Life is hectic when you’re a celebrity – there’s long hours spent on the film set or at the recording studio, endless beauty appointments, countless shopping sprees, gruelling hours spent sweating it out with a personal trainer, plus not to mention endless hours of partying!
So every celebrity needs a sanctuary they can go home to and sit back and relax in after a hard day’s work being rich and famous. And these celebs are doing a pretty good job of it…
Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Listed at: US$33.5 million
It’s difficult for your everyday person to imagine why anyone would give up a Malibu home with 80 feet of beachfront, but surely Cox and Arquette must have their reasons. One could be the US$20+ million profit they stand to make if their asking price is met. The couple paid US$11 million in 2001 for the four-bedroom, five-bathroom John Lautner-designed home.
Justin Timberlake & Cameron Diaz
Paid: US$16.9 million
Built on over 100 feet of Oahu beachfront, Timberlake and Diaz’s Hawaii compound spreads across 1.5 acres on the windward side of the island. Between the main house and the outbuildings, there are 12 bedrooms, nine bathrooms and over 11,000 square feet of living space – which is a good thing: The couple, who have since split, will need all that space to avoid each other.
Listed for: US$24 million
Talk show host and comedienne DeGeneres bought this Montecito, California, spread in October for US$16.9 million. It boasts four bedrooms and eight bathrooms and sits on four acres with a pool, tennis court and both mountain and ocean views.
Listed at: US$35 million
Bought from former Miami Heat teammate Rony Seikaly in 2004 for US$18.8 million, NBA star O’Neal’s 20,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style Star Island home has eight bedrooms, an indoor basketball court, an outdoor tennis court, swimming pool and a dock.
Listed at: US$11.9 million
Down from the original asking price of US$13.5 million, Spears’ 9,200-square-foot Serra Retreat home in Southern California houses a dance studio and recording studio – perfectly fit for a pop princess.
Listed at: US$23.8 million
After separating from his wife Kimora Lee Simmons, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons put his 10-bedroom, eight-bathroom house in Saddle River, New Jersey, on the market. The 35,000-square-foot mansion has a movie theatre, an expansive home gym and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools – what a crib!
Listed at: US$5.9 million
Colombian singer Shakira plans to pack up and leave her Star Island home. The 6,500-square-foot mansion, which has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a swimming pool and private dock, boasts a Biscayne Bay beachfront and neighbours including Matt Damon and Ricky Martin.
Paid: US$9.5 million
Canadian pop star Lavigne bought her 12,000-square-foot Calabasas, California, mansion from Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. The Tuscan-style home has eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, as well as an elevator, sauna and 10-car garage. Lavigne and her now ex-husband, Sum 41 singer Deryck Whibley, are no strangers to pricey properties: their Beverly Hills mansion was on the market for US$6.2 million.
Paid: US$15 million
For Gwen Stefani, the transition into family life with husband Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston meant selling her bachelorette pad in party spot Los Feliz, Los Angeles, and moving into this 10,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills mansion on two acres of gated land.
Paid: US$3.8 million
Desperate Housewives star Longoria’s 8,500-square-foot Mediterranean mansion in the Hollywood Hills houses six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a home theatre, game room and gym, boasts canyon and city views.
Paid: US$12 million
The 9,500-square-foot Beverly Hills home of CNN’s King and wife Shawn Southwick has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Its defining feature is its roof, made from the tiles of a 200-year-old Italian monastery. The move wasn’t too difficult for the couple, who previously lived eight blocks away.
Listed at: US$23 million
After more than 20 years, DeVito and wife Rhea Perlman have decided to make a move from their Beverly Hills manse. Designed by architect Wallace Neff, the country French-style home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The sizable 14,500-square-foot interior has a home theatre, sound studio and gym to complement the two outdoor pools.
Paid: about US$7 million
He may be proud of his Chicago roots, but bad-boy rapper Kanye West seems to have settled in well to luxury L.A. living. He splurged around US$7 million for this Beverly Hills spread. The 3,300-square-foot home has six bedrooms and four bathrooms, an acre of space and a pool.
Paid: US$2.5 million
The Serra Towers in Los Angeles are famous for their high-profile residents. Cher lives there, and Lindsay Lohan just unloaded her apartment in the complex. Now, Elton John and his partner David Furnish have purchased a 1,800-square-foot condominium there. The unit has two bedrooms and a balcony on the 20th floor.View Comments