Hollywood’s elite has purchased, built, and renovated some incredible homes throughout history. Beginning with silver screen stars Buster Keaton and Mary Pickford in the 20s and 30s, the homes of the rich and famous have only gotten more extravagant with time.
Continue reading to catch a peek at some of Hollywood’s most famous stars’ private addresses!
Marilyn and Arthur Miller’s Hollywood Escape
Marilyn Monroe’s Hollywood career had nearly hit its dazzling peak when she married American playwright Arthur Miller in 1956. After the wedding, the starlet and her new hubby bought an impressive sprawling estate in Roxbury, Connecticut.
It was one of three properties that the two shared together and boasted 325 acres of land. Allegedly, they chose the secluded mansion at Marilyn’s request to escape the Hollywood lifestyle.
Jayne Mansfield’s Love-Themed Home
In 1957, Jayne Mansfield bought a gorgeous Spanish colonial-style mansion in Los Angeles with her then-husband Mickey Hargitay.
The remarkable 7-bedroom, 8-bathroom home was filled with signs that it belonged to one of Hollywood’s greatest bombshells. The iconic address became known as the “Pink Palace” because of the unique floor-to-ceiling pink shag carpeting that Mansfield had installed throughout the home.
Jayne Mansfield’s Magazine Wall
Jayne Mansfield wasn’t shy in front of the cameras or about inviting them into her Pink Palace home. This photo, taken in the 1950s, shows the pin-up girl on the staircase in her home.
It shows that she wasn’t above being a bit pretentious, as the wall leading up the stairs is covered in her photo, gracing various magazine covers!
Honey, I’m Home! I Love Lucy Star’s Beverly Hills Home
When Lucille Ball wasn’t busy filming on the set of I Love Lucy, she was spending some downtime at her classic Beverly Hills mansion. The actress purchased the home with her then-husband, Desi Arnaz, in 1954.
Incredibly, Lucille would live at the home until she passed away in 1989. The two-story colonial house was built in the 1920s but has been kept modern with renovations.
Shaquille O’Neal bought this 12-bedroom, private lakefront property in 1994 for a casual $4 million. The luxury home is hidden in a swanky private golf community on the edge of Orlando, Florida.
With 31,000 square feet of living space, there was plenty of room for the 7’1 basketball legend to stretch out. Not only that, but the property features a recording studio and a custom basketball court. In 2021, Shaq sold his property for $11 million! What a profit.
Kirk and Ann Douglas in Beverly Hills
Famous film actor Kirk Douglas was known for his individual tastes in architecture and art. During the early height of his Hollywood career in 1966, Douglas purchased a $17 million home in Beverly Hills.
In the above photo, he is pictured alongside his wife Ann, lounging by the pool in the backyard of their grand mansion.
Kirk Douglas was well known for his affinity for unique artwork and one-of-a-kind pieces. His home was decorated with at least two different Pablo Picasso pieces, which were just a small part of his curated collection.
Pictured here in his home office, Douglas posed with a photo of four former U.S. presidents. The photo is signed by each of the presidents.
Walking The Grounds Of Graceland
Elvis purchased the historical mansion called Graceland in 1957 for $102,500. Built in 1939, the Colonial Revival style estate is located about 9 miles south of central Memphis.
The extravagant home was outfitted with eccentricities by the King of rock, including a swimming pool in his father’s room and cameras throughout the house and property that he could watch on CCTV at all hours.
Bill Gates’ Washington Hideout
Bill Gates purchased this spacious, secluded rustic mansion in 1988 for a cool $2 million. The property stretches along the Lake Washington waterfront and is constructed out of 500-year-old Douglas fir trees.
The 66,000-square-foot mansion was outfitted to be eco-friendly and tech-savvy for the Microsoft billionaire and his family. The mansion is now estimated to be worth a whopping $127 million. It’s unclear what Bill and Melinda will do with the address and surrounding property now that they have announced their divorce.
The Kennedy Compound
The Kennedy compound is made up of 3 houses on 6 hectares of waterfront property in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This address is undoubtedly one of the most famous houses in America.
In 1960, John F. Kennedy turned the Hyannis home on the compound into a base for his successful presidential campaign. The Cape Cod compound even became known as the “summer White House” for the growing presidential family.
Humphrey Bogart at Sluggy Hollow
Humphrey Bogart’s 1920s abode house in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, is located on Shoreham drive off of Sunset Strip. The house was affectionately called “Sluggy Hollow” and was home to the acclaimed actor and his third wife, actress Mayo Methot.
Bogart purchased the massive estate in 1936, and it is now known as one of the classic Hollywood silver screen homes in the area.
Sonny and Cher Comfortable At Home
Few people held the star power that Sonny and Cher did during their reign as Hollywood’s it-couple. In the 1960s, they purchased a stunning 6,648-square-foot Palm Springs home that was built in the 1940s by the Gilette razor family.
It was also owned by film star Joseph Cotton before the keys landed in the hands of music legends Sonny Bono and Cher.
Inside the Home of Hollywood’s It-Couple
The iconic duo invited a photographer into their home to shoot some photos of the two in their personalized space. Their six-bedroom property boasts a large main house and two guest houses.
There is also a tennis court, swimming pool, and 1.5 acres of land. Today, you can actually rent this property for a stay in Palm Springs, but it will cost you a pretty penny.
Frank Sinatra Was Cool Under Pressure
Frank Sinatra’s monopoly over the music industry spanned decades! From the 40s to the 60s, there wasn’t a radio station on air that didn’t have Sinatra on its radar.
His success grew so much that he was able to relax comfortably at multiple properties that he owned throughout his life. Here he is pictured in June 1953 relaxing at his flat in Mayfair, London, England, before his concert at the Palladium that evening.
The Clooney’s Take On Lake Como
In 2002, George Clooney purchased this 18th-century Italian Villa for a cool $13.5 million. The grand historic estate is located on Lake Como in Laglio, Italy, and while it offers some privacy, it’s not enough for the famous actor and his wife, Amal.
The impressive mansion features 25 rooms, a personal gym, an outdoor theatre, a tennis court, and something called a “pizza room.” Today, the property is estimated to be worth over $110 million.
Joan Crawford’s Brentwood Mansion
Joan Crawford bought her ten-bedroom Brentwood, California home in 1928 for $57,500— which is equivalent to about $1 million today.
The house was initially built as a Spanish villa, but in the 1930s, Crawford renovated the entire home to a more contemporary Georgian style. She was vocal about her love for interior design and frequently swapped out furniture and decor.
Joan Crawford Loved Interior Design
In 1934, Crawford’s love of interior design led her to add two rooms to the property, a home theatre with a stage and a 1,000-square-foot pool house with dressing rooms.
By 1935, she had contracted the addition of a 468-square-foot dining room, replacing the original dining area with a wet bar. She had the servant’s quarters demolished and installed a three-car garage. Most recently, the home sold for over $1.5 million!
Sting Sold His Gorgeous Central Park Duplex
British rockstar Sting and his actor/producer wife Trudie Styler were some of the first buyers at 15 Central Park West in 2008 when they secured a duplex penthouse for a casual $27 million.
The modern duplex includes 43 feet of frontage on Central Park with a gorgeous 396-square-foot balcony towering above the city. The master bathroom features his and hers spas as well as a luxury sauna. The couple listed their home in 2017 and managed to score over $50 million in the sale!
John Wayne’s Californa Home Is A Collector’s Dream
John Wayne’s Newport Beach, California, home is decorated with a collection of guns, Western American art, and Native American artifacts.
His lengthy and accomplished film career allowed him to collect memorabilia from all over the United States. Photographs, plaques, and awards line his office, marking the most notable moments of his career.
Bob Hope Has A Weird Side
Much-loved British-American comedian and actor Bob Hope commissioned architect John Lautner to design his space-age home for him and his wife. The striking structure was finished in 1979 and was a circular-shaped 24,000-square-foot residence.
The modern design includes classic features like a tennis court, an outdoor fireplace, and a unique triangular roof.
Gregory Pack’s Pacific Palisade Place
Hollywood film superstar Gregory Peck chose to call the Pacific Palisades home when he purchased an impressive home designed by famed architect Cliff May in the late 1940s.
The ranch-style home had many artsy decorative touches and a green leather upholstered bar in the den. The spacious became a hotspot for entertaining where family, friends, and the family’s dogs. These photos show the since remodeled home with the original beams and cabinetry.
Mary Pickford’s Easy Living At Pickfair Estate
This Los Angeles mansion belonged to Hollywood actress Mary Pickford and is easily one of the most famous homes in the United States. The estate, named Pickfair, is quite possibly the first mega-estate purchased and owned by the Hollywood elite— a trend that is still happening today.
Following renovations in the 1920s, the home became a four-story, 25-room mansion with a guest wing, stables, multiple garages, an in-home saloon, and tennis courts. The last retail price on the home was $60 million.
Tom Cruise And Nicole Kidman’s Colorado Estate
Tom Cruise collects real estate like he collects action film credits! But his secluded estate in Telluride, Colorado, is one of his more famous addresses. The 11,512 square foot home rests on a 320-acre property veiled by mature trees and hedges, perfect for keeping the paparazzi away!
The 7-bedroom, 9-bathroom home was purchased in the 90s for Cruise to share with his then-wife Nicole Kidman. Although the marriage didn’t last, the Colorado home would become a hideout for Tom in the months following their public divorce.
Marlon Brando’s Historic Mansion
Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando purchased this neo-Gothic mansion that was filled with history. The home that features vaulted ceilings and massive archways were originally built in 1926 by renowned architect A.F. Leicht.
The home includes four beds and five baths with winding staircases and towers that provide amazing views of a bustling Sunset Strip. Reportedly, the address includes a private library and a dining room that seats 20.
Oprah’s Modern Maui Farmhouse
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has multiple properties in her real estate profile. One of her more famous addresses can be found in Maui, Hawaii, in a sprawling field on land that she also owns.
The property was once a small grey ranch that the TV personality considered tearing down but instead decided to build a new structure on. The mansion to the left is now a charming modern farmhouse.
Marilyn Monroe’s Final Property Investment
Marilyn Monroe had more than one address over the course of her successful career, but her final days would be spent at her Brentwood, California, home.
The Hacienda style design was a perfect downsize from her large coastal mansions. She entertained friends here and had social parties that were only attended by the elite.
Sophia Loren Settled Down In Geneva
As of 2022, Sophia Loren is one of the last living stars of Hollywood’s glamorous “Golden Age.” Although the iconic actress hails from Italy near Naples, she has chosen to call Geneva, Switzerland, home for more than 50 years.
Sophia has said that she and her late husband Carlo Ponti moved their family somewhere they felt was safer. She is currently approaching her 90th birthday and remains a comfortable resident of Geneva.
Humphrey Bogart’s Wife-Themed Office
Humphrey Bogart’s real estate profile expanded every time he got married (which was four times!) Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s love story took Hollywood by storm when they were married in 1945.
They moved out of their Hollywood Hills honeymoon home into a much more grand estate in Benedict Canyon. Here, Bogart is pictured in his office with photos of his fourth wife adorning the walls.
Buster Keaton’s Silent Film Empire Estate
Buster Keaton’s mansion cost $5 million in 1926, which was a pretty penny at the time— even for the world’s most successful silent film star.
The elaborate mansion was extravagant on the exterior, with a fountain out front, a pool in the rear, and a private spa. The home is also equipped with a gym and study.
Ali’s Good Luck Charm
Legendary boxer Muhammed Ali had a sprawling 9.5-bedroom Hancock Park mansion that sat on 1.5 acres of land. Here, Ali is pictured in one of the many bedrooms.
The snap was taken hours before his big fight with Larry Holmes in 1980. Notably, there is a tiny pink stuffed animal on the notorious boxer’s bed, probably for good luck!