Celebrity homes in other states cost less than average Bay Area home

Big names have bought homes in Connecticut, Vermont and Texas for much less than the Bay Area’s average prices

400 Wiremill Road in Connecticut and 168 Sylvan Drive in San Francisco (Realtor, Redfin)
400 Wiremill Road in Connecticut and 168 Sylvan Drive in San Francisco (Realtor, Redfin)

With a median home price of $1.6 million in the Bay Area, it can be hard to imagine that people — especially celebrities — across the country are able to buy a mansion for the same price as a two-bedroom home in San Francisco.

In Texas, Connecticut and Vermont, there are at least six big names who bought what would be considered a mansion for much less than they would go for in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

In the Bay Area city of Lafayette, a former catcher for the Giants, Buster Posey, sold his 6.038-square-foot, six-bedroom, five-bathroom home for $9.3 million. Compared to that, many celebrities are buying homes in other states for less than the Bay Area’s average $1.6 million.

In Montrose, Texas, former Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa recently listed his 3.657-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom home for $1.599 million. The property includes a basketball court and swimming pool.

To the west, just outside of Austin, “Twilight” star Jackson Rathbone sold his 3,929-square-foot Pflugerville home for about $800,000. The actor and his wife traded in their five-bedroom home with an outdoor playhouse and farmhouse-style kitchen for a six-bedroom brick home in an Atlanta suburb they bought for $920,000.

Three listings in Connecticut also shine a light on the price differences. In Stamford, Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum has listed his 2,000-square-foot home for just over $1 million. The home even has a toilet that reportedly costs $12,000.

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In Easton, the six-bedroom former home of late Bigelow Tea entrepreneur Arnold D’Angelo has been listed for $1.7 million. The custom-built, Italian-style home includes hand-painted walls, a 500-bottle wine cellar and outdoor entertainment space.

The former Westport home of Broadway scenery designer and creator of the Gershwin Theater, Ralph Alswang, also recently hit the market. The four-bedroom home, which was custom-built for the Knopf publishing family, is listed for $1.498 million.

Finally, in Arlington, Vt., actor Alec Baldwin paid $1.75 million for a 5,400-square-foot, seven-bedroom home. The 55-acre property also includes a guest cottage and horse barn. It previously sold for $549,000 in 2014.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, $1.5 million can buy a two-bedroom home that’s just a little over 1,000 square feet, like the homes at 168 Sylvan Drive and 105 Joost Avenue, which sold last winter.

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[SFC] — Victoria Pruitt