In Nicolas Cage’s 30 years in showbiz he’s appeared in more than 80 movies, married three times, and has owned about two dozen homes—if you include the castles.
The over-the-top actor, who turns 50 today, has had quite the over-the-top real estate buying habit. It’s hard to keep track of exactly how many homes Cage has bought and sold (or lost to foreclosure) over his career as real estate mogul, but at least one tally puts the number at 15.
Admittedly, that number isn’t really that big for a guy like Cage. Most mega-wealthy Hollywood stars have invested some of that wealth snapping up properties with the hopes of re-selling them for a profit. But it was the magnificent group of outlandish properties that Cage bought and the sordid way he lost them all that make his real estate situation unique.
Beyond the typical coastal estates, he also owned castles in England and Germany, haunted houses in New Orleans and his own private island.
"I had to put the money somewhere, and I was a big believer in real estate, and I got caught up in that bubble that exploded,” he told The Guardian. “I thought it was real. I didn't trust stocks and I didn't trust just leaving it in the bank. I believed in real estate. So now I'm working through all that."
Counted among Cage’s former properties are an ivy-covered Tudor mansion in Bel Air, Calif., a Newport, Calif. mansion, two mansions in New Orleans and one in Vegas (all three of which went into foreclosure), high-rise condos in New York City, an estate in Rhode Island, the Midford Castle in England and the Neidstein Castle in Germany.
Not all of those were sold for a loss, but most were. Still, Cage is glad to have slimmed his portfolio.
"I have a tiny – and I do mean tiny – little cottage in Somerset, near Glastonbury,” he said in The Guardian. “And I enjoy it that way. The magic of the green hills and the trees and the history. Then I have this other small lifestyle in Las Vegas. Which is a different kind of magic. That's the razzle-dazzle of the city. My wife loves it and we have good friends there. And that's it. That's my life, which is simple. And I want to keep it that way."
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