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'West Wing' Prez Sells The Cottage
Betsy Schiffman

Who's buying, who's selling in the world of high-end real estate:

Cottage Fit For A TV President

The prez says the cottage has to go.
It's time for spring-cleaning, so Martin Sheen has decided to get rid of some of his extra real estate--specifically, a Santa Monica, Calif., home that he hopes to sell for $2.2 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. The house is described as a humble, little two-bedroom "cottage"--but not too many humble little cottages span 1,400 square feet and have ocean and mountain views in the middle of one of Southern California's most exclusive neighborhoods.

Sheen is not the president, but he plays one on TV. His success on NBC's The West Wing hasn't held up his film career, however. This year alone Sheen, 61, is set to appear in the upcoming independent film The Confidence Game, and he also snagged a part in Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks production of Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

In films, Sheen is probably best known for his role as Capt. Willard in Apocalypse Now. Hollywood legend has it that he purposely flunked his university exams so he could pursue an acting career, against his father's wishes. Sheen and his wife, Janet, live in Los Angeles.

Cardinal's Mansion To Hit The Market

Selling 120-year-old mansion.
Chicago's Cardinal Francis George is planning on selling his nearly 120-year-old mansion, according to published reports. But the cardinal has to clear the sale with a Church finance committee first. The proceeds, which are expected to be in the range of $10 million to $12 million, may officially be used toward a variety of charitable causes--such as inner-city parish schools. But more likely the money will be used to help pay legal fees in sex abuse cases.

The home itself has been visited by a slew of VIP guests, including Pope John Paul II and President Franklin Roosevelt. George, 65, was installed as the eighth archbishop of Chicago in April 1997, when he moved into the three-story Victorian mansion. The home itself is a city landmark and is located north of downtown Chicago, with views of Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan.

Piano Man Unloads Unused Mansion

Never had time to move the piano in.
Long Island, N.Y., native Billy Joel has no need for all that waterfront acreage. Two years ago, he famously sold his 12-acre East Hampton estate to Jerry Seinfeld for $32 million. Now he's selling off his Sag Harbor/North Haven waterfront home for $8.5 million, according to The New York Observer. Joel, 53, has reportedly never even lived in the home, but may have bought it in a fit of boating enthusiasm.

The home itself is said to have a deepwater dock, 340 feet of sandy beach, five bedrooms, a five-car garage, a tennis court and a pool. Joel's ex-uptown girl (and ex-wife) Christie Brinkley and her current beau, Peter Cook, were in the news last week for listing their own Hamptons mansion for a cool $25 million.

Joel, known for such classic pop tunes as "Piano Man" and "She's Always a Woman," has boldly gone where few pop stars have gone before: classical music. He has said that if he wrote another pop album it would "flat-out suck," so last year he released his first classical album, Fantasies & Delusions: Music for Solo Piano, which received relatively positive reviews.

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