Biggest Celebrity Houses in the World
We all know celebrities live in very nice houses (why wouldn't they?), but some of them have shockingly large and luxe homes. We're talking homes so large that there could be no real reason to have them other than to show off wealth. And maybe to get lost on the way to the kitchen, just for fun.
Starting at 10,000 square feet and with mansions as large as 50,000 square feet, these huge homes are next level. The homeowners, past and present, include Will Smith, Dr. Dre, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Rob Lowe, Oprah, Shaq, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, Gwen Stefani and Kevin James.
Come inside for a tour of these palatial estates, and see how the the biggest stars in the celebrity universe live.
Rob Lowe's Mega Estate
Owner: Rob Lowe (former)
Location: Montecito, California
Square footage: 10,000-plus
Price: $44.5 million
Inside Rob Lowe's Mega Estate
Rob Lowe and his wife, Sheryl purchased this property in 2005 for $7.5 million. They had the house built to their specifications. It's not entirely clear how much it cost, but it was a lot.
The main mansion is about 10,000 square feet, has 20 rooms and took four years to build. There's also a pool house and a two-bedroom guest house.
Lowe raised his kids here, but after the two grew up, he put the home on the market for $47 million in 2018. It sold for $45.5 million in October 2020.
Bottom Line: Rob Lowe's Mega Estate
Lowe isn't the typical person you'd think of when you think about celebrities who owned enormous and super expensive properties. But the guy has had a show on the air every year since 1999. He's worth about $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Lowe has since used the massive amount of money from the mansion's sale to pick up a $3.75 million home in Beverly Hills and two other houses in Montecito — one for $5.2 million and another home for $13 million.
For an in-depth look into Lowe's mega estate, check out our standalone article.
Gwen Stefani's Oddball Home
Owner: Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale (former)
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Square footage: 15,018
Price: $21.65 million
Inside Gwen Stefani's Oddball Home
Gwen Stefani and her now ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale used to live in this eccentric mansion in Beverly Hills. Following their split in 2015, the two put the home on the market for $25 million, but it took years to sell. Finally, in 2019 they offloaded it for $21.65 million.
Stefani is now with country singer Blake Shelton, and the two own a $13.2 million home in Encino, California.
Rossdale now lives in a $7.6 million home in Studio City.
Bottom Line: Gwen Stefani's Oddball Home
It's not hard to see why this spread was stuck on the market for so long.
This mess of a rejected Tim Burton set is the kitchen, where you can get disoriented while microwaving a burrito. Really, why the zebra stripes?
Other rooms of Stefani's house aren't so bad. There's a beautiful marble fireplace and an incredible pool, but good Lord, that kitchen is just a sin against interior decoration.
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's Mansion
Owner: Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello
Location: Beverly Hills, California
Square footage: 17,100
Acres: 1.85 acres
Price: $26 million
Inside Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's Mansion
Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have been together since 2014. Vergara, who starred in "Modern Family," is worth an incredible $180 million, while "True Blood" werewolf Manganiello is worth $20 million. Together, the two are worth about $200 million.
With that kind of cash, they decided to pick up a massive home, paying $26 million for baseball legend Barry Bonds' old house over the summer of 2020 (Bonds sold the mansion for $22 million in 2013).
Bottom Line: Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello's Mansion
The Mediterranean-style mansion includes 30-foot ceilings, limestone columns, hand-painted murals, crystal chandeliers and travertine floors, according to the Los Angeles Times, which provided a couple of photos of the interior.
There's also a movie theater with a snack bar and an elevator. The house is one of those blends of Old World and new.
Eddie Murphy, Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington live in the area as well. Seems like a nice place, to put it mildly.
Kevin James' Kingly Mansion
Owner: Kevin James
Location: Delray Beach, Florida
Square footage: 18,906
Price: $14 million
Inside Kevin James' Kingly Mansion
Kevin James, "The King of Queens" and Segway-bound star of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," has a thing for huge houses. In 2013, he sold his longtime, 11,300-square-foot house in Encino, California, for $5.5 million. In 2016, he sold a 26,000 square-foot mansion in Delray Beach for $26.38 million.
James has a surprisingly large net worth, with an estimated $100 million. Most of that comes from his tenure on "The King of Queens," where he was paid $300,000-$400,000 per episode. He also served as executive producer, which earned him around $50 million in syndication deals, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Now, he's living in this pristine estate in Delray Beach.
Bottom Line: Kevin James' Kingly Mansion
Aside from his place in Encino, James' real estate all looks kind of the same.
This house is nice, for sure. It has an elevator, summer kitchen and wine cellar in the three-story main house (there's also a guest house), but it's a bit on the bland side. At least, as bland as a $14-million, nearly 19,000-square-foot mansion can be.
It also has direct beach access, which is nice.
Dr. Dre's Brentwood Estate
Owner: Andre Romelle Young
Location: Brentwood, California
Square footage: 18,300-plus
Price: $40 million
Inside Dr. Dre's Brentwood Estate
Dr. Dre bought this home from Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen for $40 million in 2013. Brady and Bundchen had the French chateau custom-built between 2008 and 2011. Dr. Dre presumably talked the couple down from the initial listing price of $50 million.
Dr. Dre has little social media presence, so we have few pictures of the interior. We do know that shortly after purchasing the home he went to work on building a reported 10,000-square-foot music studio beneath the already massive house. If true, that would bring the total square footage of the estate to over 28,000.
Above is a recent picture of Dre's studio posted to his Instagram, which we believe is the music studio in his home.
Bottom Line: Dr. Dre's Brentwood Estate
Dr. Dre is worth over $800 million and is one of the richest rappers in the world. So why wouldn't he have a property that has a library, gym, sauna, seven fireplaces and a friggin' moat?
Dre had a brain aneurysm In January and was rushed to the hospital, but thankfully recovered and was back home within 10 days.
While he was in the hospital, and presumably after the news broke, robbers attempted to break into the home. Except they didn't even get far enough to try and cross the moat. The would-be-thieves were spotted "coming over a hill" and were arrested shortly thereafter.
The girl in the photo above is his daughter, Truly Young.
Oprah Winfrey's Promised Land
Owner: Oprah Winfrey
Location: Montecito, California
Square footage: 23,000 (main house only)
Price: Over $100 million
Inside Oprah's Promised Land
Oprah Winfrey can buy literally any house she wants to. The talk show and media mogul is worth an estimated $3.5 billion, allowing her to buy any of the world's most expensive homes.
Oprah bought 42 acres of property in Montecito in 2001 for $50 million. She built the 23,000 square-foot Georgian-style mansion, giving it 10 fireplaces, a wine cellar, movie theater, library, huge motor court and massive fountain.
In 2016, she bought a neighboring 23-acre property for $28.85 million. It's worth well over $100 million now.
Bottom Line: Oprah's Promised Land
Oprah's house is incredible, from what we can tell. There are expansive gardens where she harvests her own vegetables (she also has a farm in Maui), and the kitchen is big enough for an entire catering team.
The entire estate spans 70 acres and has 13 separate buildings with two pools and a tennis court. The actual square footage of everything combined is a mystery.
She doesn't show off her home all that much. You can get a glimpse here or there on Oprah's Instagram, but otherwise, it's Oprah's private place.
Will Smith's Secluded Compound
Owner: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Location: Calabasas, California
Square footage: 25,000
Price: $42 million
Inside Will Smith's Secluded Compound
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith had this 25,000 square-foot compound built specifically for them, with construction beginning in 2003 and ending in 2010.
As far as we know, this house has only been photographed once, in 2011 for Architectural Digest. You might be able to get a glimpse of it on Will's social media and Jada's "Red Table Talk" show, but that's about it.
Almost every single thing in this house is handmade. "Jada and I built this place with the idea that everything needed to be done by hand," Will told AD. "We wanted to feel the love and labor that went into every piece."
Bottom Line: Will Smith's House
The adobe-style home has been crafted with flow in mind, so there are no hard edges. Even the kitchen counter is rounded.
Per AD, there are "towering columns wrapped in thousands of yards of jute rope, leather floor tiles whipstitched into an artful patchwork, and massive wood doors carved centuries ago."
Jada calls the house "a spiritual endeavor."
Is the house pretentious? Without a doubt. Would we also want to live there? Also yes.
Beyoncé and Jay Z's Absurdly Huge Mansion
Owner: Beyoncé Knowles and Shawn Corey Carter
Location: Los Angeles, California
Square footage: 30,000
Price: $88 million
Inside Beyoncé and Jay Z's Mansion
In 2017, Beyoncé and Jay-Z bought this massive estate in the super-chic Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, for $88 million. It was a steal, too. The mansion originally was listed for $120 million.
Eighty-eight million dollars is only a fraction of their net worth. Combined, the two are worth $1.5 billion. They also reportedly took out a $52.8 million mortgage to buy it, which means they're paying $252,000 a month. Maybe they wanted to build credit?
Photos of the super-luxe property were never publicly listed, so we're reduced to gleans from King Bey's social media.
Bottom Line: Beyoncé and Jay Z's Mansion
Here's what we know about the house: It has three freaking pools (two flanking a massive staircase and one on the roof), the property is a total of six structures with bulletproof glass windows, a garage with room for 15 cars and is made out of steel and limestone. Yeah, it's pretty cool.
Unfortunately, we don't think the two will be doing a home tour for Architectural Digest any time soon. Instead, we have to settle for flyby drone footage like the peeping toms that we are.
Owner: Shaquille O'Neal
Location: Windermere, Florida
Square footage: 31,000
Price: $19.5 million
Inside Shaq's Shack
You can't talk about celebrities with big houses without talking about Shaquille O'Neal's ridiculous home in Windermere, Florida.
Shaq has been living here since his rookie years in the NBA, purchasing it for $4 million in 1993. The entire thing has been remodeled into Shaq's own personal oasis — as you can see from the giant Superman bed, which measures 30 feet across.
Bottom Line: Shaq's Shack
Shaq has been trying to offload this property for several years, but he can't find a buyer. Which isn't surprising, really, since the home is very Shaq-tastic. There's the Shaq Center basketball court, two custom-made aquariums (one which is modeled after a diesel truck, which is being driven by Shaq) and Superman logos everywhere.
It's ridiculous, but would you expect anything different from Big Diesel?
If you want to take a longer look into Shaq's Florida mansion, we've got you covered.
50 Cent's Money Pit
Owner: Curtis Jackson (former)
Location: Farmington, Connecticut
Square footage: 51,657
Price: $2.9 million
Inside 50 Cent's Money Pit
Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, bought this 51,000 square-foot mansion in the straight-laced, white-collar town of Farmington, Connecticut, for $4.1 million in 2004. The seller was Mike Tyson.
The rapper, who is now worth an estimated $30 million (he was worth an estimated $150 million at the height of his career), then sunk $6 million to $10 million of renovations and additions into the home. The mansion has a whopping 52 rooms, including an indoor pool, movie theater, recording studio, game room, gym and night club.
Jackson listed the ridiculously huge house in 2007 for $18.5 million. It was on and off the market for a dozen years, with the price creeping lower and lower, until it finally sold for just $2.9 million in 2019. So what went wrong?
Bottom Line: 50 Cent's Money Pit
First off, the mansion is way too large for the area. Secondly, know your market. The renovations that Jackson installed — like the above "Grand Theft Auto"-style wall art — is probably not going to be a selling point in Farmington, a small town of just 25,000 people.
Secondly, the house is just way too big. It might have sold better on the West Coast, where celebs and Hollywood people love to show off their wealth in square footage. That's not the case in New England, where old money is as present as the smell of crumbling old books in a library.
“It’s a showy house. Someone who buys it wants to impress with its size," real estate broker Rob Giuffria told the Hartford Courant.
NBC Connecticut has a video tour of the home if you're interested, and the old listing is still on Zillow.
Jackson told Hollywood Reporter he donated the money from the mansion's sale to charity. He's now living in New York City, mainly working as a TV producer.
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