The rich and famous lead lives that many are envious of. From their wardrobes to their cars, celebrities have the advantage of being able to afford nearly anything that they desire. And of course, with unlimited budgets comes the buying power to own large properties. Some stars remain modest, and opt for practical yet luxurious pads. Others like to take it to the extreme, and have invested some of their net worth into huge palaces.
Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, and Britney Spears are all owners of flashy, fantastic homes. Swimming pools, private gyms, tennis courts, movie theatres, and spas are just some of the features of their humongous homes. Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, or tucked into the Florida Keys, celebrities have the advantage of buying whatever they want, wherever they want! These homes prove that money is no object for the truly wealthy and puts to bed the long-standing myth that size doesn’t matter. For these stars, size is both a status symbol and a testament to their success. Hey, if you have the means, why not, right? We have sifted through the most beautiful and expensive celebrity homes.
15. Drew Barrymore: $7 Million
Drew Barrymore might be a successful actress with a nearly unlimited budget, but she is not exempt from making a deal! She allegedly negotiated a $1 million dollar price drop in the purchase of her home, which she was able to buy for $7 million. The Santa Barbara home is tucked into the elite Montecito neighbourhood, where homes under $2 million simply do not exist. The 75-year-old home has been lavishly redecorated and renovated, but retains some of it’s original vintage charm. Beautiful crown mouldings and a deluxe courtyard give the villa a magical and timeless vibe. The home is surrounded by the beautiful Santa Ynez mountains and is tucked amongst vineyards and fruit trees. This one is definitely a California dream home!
14. Britney Spears: $8.5 Million
Britney Spears made herself quite a fortune during the late ’90s and early 2000s when she was the princess of pop. With an estimated net worth of $215 million, the 36-year-old can afford to indulge in luxurious items, including homes. Her Thousand Oaks, California mansion was bought for a cool $8.5 million. She settled into this sprawling mansion, set on a golf course, in 2012, with her two sons. The Spanish-style suburban home features a large, heated pool and an impressive outdoor deck and dining area, overlooking the Santa Monica mountains. At close to 9,000 square feet, this immense home has several guest accommodations, bathrooms, and recreation rooms for the kids (and adults, too!). Despite this being the ultimate dream home, Britney listed it on the market in 2016, and purchased another massive home in the same neighbourhood.
13. Ozzy Osbourne: $10 Million
Ozzy Osbourne’s Hidden Hills, California home will be familiar to anyone who watched the reality show centered around his family life, aptly called, The Osbournes. The 11,000-square-foot mansion is decorated in a somewhat contemporary gothic style and features 10 bathrooms and 6 bedrooms. The sweeping staircase in the grand entrance is one of the main attractions of this home, which was built in 1988 and now has an estimated value of approximately $16 million. Once the Osbourne kids had moved out and started their own families, Ozzy and Sharon sold the home. The couple went through a rough patch in 2014, when Sharon allegedly “almost divorced” her husband of 35 years. The pair seem to be back to marital bliss, and have recently purchased an even bigger, more expensive home.
12. Ashton Kutcher And Mila Kunis: $10 Million
What do you get when you put two successful actors together? An unlimited budget! Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher shelled out $10 million dollars for their family home, which is located in Beverly Hills, California. The 7,000-square-foot home is nestled into an elite gated community in the 90210 district. Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz are famous neighbours, but practically the entire zone houses celebrities! A massive garden, kidney-shaped pool, and many trees afford these lovebirds a very private family home. The active couple love that they can exit their front door and hop onto a hiking trail in minutes. This is a great place for them to raise their children and enjoy a little bit of nature and calm.
11. Matt Damon: $15 Million
Matt Damon no longer lives in his Mediterranean styled Miami Beach mansion, but it’s well worth a spot on this list. The 12,000-square-foot estate has no shortage of pools, palm trees and greenery. Featuring seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, the home is equipped to host many guests. Serene waterfront views are visible from the outside space, which is a paradise filled with fountains, zen spaces and an immense outdoor dining and patio area. A poolside bar makes this property feel more like a resort than a home, and with views of almost the entire Miami Beach sprawl, it’s not hard to get into a relaxed, vacation vibe. Matt Damon bought this property for $15 million, but it sold for closer to $19 million when he sold it in 2014.
10. Will Smith: $20 Million
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith spared no expense when it came to designing their dream family home near Malibu. The Calabasas, California mansion is sprawled over an astonishing 25,000 square feet and cost $20 million. The couple’s 3 children Trey, Willow, and Jaden certainly have enough space to lounge and play. The home is stylishly decorated with a mix of eclectic and multicultural details. Brazilian, Indian, and African vintage pieces adorn the home, giving it a warm homey feel. A private man-made lake and gazebo make the outdoor space feel super zen and offers a retreat for quieter moments. A recording studio, meditation room, billiards room, spa-like tub, and shower and pool make this home one of the most impressive on our list!
9. Rihanna: $22 Million
Rihanna might’ve made it big in America, but her heart and home remain in Barbados. On the West coast of Barbados, Rihanna has made a home at One Sandy Lane, the most prestigious gated community on the island. The massive ocean-front estate was purchased for a cool $22 million. The 10,000-square-foot pad is in close proximity to the Sandy Lane hotel, one of the priciest and fanciest resorts in the Caribbean. The property boasts several pools, plenty of outdoor dining and lounging space, and a beautifully decorated interior. As far as beach living goes, this home tops the charts. Rihanna has famously been generous with her fortune; she has bought her entire family properties on their home island and welcomes them to Sandy Lane regularly.
8. Bon Jovi: $22 Million
Bon Jovi’s career has spanned nearly 5 decades and has afforded him enough of a fortune to buy whatever his heart desires. Although he owns several properties, his family home is located in Middletown Township, New Jersey, not too far from where he was born and raised. The largest home on the bay is located directly on the Navesink River, approximately 30 miles south of NYC. The 19,000-square-foot French building hosts a posh and old-fashioned interior, with several fireplaces, antique furniture, and several screening rooms. Talk about deluxe, he even has an “on site” English pub, called The Shoe, that he can head to when he wants to wind down and have a pint. The property is home to his high-school sweetheart wife and the couple’s four children.
7. Arnold Schwarzenegger: $23.5 Million
No one would ever accuse Arnold Schwarzenegger of having modest taste. His home is now worth a whopping $23.5 million, which is located in Brentwood County, California. He served as state governor of California for 8 years, ending in 2011. The 14,500-square-foot home boasts 7 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, and has several amenities that make it one of the top celebrity digs. Tennis courts, a huge outdoor patio, a pool, and many acres of greenery make this a California paradise. After news broke that Arnold had been having an affair with the family nanny, trouble came to paradise, and he and his long time wife, Maria Shriver, split. Although he hasn’t lived in this home since 2003, it is very much still referred to as “Arnold’s house” in the community.
6. Jerry Seinfeld: $32 Million
Jerry Seinfeld spent $32 million on his lavish home, located in the Hamptons, New York. Jerry, a car aficionado, has an impressively large en suite garage, which can host up to 22 cars. The home was formerly owned by Billy Joel, who also makes this list for the property he moved into following the sale! Although the home is huge, it is modestly decorated and has a very Feng Shui vibe. Minimal chic is the name of the game, with plenty of white furniture and wood accents. The home is shared with his wife, Jessica, and their 3 children. One of the most impressive features is the large pool and adjoining pool house, as well as a sprawling baseball diamond where the kids can play. Money is no concern for the Seinfeld’s; Jerry’s net worth is estimated at over $950 million.
5. Billy Joel: $27 Million
Billy Joel has moved from one expensive property to the next over the years. The successful musician recently put his oceanfront Floridian mansion up for sale, with an asking price of $27 million. He bought the property in 2014 for $18.2 million and put millions into renovations. The 9,300-square-foot oceanfront is nestled onto the beach in Manalapan, Florida, and boasts a Mediterranean vibe with lots of old-fashioned detailing and charm. The home boasts grand arches, marble floors and counters, and expensive chandeliers. Detailed ceilings, an ocean-view eternity pool, and a private yacht deck make this home one of the most spectacular celebrity palaces on this list.
4. Tiger Woods: $60 Million
Tiger Woods’ home on Jupiter Island, Florida, was initially purchased for $40 million back in 2006, when he and ex-wife Elin Nordegren were settling into family life. The 12 acres of outdoor space, paired with a 9,000-square-foot home, make it a property to be desired. After the pair divorced, Tiger kept his home, which is bordering the ocean and includes a private golf course. After putting millions of dollars into the home for various upgrades and repairs, the property is now valued at approximately $60 million. It is by far the most lavish and expensive property on Jupiter Island, where stars like Celine Dion and Bill Gates also own property.
3. Oprah Winfrey: $85 Million
The queen of personal development herself, Oprah Winfrey, makes this list for having an amazing $85 million home. Oprah has a net worth of close to $3.2 billion, so it’s no surprise that this Santa Barbara mansion is one of her many properties. The 23,000-square-foot home is lavishly decorated in a vibrant colour palette. A sunny, yellow entrance boasts a grand staircase and many family photos. She has a massive library, and mirrors are found in almost every room, creating an illusion of more space. The home has a cozy feel, despite it’s massive size. Oprah uses this as her main turf, while she also owns properties in Maui and a horse farm in Montecito.
2. Bill Gates: $147.5 Million
When we think about the super rich, we can’t ignore Microsoft founder and creator Bill Gates. With a net worth of close to $100 billion, he is very close to being the richest man in the world, and is already the richest man in the United States. The Medina, Washington mansion, which he named Xanadu 2.0, took 7 years to build. The 66,000-square-foot home is filled with tech-inspired gadgets that would make any nerd envious. Speakers hidden in the wallpaper allow for music to follow a person from room to room, while all rooms are equipped with sensors for the lights. There are 6 kitchens, 24 bathrooms, and garages that can accommodate up to 23 cars. The sand on Gates’ beach is even imported from the Caribbean. Talk about deluxe!
1. Aaron Spelling: $150 Million
And here we have it, the most expensive property on our list, which was owned by successful American director and producer Aaron Spelling, but was put up for sale by his widow, Candy, in 2009. With 73,500 square feet, the property has no shortage of space! The French chateau has a massive screening room, a gift-wrapping room, a flower-cutting room, and a silver storage room. In total, there are 123 rooms. To put things in perspective, it’s bigger than the White House. The home, which is called “The Manor”, is now worth upwards of $200 million, and is the most expensive residential property in the entire country. In 2017, it was rumoured that Beyoncé and Jay-Z had visited the property as a prospective family home, but it remains unoccupied and unsold!
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