Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Holmby Hills are home to hollywoods biggest movie stars, celebrities and true legends. The area of Beverly Hills, has always been popular for notable figures but as Los Angeles grew it became an nearby escape for the rich & famous.
Why do celebrities buy homes in Beverly Hills?
There are many reasons celebrities & movie stars, continue purchasing homes in Beverly Hills. The first is the most obvious really, gorgeous, luxurious & custom Mansions. Which range from $1,000,000 to a massive $165,000,000!
As one of the best places to live in California, many celebrities also love the secluded roads and suburbs which make you will far away from the busy LA.
Another reason, celebrities continue to purchase homes in the area is other celebrities! Who wouldn’t want Jack Nicolson as a neighbor or even Madonna! The great networking opportunities allow the celebrities to just pop over to each other houses and talk socially, or about a new movie or album collaborations.
Invite Whitey Houston around for Karaoke?
There have been many story of such collaborations, over the years. For example, recently on the tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, Jamie Foxx announced that a back in the 90’s he had few locals come over to his house for a party and he also had a Karaoke Machine.
The highlight was none other then the iconic Whitney Houston, one of the greatest singers of all time having a go at good ol karaoke! According to Jamie Foxx “I videoed it and have still got the tape, it was on one of those VHS Camcorders.”
25 Iconic Celebrity Homes in Beverly Hills:
25. Madonnas Home (9425 Sunset Blvd)
The Queen of Pop purchased her home for £12 million dollars in 2003 and renovated it to house a whopping 15 Bathrooms!
Other amenities include, an onsite tennis centre, plunge pool and theatre. In 2013, she sold the property of $19.5 Millions dollars.
24. Phil Collins Home (9401 Sunset Blvd)
Just down the road from the queen of pop, is another iconic Music Legend, Phil Collins. His Beverly Hills home was originally known as Waverly Mansion and has been owned by him for many years.
Collins is also a community spokesman & has previously hosted the LA Conservancy, which spreads awareness about historic landmark houses in LA.
To be honest I would find him a pretty annoying neighbor, banging those drums all the time! “I can feel it in the air tonight”.
23. Gene Hackmans Home (9901 Copley Drive)
Gene Hackman is movie legend, know for his performances in Superman as Lex Luthor and in movies such as the Poseidon Adventure. His home also fit for any successful super villain! With a long meandering drive way & secure gates and a lush gardens surrounding.
22. Rihannas Home (9152 Janice Pl)
The former home of Rihanna, is a private, gated and secluded property with 8,500 square feet of living area including 9 bathrooms & 7 bedrooms. The architect designed this house to offer a seamless flow between indoors & outdoors. Rihanna’s Kitchen is modern & clean which leads onto the pool & spa which offers city & canyon views!
21. Nicolas Cages – Foreclosed Home (363 Copa De Oro Rd)
Nicolas cage is an interesting character with problematic habits for splashing out & big spending! From many multiple luxurious Yachts, to a rare animal collection and even a castle!
As a legendary actor with massive earnings you wouldn’t think this would be an issue, but unfortunately he doesn’t know how to pay his tax! A few years back he was fined heavy for tax evasion & some of his homes had to be sold to pay the fine!
This foreclosed property is just next to LA Country Club.
20. Hugh Hefners – Playboy Mansion (10236 Charing Cross Rd)
Hugh Hefner, the ultimate Playboy and his famous Playboy mansion is located on the west side of LA Country Club, not too far from Nicholas Cages foreclosed property.
He purchased the property back in 1971 for just $1,000,000 recently it sold for $200 million! The sale included a sought after “Zoo Permit” which the new owner got the benefit of. I would love to see the moving in list, Beds (check), sofa (check) , Giraffee & Lions (Ermmm)
19. Jay Lenos Home (1151 Tower Road)
Jay Leno started his career in stand up before becoming the host of the Tonight Show for over 20 years! But it’s clear to see whos laughing now, he purchased his mansion back in 1987 and is famous for its large selection of garages which house one of the largest private collection of classic cars in the world!
18. Jennifer Anistons Home (Corner of Airole Way)
The favourite girl next door, Jennifer Aniston started in everybody’s favourite show friends before hitting the big time as a Hollywood movie star. Her home is very special to her and was designed by Architect A. Quincy Jones.
In the words of Jennifer, its a home which “vibrates with the love that created it,”. After purchasing her home for $20.1 Million dollars and then pursued a 2 and a half year renovation project she thanked the crafts people & designers upon completing humbly.
“I am so proud of this house. And I want to celebrate the people who made it: the master craftsmen who poured so much of themselves into its creation.”
Architects and designers have called her home a “Master class in low key luxury”.
Jennifer Aniston may have her dream home, but her love life is not so perfect. From her marriage with Brad Pitt which ended in Divorce after an alleged affair with Angelia Jolie on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith. To her new marriage to Justin Theroux in 2015, which also ended in divorce in 2017…she has had a rocky love life.
17. Johnny Weissmuller’s Home (414 St Pierre Rd)
Johnny Weissmuller, is actually the creator of the iconic Tarzan Shout (“Ahhhhhhoooohh” ). Unsurprisingly his house in Bel air is also pretty wild. After a former Olympic Swimmer Weismuller created a series of gigantic pool, one of which is like a moat which surrounds the entire property.
Take a peek through the bushes close to the fence and you will be able to see the moat in the lush medieval style gardens.
16. Jack Nicholsons Home (12850 Mulholland Drive)
Jack Nicholson is Hollywood royalty, often seen as an alternative type of actor know for his eerie performances such as “The Shining”, his home has some eerie stories behind it also.
His property is tied to multiple criminal investigations and the previous house on the land burned down! Legends say the area is cursed. I suppose thats great news for his neighbor Marlon Brando.
Jack Nicholsons home was the go to spot for wild sex & drug fuelled parties back in the 70’s and 80’s.
15. Marlon Brandos Home (12900 Mulholland Drive)
“Heres Johnny” is not what you want to here when your wake up in the morning, but as neighbors with Jack Nicholson it could be a regular occurrence.
Marlon had a legendary movie career, famed for his role as Vito Corleone in the Godfather.
14. Mia Farrows Home (809 Roxbury Drive)
Keeping with the Tarzan connection, Mia Farrow lived here as a child with her moth Maureen o Sullivan who was an actress in many early Tarzan movies as none other then Jane.
13. Dean Martins Home (511 N. Maple Drive)
The warm hearted crooner himself Dean Martin, spent his last few days in this epic Mansion. He was the widely successful host of the Dean Martin show, in addition to being a singer and movie star in films such as Rio Bravo.
12. Frank Sinatras Home (915 Foothill Road)
Head south on Santa Monica Boulevard, from Dean Martins house and you will arrive at Foothill Road. The home to Dean Martins great friend, and fellow rat pack member Frank Sinatra!
Sinatra is one of the most legendary singers of all time, but he also starred in a few movies such as Oceans 11. This was his home from 1982 to 1998.
11. Greystone Mansion (905 Loma Vista Dr)
Movie Set Heaven! (Leo DiCaprio & more!)
This is the perfect place to head if wish to take a self guided tour of a Mansion which has been an iconic movie set for a number of film & TV Shoots. This historic property was valued at $3.5 million back in the late 20s, which is about $400 million in today’s money.
Leonardo DiCaprio shot the movie “The Aviator” here and apparently attempted to buy it for $18 million dollars but was laughed out the property!
Greystone Mansion has a very dark history, it was originally built by Edward Doheny as a wedding gift for his son, Ned. Unfortunately though Ned was killed just a few months later in a murder/suicide.
10. Clint Eastwoods Home (846 Stradella Road)
Do you feel lucky punk?? Well Icon Clint Eastwood definitely should, an Oscar winning movie legend of over 40 movies and academy award winning director for movies such as “Million Dollar Baby”.
His home is also pretty majestic aswell, oh and he bought next door incase the neighbors complain about his Magnum 45!
9. Elton Johns Home (1400 Tower Grove Drive)
“I’m a rocket man”, Elton John is a pop legend and his house has legendary roots in Hollywood. It was originally owned by the silent film actor John Gilbert and changed hands many times, Elton John owned it between 1977 and 1981.
Fun Fact: It is alleged by Daily Mail newspaper that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo handed Kim Jong-un, (North Korea Dictator) a copy of Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ CD when on talks in Pyongyang! After Kim Jong stated he had not heard of the song!
8. Marilyn Monroe & Cher! (141 Carolwood Drive)
This property has been owned by a number of notable movie stars and celebrities over the years. The owner of fox (Joseph Schneck) was the first before Tony Curtis, Burt Reynolds, Cher and of course the great Marilyn Monroe.
Its clear to see why, with over 12000 square feet, 9 bedrooms & 10 bathrooms, it’s ideal for any movie star and all there friends!
7. Alfred Hitchcocks Home (10957 Bellagio Road)
Probably the most Iconic Hollywood Movie Director of all time! Alfred Hitchcocks old home is just opposite Bel Air Country Club. He lived their between 1942 until his death in 1980.
6. Michael Jacksons Home (100 Carolwood Drive)
The King of Pops, iconic home in the Holmby hills was is last residence before his pre mature death. The home was sold for $18 million in 2012.
After his death, all his painting, art, furnishings and even his death bed were auctioned of aswell leading up to the sale!
If you fancy heading to another piece of Jacksons history, drive around 2 hours west to arrive at Neverland Ranch (5225 Figueroa Mountain Rd, Los Olivos, CA 93441, USA) The magical location which housed a train, zoo and even a fun sized fun fair! This place became very controversial during the court cases before Jacksons death.
Fans were invited inside MJ’s Beverly Hills home to place flowers & notes of condolence upon his passing.
4. Walt Disneys Home (355 Carolwood Drive)
Carolwood Drive is definitely the perfect place to tick of a few celebrity homes. Just down from Rod Stewarts place you will find the remains of Walt Disneys old house. The property was purchased in 1949 and sold for $74 million dollars before been converted to the Kilgour building.
The original house does not remain but there are still signs of Walt Disney nearby by, be sure to check out the Carolwood Pacific Railroad.
3. Carrie Fisher (1700 Coldwater Canyon Drive)
Carrie Fisher, a star wars sweet heart lived in this home till her unfortunate death in 2016.
Although this property was originally built for Robert Armstrong (King Kong) and later owned by Bette Davis, it would eventually be sold to none other than Carrie Fisher.
2. Rod Stewart’s Holmby Hills Home (391 N Carolwood Dr)
Also on Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills, is Rod Stewarts unique home. As a model train Enthusiast, Rod Stewarts entire third floor houses a complete replica of the New York & Pennsylvania Rail systems…eye catching indeed.
The Model features a 1:87 scale model of New Yorks Grand Central Station. With air conditioned skyscrapers and talking train conductors! But in a recent interview Rod Stewart warns ““Don’t say it’s a ‘train set’. It is a scale-model railway.”
2. Steve Martin’s Home (721 N Bedford Dr)
Steve Martins home is an easy one to get to located just next to Rodeo Drive, between Beverly Hills Garden Park and Will Rogers Park. This is a relatively small Mansion compared to most but the 8000 square feet is still worth a peak.
1. Bruce Springsteens Home (1244 Benedict Canyon Drive)
Grammy award winner & musical legend Bruce Springsteen has lived here for quite some time so it’s definitely worth a look.
Self Guided Celebrity Homes Tour (Beverly Hills):
Taking a self guided tour to all these celebrity home can be challenging, so to help you out will have put together two maps.
One with a massive selection of Celebrity home locations with over 100 homes and another Celebrity Homes road trip map with 25 locations outlined above. For the Celebrity homes road trip map, you can just put it into your sat nav and use it to take a self guided tour!
Celebrity Homes in Beverly Hills Road Trip (Self Guided Tour Map:
The self guided tour map is split into West homes and East Homes. Outlining a total of 25 which are on the list above. To follow just Share to Facebook then click which route you want and follow from there. Estimated time to complete the trip is 2-3 hours depending upon if you complete it all and traffic.
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GPS Self Guided Bicycle Tour:
If you prefer pedal power but still wish to have the flexibility of self guided then this Stars home bike tour could be the ideal one for you.
The Tour Includes:
- Bike Rental, Helmet & Safety Vest
- GPS guide
- Hotel Pickup/Drop off.
Celebrity Homes Mini Bus Tour:
If the above map seems like to much effort you can opt for a mini bus tour around the areas. Bonuses include the commentary as you travel and the most up to date info, the tour usually takes around 2 hours and costs between $40-$50 per person. Here are reviews of two popular tour providers.
Prime Time Hollywood Tours:
Prime Hollywood tours, provides a tour around 40 stars homes on a two hour ride. Knowledgable live guides explain the history behind each home. Celebrities include many from the list above from Jack Nicholson to Marlon Brando & even Eddie Murphy. They also point out popular celebrity hangouts & movie locations.
- Admission Costs: $39 for Adults/Teens | $25 for Children
- Availability: Daily from 10 AM – 3 PM
- Duration: 2 hours
- Tour runs via mini-bus
- Click here for more information.
On my ride with these guys I found friendly, engaging and informative. They also take you to many estates where you can actually see the property & they aren’t hidden away.
Star Line Tours, is a renowned and very experienced provider of Stars home tours in Hollywood and notably the Beverly Hills Area. Their insider knowledge gives them the most up to date info on the newest celebrity homes, so you won’t just see the homes where people “Used to live”.
Their tour takes around 2 hours and through 40 Mansions owned by celebrities & stars from Movies to Music.
- Ticket Price: $45 for Adults | $35 for Children
- Availability: Daily from 9 AM – 5 PM
- Duration: 2 hours
- Tour runs via mini-bus
- Hotel pickup/Drop Off is available
- Click here for more information.
These have the best reviews out of the tour companies in the area.
For a great Celebrity Homes tour combined with a tour of the Universal Studios. Check out this great deal.
The Combo Tour Includes:
- Epic Movie Star Homes Tour
- Knowledgeable Driver/guide on the Stars Homes Tour
- Hotel Pickup
- Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood.
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