Homes of reality TV: Where are they now?
You can rent the 'Jersey Shore' house or buy the mansions that appeared in Ozzy Osbourne's and Hulk Hogan's shows.
Because it's Friday, we thought we'd have a little fun and take a look back some of the ostentatious or tacky houses we've seen on reality TV. Don't pretend you've never seen "Jersey Shore" or "The Apprentice" or one of the myriad other programs that claim to have some basis in reality.
Just because all those "Real Housewives" are thinner and blonder than all the housewives you know doesn't mean you don't watch.
CNBC actually put together a slide show of 10 houses that have played a starring role on reality TV shows. You remember we previously gave you a peek inside the $12 million "American Idol" house on the edge of Beverly Hills.
We once watched a reality show in which a collection of spoiled young adult women were forced to – gasp – share bedrooms, bathrooms and closets in a rather modest suburban house while learning financial lessons their families wanted them to learn.
But most of the houses you see on reality shows are glamorous characters themselves, sometimes much more glamorous than the human characters.
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Here are a few memorable reality TV houses with information on their current status:
- "The Osbournes": The pink mansion with the Goth-like interiors was the set for the show starring Ozzy Osbourne, his wife, Sharon, and two of their three children. That 10,000-square-foot house, which Christina Aguilera bought for $11.5 million in 2007, is now for sale for $13.5 million. If you're interested, we suggest you plan on a substantial budget for redecoration.
- "Jersey Shore": This house in Seaside Heights, N.J., doesn't look like much from the photos, but you can rent the six-bedroom, three-bath house for parties for $2,500 a night – though several sources indicate the price rises to $6,500 a night for the season. Sorry, the hot tub on the roof is not part of the rental.
- "Hogan Knows Best": This palatial estate near Clearwater, Fla., has been on and off the market for years, since wrestler Hulk Hogan and his wife, Linda, split in 2006. The 17,000-square-foot mansion with expansive water views was first listed for $25 million in 2006, but is now a veritable bargain at $9.24 million. You can see a virtual tour and tons of photos here.
The CNBC slide show also includes homes that appeared on "The Apprentice," "American Idol," "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and "The Real World."
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.