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Celeb R.E.: SFV is Better Than NYC, Katie Holmes Moves to Calabasas

Images courtesy Ewing & Associates/Sotheby's International Realty
On August 22, 2014, TMZ broke the news that Dawson's Creek star, Katie Holmes, purchased a Calabasas mansion in the Estates at the Oaks gated community, home to many celebrities on August 14, 2014 for $3,795,000. 

Katie Holmes was previously living in NYC and married to Tom Cruise who divorced in July 2012. The terms of the divorce are secret but I am guessing Holmes gets a hefty child support check from Cruise to raise their daughter Suri. Not that Holmes needs the money but I am wondering if "Cruise money" is financing a portion of this purchase. On another note, Holmes is a devout Roman Catholic who attends mass so I wonder if she will be popping up at the local church like St. Mels in Woodland Hills. St. Bernardine of Siena in West Hills, or possibly Our Lady of the Valley in Canoga Park (shout out to my childhood school and church). And the timing of this purchase about a few weeks before the school year begins suggests that Holmes possibly moved to get Suri enrolled in a school just in time probably at a local Catholic school. Its also been said that Holmes moved back to the west coast to revive her Hollywood career. We wish her the best of luck and she picked a great spot to get started. 

The home measures 5 Bed/6 Baths on 5,968 sqft on a total lot size of 20,760 sqft built in 2007. The listing description states:
Grand European Manor with contemporary flair situated on an expansive lot!!! Located atop one of The Oaks most desirable cup-de-sacs and bordering pristine conservancy land, this home features 6BD, 6.5 BA, one of which is a separate Guest Casita. Extensively customized with the finest finishes the residence offers a gourmet center island kitchen with professional style appliances, dark distressed wood floors, and use of rare stones and marble accents. The open floor plan offers several entertaining courtyards, including one adjacent to the dramatic formal living and dining rooms. A grand foyer is accentuated by an open library/loft. Spacious master suite with sitting area affords a large sun deck. The stunning resort like rear grounds feature an oversized pool with sunken fire pit lounge area, several seating enclaves, covered loggia, large grassy area, kitchenette, and sports court. 
The previous owners purchased for $1,850,000 on February 12, 2010 which translated into a gain of $1,945,000, not bad for 4 years of living. 

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Marty Mcfly

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