From Harrison Ford to Sean “Diddy” Combs to the late Elizabeth Taylor, there are true mega-star homes on the market right now, and these incredible properties reflect the success of their owners. You can own a piece of A-list real estate as long as you're able to pay the price.
Interestingly, when it comes to the most famous celebrities, real estate may be one of the few non-inflated things you can buy. You can buy a mid-1970s Rolex Submariner 55XX series for under $5000, but the same watch, except that it was worn by actor Steve McQueen, went for over a quarter of a million dollars.
Likewise, JFK’s cigar humidor fetched more than half a million dollars at auction, and it takes up about a square foot of real estate. So in a world obsessed with celebrity, where provenance can increase values hundreds or thousands of times, celebrity homes, which get only slightly inflated by their history, might seem like a bargain in comparison. Of course, when you go to sell, you’ll find the same lack of celebrity appreciation disappointing, but in the meantime, at least you can throw great parties in a mansion where one of the most famous people on the planet once threw parties.
Celebrity homes are on the market all the time, with plenty to choose from, and compared to the recent rash of high eight and even nine-digit billionaire homes, they can be surprisingly affordable, even for the true A-Listers. Of course, some are plenty expensive.
Here is a look at some of the homes of the ultra-famous currently on the market according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com:
Location: New York, NY
|Harrison Ford's NY apartment is for sale.
Photo: The Corcoran Group
The leading man of our lifetime, Harrison Ford has homes in Los Angeles and Jackson, WY, and is jettisoning this penthouse apartment in New York’s Chelsea for $16,000,000. The 11-room, 5,664-sqaure foot apartment has concrete floors boasting radiant heat throughout, secured elevator, gourmet kitchen, and private roof deck.
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
|Christina Aguilera's Beverly Hills home is available.
If you’re in the business of owning a slice of celebrity, this listing’s a two-for-one deal. Before the pop diva called it home, the Osbourne family—of MTV’s The Osbournes fame—took root in the 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean dwelling before selling it to Aguilera in 2007. The sprawling single-family home features six bedrooms, nine bathrooms, grand staircase, beauty salon and recording studio. The outdoor grounds house a pool with water slide, grotto spa and custom-made Pagoda.
Sean "Diddy" Combs
Location: Alpine, NJ
|Puffy combs' NJ estate is on the market.
Photo: Friedberg Properties & Associates
Music impresario Sean “Diddy” Combs recently listed his 3-acre Alpine, N.J. estate for $13,500,000. The 17-room main house is a whopping 26,000 square foot, plus there is a guest house, pool, tennis court, and putting green.
Location: Sagaponack, NY
|Billy Joel's Hamptons house awaits a buyer.
Photo: The Corcoran Group
Singer Billy Joel’s 4-bedroom beach house on 145-feet of sandy shoreline in Long Island’s Sagaponack was previously owned by actor Roy Scheider of Jaws fame. Recently renovated, it is in turn-key shape and the price has been reduced from a high of $22,500,000 to the current $16,750,000.
Location: Old Saybrook, CT
|Kate Hepburn's former estate is for sale.
Photo: William Pitt Sotheby's International
The greatest actress of all time, Katherine Hepburn lived in this estate that was in her family for the past century until her death at 96 in 2003. The 8,400-square foot 6-bedroom home is beautiful, but the $28,000,000 price tag reflects the one of a kind seaside setting on the shore of Long Island Sound in Old Saybrook, CT. Occupying 3.5 acres, it has nearly 700 feet of waterfront with a private dock and beach, as well as a pond.