20 Stunning Celebrity Mansions That Are Just TOO Luxurious to Believe!
We often turn to the world of celebrity because it can provide us with an insight into the rich and lavish lifestyles that they lead. Celebrities aren’t always known for how wisely they spend their money, but one thing is for certain – they sure do know how to spend it!
Today, we are going to take a look at some of the largest and most expensive celebrity homes in the world. With price ranges varying from $28 million all the way to $100 million and over, we’re sure that these homes might just stay in our dreams.
1. Jennifer Lopez Bel Air Mansion – $28 Million
Jennifer Lopez has been part and parcel of the Hollywood experience since her debut single ‘If You Had My Love’ was released in 1999. Since then, J-Lo has risen to become one of the biggest pop stars in recent history. This 14,000 sq/ft Bel-Air Mansion features 13 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, and 10 carved fireplaces of wood or stone.
2. Bill Gates Xanadu 2.0 – $127 Million
You don’t revolutionize the world of computing without m making a couple of bucks, and Bill Gates was no exception. Xanadu 2.0 features more than 66,000 square feet of living space, including 6 kitchens, 24 bathrooms, 7 bedrooms, and a giant domed library. Of course, Bill had pressure-sensitive floors and all guests are handed a microchip pin to track their movements.
Speaking of micro chipping, Bill Gates continues to dominate headlines into 2020 thanks to his concentrated efforts in eradicating COVID-19. Whether he is sneaking microchips into his vaccinations is a conversation reserved for the tinfoil hat wearers of the world.
3. Oprah Winfrey and The Promised Land – $90 Million
Located in Montecito, CA, The Promised Land is a 42-acre estate owned by Oprah Winfrey herself. The gargantuan estate features a man-made lake, a giant avocado grove, rose gardens, equestrian facilities, and numerous million-dollar pieces of art. We’re probably not invited for a visit.
At the time of this writing, Oprah Winfrey has an estimated net worth of more than $2.6 billion. We have to agree that Oprah will probably have plenty of funding to add to her Neo-Georgian mansion and its numerous outdoor facilities.
4. Gwen Stefani Hollywood Hills Compound – $35 Million
There is No Doubt in our mind that Gwen Stefani is one of the enduring female pop artists of her generation. Her 12,000 sq/ft estate is located in the Hollywood Hills, previously owned by Jennifer Lopez herself! Nicknamed ‘The Summit’, this gated and secured estate features 6 bedrooms, 5 fireplaces, a guesthouse, and a private lit tennis court.
5. Mel Gibson Costa Rican Mansion – $29.75 Million
Mel Gibson has a passion for purchasing premier real estate and his luxurious Costa Rican hideout certainly fits the bill. Known to the locals as Playa Barrigona, this home features 500 acres with two private miles of gorgeous beachfront. The estate itself consists of three buildings adorned by Spanish tiles and Italian stone carvings.
Mel Gibson recently gained acclaim for his directing of Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson is currently slated to direct a new film starring Peter Dinklage, Jamie Foxx, and Michael Fassbender titled The Wild Bunch (2022). Could there be a new home coming?
6. Sting’s Upscale NYC Penthouse – $50 Million
Sting began his musical career in 1985 and he hasn’t really stopped ever since. This massive penthouse in NYC is located in the 15 Central Park West building. While the penthouse is just 5,417 sq/ft, it features 43 feet of front-row decking facing Central Park. A sky-lit pool and fitness center, as well as a private restaurant, round out the estate.
7. Ellen DeGeneres Santa Barbara Estate – $45 Million
While 2020 was difficult for everyone, Ellen herself had unique problems of her own thanks to the lightning rod of controversy that her show became. Still, Ellen can find solace in her 17-acre Santa Barbara estate. This home looks out over the Pacific and features more than 10,000 square feet. Designed with 18-century Italian floors, this home is a sight to behold.
8. Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion – $100 Million
Owned by Hugh Hefner until his passing in 2017, the Playboy Mansion stands alone as a piece of American pop-culture. This gothic building sits on nearly 4.3 acres of land with 29 rooms and a private wine cellar hidden by a Prohibition-era door. A private zoo, swimming pool, and basketball court round out the property.
9. Cindy Crawford Malibu Compound – $50 Million
Cindy Crawford is living like she’s one of the most popular models of all time, and we can’t blame her. Located on the Malibu beachfront, this massive estate was built in 1944 with a wraparound deck, a private fire pit, and a personal pool. Did we mention that Cindy even has her own private tennis court?
10. Lori Laughlin L.A. Mansion – $35 Million
Recently released from her stay in lock-up, Lori Laughlin will find much more space to roam at her L.A. home above the Bel-Air Country Club. This $35 million dollar estate sports a double-exposed ceiling, massive glass doors, open-sided bedrooms, and unique stone tiled flooring.
11. Howard Stern’s Palm Beach Home – $52 Million
Howard Stern earned his fortune as one of the most influential radio hosts in recent memory. His 2013 purchase of this Palm Beach estate would make headline news around the region. This 12-bedroom home features a massive oceanfront view and two unique swimming pools. Oh, yeah, Howard’s wife also has a 1,000 square foot closet of her own!
12. Tom Cruise and The Telluride Home – $59 Million
When Tom Cruise isn’t leaping from helicopters or riding on the roof of a train, he’s probably spending some quiet time at his home in Telluride, CO. This 10,000 sq/ft estate features cedar timber and native stone to craft something uniquely upscale yet still delightfully rustic. Of course, this home has a private trail map, private athletic courts (basketball, hockey, tennis) as well as a private motocross track. So, it’s really not that rustic after all.
13. George Clooney Italian Villa – $100 Million
George Clooney’s been rich and famous for so long that a private Italian Villa worth $100 million barely surprises us. Located on Lake Como, this home breathes old-school charm with upscale modern elegance. Massive in every sense of the word, this Italian estate must be seen to be believed.
The ageless George Clooney has been profiting mightily from savvy investments into the tequila company he established with his friends, Casamigos.
14. Celine Dion’s Florida Beachfront Estate – $38.5 Million
Celine Dion’s bank account will forever go on, it would appear. This Jupiter, Fl, beachfront estate sits on more than 5.7 acres of land with its own private resort water park. More than 10,000 square feet of coverage provide all of the luxury and extravagance that one person could ask for. Included on the property is access to a tennis house, an infinity pool, a massage room inside of a second beach house, and, oh yeah, a massive private water park and lazy river.
15. George Lucas and the Skywalker Ranch – $100 Million
Skywalker Ranch was purchased by George Lucas in 1974. Now covering more than 4,700 total acres of land, this massive compound is now invite-only and no pictures are allowed. Ronald Reagan himself was purportedly turned down for a visit, the estate is so private. There is a 300 seat library on the grounds as well as underground parking, multiple pools, private vineyards, and a private fire station.
How do rich people live like this? Let us try for a bit!
16. P.Diddy Holmby Hills Villa – $40 Million
The appropriately named Holmby Hills Villa has been owned by P.Diddy since 2014. This massive modern estate features 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a private gym, a 35-seat theater, and a friggin underwater tunnel! Oh, yeah, P.Diddy also has a secondary mansion for his guests when they come by, also featuring amenities like a salon, steam room, and masseuse.
We’re not exactly sure what P.Diddy does in his free time, but the Holmby Hills Villa is certainly qualified to keep him busy!
17. Tiger Woods Jupiter Island Home – $54.5 Million
Tiger Woods had this estate built to the specifications of his former wife, Elin. The property is located on Jupiter Island where it sprawls across more than 10,000 total square feet of space. A running track, putting studio, and 100ft lap pool define the front yard while mind-blowing ocean views surround the entire property.
While this massive piece of property is revered by Tiger and his family, there have been reports that the house has begun to sink into the soft topsoil that Florida’s coast is so well known for.
18. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Estate – $42 Million
With a net worth large enough to break our calculator, it doesn’t surprise us to see Will and Jada Pinkett Smith living large. They first had their Malibu estate featured in Architectural Digest in 2011 where its more than 25,000 sq/ft was on prime display. The couple has been working on the home together in the decade since, adding a recording studio, massive pool, and golf area to the property along the way.
We wonder, with all of this space, do Willow and Jaden still stay at home with mom and dad?
19. Demi Moore NYC Triplex – $45 Million
Living in the city isn’t so bad when you can afford a massive NYC Triplex! This penthouse was owned briefly by Demi Moore until she sold the property this past August. Known as a ‘floating mansion’, this $45 million dollar estate features the kind of upscale design that leaves most people feeling woefully out of place. Still with 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms, we’d find a way to make it work!
20. Beyonce & Jay Z Bel Air Compound – $88 Million
Originally asking for more than $135 million, Beyonce and Jay Z were able to get this Bel Air estate for just $88 million. Six separate buildings make up this massive estate with each house offering unique benefits. One home is dedicated to gaming and entertainment while a second house is dedicated to fitness, including a spa and in-house fitness center.
Beyonce and Jay Z are true royalty within the entertainment world, so we aren’t surprised to see them top out our list as owners of one of the most expensive mansions in Hollywood! Combined Jay Z and Beyonce have a net worth north of $1.4 billion dollars.
Big Plans For The Goonies House In Oregon
The well-known “Goonies House” in Astoria, Oregon has recently been purchased by a new owner who intends to keep it open for movie fans.
For decades, fans of the film have visited the house, which is located at 368 38th St, Astoria, OR 97103. Many visitors have taken pictures outside the house, and some have even climbed to the roof to reenact the iconic scene in which the Goonies slide down the chimney to escape the Fratellis.
The new owner stated that they have always been fans of the film and were thrilled to be able to purchase the house. They intend to renovate the property, but they want to ensure that it remains true to its appearance in the film.
“I have always been a fan of The Goonies, it was my favorite movie as a child, and I remember visiting the house when I was a kid. I just couldn’t let it go when it went up for sale. It is such an iconic piece of movie history,” said the new owner. “I’m excited to share the house with fans from all over the world and to give them a chance to experience the magic of the film in person.”
The new owner also intends to open the house to the public for tours, and they are currently developing a website where visitors can learn more about the house’s history and purchase tour tickets. They also intend to have a gift shop on the premises where visitors can buy Goonies merchandise.
The Goonies House is located in Astoria’s historic district, which was also used for filming. The house was used as the exterior of the Fratelli’s house, where the Goonies characters Mikey, Brand, Data, Mouth, Chunk, and Andy try to save their neighborhood from demolition by searching for the treasure of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate.
Richard Donner directed and Steven Spielberg produced this film, which starred Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman, Kerri Green, Martha Plimpton, and Jonathan Ke Quan. The film was a smash hit, grossing over $61 million in the United States and Canada, and has since become a cult classic.
Overall, the new Goonies House owner is thrilled to be preserving a piece of film history and sharing it with fans from all over the world. Visitors can expect tours, merchandise, and the opportunity to witness the film’s magic in person.
France’s 2022 Z Event Blows the Doors of Expectations
Streaming events are easily the fastest, widest way to reach the biggest audiences with entertainment today. However, the Z Event has now raised things to an all new level, boosting a charity event to one of the biggest financial donation drives ever. Combining the marketing for five different environmental causes and their non-profit organizations, the Z Event consolidated giving to an eye-popping €10.1 million.
The Z Event took a combined effort of 57 different streamers working together to pull it off. Focusing on their audiences, channel tools, and various related activities, the streamers consolidated traffic and attention on the charity drive, pushing digital focus on boosting the financial commitments well beyond previous amounts realized in earlier drives. Each year has been a record-breaking performance, so the latest one wasn’t going to be an exception from the participants’ perspective. Just from a technical perspective, the logistics for the latest Z Event took some serious marketing. Streaming is generally based on the assumption that everyone has sufficient technology to watch and listen to the event online with a browser and sufficient hardware. However, at some point the event also has to be managed to the lowest common denominator in terms of being viable, otherwise people don’t “show up” online. Doing the same with 57 plus providers as well as the variety of tools used in a coordinated fashion is still eye-popping in retrospect.
Interestingly, the Z Event has generated such a sizable audience in France, it has even dwarfed the individual industry channels. Rather than just being confined to the gaming arena, the Z Event organizers broadened their scope to include popular music channels as well as even politics. That doesn’t mean there weren’t challenges; for example, one of the charity organizations to benefit was the Goodplanet Foundation, which was reeling from earlier criticism about its operations and connections. So, to address any concerns about where the money went, participants and fans were allowed to choose the organization they wanted to benefit from the pool of eligible charities. That easily shut down criticisms and allowed the Z Event to move forward in a positive light.
Despite the biggest blowout yet in response, the latest Z-Event is scheduled to be the last in the planned strategy. No one is quite sure whether it will come back in a new format or just be repeated or done at all after 2022. Given the results, there’s going to be considerable pressure to bring it back in 2023, especially from the organizations that benefit from the sizable charity generated. However, no commitments have been made to take on the next Z Event per se.
Overcoming a Fear And Then Creating a Children’s Book With It
People are afraid of different things. Some freak out from spiders, others can’t stand the sight much less the feel of a snake, and still others go into a panic over fish in the water. However, for Amulya Vadali, her fear was rooted in dogs. It didn’t matter the breed; all dogs were a primal threat to her as far as Vadali was concerned. If a city park allowed dogs, even in a fenced dog run, she wouldn’t go near the location. As it turned out, things were going to get even more challenging in high school. Attending her AP English class at Southern Regional High School, Vadali realized not only that her teacher had a dog, but she would bring the dog to class occasionally as well. It was the worst possible combination of academic stress and
Vadali was fit for a panic attack. Looking back on the matter after the fact, she is fairly convinced that the lack of any exposure to a pet dog in her younger years had a lot to do with her fear later on. As it happened, later in high school, Vadali’s brother was able to convince their parents to have a pet dog, and with exposure to their pet, Brody, she overcame her fear of canines in general. Much of the transition had to do with being with a dog from the beginning, puppy stage to full adult. In particular, the change catalyst came in the form of a golden retriever.
Named Cosmo, Vadali’s new pet was a gamechanger for her. In fact, the dog became her best friend. She went from being deathly afraid of dogs in general to practically having to be pulled away from them. It literally was a night and day change for Vadali.
Years later, Vadali made it through college, and then she found her husband and got married. However, one thing has remained constant: her four-legged partner, Cosmo. While the dog didn’t move away with her, Cosmo still gets visits almost regularly from Vadali. Every chance possible, she’s back with her childhood pet, most often on the weekends. She spends her work days functioning as a biotech researcher and scientist, but interestingly, Cosmo has also become her muse to be a children’s book author as well.
Vadali admits she loved the idea of writing early on, remembering back as far as when she was six and listening to her father read stories. And in school classes, Vadali tried her hand at writing. Her work was notable enough to earn some good marks, which inspired her, but Vadali ultimately ended up fading away from the practice. College science classes and similar kept her so busy, Vadali didn’t think about writing at the time. It wasn’t until she was back to regular life again, settled in marriage, that Vadali began thinking about stories once more. And that was enough to spark her mind towards writing again.
So, in October of 2021, Vadali decided to take a leap and write her first children’s book. And, no surprise, the focus of the book was on Cosmo saving his sister in a big, dark and gloomy forest. Named, Cosmo Faces the Forest of Fear, the book manifested Vadali’s early fears and how Cosmo helped her overcome them so much. Using tools of confidence, perseverance and patience, Vadali’s story provided a child’s resource for understanding how to deal with fear and overcome it. The book turned out to be a hit, sells well on Amazon today, and memorializes her years of relationship with Cosmo. Most importantly, she has put into words the love Vadali has for her best friend and dog.
The Simpsons Incorporate ASL in Their Show
The TV cartoon, The Simpsons, has never been known for being a mild, sedate cartoon with low volume. Instead, it’s been loud, brash and visual. That said, one of the reasons the Simpsons has lasted for so long, aside from always being relevant to current events and new generations, is the fact that the show also incorporates new elements when it makes sense. That was the case when the show’s writers decided to incorporate American Sign Language for the first time.
Of course, there were challenges. Cartoon characters are not always anatomically correct. In the Simpsons world, everyone has four fingers on a hand instead of five. To make matters worse, the episode needed Shakespeare to be translated with ASL. Oops.
Making Up Fiction Based on Reality
The current writer responsible for the ASL episode was also keen on going farther. Instead of just focusing on solving how to use ASL, Loni Sosthand also figured out a way to incorporate deaf actors for the voices as well. Double-wow. The recognizable character, Lisa Simpson, spends a story on mourning over the passing of a musician she liked and was a mentor to her character. As it turns out, however, that musician had a son in the cartoon, and the boy is deaf. Lisa, trying to be the perennial helper, wants to assist the boy in getting a hearing implant, and of course, things go sideways from there.
Of course, like many stories used by writers, Sosthand’s episode was rooted in reality. Her own family was big in jazz, different racial perspectives, and a sibling born deaf. The episode gave Sosthand a chance to use her personal experience of balancing a physical limitation with a whole family of issues and going from there. Sosthand ended up bringing her relatives into the cartoon world vicariously through Lisa Simpson’s experience trying to help the musician’s son.
The Results Proved the Success of the Idea
The ASL and deaf voice actor combination was a hit. The episode came across as realistic and accurate, despite fundamentally being a cartoon. And that’s the kind of factor that makes The Simpsons one of the longest running TV shows, much less the longest running TV cartoon show. Even South Park doesn’t even come close to longevity. And for those who use regular ASL, the particular episode of Lisa’s adventures hit home and provided representation for the first time on The Simpsons. It was history in the making.
Arthur is Going to End, Long Live Arthur
PBS has been known for a lot of things in terms of documentaries, but for a whole generation of kids the name Arthur was more familiar while they were growing up. Just like for Boomers and many from Generation X that the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom will never be forgotten in their minds for many Generation Z and some late Millennials who caught the show, “Arthur” was a familiar name from childhood. The PBS Kids cartoon has now reached a major milestone of 25 season runs, and its creators as well as distributors are in agreement it’s time to shut down the program.
The original concept for Arthur as a cartoon came from Marc Brown, a writer and illustrator of children’s books. Arthur was the “everykid,” a cartoon character kids from all backgrounds could relate to and no one in particular. It helped that Arthur was an Aardvark and his family and neighbors were all animals as well. A parent never had to try and explain differing cultures to their kids watching the show, unlike many other TV programs and simply growing up has required these days. The show was timeless, positive, and it became an international success as well, easily translatable to other languages.
The break in the confidentiality of the show’s ending first came from Kathy Waugh; she let the secret loose during an interview in the summer of 2021. Since then, the final episode has been in countdown mode, with fans of all ages wondering when the final chapter was going to be viewed. The creators and show managers decided reaching the 25th anniversary was as good a stop as any, especially after all 250 something episodes that came before it and a few movies. However, on February 21, the last episode was shown on its original schedule.
Lots of folks thought the Arthur cartoon series was just going to keep on going without an end. The program was easy to maintain, working with storylines that definitely felt evergreen in placement and not stale at all in teaching kids values and social
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