January: Charlize Theron
Sometimes, even celebrities have to dip their toes in before taking the plunge. That's the route Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron took when she opted to be a landlord before listing her property. After her split with Stuart Townsend in 2010, the couple listed their Malibu home as a $50,000-a-month rental. A year later, Theron dove in and listed the property for $7.5 million. Not bad, considering that in 2003 she and Townsend paid $3,495,000. The beachfront home, pictured, is described as the "oldest home on La Costa Beach." It sold in May for $6,562,500.