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NINE INCH NAILS' REZNOR Sells New Orleans Mansion - Mar. 30, 2005

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that NINE INCH NAILS mastermind Trent Reznor has sold the New Orleans mansion that he lived in for 10 years for $1.8 million, according to the Associated Press. Reznor put the Garden District house up for sale last September and moved to Los Angeles after a contentious split with longtime friend and manager John Malm, with whom he co-founded Nothing Records. Reznor has also parted ways with the label amidst a storm of lawsuits between himself and Malm. Their cases are pending in federal court. The house, located at 2425 Coliseum Street, was visited by over 100 potential buyers, although the realtor began screening them to weed out fans looking for a glimpse inside Reznor's home. The four-bedroom house, originally built in 1850, covered 4,900 square feet and also featured three-and-a-half baths, an outdoor pool and sound system, a two-car garage and numerous renovations. The interior decor was described as "Gothic/Victorian." Although the final price was less than the $1.975 million Reznor was originally seeking, he still reportedly made $500,000 on the sale. The buyer was a "high-profile" resident of New Orleans whose name was not revealed. The new NINE INCH NAILS album, "With Teeth", arrives in stores on May 3.



Good News for Goodman


Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal

From The Wall Street Journal Online 

Actor John Goodman has purchased a home in New Orleans for $1.8 million. Mr. Goodman, known for his role in the television series "Roseanne" and many film appearances, bought the residence from Trent Reznor, 39 years old, founder of the rock group Nine Inch Nails.

 Mr. Reznor owned the Garden District home for 10 years, property records show. Mr. Goodman made the purchase through a trust. The two-story house, built in 1850, was listed for $1,975,000. It has four bedrooms, 3½ baths and 5,034 square feet of living space, a pool and two-car garage. Dorian Bennett, of Sotheby's International Realty in New Orleans, had the listing. Mr. Goodman, 53, declined to comment.

 The actor already owns a home in New Orleans, a raised-platform-style house originally built in the city's Uptown District in 1832.

 The home, which sits on three acres and measures about 10,000 square feet, was moved to its current location on the western edge of New Orleans in 1932, according to the New Orleans Preservation Resource Center. Mr. Goodman and his wife, Annabeth Hartzog, bought the home in 1996, public records show.

 Hamptons Aftermath

 Four months after one of the most expensive home purchases in Hamptons history, Stewart Rahr, 58, has put his Sagaponack, N.Y., home on the market for $6.995 million. Mr. Rahr -- president and chief executive of closely held Kinray Inc., a New York wholesale pharmaceutical distributor -- paid more than $40 million in January for Burnt Point, an 18,000-square-foot oceanfront estate in East Hampton. The two-story Sagaponack home that he's selling has a gated entrance and ocean views, and measures about 7,000 square feet. It has two fireplaces, a media room, tennis court and pool. Susan Breitenbach, of Alan M. Schneider Associates, has the listing.

 --May 09, 2005




Real Estate Of The Stars

It's high season for celebrity house hunting in New Orleans

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Chris Rose


Funny: The farther Anne Rice separates herself from her beloved hometown of New Orleans, the more she manages to remain the center of its universe.

The topic today is high-end celebrity real estate deals, and somehow her legacy is imprinted on many of them.

It gets a little complicated, this story, as movie stars and other boldface names have been swapping mansions in New Orleans like starlets trade boyfriends in Beverly Hills.

Among the new homeowners in the Garden District are actors Nicolas Cage and John Goodman. The actress Jennifer Coolidge has purchased a mansion nearby on Coliseum Square. And Sarah Jessica Parker has taken up temporary residence in the Garden District, renting the home that was leased earlier this year to actor Jude Law.

Connecting many of the dots to these transactions is Rice -- a New Orleans literary icon of unparalleled identity and import -- who packed up and moved out West this year, liquidating her prodigious real estate holdings in town.

Perhaps the biggest deal on the books this month is the sale of the former Our Mother of Perpetual Help Chapel on Prytania Street, which Rice bought from the Redemptorist Order of Priests back in 1996.

In 2000, she sold it to Buzz Harper, a colorful high-end socialite and antiques dealer whose notable interior design projects include, among others, the Calhoun Mansion in Savannah, Ga., site of the film "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." How appropriately Gothic for this tale. Harper draped the Prytania property in frescoes and over-the-top gilded and crested furnishings and threw some of the city's most lavish and talked-about dinner parties at his 75-foot dining room table over the past five years.

But Harper moved out last week. The buyer: Cage, he of brooding, Oscar-winning, iconoclastic, leather-jacketed, once-married-to-Lisa Marie Presley fame. The price is said to be at the $3 million mark -- no great shakes in Hollywood terms but a pretty sizable wad of dough by New Orleans standards.

Cage is no stranger to the local housing market. A few years ago, he bought the historic mansion on Esplanade Avenue that had once been home to famed turn-of-the-(20th) century socialite Germaine Wells and, more recently, mystical rock record producer Daniel Lanois.

Lanois, who made his millions producing U2 and Peter Gabriel in the '80s, recorded artists such as Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Iggy Pop and REM at the French Quarter site before closing shop and moving out West in 2000.

Cage bought the place for about $1.5 million a few years ago, honeymooned with Presley there, filmed a movie there (his indie flop "Sonny") and began a renovation before abandoning the city and selling to local developer Sean Cummings -- for about the same $1.5 million.

Cage, a fan of the Frenchmen Street nightlife district, promptly disappeared from the New Orleans scene until this month. Whether or not he is moving into the Prytania Street mansion remains to be seen; he is well-known in L.A. and New York real estate circles for buying extravagant properties and then flipping them on a whim.

An appropriate footnote to this property transaction is that Harper is now reportedly renting a mansion on the lakefront in Kenner while he searches for a new home to buy. His temporary home: The house Anne Rice lived in during her final year in town, a massive nouveau riche palace in a gated community -- and the home of former Saints lineman Willie Roaf.

Like I said, this all gets a little convoluted.

The next deal is a little more straightforward. John Goodman, a longtime New Orleans transplant living in the quietude of the Longue Vue House and Gardens neighborhood, has changed his ZIP code, buying the sprawling Garden District mansion formerly owned by the industrial Goth rock antihero Trent Reznor.

Reznor, whose old house abuts that of former city councilwoman Peggy Wilson, is yet another artistic temperament who has fled the Big Easy for the West Coast. Why Goodman is making the move across town is a mystery outside of his personal camp; he did not respond to efforts to reach him.

Just around the corner from Goodman's new home, the Southern literary light Julia Reed, a former Bourbon Street resident, has purchased a mansion. It's just down the street from the home of the Manning family of quarterbacks and right near Anne Rice's old house at First and Chestnut. Natch.

Also within a football's toss is the house where Parker is living while in town filming "Failure to Launch" with Matthew McCon- aughey and, before that, where Law bunked during the filming of "All the King's Men."

Has anybody told Us magazine about all this?

Continuing our real estate journey, just down the road in the Coliseum Square area, the freewheeling and mildly eccentric actress Jennifer Coolidge has bought a fixer-upper in the close-to-a-million range.

While not quite the Red Carpet fixture of some of the aforementioned movie stars, Coolidge is a member of the ensemble cast of director Christopher Guest's conspicuously clever movies ("A Mighty Wind," "Best in Show") and -- now that Anne Bancroft is dead -- stands out as the reigning cinematic queen of forbidden post-adolescent male lust, by virtue of her turn as Stifler's mom in the "American Pie" movie series.

But she probably got all the money to buy a mansion from co-starring in the "Legally Blonde" movies.

Coolidge is no stranger to New Orleans; her sister lives here and she has visited often over the years. There is no apparent relationship between her new house and Anne Rice, although I've seen it and it looks as likely a place as any for vampires to roost.

Which, of course, leads us to who bought Anne Rice's house at First and Chestnut, where legions of tourists gather every day to leer at the former domicile of the Queen of the Night.

He's a guy named James Reed Holden and, as far as I know, has never made any good movies.

And that's your local real estate roundup for June 2005. There will be a test in the morning. It's multiple choice. If you don't know the answer to any particular question, just circle: Anne Rice.