Looking for a new home can be a very stressful business. With locations, mortgages and understanding part exchange to think about it can sometimes feel like you don’t know if you’re coming or going. However, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this - even celebrities have to deal with the trials and tribulations of house-hunting! In true homage to the stars of stage and screen, and their beautiful properties, here are our favourite expensive celebrity homes.
Will Smith, California $20 million
Relocating from his Auntie and Uncle’s, Will Smith decided to abandon his throne as the Prince of Bel Air, and more aptly chose to invest his millions in becoming the king of a refurbished castle in California. Consisting of twenty-five thousand square feet, the ‘Smith Compound’ as they describe it, is definitely a dream residence. With home luxuries which include a lake, tennis courts and a golf course, it’s easy to see how those millions were spent.
Hugh Hefner, California $54 million
The man who has it all… beautiful girls on his arm, every man’s dream job and not to mention endless reams of cash; life is pretty sweet for Mr Hefner. So it’s needless to say, that the ultimate playboy is bound to have a very extravagant house! Consisting of twenty-nine rooms and its own movie studio, Hefner didn’t hold back when it came to indulging on the things he loves. What’s more, he has plenty of entertainment to keep his bunnies happy. From having a zoo in his back garden to a stunning waterfall feature, this eighty-six year old party animal certainly knows how to woo the ladies.
Oprah Winfrey, California $85 million
If a lady can give over two hundred people a new car, then she must be made of money. Well this is clearly the case for TV star, Oprah Winfrey, who reportedly owns a home that costs a grand total of $85 million. That’s right, not only did she give the audience members of her talk show a VW Beetle each, but she has also treated herself to a twenty-three thousand square foot mansion in California. Equipped with all the essentials; lake, tropical fish, ten fireplaces and a home cinema, it’s evident that there’s no skimping when it comes to catering to this lady’s tastes.
Bill Gates, Washington $147.5 million
Famous for founding Microsoft, and raking in the billions as a result, Bill Gates went all out when it came to choosing the best home for him. Opting for a mansion that measures sixty six thousand square feet, this building is a far cry from your average council house. It has everything and anything you could dream of; a giant swimming pool with an underwater music system, a state of the art gym, and even its own library. Oh how the other half live!