A very big house will no longer suffice for celebrities with wads of dollars to burn. There’s just got to be something else, something big other than the mansion itself to make a celebrity house stand out among the usual mansions.
Sometimes, that something can be as unusual as a moat (just get a security alarm system); but in many cases, it’s a personal hobby or fancy that the celebrity must have been toying with in childhood. Only this time, that toy is real.
Here are ten celebrity houses with outlandish amenities that can make you wonder at times if we’re all truly born equal.
Will Smith’s house in Calabasas, CA is big enough to accommodate basketball courts and golf courses. But what makes this $20-million home unique is that it enjoys its own ZIP code, giving him the moniker, “Fresh Prince” of Calabasas.
The supermodel and Super Bowl star seem to think that a moat is a good home security buffer in the twenty-first century. In reality, the moat is an added chutzpah to their $20-million house, nay, castle, in Los Angeles, CA. They can’t be faulted when the couple can easily pass for royals in status, looks, and riches.
Some celebrities have an entire parking lot to leave their fleet of automobiles; but not the Grease star; he has a runway built for his private jet. The house in Ocala, FL is not that much (just over $4 million) compared to megastar houses. But the runway is a giveaway this is a house of the rich and famous. Travolta is a licensed pilot and owns a fleet of planes including a Boeing 707.
The standup comedian has been a baseball fan since he was a kid. Now that he’s a grownup, he thought it’s nice to own not just a baseball bat, glove, or cap, but the entire diamond. The funnyman bought the $32-million home in Hamptons, NY from Billy Joel in 2000.
He just sold this Miami Beach, FL mansion for $13.75 million last year. That looks like a lot of money, but when you consider that he bought the house for $13.5 million in 2006, that’s a measly $250,000 gross profit in four years. The property has its own pier with 165 feet of waterfront, a wine cellar, and several bedrooms.
Some people build their rest houses near natural landscapes such as springs, lakes, and waterfalls. And some build waterfalls in their house. Hugh Hefner’s $54-million mansion in Los Angeles, CA includes simulated waterfalls as part of the property’s sprawling features that include a zoo and aviary. It’s a perfect backdrop for the mogul’s exotic taste, aptly naming his home the Playboy Mansion.
When a pond or moat won’t do, a lake it has to be. Oprah’s $85-million mansion in Montecito, CA has its own lake for a landscape. When the lake gets too cold for a dip, it means the weather is getting chilly. No problem, just light up the estate’s ten fireplaces for a warm, cuddly night. Oprah’s house is often cited as one of the three most expensive celebrity houses today.
When owning a house in a tropical island is not enough, owning the whole island can be tempting. Richard Branson bought the island when he was just 28, and transformed it into a private resort to the tune of $10 million. However, the original house burned down in 2011 when lightning struck it during Tropical Storm Irene. No worries for the British magnate owner of the Virgin Group of Companies, the island is back in its true luxurious form today.
It’s a home. No a castle. Nope, it’s a fortress. Bill Gates’ Xanadu estate in Medina, Washington is the largest private residence in the U.S. worth a whopping $120 million. Expectedly, it’s loaded with high-tech, geek stuff, notably, that guests wear smart pins to monitor their movement inside the property and adjust lighting, music and climate settings according to the person’s preferences.
It’s outrageous in a sense that this tech mogul could have afforded a celebrity-level mansion than his $7-million house in Silicon Valley. It has neat porch, big windows, a yard, and all the nooks and crannies of an upper middle-class house. With all his money as among the richest men in the world, this guy seems to tell us that it’s not all about how big your house. Okay, maybe just your bank account.
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