This blog entry was originally posted Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk. Updated November 26, 2018
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" castmates are competitive for prominence, for drama, for airtime.
They are also competitive when it comes to buying homes. Three of them purchased houses in metro Atlanta within weeks of each other in the summer and fall of 2016: Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams and Phaedra Parks, ranging in price from $940,000 to $1.9 million.
We have seen two of them already on the show, with Porsha showing off her new Duluth abode during the tail end of season 9.
Here are summaries of each house, including that of NeNe Leakes for good measure:
According to public real estate records, she purchased her Duluth home on September 20, 2016 for $1,150,000. It's in the lavish, gated Sugarloaf Country Club community, near the home of NeNe Leakes.
The show said she purchased it for $1.4 million, but I suspect the producers purposely showed a different amount to throw people off while searching around online.
Her new abode has five bedrooms, five full baths and two half baths at almost 6,000 square feet. It has a huge chef's kitchen, a large master bedroom and bath and a three-car garage. She lives in a neighborhood packed with homes worth more than $1 million.
She sold a comparable sized home in Dacula in 2015 for $485,000.
Real estate records indicate she bought her two-acre Buckhead home not far from Sheree Whitfield and Kenya Moore on October 14, 2016 for $1.9 million. It has six bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and more than 9,000 square feet. There's a pool, a four-car garage, its own fitness center and a guest house. She bought the home in the middle of her divorce with jailed husband Apollo Nida. Although the show had a scene on Sunday revealing her divorce was finalized, Apollo is not quite on board with what happened.
UPDATE: She was dropped from the show season 10. She ultimately sold her previous home.
Cynthia closed on her house September 8, 2016 for $940,000. It has been featured prominently on the show and is overlooking a small lake in Sandy Springs with a lovely deck. She purchased it after her separation from Peter Thomas and selling her Glenwood Park home over the summer.
The home has six bedrooms and five bathrooms and was remodeled in 2015. It's on one and a half acres with a huge deck and beautiful views of the lake, as noted below:
Whitfield bought the land in 2012 and built her Chateau Sheree from scratch. It is now with five bedrooms and five bathrooms and 8,000 square feet. The Z-estimate value of the house is about $1.2 million. It took her several years to build it and she's had all sorts of battles with contractors.
It's unclear if she is actually living there right now. A house warming party was held in late October and will air during a future episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." That party caused some issues with neighbors and she ended up paying a fine from the city of Sandy Springs.
UPDATE: She left the show after season 10.
She bought a fixer upper near Sheree's home in May, 2015. It has four bedrooms, three and a half baths. We've seen it quite a bit on TV since her boyfriend keeps breaking windows. She purchased it for $515,000 and spent some big bucks to renovate.
UPDATE: She left the show after season 10.
She is the only housewife who has chosen to live south if I-20. An inveterate bargain hunter who lives beneath her means, she chose a place in 2012 for a mere $503,000 though Zillow now estimates it at well over $1 million.
Nonetheless, it's sizable: seven bedrooms, 9.5 baths and more than 7,000 square feet.
Not surprisingly, Leakes bought the priciest house of them all in early 2015 for nearly $2.1 million in Sugarloaf Country Club in Duluth.
At almost 10,000 square feet, her newly built home has six bedrooms, six full baths and two half baths. She and Porsha have access to a 27-hole Greg Norman-designed golf course, three private lakes and 14 tennis courts, plus an Olympic competition swimming pool.
She has lived in the area for many years.
UPDATE: She returned to the show full time season 10.
She arrived during the third episode of season 11 in November, 2018.
She lives with her husband Ronnie Devoe in a pretty five-bedroom, five bath home in Mableton. She purchased the 21-year-old home in February of this year for $535,000, according to public records.
I have done a search for where she lives in metro Atlanta and have had no luck. I found a rental place in Summerhill by the old Turner Field that her husband and former Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling rented until they got married a few weeks back.