Celebrities can afford to live in luxury. Often their homes are places that most can only dream of living in. Celebrity property around the world is often palatial and luxurious. Surprisingly or not so shocking, despite the grandeur of many celebrity homes, the luxury property is made to feel comfortable to live in. Following are the top 5 celebrity mansions around the world.
- Bill and Melinda Gates
The billionaire computer genius and co-founder of Microsoft and his wife Melinda took 7 years to construct their dream home in Medina, Washington. The luxury property is valued at about $147.5 million. Set among natural woods and water that create an eco-friendly environment, the home, itself, is 66,000 square feet. Gates has dubbed it “Xanadu 2.0”. It was constructed using 500 year old Douglas Fir Trees and 1/3 of the builders were electricians installing the many IT spaces throughout the home and features including climate and lighting control in each room. The home has 24 bathrooms, a home theater, a reception hall that fits 200 people, a library and a trampoline room with a 20 foot ceiling. The property features a 900 square foot activities building, a guest house, boat docks, a sports court, a putting green and an artificial stream stocked with live fish. The sand along the water was imported from the Caribbean.
- Oprah Winfrey
The “Queen of All Media”, billionaire businesswoman and philanthropist owns this palatial luxury property in Montecito, California. The celebrity property is valued at approximately $85 million. Ms. Winfrey dubbed the property “The Promised Land Estate”. In recent years Ms. Winfrey has worked with designer, Rose Tarlow, to remodel the mansion from an ornate to more comfortable interior. The 23,000 square foot home features 10 fireplaces, 14 bathrooms, 6 bedroom suites and a theater. A separate building on the property functions as a “Tea House” and has rustic wooden accents. The serene 42 acre property has beautiful mountain views and an orchard.
- Brad and Angelina Jolie-Pitt
The Jolie-Pitt family purchased this Provence, France 1200 acre estate that lies on an ancient Roman road and is valued at about $60 million. The 17th century estate features a working, prize winning vineyard, an olive grove, terraced hillsides, gardens with fountains and a private lake with a moat. Many of the buildings on the land are the original 17th century constructions which Mr. Pitt has diligently restored. Romanesque chapel remains on the property and the Jolie-Pitts were married there in 2014. The main house features 35 rooms including a spa, gym, home theater and video game room. The luxury property has 2 helipads, a pool and a dirt bike course. In the 1970s the French jazz pianist, Jacque Loussier, built a recording studio on the property where musicians including Pink Floyd, ACDC, Sting and Muse have recorded. The celebrity estate can even boast St. Thomas Aquines as a guest in the 13th century.
- David and Victoria Beckham
The Beckham family flat in the Kensington Chelsea neighborhood of London was purchased for £40 million. The four story mansion is well used by the Beckhams and their 4 children. Victoria worked with designer Kelly Hoppon to create a family friendly feel to the home. The 4 story flat features a 100 foot oriental garden leading to a work area for Victoria’s fashions, her study, a playroom for the children and a spa and gym on the lower floor. The ground floor has a family friendly living area, dining area and restaurant standard kitchen as well as Victoria’s office. The master bedroom and dressing room are on the 1st floor while the children’s rooms are on the 2nd. The 3rd floor has 3 guestrooms and a den for David including a bar and pool table.
- Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld
East Hampton, New York
The Seinfelds purchased this seaside celebrity property in the Hamptons from Billy Joel for $32 million. The scenic property features beautiful views, a guest house, a pool and a full sized baseball diamond. The home is decorated in a laid-back, family friendly style. The kitchen and sunroom are the center of the house and the Seinfelds have dubbed it “Party Central”. Guests can relax in front of the stone fireplace while they enjoy the comfort and serenity of the neutral toned home. The home has an indoor swimming pool and bowling alley. There is a 22 car garage to house Mr. Seinfeld’s classic cars.
Being a celebrity has its share of perks. Homes are a big part of a celebrity’s image. The top 5 celebrity properties around the world are luxurious and magnificent. While they have exciting and sometimes exotic features, they remain comfortable homes to the celebrities that own them.