Along with fame comes fortune and often celebrities make the fatal mistake
of splashing out on gaudy oversized over priced homes that scream nouveau
riche.However here are the top 10 homes of the famous people we think
got it right and spent their cash on elegant, unique and impressive homes.
Oprah Winfrey: located in Santa Barbara, California, the property
covers approximately forty-two acres and the house is 23,000 square
feet. It has six bedrooms, fourteen bathrooms, ten fireplaces and
a home theater. Oprah added a man-made lake stocked with rare fish
and she had local Montecito sandstone bricks hand-laid into a quarter-mile
long driveway. Although this house is nicknamed, Oprahs
Hearst Castle, we like it because of the landscaping, which
is meticulous. To Oprahs credit, this property contains the
largest amount of green space in Santa Barbara. Its balanced elegance
reminds us somewhat of the famous historic Biltmore estates located
in Ashland, North Carolina.
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn: Actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell
moved to Vancouver, Canada to support their sons fledgling hockey
career. This home, a Tudor-style creation located in the Shaughnessy
area, is now on the market again and listed at $5.4 million Canadian.
It contains five bedrooms and eleven fireplaces, a gym and a built-in
theater room, and the house sports a grand oak paneled entrance hall
with fireplace, two dens, new kitchen, private yard and a separate
coach house. There is a formal living room and separate dining room,
a conservatory, and the master suite contains a separate dressing
area. The couple purchased the home in 2002 for $2,995,000, or $1,875,000
US dollars, and its charm and settings make the grade for this list.
Madonna: This pop-singer icon made a bid on Ashcombe, the former home
of late photographer Cecil Beaton, in 2001. Friends including Rex
Whistler, Salvador Dali and Augustus John returned Beatons hospitality
by painting murals in the house. Located in Wiltshire, England, this
1,200-acre carried a guide price of £9 million. This was the
first time that Ashcombe had been for sale on the open market since
the First World War. It is an exceptionally private house, hidden
in its own valleys which contain one of the countrys best shoots.
The pop star learned how to fish, hunt and ride horses, so this home
seemed to fit Madonna to a T in 2001. It appears recently,
however, that Madonna has put Aschombe on the market again, this time
to the tune of £12 million.
George Clooney: This sexy and talented actor purchased this 25-room
Italian villa in 2001. Known as Villa Oleandra, it is said to contain
an outdoor theater, a large swimming pool and a garage for Clooneys
Joel Horowitz: The co-founder for Tommy Hilfiger found his home -
named Tranquility - in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This home, conveniently
located on the tax-free side of Lake Tahoe, contains a 20,000-square-foot
main house that is modeled after a northern European mountain home.
It also contains a 3,500-bottle wine cellar, an indoor swimming pool
and an atrium as well as a 19-seat movie theater. It also boasts nine
bedrooms, fourteen full and five half-baths, a private lake with docks
and two par-three golf holes. While this home could be called ostentatious,
it carries a glamour reminiscent of Europe. The living room features
a double-height ceiling adorned with carved beams, large windows at
one apse-like end and hand-carved antique fireplaces. The dining rooms
floor dates back to the 17th century, and was salvaged from a French
chateau. Its ceilings are hand-painted, not with Old World themes,
but images of animals indigenous to Lake Tahoe. Want to purchase the
home? Its on the market again for a cool $100 million.
Jerry Seinfeld: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld purchased this lavish and
luscious East Hampton, New York estate from rocker Billy Joel for
the then record-setting price of $32 million in 2000. Described as
a magnificent Tudor-style waterfront manor
sited on over
14 acres of rolling lawns and naturalized landscaping. There are three
buildings total with a sum of twenty-four rooms, including eight full
baths and five half-baths. There are thirteen fireplaces, a gym, indoor
and outdoor pools, a gourmet kitchen, a tennis court, a bowling alley,
a guest cottage, a music room, a smoking bar and a wine cellar. Annual
taxes are $208,463.
William Zysblat: William Zysblat recently purchased this modern beauty
located in East Quogue, New York. Zysblats company, RZO Productions,
has handled business and management affairs for rock icons U2, David
Bowie, The Police and the Rolling Stones among others. The sale of
the oceanfront post modern home on Dune Road closed in December for
$6.2 million. The asking price for the 3,200 sq ft dwelling had been
$6.7 million. The property includes 166 feet of ocean frontage on
2.5 acres. The home was designed by Quogue-based architect Jay Sears,
and has a heated gunite pool, guest house, and tennis and bocce courts.
Tony Hawk: Tony Hawk shoveled his profits from professional skateboarding
and gaming into this modest 5,000 square-foot home with a 4,000 square-foot
skate park in Carlsbad, California. He grew frustrated from begin
hassled by fans at public parks, so he added this unique skateboarding
feature to his home. It comes complete with a rail, a center pyramid
and a ledge that serves as a bench. Other outdoor features include
a basketball court and a pool. Inside youd find about $150,000
worth of gaming electronics hooked to a 65-inch plasma HDTV. Sounds
like Hawk lives his work - all skateboard and video games. And, although
this home seems a bit on the stark side, Hawk has made it his home.
That, in our book, is truly amazing for any celebrity.
Brad Pitt: We chose Brad Pitt and his home(s) for several reasons.
First, although this cliffside home isnt shabby (worth about
$4.5 million), it is just one piece of the Pitt puzzle. When you compare
this home to their modest 1830s New Orleans dwelling, the cliffside
home takes on a new perspective. This house is unusual, just like
the house in the New Orleans that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina.
Not to say that the home in Louisiana was inexpensive - its
located near the French Quarter, and Pitt paid $3.5 million in cash
on January 2, 2007, for the right to live there. According to the
news story, A real estate listing for the property shows the
house has a grand spiral staircase, elevator, gourmet kitchen, a large
private courtyard and a separate two-story guest house. It also has
private parking for two cars - a luxury in the French Quarter.
Of course, it was a matter of convenience as well, as Pitt was filming
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in Louisiana last year. And, in
the process, hes also overseer of the housing project in storm-ravaged
lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. This effort, in our opinion, is a
mighty one indeed.
Sandra Bullock: This home is the quintessential Tybee Island, Georgia
beauty. Actress Sandra Bullock spent more than one million dollars
to purchase this modest three-story home on the north end of the island
in 2001. She also purchased empty lots on either side of the home
to protect her privacy. She reportedly owns homes in Southern California,
Jackson Hole, Wyoming and in Austin, Texas as well. Bullock bought
the home after filming Forces of Nature. The island faces the Savannah
river inlet east of Savannah where portions of the movie where filmed.