12 Of the Most Expensive Celebrity Homes
Step into the world of opulence and luxury as we embark on a captivating journey through the realm of the rich and famous. In this exploration of expensive celebrity homes, we unveil the awe-inspiring abodes that grace the landscapes of the elite. From sprawling mansions nestled in the Hollywood Hills to penthouse suites that kiss the sky in New York City, these residences redefine extravagance.
Imagine walking through the ornate double doors of a mansion, each step echoing on marble floors that have seen the footsteps of Hollywood’s finest. Expensive celebrity homes are more than just living spaces; they are veritable masterpieces of architectural prowess and interior design. The walls hold secrets of star-studded soirées, while the carefully curated gardens offer a retreat from the prying lenses of the paparazzi.
In this article, we delve into the details that make these homes truly exceptional. From infinity pools that blend seamlessly with the horizon to walk-in closets that could rival the most upscale boutiques, every aspect of these residences exudes magnificence.
Join us as we navigate through the extravagant features, groundbreaking amenities, and fascinating histories that define these expensive celebrity homes. Whether you’re an architecture enthusiast, a pop culture aficionado, or simply curious about the lifestyles of the rich and famous, prepare to be captivated by the unparalleled grandeur that defines these remarkable dwellings.
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Exploring the Lap of Luxury: Inside 12 Expensive Celebrity Homes
12. Sting ($50 million)
It isn’t only mansions, estates, castles, and villas that are expensive, as can be seen with former Police singer Sting’s $50 million Manhattan duplex penthouse. Although this duplex has a hefty price tag, it’s visually stunning and equipped with many features and amenities that make it worth it. It’s uncertain why Sting decided to sell the custom-designed duplex, but he definitely turned a profit on his original $27 million investment.
The duplex, which spans two entire floors and encompasses 5,417 square feet, is situated on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Inside there are four spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms that are luxuriously furnished with everything a celebrity could possibly need. There is also a spacious lounge, a chef’s kitchen, a sauna, and a library with built-in shelving.
Moreover, each room has a sophisticated interior theme that is well executed with elegant fixtures such as a spiral staircase and a bespoke free-standing fireplace. Additionally, the house boasts spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for unobstructed views of Central Park.
If you’re going to own a penthouse duplex in one of the most prestigious areas of Manhattan, you need to ensure it has an awe-inspiring terrace. This was likely Sting’s thinking as the outside of this home is almost more admirable than the inside. There is a 396-foot private terrace that affords spectacular views of New York City.
11. Tiger Woods ($54 million)
Sporting celebrity Tiger Woods decided to purchase an expensive $54 million home on Florida’s Juniper Island, with less than 1,000 people inhabiting it. Unlike other celebrity homes, this one has a very distinguishable feature—a gorgeous glass-covered walkway that separates the living areas from the rest of the house and has multiple purposes.
It’s unlikely Woods would have bought the 12 acres of land on which his 9,000 square-foot home resides if it didn’t come with the beautiful and functional three-and-a-half-acre golf course. In addition to this, the property also has two boat docks, a 100-foot-long swimming pool, and an outdoor tennis and basketball court.
Woods reportedly bought the home for around $45 million and invested another $15 million to get it into the condition it’s in today. Furthermore, some of the amenities on offer in this sporty house include a game room, wine cellar, media room, world-class gym, and strangely even an oxygen therapy room.
10. Johnny Depp ($55 Million)
While most celebrities own spectacular mansions in the Hollywood Hills or Palm Beach, Johnny Depp decided to take things international. The Pirates of the Caribbean star owns a home near the iconic Saint-Tropez in France.
Situated on 37 acres, the property is more like a small village than a home and includes the main house Depp occupies, guest cottages, an art studio, a chapel, and even a private restaurant known as Café Marcheline.
Purchased by Depp way back in 2001, the Edward Scissorhands actor sunk around $10 million into the property over 15 years, restoring many of the old stone structures on the land as well as building a skate park, a state-of-the-art gym, and Pirates of the Caribbean-inspired wine cave.
9. Adele ($58 Million)
Adele and her partner Rich Paul got an absolute bargain when they picked up Sylvester Stallone‘s former Beverly Park home in 2022 for just $58 million. Originally on the market for a whopping $110 million, Stallone was happy to sell to Adele at a cut price but the “Rolling in the Deep” singer has one condition: she keeps the Rocky statue in the backyard.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Stallone revealed he wanted to keep the statue but Adele had other plans. “I did. But she said, ‘That’s a no deal. That’s gonna blow the whole deal,” Stallone explained when discussing the purchase. “She wanted the statue. I like what she’s doing; she’s making it gorgeous.”
Unlike other celebrities on our list, Stallone built his mega-mansion himself in 1994. The house is situated in the sought-after suburb of Beverly Hills inside an exclusive enclave community. Due to the ingeniously elevated design, this home has almost unobstructed panoramic views of the famed Rodeo Drive.
The colorfully designed mega-mansion features eight spacious bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, a breakfast room, a formal lounge, two powder rooms, and a dining room. Uniquely, some of the rooms in the mansion are decorated with movie memorabilia and contemporary art. But all that is changing, with Adele gutting the entire property, removing the second story, and making it her own.
8. Tom Cruise ($59 million)
Not every expensive celebrity home is located in an uber-elite area. Tom Cruise’s mountain ranch is located in Colorado just outside of Telluride and perfectly blends into its surroundings because of its elegant yet simplistic design.
The estimated $59 million, 10,000-square-foot house is located on 298 acres of land and includes horse stables, picturesque sprawling hills, and multiple forest trails. Interestingly, Cruise tried to sell this home in 2014, but he unlisted it after it was on the market for two years.
Inside this delightfully modern yet rustic home are seven comfortably furnished bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a recreational room, and a fully stocked custom library. Cruise reportedly designed the log mansion himself in 1994. Additionally, there is also a beautiful separate guest house that has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Ironically, the Colorado mansion might not be as spectacular without its private helipad that allows Cruise and his guests to navigate the treacherous yet magnificent otherwise unattainable private land. There is also a motocross track, a hockey rink, a tennis court, and a basketball court.
7. Kim Kardashian ($60 Million)
Before Kim Kardashian and Kanye West bought this devastatingly beautiful mansion in the Hidden Hills in Hollywood, the home originally belonged to Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley. The pair only paid $20 million for the house in 2014, while extensive renovations added a further $20 million to the price tag,
When the lovebirds split, Kardashian paid West around $23 million to keep the house as part of the divorce settlement. She continues to live in the modern mansion with her brood of children, and to be honest, who wouldn’t want to with how spectacular it is?
The home boasts eight bedrooms, ten bathrooms, a show kitchen, a staff kitchen, a walk-in pantry, and a lounge that has gorgeous vaulted ceilings. Additionally, the theme for the home is modern yet minimalistic with a neutral color scheme.
Some of the more mention-worthy amenities include two well-maintained vineyards, two swimming pools, and a 1,050-square-foot entertainment pavilion. There is also a fully equipped music lab where Kanye would record and a garage manned by 24-hour security personnel.
6. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi ($70 Million)
In 2022, property moguls Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi added to their already impressive portfolio of homes with a $70 million waterfront compound in Santa Barbara County. According to Love Property, the sprawling 10 acres consists of two parcels of land and comes with a “Tuscan farmhouse-style” mansion and a “small lake and stretching lawns.”
Across more than 9,000 square feet of living space are five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a wine cellar, a basement movie theater, and an outdoor kitchen. The master bedroom also features a spa-equipped terrace while the property has a marble mosaic pool, two spas, and a private path known as “Barranca Path” that leads down to the sandy beach below.
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5. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie ($80 million)
For some celebrities, a mansion is too insignificant a home. So after spending some time house hunting, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie bought an $80 million castle titled Chateau Miraval in the south of France in 2012 but leased the castle in 2008 before they divorced. The main structure can be traced back to the 17th century, but this doesn’t mean it’s outdated.
The castle features 35 rooms, of which there is a video game room, a home theatre, and an indoor pool. Surrounding the castle are multiple structures, including a partially built 17th-century Romanesque chapel. The castle, along with all its structures, falls on 12,00 square feet.
It’s not only the inside that is impressive. The outside of this property boasts a dirt bike course, a 200-year-old olive tree, a vineyard, pine forests, lakes, fountains, and even a medieval moat to keep the paparazzi out.
4. Oprah Winfrey ($100 million)
Oprah Winfrey might have grown up in a low-income environment, but against all odds, she managed to make a success out of her life. The star is well known for her business mindset and, as such, has quite an impressive property portfolio. However, her most remarkable home is definitely her Promised Land estate, estimated to be worth $100 million in today’s market.
Interestingly it took much effort on Winfrey’s part to acquire the property as it wasn’t on the market. However, the previous owners Marlene and Robert Veloz ultimately decided to take Winfrey up on her generous $54 million offer. Since then, she has added other buildings, features, and amenities that have allowed its worth to increase exponentially.
The Promised Land estate is made up of approximately 13 buildings packed with impressive and luxurious furnishings and appliances. It’s situated in Montecito, California, on almost 70 acres of land. It’s believed that Winfrey’s primary residence in her estate is the 23,000 square foot neo-Georgian mansion which has six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, two theatres, and 10 fireplaces.
Although the two pools, tennis court, and koi pond are impressive, the opulent private bathroom is perhaps the most unbelievable. Winfrey reportedly had an entire team of artisans design and build a luxurious bathroom that features a bathtub that was uniquely carved into the shape of her body.
3. Pierce Brosnan ($100 million)
We all know how expensive oceanfront real estate can be, but no price is too high when you’re a celebrity with a high net worth. It may seem unbelievable, but 007 actor Pierce Brosnan owns one of the most expensive celebrity homes. Brosnan bought two lots of land for around $10 million and built this coastal real estate wonder that features panoramic views from nearly every room.
Due to the almost excessive opulence and Japanese-style spa, the 13,000 foot Thai-inspired home is similar to a five-star resort. However, despite its grandeur, the actor decided to place the oceanfront home on the market in October 2020 for a whopping $100 million.
The coastal home has an open plan layout which allows loads of natural light to filter in throughout the day. Each room in this five bedroom house has gorgeous teak flooring and handcrafted woodwork with floor-to-ceiling windows. Besides the impressive bedrooms, there is also a chef’s kitchen filled with modern appliances, 14 luxurious bathrooms, and a custom-designed butler’s pantry with a temperature-controlled wine closet.
Other features and amenities that make this home worth its hefty $100 million price tag include a recording studio, screening room with bar, saltwater pool, plunge pool, steam room, and multiple saunas. Another perk for the new owner of this celebrity home will be 117 feet of private beachfront that comes with the property.
2. George Clooney ($100 million)
You might not ever be able to own a celebrity house due to the expensive price tags, but you can at least rent one. Those thirsting for a taste of celebrity lifestyle luxury can rent out George Clooney’s $100 million villa if they have the budget and are visiting Italy.
Clooney’s gorgeous Villa Oleandra was built in the 18th century but has since been updated to include all the modern luxury amenities and features befitting a celebrity lifestyle. According to sources, the villa is a delightful mix of traditional and contemporary interior design styles and furnishings.
The mansion boasts 25 rooms with ornately carved ceilings, an expansive garage, a private gym, and numerous massive bathrooms. Additionally, one of the best features this home has is its comfortable outdoor theatre. There’s also a unique pizza room and a specifically engineered and constructed wall that keeps the lake from pouring directly into the home.
1. Jay-Z & Beyoncé ($200 million)
Jay Z and Beyoncé are well known for their refined style, incredible vocals, and high net worth, but they should also be known for their cunning business skills. The pair considered an uber-modern Malibu mansion that was initially priced at $295 million. After grueling negotiations, they managed to purchase the home for only $200 million, an absolute steal!
Hailed as the most expensive home in California, the Brutalist compound consists of six structures that total an incredible 30,000 square feet of combined living space. It’s constructed out of glass, steel, and gorgeous marbled limestone, with one of the most picturesque architectural features being the dark wood and Italian limestone staircase.
Designed by famed Japanese architect Tadao AndoInside, the concrete structure was previously owned and built by art collector William Bell. It took Bell close to 15 years to finish the home, with the Los Angeles Times reporting that “7,645 cubic yards of concrete” were used to build the home.
As the sale of the mansion was private, there are no details regarding how many bathrooms, bedrooms, or other interesting features there are contained inside, but no doubt this home is, in Beyonce’s own words, “***Flawless.”
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Celebrity Homes FAQs
Celebrity homes often come with luxurious features such as extensive square footage, state-of-the-art amenities like home theaters, private gyms, swimming pools, spa facilities, stunning views, high-end finishes, and customized architectural designs.
The most expensive celebrity homes are typically found in exclusive areas known for their upscale real estate markets, such as Beverly Hills and Bel Air in Los Angeles, California; Manhattan in New York City; and certain areas of Miami, Florida.
It varies. Some celebrities prefer purchasing existing luxury properties that have already been designed and built to their liking, while others choose to invest in custom-built mansions, allowing them to personalize every aspect of their dream home according to their preferences and requirements.