It’s a bi-county Grease reunion: Miami Beach’s Rizzo is buying Sandy’s Palm Beach County house.
Ex-TV talker Rosie O’Donnell, who played Rizzo in the 1994 Broadway revival of Grease, has a contract to buy the home of singer Olivia Newton-John, who played Sandy in the classic 1978 movie.
Real estate sources are telling Gossip Extra that O’Donnell and her wife, Michelle Rounds, are having the tropical compound in Jupiter Inlet Colony, just north of West Palm Beach, inspected. The deed could be signed over within two weeks.
Purchase price: $5.6 million, about $500,000 less than what Aussie Newton-John was asking.
Said John Easterling, Newton-John’s husband: “Nothing’s done until it’s signed, sealed and delivered.”
It’s expected to be a cash transaction since O’Donnell is flush with $12.6 million from the June sale of her Star Island mansion.
O’Donnell owned 43 Star Island since 1999, according to records, and was often spotted fishing from the dock or jet-skiing in the bay. The former co-host of The View started looking for a buyer in early 2012.
Word is O’Donnell and Rounds didn’t set out to own another South Florida property. They were shopping for a small place for Rounds’ mother when they were shown Newton-John’s fully renovated crib and “just fell in love with it,” a source close to the deal said.
Realtor Rob Thomson, owner of Jupiter’s Waterfront Properties, said he understands why O’Donnell crushed hard for it.
“The view includes a historic lighthouse and turquoise blue waters,” Thomson said. “And boaters love the fact they can be in the Atlantic Ocean within one minute.”
Haslem ups his defense
Miami Heat enforcer Udonis Haslem has a message for anyone who wants to burglarize his house again: Just you try, suckers.
Haslem, 33, had a state-of-the-art video surveillance system installed on his property in Southwest Ranches, just weeks after would-be burglars forced his garage door open and unsuccessfully tried to clean him out.
County records show Haslem had ADT install a dozen cameras outside and inside his 13,000-square-foot castle, bought in 2007 for $3.2 million.
He’s able to monitor what’s going on from his cellphone, just in case you were thinking about it.
Broward Sheriff’s deputies likely disrupted burglars April 13 when an alarm was activated. Many of Haslem’s valuables were untouched, but trash bags with some of his goodies were found at the scene.
Haslem was one of two Heat stars who was burglarized during the past season.
Chris Bosh’s North Bay Road mansion was also breached in April by someone who stole $500,000-worth of goodies. A Miami Beach Police source said there has been no arrest. A Bosh family member has become a prime suspect.
Tiger’s house is sinking
Four-time Doral winner Tiger Woods’ millions haven’t spared him from common coastal Florida problems.
His waterfront home in Jupiter Island could be sinking.
According to public records, Woods is having a contractor shore up his 10,000-square-foot modern crib, just two years after it was completed.
An insider tells Gossip Extra that Woods and current squeeze Lindsey Vonn noticed cracks in walls and doors rubbing on the ground, sure signs of settlement.
A contractor is about to attempt to stabilize the structure by inserting giant screws called “helical piles” as far as 24 feet into the ground, according to county records.
Typically, contractors use about 15 of the screws in a house the size of Woods’ home, at $1,000 per.
“In Florida, the soil has layers of organic matter that eventually decomposes,” said Skip Barrett, owner of South Coast Foundation Systems in Deerfield Beach. “Once that happens, many homes start sinking. That happens in Miami Beach quite a bit.”