Celeb homes As if you need more proof they don't live like us
Extravagance knows no limits for most celebrities when it comes to real estate. From Malibu mansions to Italian villas, they buy it everywhere — and aren't afraid to spend amounts the rest of us can only dream of. Here, in the name of the sin of envy, are some incredible celebrity homes — and just to torture you some more, most of them we've chosen are for sale. Happy house-hunting!
It's perhaps only fitting that Fox News commentator Glenn Beck lives in that most patriotic-sounding of homes, the Colonial. Beck's home in New Canaan, Conn., is for sale — and if anyone doubts he's done well these last few years, check out the asking price for this six-bedroom, 8,700-square-foot manse: a cool $3.99 million. But for a guy who part of America thinks is full of hot air, Beck sure gets chilly: The home has — count 'em — five fireplaces.
"Mad Max" Mel Gibson has been lying low after his bizarre outburst and alleged domestic assault against his girlfriend made the news, but apparently he won't be hiding out at one of his spectacular homes in Malibu, Calif., if he can help it. Too bad — it's a swanky place. The spectacular 2.75-acre Lavender Hill Farm, with its orchards, tennis courts, pool, guest houses and a 5,400-square-foot main house, is on the block for a reported $14.5 million.
Envy her — but maybe pity her, too: Britney Spears is taking a bath on her Beverly Hills, Calif., home. Spears bought this gorgeous Mediterranean-style villa in early 2007, during the height of her freak-out phase, for a reported $6.75 million. It's now on the market for $4.8 million — a bargain! What do you get? A gated property with a 16,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home, a backyard with a pool and spa and plenty of privacy for your own private meltdowns.
As befitting the most famous of the "Charlie's Angels," the Los Angeles home of Farrah Fawcett is one heavenly pad. For sale for $6.49 million, the 1950s home was remodeled and expanded last year after her death from cancer. Among the other amenities: a big yard that leads to an infinity pool and a small vineyard. (So that's what the large wine cellar inside is for.)
Actor Dennis Hopper, who died in May of prostate cancer, was a well-known collector of modern art. So it's only fitting that his compound in Venice, Calif. — now for sale for $6.24 million — is cool and artistic. The spread includes a 4,800-square-foot main house designed by architect Brian Murphy and three two-story condos designed by architect Frank Gehry.
You loved him in "Happy Days." Now you can own his home. That's right, America: Scott Baio is selling his four-bedroom Los Angeles abode for $2.69 million. Baio has done well for himself: His 4,400-square-foot home has a tennis court, a backyard pool and koi pond and a huge outdoor gazebo with a fireplace. Not bad for a star you haven't heard much of since "Joanie Loves Chachi."
In March, tennis great Pete Sampras and his wife, actress/model, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, put their home on the block. But in case you're interested, you'd better get your credit checked. The asking price for the year-old home is $25 million. You do get a lot for your money: The seven-bedroom home sits on 20 acres on a hilltop in Thousand Oaks, Calif. In addition to the 16,000-square-foot contemporary main house, there's a 1,200-square-foot guest house; a detached, 2,000-square foot gym; and, natch, a tennis court.
You may remember comedian Rob Schneider from his stint on "Saturday Night Live" or his recent film, "Grown Ups." (Then again, we wouldn't blame you for forgetting his film "Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo.") Now Schneider is selling his 4,600-square-foot Los Angeles home for $3 million. The four-bedroom French Normandy-style home, with its dormer windows, exposed beams and wisteria growing over the front entryway, looks a bit like a fairy-tale cottage. There's also a saltwater swimming pool out back. All in all, nothing to laugh about.
Oh, Jesse James, your fortunes just keep plummeting — but we can still covet your home. The disgraced, cheating ex-husband of film star Sandra Bullock has put this beachfront Sunset Beach, Calif., home on the market — lowering the asking price recently by $1.7 million, to $4.99 million. It's a pretty sweet pad for a family man: The 3,600-square-foot, Mediterranean villa-style home, completely refurbished in 2002, has four bedrooms, a huge kitchen for those family meals and a rooftop pool with a waterfall for the kiddies — a great place to sunbathe. Although Sandra likely doesn't miss Jesse, she's gotta miss that.
The home where Michael Jackson died
Own a piece of (slightly macabre) history. The Holmby Hills, Calif., mansion where Michael Jackson died last summer is for sale for $28.99 million. The massive, 17,000-square-foot home, in the French Chateau style, has plenty of hardwood floors upon which to practice your Moon Walk. There's also a home theater (perfect for special screenings of Jacko's "Captain Eo"); a wine cellar and tasting room; and seven bedrooms — more than enough to house a pet chimp named Bubbles.
George Clooney's former home
You may not be a two-time winner of People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" — but you can pretend you're George Clooney if you can afford his former house. Clooney's former five-bedroom home in the hills of Studio City, Calif., is for sale for $1.25 million. The 3,300-square-foot, Spanish-style home is hidden behind a gate, with great views of Los Angeles and the mountains from a tiled backyard patio with a spa and waterfall.
You can't sing like golden-throated Josh Groban. And here's another kick to your ego: You can't afford his house, either. But at least you can rubberneck, right? The singer, whose albums include "Noel" and "Awake," is selling his Malibu home for $5.95 million. The 6,100-square-foot home sits on Point Dume, a headland that forms the northern part of Santa Monica Bay. For your $6 million, you get not only a guest house, but a gated community with private beach rights — which is nice when those paparazzi come slinking around.
What ever happened to Nick Lachey, former "98 Degrees" singer and ex-hubbie of Jessica Simpson? Well, you may not have heard from him lately, but he's still richer than you. And he's selling his Bel-Air, Calif., estate for $6.8 million. Lachey bought the home in 2006 from Heidi Klum and Seal, according to Big Time Listings. The contemporary, four-bedroom home sits on a knoll, with wraparound views of Los Angeles, its mountains and the ocean. Who knows? Maybe Lachey is trading up: He reportedly has a new single coming out in August.
Joey Fatone is looking to move to a more family-oriented neighborhood. The former singer for the boy band 'N Sync and "Dancing with the Stars" finalist has been trying unsuccessfully to sell his gargantuan, 12,700-square-foot mansion in Orlando, Fla., for more than six months, for $6.5 million. Now he's going to put it up for auction, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Maybe Fatone is simply getting tired of walking around the place: At 3,800 square feet, the Sentinel reports, the master bedroom is larger than most Orlando homes — and Fatone reportedly cuts through his 700-square-foot closet to get to the bathroom
Ozzy Osbourne home for rent
The Malibu home of heavy-metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, is back on the rental market. Want to sleep where the man who once bit the head off of bats once slept? It can be yours for $40,000 a month, according to RealEstalker. The couple reportedly bought the 4,500-square-foot, five-bedroom home in 2003 for $5.1 million. The master suite stretches the entire length of the second floor, offering huge views of the Pacific Ocean. But don't fear for the Osbournes' welfare: They sold another one of their homes to singer Christina Aguilera in 2007 for $11.5 million.
The only daughter of the King — that's right, good ol' hip-shakin', peanut-butter-and-banana-sandwich-eatin' Elvis — is selling her handsome Los Angeles estate. And for those who think they might be in the market for an exclusive, very private home, Lisa Marie Presley has recently lowered the price by $2 million, to $6.99 million. Graceland this isn't: The country-style estate in Los Angeles’ celebrity-studded Hidden Hills neighborhood has tasteful wood-beam ceilings and hardwood floors; there's even a stable on the three-acre property. No word on whether Danny Keough — the first of Presley's four husbands, who reportedly lives in a guest house on the property — comes with the sale.