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Gisele, Adriana, Jessica Stam and More Redefine "Model Homes"

Photos: Roger Davies/Elle Decor

With Paris Fashion Week just winding down, we thought it prudent to take a look back at some of our favorite model homes. No, not the developer one-offs; rather, the homes of supermodels, aka the globe's sexiest residents. Well, it turns out the same people that strut before cameras for a living don't tend to bring the shutterbugs to their places of residence. Camera shy as they might seen at home, we still managed to find some model homes worth a damn. Now, off to the residential runway!

Jessica Stam doesn't yet have the blue-chip name of Gisele, Heidi Klum, or Cindy Crawford, but she just might be the next big thing. Discovered in a coffee shop in Ontario, Canada, Stam's north-country heritage doesn't show much in her calculated rise to popularity, or in her NYC digs (above). Her gut-renovated apartment, published in a past issue of Elle Decor, is finished in a pastel purple color fit for a girly girl. But it turns out young interiors guru Rafael de Cárdenas was responsible. "I had been living there for a year, and my books were still in boxes," Stam says. In fact, Cárdenas disposed of all her half-assed attempts at decorating (the only remnant was a taxidermy rattlesnake), and crafted this bachelorette pad from scratch. No word on how much she's been spending, but the rising star took home $1.5M last year and has a house in East Hampton. Not bad for a young one.

? Brazilian hottie Adriana Lima and her NBA star husband, Marko Jaric, plunked down $9M to pick up this 7,500-square-foot 1958 estate in Miami Beach. A big check to write, for sure, but quite a discount from the original asking price of $12.9M. It's hard to sell anything for over $10M when the kitchen looks this sad. At least there's still the 200 feet of waterfront and 1.83 acres on private Indian Creek Island to keep 'em happy during the inevitable reno.

Photos: Scott Frances/Arch Digest

? In the March 2001 issue of Architectural Digest, Cindy Crawford was none too shy about showing off the goods in her Upper East Side, NYC, abode. The prewar three-bedroom on Madison Avenue makes a pretty cushy pied-a-terre for the LA-based Crawford. Though some of the patterns look a bit dated, the intervening decade hasn't been too hard on the decor, a product of Crawford's partnership with California-based designer Michael S. Smith, who's the Obamas' choice, as well. Not a JC Penney sheet to be found!


? Until recently Miranda Kerr, model extraordinaire and baby mama to actor Orlando Bloom, kept this quirky one-bedroom in downtown NYC's house of gimmick, Jade. Named after and designed by Mick's daughter Jade Jagger, the building features "pod living," whereby the kitchen, bathroom, and closets are hidden within a monolithic block of lacquered wood. Firmly entrenched with Bloom, Kerr is looking to unload the not-fit-for-family crash pad for $1.4M.


? And finally, one to keep an eye on. Uber-model Gisele Bündchen and New England Patriots star Tom Brady are still in the process of building a 22,000-square-foot dream house in Brentwood, Calif. All told, they'll be spending upwards of $20M, but between Gisele's $20M annual income and Brady's $60M over six years, they shouldn't have trouble keeping up with the mortgage payments. Oh, and the leggy lady turned a tidy $7.2M profit on the sale of her NYC townhouse.

· Model Home [Elle Decor]
· Victoria’s Secret Model Adriana Lima Buys $9 Million Miami Beach Dream Home [Fashion Model Directory]
· Architectural Digest Visits Cindy Crawford [Arch Digest]
· Cindy Crawford Will Likely Be in an Upcoming House Beautiful [Curbed National]
· Supermodel Miranda Kerr Wants to Sell Her Flatiron Pod [Curbed NY]
· Trophy Homes of a Young Brett Favre and Fellow Pigskin Princes [Curbed National]
· Gisele's $7.2 Million Profit [Curbed NY]