope’s UFO house in Palm Springs: Renown modern architect John Lautner designed Bob and Dolores Hope’s 23,000-square-foot with the dramatic high undulating roof in 1973 but the desert getaway — the largest private residence he ever design — didn’t garner him praise: It was known as the “volcano” or “spaceship house” and since the comedian’s wife, Dolores, made so many changes to the original plans, Lautner didn’t claimed as one of his designs.

Listed in 2013 at $50 million, the price dropped to $34 million and this year to $25 million.

The perks: The house also has a spa with greenhouse wall, six bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, indoor and outdoor pools. The property includes a pond, putting greens and a tennis court.

Miley Cyrus’ Los Angeles mansion sold for the asking price of $5.995 million: The Cyrus family moved from their 500-acre Tennessee farm to Toluca Lake, California near the Disney studios when a young Miley Cyrus began starring in “Hannah Montana” in 2007. This year, she put the Tuscan-style house on the market for $5.995 million and it sold for the asking price.

The perks: The gated, almost-acre property at 10313 Woodbridge St. has an 8,700-square-foot house with a red-barrel tile roof. The grand entry foyer with curved staircase accented with wrought iron leads to formal rooms that open to views of the pool and lush landscaping.

The house has six bedrooms, seven baths, family room, home theater and a guitar display room. There is a large chef’s kitchen with ogee-edged granite countertops.

Built on two levels, the master suite has a rooftop terrace with fireplace and large walk-in dressing rooms. There are fireplaces inside and outside, as well as lounging and entertaining. A state-of-the-art security system and cameras protect all areas of the property.

Bing Crosby’s $5 million Rancho Mirage golf retreat: Located on 1.36 acres in California’s Thunderbird Heights, the 6,700-square-foot midcentury ranch-style house, built in 1957, has views of mountains and city lights.

The perks: The property includes a private casita with two bedrooms, two baths, a living room and complete kitchen with its own private entrance. President John F. Kennedy stayed there, with — rumor has it — Marilyn Monroe, according to

The house has custom Moroccan wood entry doors, formal living and dining rooms, six bedrooms , six baths, media room and chef’s kitchen with granite and stainless steel.

Glass walls encasing the outdoor entertainment area retract to open up to the pool, patios, outdoor kitchen and bar with mountain and Coachella Valley views.

Lauren Bacall’s $21 million Central Park apartment: The iconic Dakota apartments at Central Park West in New York City is one of the most prestigious residential addresses in the world. The 19th century building — a mix of French Renaissance, German Gothic and English Victorian — is home to famous people in business, sports and films including the late actress Lauren Bacall who bought the apartment at 1 West 72nd St. #46 in 1961 for $48,000 and lived there for 53 years.

Her nine-room, three-bedroom, four-bath home with almost 100 feet facing Central Park and a perfectly positioned a Juliette balcony sold recently for $21 million.

The perks: The 4,000-square-foot apartment has a 70-foot long gallery that opens to great room, formal dining room and library. Rooms have 13-foot ceilings, 11-foot pocket doors, shutter-framed windows and hardwood flooring.

Tyler Perry’s $25 million Atlanta mansion: The independent filmmaker’s 13 most popular movies have grossed more than $600 million and cost less than $10 million to make. He has also profited from real estate across the country. He has more than 1,000 acres in Atlanta, where he will build a new mansion. He put his current 34,688-square-foot French Provincial home, on a 17-acre parcel at 4110 Paces Ferry Road in the tony Buckhead neighborhood with views over the Chattahoochee River, on the market this year.

The perks: The mansion has seven bedrooms and 14 baths, a two-story library and an underground ballroom with catering kitchen.

Outside, there is an infinity-edge swimming pool, lighted tennis court on top of a two-story parking garage, fully equipped gym, spa, theater, hobby house, and formal and informal gardens.

The entire estate has generators, guard house, caretaker’s suite and presidential-level security system including two gated and secured residential entrances.

Danny Thomas’ $135 million Beverly Hills property: The “Make Room for Daddy” sitcom star of the 1950s and 1960s and advocate for St. Jude Children’s Hospital bought 2 1/2 acres at 1187 N. Hillcrest Road on a promontory in Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estates in the late 1960s. In 1970, he built an 18,000-square-foot mansion in a Moorish style.

The current owner bought the property for $5.764 million in 2012 from Thomas’ three children and completed a total restoration and renovation with the help of French architect Jacques Garcia.

The perks: The eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom home has 360-degree views of all of Los Angeles. There is $2.5 million of Baccarat chandeliers and hand-woven carpets that are included in the sale.

— Homes Gardens of the Northwest staff

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