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Homes of the Notorious

Regardless of whether a controversy occurred recently or decades in the past, it’s often difficult for the famous and infamous parties involved to shake a headline-making scandal. No category of celebrity is immune to a juicy scandal. But while some of the subjects recover and carry on in their chosen fields (this seems easier for entertainers), others are ruined—and one evildoer is cooling his once well-heeled heels in jail.The following selection of homes includes the residences of ex-governor
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Regardless of whether a controversy occurred recently or decades in the past, it’s often difficult for the famous and infamous parties involved to shake a headline-making scandal. No category of celebrity is immune to a juicy scandal. But while some of the subjects recover and carry on in their chosen fields (this seems easier for entertainers), others are ruined—and one evildoer is cooling his once-well-heeled heels in jail.

The following selection of homes includes the residences of ex-governors and other politicians, entertainers from stage and screen as well as an athlete. Their notorious incidents include betrayal, corruption, theft, philandering, offensive slurs, drinking and drug abuse, and violent behavior.

Most of these homes (with information and photos provided by Zillow.com) are on the real estate market, or  they were recently. The real estate listings don’t come with a caveat, but we’ll tack one on here: The buyer is responsible for exorcizing any karmic residue.

By Colleen Kane
Posted July 28, 2011

Anthony Weiner

Location: Queens, New YorkPrice: $449,000Beds / Baths: 2 / 2.5Square Footage: 850This apartment is probably the very location where Congressman Weiner sent explicit messages and photos to around six women who were not his pregnant wife. The circa-1939 Forest Hills updated co-op went on the market on May 21. Weiner’s career-hobbling inappropriate behavior came to light a week later. By May 31, the real estate listing . Less than a month later, Weiner resigned.
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Location: Queens, New York
Price: $449,000
Beds / Baths: 2 / 2.5
Square Footage: 850

This apartment is probably the very location where Congressman Anthony Weiner sent explicit messages and photos to at least six women who were not his pregnant wife. The circa-1939 Forest Hills updated co-op went on the market on May 21. Weiner’s career-hobbling inappropriate behavior came to light a week later. By May 31, the real estate listing had been taken down. Less than a month later, Weiner resigned.

Ted Kennedy

Location: Washington, D.C.Price: $6.5 millionBeds / Baths: 6 / 7Square Footage: 8,900The legacy of Ted Kennedy will forever be tarnished by one of the most notorious scandals of the 20 century: the 1969 incident at Chappaquiddick that resulted in the death of his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Although the Massachusetts Senator accomplished much in the intervening years, commentators even reference the scandal following about his Kalorama house being sold. The buyer of Kennedy’s traditional pilla
Photo: Zillow.com

Location: Washington, D.C.
Price: $6.5 million
Beds / Baths: 6 / 7
Square Footage: 8,900

The legacy of Ted Kennedy will forever be tarnished by one of the most notorious scandals of the 20th century: the 1969 incident at Chappaquiddick that resulted in the death of his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. Although the Massachusetts senator accomplished much in the intervening years, commentators even referenced the scandal following articles about the sale of Kalorama home. The buyer of Kennedy’s traditional, pillared home is the Republic of Gabon. The home’s dining room, which seats more than 50, should come in handy if the home is used to house visiting dignitaries.

Bernie Madoff

Location: Palm Beach, FloridaPrice: $5,650,000Beds / Baths: 5 / 7 Square Footage: 8,753Bernie Madoff nearly made off with the spoils of his $65 billion Ponzi scheme, but he’s now serving a 150-year sentence thanks to that caper. Before he checked into the Big House, Madoff had three houses of his own, including Palm Beach property. The homes have all been sold, and the furnishings within were auctioned off. 
Photo: Zillow.com

Location: Palm Beach, Florida
Price: $5,650,000
Beds / Baths: 5 / 7
Square Footage: 8,753

Bernie Madoff nearly made off with the spoils of his $65 billion Ponzi scheme, but he’s now serving a 150-year sentence thanks to that caper. Before he checked into the Big House, Madoff had three houses of his own, including this Palm Beach property. The homes have all been sold, and the furnishings within were auctioned off. 

Charlie Sheen

Location: Beverly Hills, CaliforniaPrice: $7.2 millionBeds / Baths: 5 / 7Square Footage: 7,924The infamous hotel-room trashing, drug-abusing, woman-mistreating, tiger-blood fueled actor Charlie Sheen has lived in this custom-built Mediterranean mansion in Mulholland Estates since 1997. A lot has happened for Mr. Sheen in those years, to put it mildly. These walls have hosted ex-wife Denise Richards, ex-wife Brooke Mueller, and oh, probably all of nubile young women. Sheen recently a $7 million
Photo: Zillow.com

Location: Beverly Hills, California
Price: $7.2 million
Beds / Baths: 5 / 7
Square Footage: 7,924

The infamous hotel-room trashing, drug-abusing, woman-mistreating, tiger-blood-fueled actor Charlie Sheen has lived in this custom-built Mediterranean mansion in Mulholland Estates since 1997. A lot has happened for Mr. Sheen in those years, to put it mildly. These walls have hosted ex-wife Denise Richards, ex-wife Brooke Mueller, and, oh, probably all sorts of nubile young women. Sheen recently bought a $7 million McMansion in the same Sherman Oaks neighborhood.

Rod Blagojevich

Location: Chicago, IllinoisPrice: valued at $659,000 in 2010, pre-upgradesBeds / Baths: 5 / 4Square Footage: 3,817Illinois’ impeached former governor is facing a prison term of up to 300 years for corruption, and his 1925 home in Ravenswood Manor is set to go on the market. It was purchased for $505,000 in 1999, then the house was assessed at about $150K more than that last year, and because of the notoriety and famous owner, it might just go on the market for significantly higher. Zillow that
Photo: Zillow.com

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Price: valued at $659,000 in 2010, pre-upgrades
Beds / Baths: 5 / 4
Square Footage: 3,817

Illinois’ impeached former governor Rod Blagojevich is facing a prison term of up to 300 years for corruption, and his 1925 home in Ravenswood Manor is set to go on the market. It was purchased for $505,000 in 1999, then the house was assessed at about $150,000 more than that last year. Because of the notoriety and famous owner, it might just go on the market for significantly higher. Zillow speculated that it may go as a pocket listing, meaning closed to the lookie-lous of the general public, and that it will only be open to qualified, serious buyers.

LeAnn Rimes

Location: Franklin, Tenn. Price: $4.99 million Beds/Baths: 4/6 full, 3 half Size: 13,310 square feet Country star LeAnn Rimes entered the public eye at age 13, and by 19 she was married to her backup dancer Dean Sheremet. Rimes’ affair with her also-married costar Eddie Cibrian made for much tabloid fodder in 2009 and the broken marriages tarnished her reputation. Cibrian and Rimes are now married. Rimes' 23-room mansion in a gated and medieval-themed community called Avalon originally went on t
Photo: Zillow.com

Location: Franklin, Tenn.
Price: $4.99 million
Beds/Baths: 4/6 full, 3 half
Size: 13,310 square feet

Country star LeAnn Rimes entered the public eye at age 13, and by 19 she was married to her backup dancer Dean Sheremet. Rimes’ affair with her also-married costar Eddie Cibrian made for much tabloid fodder in 2009 and the broken marriages tarnished her reputation. Cibrian and Rimes are now married. Rimes' 23-room mansion in a gated and medieval-themed community called Avalon originally went on the market in 2009 when it was just one year old for $7.45 million.  It features four fireplaces and—hold up a minute— medieval themed ? We’ll let The Real Estalker take it from here: “Visitors who pass through the main gates to Avalon are greeted by a large replication of King Arthur's sword driven into the stone, and all the streets and courts in the community have silly names like Lady of the Lake Lane and Road of the Round Table.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Location: Pacific Palisades, CaliforniaPrice: $23,500,000 Beds / Baths: 7 /7Square Footage: unavailableThis contemporary Mediterranean, the former house of California Governator and philandernator Arnold Schwarznegger, is on the market again. Arnold moved in 1986 – the year he married his soon-to-be former wife Maria Shriver. It sold in 2003 for $18 million, and some claim that this is the home the couple lived in when Arnold was having a tryst with the housekeeper who fathered his illegitimate
Photo: Bing Maps

Location: Pacific Palisades, California
Price: $23,500,000
Beds / Baths: 7 /7
Square Footage: unavailable

This contemporary Mediterranean, the former house of California Governator and philandernator Arnold Schwarzenegger, is on the market again. Arnold moved there in 1986 — the year he married his soon-to-be former wife Maria Shriver. It sold in 2003 for $18 million, and some claim that this is the home the couple lived in when Arnold was having a tryst with the housekeeper who fathered his illegitimate son.

Mel Gibson

Location: Malibu, CaliforniaPrice: $11,750,000Beds / Baths: 6 / 5.5Square Footage: 5,403Everyone liked Mel Gibson a lot better when he was just an action movie hunk, before he opened his big mouth on a few occasions, including during a DUI arrest, and out came the racist and anti-Semitic commentary. Mel's Malibu home has been on the market for a while, originally starting at $14.5 million. The home features "park-like" grounds, fruit orchards, a lighted tennis court, three guest houses, a detach
Photo: Zillow.com

Location: Malibu, California
Price: $11,750,000
Beds / Baths: 6 / 5.5
Square Footage: 5,403

Everyone liked Mel Gibson a lot better when he was just an action movie hunk, before he opened his big mouth on a few occasions, including during a DUI arrest, and out came the racist and anti-Semitic commentary. Mel's Malibu home has been on the market for a while, originally starting at $14.5 million. The home features "park-like" grounds, fruit orchards, a lighted tennis court, three guest houses, a detached gym, library and a garden cabana.

Sarah Palin

Location: Scottsdale, ArizonaPrice: $1,695,000Beds / Baths: unavailableSquare Footage: 8,000The former governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate never fails to polarize. It’s difficult to say where her controversies end and the scandals begin, but one blogger attempted with this top ten list of . Earlier this year, Palin bought this large stucco walled and gated compound in Scottsdale, close to daughter Bristol’s house. The when Bristol got the house in January that she would enroll in
Photo: Zillow.com

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Price: $1,695,000
Beds / Baths: unavailable
Square Footage: 8,000

Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate, never fails to polarize. It’s difficult to say where her controversies end and the scandals begin, but one blogger attempted with this top ten list of Sarah Palin scandals. Earlier this year, Palin bought this large stucco walled and gated compound in Scottsdale, close to daughter Bristol’s house. The theory was when Bristol got the house in January that she would enroll in Arizona State, but she has since put the house up for rent while she films a reality show.

Tiger Woods

Location: Hobe Sound, FloridaPrice: $35 million in 2007Beds / Baths: 12 / 15.5Square Footage: 17,470He was once the darling of the golf world, it all came crashing down for Tiger at the end of 2009, following a bust-up with his car led to adulterous revelations. A parade of more than a dozen of Tiger’s mistresses came forward, including porn star Devin James, who claimed to have born his illegitimate son. There were that ex-wife Elin wanted the Jupiter Island mansion and golfing estate as part
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Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
Price: $35 million in 2007
Beds / Baths: 12 / 15.5
Square Footage: 17,470

He was once the darling of the golf world, it all came crashing down for Tiger at the end of 2009, following a bust-up with his car led to adulterous revelations. A parade of more than a dozen of Tiger’s mistresses came forward, including porn star Devin James, who claimed to have born his illegitimate son. There were reports that ex-wife Elin wanted the Jupiter Island mansion and golfing estate as part of the divorce, but those proved untrue.

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