The rich and famous have the luxury of spending their days and nights in homes that look more like castles — and sometimes are — in the most exclusive and coveted neighborhoods in the country and world. They spend millions to live like royalty in mansions with amenities that might make real royalty blush. Here's a look at some of the most expensive celebrity homes in history, including a century-old California home recently bought by Brad Pitt. Prices on all homes bought, sold, or listed before 2017 have been adjusted for inflation.
Carmel Highlands, California
Having split from Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt is buying this century-old house perched high on a cliff on his own. The architecture buff likely was eager to nab this American Arts and Crafts-style home, which was made with locally quarried sandstone and granite, has arched windows, and a Mediterranean-style roof. And, of course, and amazing ocean views.
This 7,386-square-foot home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and is on the edge of the Mission District and Dolores Heights neighborhoods of the city. Zuckerberg made a tidy profit from the sale, having bought the property for under $10 million in 2012 — but back then, it was also 1,800 square feet smaller. Permits filed with the city show that space was added to the first, second, and third floors, as well as a fourth-floor bathroom and roof deck.
If former Disney CEO Michael Eisner gets the $225 million he's asking for his nearly 5-acre compound, it'll go down as the most expensive home sale in California history. He acquired the beachfront land piece by piece beginning in the 1990s, and has constructed nine buildings with a total of 25,000 square feet. There's an elevator to get you down to the beach easily and, of course, a huge movie theater, complete with an underground tunnel to the outdoor pool. Sixteen bedrooms and 22 baths are spread among the Tuscan-inspired stone and terra-cotta-covered buildings, with manicured courtyards and gardens in between.
Hidden Hills, California
After buying this estate from The Weeknd last year for $19.3 million, the Material Girl has listed the 12,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom main house and two-bedroom guesthouse (complete with a full kitchen and barn) for an impressive markup — just shy of $26 million. It's not clear if there have been improvements warranting a 30% increase — prices have gone up in Los Angeles 14% overall — but a new owner can enjoy the home theater, music lounge, study, and newly built gym and dance/Pilates studio.
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Beverly Hills, California
Wahlberg had this 12-bedroom, 20-bathroom property built in 2014, though the luxurious grounds (which consist of a main house and guesthouse) could pass for an estate in the European countryside. The main house features seven fireplaces and a two-story library, plus there's a pool (complete with multiple waterfalls) and a full-size sports court as well as a poolside cabana and viewing pavilion. The neighbors are pretty impressive, too. The Beverly Park neighborhood claims Denzel Washington, Justin Bieber, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as residents.
The fashion designer paid $19 million when he and his wife bought this four-bedroom, nine-bathroom, 7,150-square-foot property in December 2021, but a short time later they were given an offer they couldn't refuse — and flipped the place for a tidy $19 million profit. Now someone else can enjoy the wood-paneled ski home.
Beverly Hills, California
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell parted with his Beverly Hills mansion in 2020 for $25 million. It has six bedrooms and bathrooms, and the perks are pretty great — side-by-side massage tables, live-in butler's and maid's quarters, and a $1 million security system that reportedly had retina scan authorization. Not a bad return on the $8 million he paid in 2004.
While "The Daily Show" host sold the Japanese-inspired home for a whopping $26.4 million, the sale actually represents a loss — it's $1.1 million less than what he bought it for in December 2020. It's also $3.3 million less than what he initially listed the home for in October 2021. The new owners can enjoy the 11,375-square-foot home's upscale amenities, which include a home gym, a spa with a sauna, and a barbecue station topped by a rooftop lounge.
You, too, can sunbathe around the pool where Cindy Crawford used to lounge if you have very, very deep pockets. She owned this modern Mediterranean-style, 3-acre beach compound until 2018 when she sold it to a retired hedge fund manager. Now it's back on the market with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors for uninterrupted views of El Sol Beach, a master suite with a fireplace and dual spa bathrooms, a separate-entrance mother-in-law suite, and a tennis court. It's even near a bird habitat, so get your binoculars ready and commune with nature.
Palm Beach, Florida
This eight-bedroom, 11-bathroom mansion is right on the beach and right across the street from Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump's current digs. The property was put on the market for $49 million last year but didn't sell. The $10 million price hike isn't a common real-estate move, but Trump fans might want to bite. If it does sell, it will return a hefty profit. When the limited liability company managed by Eric Trump bought the home from Donald Trump's sister Maryanne in 2018, the house sold for $18.5 million.
Since Turner and her German-born husband Erwin Bach gave up U.S. citizenship nearly 10 years ago, they've rented property in Switzerland for decades because only citizens could buy. But after getting their Swiss citizenship, they've decided to put down roots. The pricey spread has 10 different structures scattered across 5.5 acres of land, plus private lakefront space.
Beverly Hills, California
While this home sits on the land where the infamous murders of Sharon Tate and four others by the Manson family took place in the 1960s, the palatial estate that's now there was built in the '90s. The nine-bedroom, 18-bathroom home has a movie theater, spa, hair salon, billiard room, wet bar, and shark tank (really). There's also a pool with three waterfalls, two hot tubs, and a water slide. Need to park your car? The subterranean garage holds 16 vehicles. For his part, Franklin has been unbothered by the lot's rather infamous past. "It's had absolutely no impact on my life whatsoever," he told The Wall Street Journal. The house where the murders took place was demolished in 1994, and the address of the lot was changed.
Beverly Hills, California
When "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone first put his eight-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion on the market in 2021, he wanted $110 million for it. But mega-star Adele managed to snag the 3.5-acre property for far less — just $58 million — and for the price gets a cigar room, screening room, and custom bar. The backyard has covered dining and lounge areas, a putting green, and an infinity pool (no word on whether the fist-pumping Rocky statue at its edge stays with the property). And if Adele gets bored, she still has three other places she's bought in the Beverly Hills area.
The lead singer of Maroon 5 and occasional coach on "The Voice" bought this six-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion for $22.7 million and flipped it three months later for a 25% profit. The home has a pool, tennis pavilion, theater, and wine cellar. This isn't Levine's first lucrative real-estate flip. After buying a home in Beverly Hills in 2018 for $34 million and giving the place a $7 million makeover, he sold it to Ellen DeGeneres for $45 million.
The Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder once vowed to "own no house," and this recently sold San Francisco-area mansion was supposedly the last property he needed to unload to meet his goal (he reportedly lives in a 400-square-foot home on the grounds of SpaceX). The 47-acre Hillsborough property, which Musk bought in 2017, has a 16,000-square-foot home with seven bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, a library with leather walls, a kitchen equipped for a private chef, a cocktail room, and high ceilings.
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The Amazon mastermind is considered the second-richest person in the world, right behind Elon Musk — so it's no surprise he had the cash in the bank to snap up this 14-acre compound in Hawaii. The estate has multiple structures, including a single-story, 4,500 square-foot main house and a 1,700-square-foot guest house, but the best feature is probably the private white-sand beach. There's also an outdoor kitchen and a 700-square-foot pool.
After buying this massive home for $49 million less than a year ago, the comedian and her actress wife have turned it around for a tidy profit by selling for $55 million. The 9,000-square-foot main house has a guest house, a detached garage, and a barn designed by a noted architect, as well as a large stocked pond, organic vegetable gardens, and an infinity pool. Of course, the pair won't be homeless — they've already bought two cheaper nearby homes.
Kanye West likes austere minimalism — and his recent purchase of a four-bedroom, five-bathroom beach house is no exception. The lowest floor holds three ensuite guest bedrooms, while the middle level has a living room, kitchen, and powder room. The top floor features a bedroom suite and rooftop oceanside terrace for enjoying the beach.
The music mogul most people know because of his high-profile legal battles with Taylor Swift has purchased a six-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 19,000-square-foot home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The modern farmhouse has 13-foot ceilings, an indoor lap pool, an outdoor pool, three fireplaces, a steam room, a home theater, a wine cellar, and a fire pit. It also has a pool house and a guest house, in case one of those six bedrooms just doesn't appeal to visitors.
Pop star The Weeknd just spent a cool $70 million on this renovated 33,000-square-foot mansion in the swanky Los Angeles enclave of Bel Air. The nine-bedroom mansion has indoor and outdoor pools, a recording studio, a home theater, and a commanding view of the Bel Air Country Club's golf course.
Apparently, musician Carlos Santana is a fan of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. A year after buying one home on the island for $8 million, he bought a larger place nearby for $20.5 million. The new place is made up of four pods that sprawl around a living space with a retractable roof. One is the living room and dining room, one is the main suite (with an outdoor shower, of course), another has two guest bedrooms, and the last has a garage for a total of 8,000 square feet. There's also an infinity saltwater swimming pool and an outdoor kitchen and barbecue.
Hidden Hills, California
The princely mansion in Hollywood's Hidden Hills that Kim and Kanye call home belonged originally to Elvis' only child, Lisa Marie Presley. They bought the sprawling property in 2014 for $20 million but quickly began sinking tens of millions of dollars into it to make it their own. In 2019, the home — which sits next to those owned by other stars, including fellow members of the Kardashian clan — was appraised at $60 million.
Many celebs move from mansion to mansion without ever making their giant house a home. Not Zsa Zsa Gabor, the eccentric and consummately quotable late movie star who spent four decades in the same Bel Air estate. In 2012, Gabor and ninth husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt accepted an offer on the home. A peculiar arrangement, however, allowed Gabor to remain in the mansion her entire life. Five years later, in 2017, she passed away and the deal finally went through. Just one year later in 2018, the property sold for $20.8 million — nearly twice as much as the 2017 sale price.
In 2002, George Clooney bought an estate in Laglio, Italy, called Villa Oleandra from the Heinz family for $10 million. Today, despite reports that Clooney was entertaining an offer for $100 million to sell the place, he and his wife Amal have been spotted there with their twins.
After unloading a Beverly Hills property for $38 million in 2011, the "Friends" star seems to be hanging onto this cheaper but still-swanky mid-century property in Bel Air, which she originally purchased that year. The four-bedroom, seven-bathroom house is 8,500 square feet but sits on over 3 acres of land. It also includes a guest house, swimming pool, and a hillside vineyard.
In 2019, Tom Cruise listed his 298-acre Telluride, Colorado, property for $59 million. Built from heavy bleached timbers and featuring floor-to-ceiling glass windows, Cruise designed the log mansion estate himself in 1994. The sprawling property boasts some of the most stunning views in the west and includes a hockey rink, a basketball court, a tennis court, and even some private trails.
Hollywood Hills, California
Gwen Stefani bought a sprawling Hollywood Hills mansion known as The Summit in 2006 with then-husband Gavin Rossdale for $13.3 million. Most of its six giant bedrooms open into the mansion's outdoor lounge and recreation area, which includes a tennis court and a pool. Previously owned by Jennifer Lopez, it also features a guesthouse that offers panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley. In 2017, she listed it for $35 million but ultimately sold it for $21.7 million two years later. More recently, she and fiancé Blake Shelton bought a house together in Encino for a comparatively budget-friendly $13.2 million.
Palm Beach, Florida
Radio king Howard Stern bought his home in Palm Beach, Florida, from a textile executive for a cool $52 million in 2017 (equal to about $54.9 million today). The five-bedroom estate sits on 3.3 acres next to an exclusive country club. He's not the only media personality who has owned an enviable home in Palm Beach — Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter have been among Stern's neighbors.
Coral Gables, Florida
The Grammy-winning singer recently unloaded his 12-bedroom, 13-bathroom mansion in Coral Gables for $22.4 million. Though far less than his $27 million asking price in September 2020, it's still a decent bump from the $19 million he spent for the house in 2017. The home comes with an elevator and a swimming pool, and sits on the water to boot.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda, spent $63 million over seven years to build their Medina, Washington, mega-complex. It's called Xanadu 2.0 — that's a "Citizen Kane" reference — and if it was sold today, it would go for about $145 million, according to the Orissa Post. It spans 66,000 square feet, and although it has six kitchens and 24 bathrooms, it only contains seven bedrooms. Not surprisingly, it's bursting with tech and houses an insane collection of art and artifacts — a Leonardo Da Vinci manuscript alone is worth $31 million.
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When James signed with the Lakers in 2018, he needed a house in L.A. He opted for a $23 million mansion in the chic and wealthy Brentwood neighborhood with eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The ultra-modern mansion boasts features such as marble countertops and French oak floors made with wood sourced from Spain. There's also a rooftop terrace, a master bedroom with a private patio, a cigar lounge, and a wine cellar. Although there's a full gym, the home does not include a basketball court.
New York City
Demi Moore sold her opulent New York City penthouse for $45 million in 2017 (equivalent to $47.4 million today) — she had originally asked $75 million — 27 years after she and then-husband Bruce Willis bought it. It's a triplex at San Remo, an exclusive Central Park West co-op that's long been famous for housing celebs. Among those who owned units there are Bono, Diane Keaton, Glenn Close, Steven Spielberg, and Steve Jobs.
The retired New York Yankees shortstop had this waterfront home in Tampa, Florida, built in 2012 but recently sold the massive residence. It spans 30,875 square feet and comes with plenty of privacy thanks to a 6-foot-high gate. There's a home gym, outdoor kitchen, saltwater pool, and not one but two three-car garages. There's also a clubroom with a full bar and pool table. Jeter had been renting the property to Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen for $75,000 a month.
In 2008, the couple bought Château Miraval, a castle and vineyard in the south of France, for the equivalent of $67 million, or about $80 million today. The main house has 35 rooms, a helipad, indoor and outdoor pools, a video game room, a home theater, and more. Outside, there's a dirt bike course, a chateau garden that includes a 200-year-old olive tree, and, like all good castles, a moat. The vineyard supports Miraval Wines, which produces highly coveted rosé. Despite divorcing in 2016, Pitt and Jolie are still co-owners of the property.
In 2014, Lady Gaga dropped $22.5 million on a mansion in Malibu, about $25 million in today's dollars. Unlike many celebrity mansions in closed communities, Gaga's oceanfront estate is in a fairly normal suburban neighborhood. Visitors — such as Bradley Cooper, who first met the singer there — are greeted by an extra-long driveway, stables, barns, and a horse-riding ring. The architecture is inspired by traditional homes in the south of France.
Beverly Hills, California
Ellen DeGeneres had been asking $49 million for her Beverly Hills estate when Ryan Seacrest agreed to buy it for what the Hollywood Reporter says was an estimated $40 million in 2010, or more than $45 million today. Either way, it's quite a house. The 9,200-square-foot, nine-room modern home has two posh guesthouses and sits on more than 3 acres on a private street in Beverly Hills.
Pacific Palisades, California
TV writer/producer David E. Kelley and actor Michelle Pfeiffer sold a house they had bought less than two years earlier for $25 million. The Mediterranean-style home has a whopping seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, plus a library with a fireplace, an upstairs suite with another fireplace and two bathrooms, and a private patio with views of the Riviera Country Club. There's also a wine cellar with a tasting area, a screening room, a garden, and an infinity swimming pool.
Holmby Hills, California
The late Hugh Hefner bought the Playboy mansion in 1974 for $1 million. More than 40 years and countless debaucherous nights later, in 2016, a billionaire named Daren Metropoulos bought it for a reported $105 million. That's roughly $113 million in today's dollars. The famous everybody-who's-somebody-has-been-there estate is a 22,000-square-foot Gothic and Tudor mansion with 29 rooms, a tennis court, a year-round fireworks permit, and a zoo license.
J.Lo is the master of a sprawling, multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio that spans the country and the globe. At the heart of it all is her $28 million French country-style mansion in Bel Air, designed by famed architect Samuel Marx in 1940. It features a guesthouse, parking for 17, a 30-seat screening room, and a pub.
Holmby Hills, California
In 2014, Sean Combs dropped $40 million on a gargantuan mansion in Holmby Hills, California — that's more than $43.6 million in today's dollars. The eight-bedroom palace includes a wine cellar, a gym, a 35-seat theater, and a lagoon pool with an underwater tunnel that leads to a luxury grotto. In all, his estate spans 17,000 square feet.
Also in 2014, another rap and media mogul plunked down $40 million on an equally lavish mansion. In this case, it was Dr. Dre who bought a 20,000-square-foot estate in Los Angeles' tony Brentwood neighborhood. The French-country mansion, once owned by Tom Brady, features a moat and a 10,000-square-foot music studio. Adjusted for inflation, it's worth more than $43 million, just like Diddy's pad.
Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Mel Gibson's jungle hideaway in Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula is called Playa Barrigona. Situated on more than 400 acres of pristine rainforest, the estate claims more than two miles of stellar beach coastline overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The main home, called Casa Guanacaste, boasts seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms. In 2017, he listed it for $29.8 million, down from an original asking price of $35 million.
Beverly Hills, California
In the silent film era, it's hard to imagine any power couple was bigger than Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. The Bey and Jay-Z of their time, the couple was known for hosting lavish and exclusive parties whose guest lists included European royalty, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and Amelia Earhart. Those parties took place at Pickfair (a play on the couples' last names), the 17-bedroom, 30-bathroom mansion that served as the center of Beverly Hills movie star culture. It boasted the largest pool in Beverly Hills, which the couple used to cross in a canoe. Billionaire businessman Corry Hong bought it for about $17 million before listing it — as a fixer-upper, mind you — for $60 million in 2008. That's nearly $72 million today.
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Famed filmmaker George Lucas began assembling what would become Skywalker Ranch in 1978, the very next year after "Star Wars" came out. He assembled the 4,700-acre property — only 15 acres are developed — parcel by parcel for an estimated $100 million. It's actually not Lucas' primary residence and is used frequently as a Skywalker Sound workplace as well as a collaborative hangout for filmmakers. The estate's parking lots are underground to preserve its natural beauty. Amenities include Lake Ewok, a real working ranch, a world-renowned art collection, and a 300-seat movie theater that is believed to have the most sophisticated sound system in the world.
Jupiter Island, Florida
Jupiter Island, Florida, is one of the wealthiest ZIP codes in America, and Tiger Woods is just one of the many rich and famous people who call the exclusive enclave home. He and then-wife Elin Nordegren paid $40 million for the home in 2006 — about $51.2 million today — just to tear down the house and redo the sprawling property. Naturally, some of that cash went into building a golf practice facility that includes sand traps, fairways, and greens, which Tiger uses to practice his short game.
Jupiter Island, Florida
In 2017, Celine Dion sold her property on Florida's exclusive Jupiter Island for $38.5 million. The main house includes 11,000 square feet of living space, 13 bedrooms, and 14 bathrooms, but the main feature is aquatic: For Dion, a pool would not do for entertaining guests, so the property included a full private water park.
One of the world's biggest power couples should have one of the world's greatest homes, an idea that is not lost on Jay-Z and Beyoncé, who plunked down $88 million on a hillside estate in Bel-Air. It's the sixth-most expensive home ever purchased in the history of Los Angeles. Among its juiciest amenities are four pools, a 15-car garage, a full spa and wellness center, and 30,000 feet of living space that's enclosed within six different glass-walled structures. Famously business savvy, the couple took advantage of historically low mortgage rates by putting 40% down and mortgaging the remaining $52.8 million through Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs, just like regular people do.
Hidden Hills, California
Though some adult kids may want to put some distance between themselves and their parents, that isn't the case with the Kardashian clan. Khloe Kardashian and her mom, Kris Jenner, bought two side-by-side mansions (still under construction) for $37 million. They won't be the only members of the family in this Hidden Hills gated community. Youngest daughter Kylie Jenner has a home there, Kim Kardashian's digs are close by, and Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy, Scott Disick, also has a home there.
One of Oprah's homes — there are many, and they're all spectacular — is in Montecito, California. It's not a home, really, but a 42-acre estate she bought for $50 million in 2001. A 2012 tax assessment, however, valued it at up to $90 million. Adjusting for inflation bumps that number into nine-figure territory. Known as the Promised Land, the property is anchored by a 5,000-square-foot mansion and includes horse stables and an equestrian ring, avocado and fruit orchards, and lavishly manicured grounds.
Work began in 2003 on what would become Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith's home in star-studded Calabasas, California, but the property wasn't move-in ready until 2010. That year, the power couple scooped it up for $42 million, which is nearly $50 million in today's dollars. The custom-designed Moroccan-themed home includes a recording studio, a pool room, a meditation lounge, and nine bedrooms.
Asheville, North Carolina
In 1862, George Washington Vanderbilt III was born into wealth and privilege that was the closest thing to royalty you'll find in America. His industrialist family made a fortune in the steamboat and rail industries, and Vanderbilt used his fame, wealth, and social connections to amass one of the world's greatest art collections and private libraries. All that stuff needs a house fit to contain it all. In 1888, he began buying land in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, for what would become the largest private residence in America: the Biltmore estate.
An army of craftsmen labored on the French renaissance château — more than 1,000 people working six days a week for six years. When it was finished, the home itself occupied 4 acres; the surrounding property expanded to more than 100,000 acres. With 250 rooms in all, including 35 bedrooms and 43 bathrooms, it's one of the most historically and architecturally significant structures in the United States. In total, the Biltmore cost Vanderbilt $6 million, or about $184 million in today's dollars.
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