Cool your jets, ladies: Heartthrob Enrique Iglesias may have sold his Miami house last week, but he’s not going anywhere.
The 38-year-old singer of Hero and Tonight (I’m Loving You) just moved into new digs two doors north of the place he sold in Bay Point, north of downtown.
Construction on his new place, a block away from salsero Willy Chirino, started nearly four years ago after Iglesias bought three adjacent waterfront lots and had two existing homes leveled.
Word is the new 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style mansion cost $26 million.
Meanwhile, the high-profile lawyer who bought Iglesias’ old place for $6.7 million Wednesday described his dealings with Iglesias as “wonderful.”
“We had a number of meetings with Enrique and Anna [Kournikova, his longtime galpal],” said Stephen N. Zack, administrative partner in the firm of Boeis, Schiller & Flexner and a recent Barack Obama nominee to the United Nations. “They’re very pleasant. And I know he left all his good vibes in the house.”
Pawnfellas’ open for business.
Think Goodfellas meets The Sopranos meets Pawn Stars — in a working pawn and jewelry shop.
The shop opened officially Thursday night on Fort Lauderdale Beach with a party for a couple hundred well-wishers and celebrities who’ll tend the counter.
It’s the brainchild of reformed cat burglar and jewel thief Walter T. Shaw, who not only will run the jewelry and celebrity memorabilia business but also produce a reality series there.
The cast of the series, also named Pawnfellas, includes The Sopranos’ Frank Vincent, Vincent Pastore and Kathrine Narducci. Movie actors Tom Sizemore ( Black Hawk Down, Saving Private Ryan) and Gianni Russo ( The Godfather) are in, too.
They’ll be taking turns serving customers for a few hours here and there. And word is that officials at the reality cable TV network Bravo, home of The Real Housewives franchise, are looking at early footage to figure out if they want to broadcast the series.
Trading and buying and selling has been brisk at the shop, at 3301 NE 33rd St.
So, why would anyone entrust Big Pussy and Phil Leotardo with their valuables?
“Come on,” said Vincent, who played The Sopranos’ hated Leotardo, “I’m not a gangster, and neither is Vinny! This is a legitimate jewelry store.”
Tv news update
Irika Sargent’s a lawyer and a black belt in tae kwon do with the looks of Halle Berry.
And she could be WFOR-Channel 4’s next star anchor.
Sources at the CBS affiliate told Gossip Extra that Sargent has been hanging around the station’s newsroom in Doral and was interviewed by several honchos then given a screen test with new prime-time anchor Rick Folbaum.
Sargent currently anchors newscasts at KPRC-Channel 2 in Houston. But CBS4 bosses have been actively looking to pair Folbaum up with someone other than his current on-air better half, Cynthia Demos.
Sargent, by the way, picked a path to TV news after working as a lawyer for a decade, even arguing lawsuits in federal court.