Trying to figure out how to find celebrity homes can be a bit of a rough deal – especially if you plan on doing it yourself. After all, many celebrities own quite the enviable real estate portfolio with homes all over the world and spend their time traveling back and forth between mansions.
So if you’re wondering how to see celebrity homes or trying to figure out which celebrities live in Hollywood—look no further.
While we can’t guarantee you’ll get the chance to schmooze with your favorite stars, we can definitely hook you up with the deets on their favorite neighborhoods because we’re talking about the numero uno when it comes to the city that’s housing the most homes of the stars-Los Angeles.
Best Neighborhoods to Find Celebrity Homes
Bel Air/Holmby Hills
Bel Air is one of the more popular neighborhoods located on the Westside of Los Angeles in the foothills the Santa Monica Mountains. It measures just 6.371 miles in square mileage but packs quite a punch in terms of financial demographics.
Notable residents have included the likes of George Lucas, Elon Musk, Jennifer Aniston, Joni Mitchel, former-President Reagan, as well as the ever so classic Elizabeth Taylor. Beyoncé & Jay Z are also residents of Bel Air, having just purchased a hillside mansion for $88 million. It has bullet proof windows, four pools and a 15-car garage.
Holmby Hills is an affluent neighborhood adjacent to the district, located south of Bel Air. The posh neighborhood is home to the Playboy Mansion, Spelling Manor, and more recently, musician Adam Levine and his model wife Behati Prinsloo, who purchased an estate to the tune of $18M in the neighborhood.
This is perhaps the mecca of Hollywood high-life and luxuriousness. Home to the infamous 90210 zip code, the Beverly Hills Hotel and the incredible Mulholland Drive, you can definitely expect to see a few starlets.
Some famous celebrities in the neighborhood include Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum, Slash, Eddie Murphy, Simon Cowell, and the Queen herself…Taylor Swift.
Malibu is located west of city center of Los Angeles on the coast, and extensively well-known for its luxe beachfront property. The area has been home to the likes of Courtney Cox, Stephen Spielberg, Cindy Crawford, Patrick Dempsey, Cher, and Caitlyn Jenner. Music producer Rick Rubin also owns a luxe pad in the area, as well as Actor Edward Norton recently purchased a Malibu Colony home for $11.8M. Music mogul David Geffen once called the area home.
Hollywood Hills is located north of the Los Angeles city center, south of Burbank and north of West Hollywood. Everyone from singer Justin Timberlake to actress/dancer Julianne Hough and Jason Bateman have fallen in love with the area and called it home. Most recently, John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen sold one beautiful abode and purchased another. Even the ever-so-famous and swoon-worthy former One Directioner Harry Styles owns a place in the hills.
Hollywood Hills is tough to map because so many surrounding cities have limits that extend up into the hills, but us locals refer to “The Hollywood Hills” as anything north of Sunset Boulevard, from West Hollywood to Los Feliz.
Los Feliz is one of those low-key gold mines, especially its affluent Laughlin Park neighborhood. Living there are actress Rooney Mara, comedienne Kristen Wiig and most recently Angelina Jolie, who purchased Cecil B. DeMille’s two-acre estate to the tune of $24.5M. Mad Men actor John Hamm is also one of the many rich and famous to snatch up a deluxe crib in the neighborhood.
West Hollywood aka “WeHo” or “The Gayborhood” as it’s known by the locals is home to the infamous Sunset Strip. It’s one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the area and home to a boatload of young stars. According to Ranker, Mila Kunis, Johnny Depp, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Kelly Osbourne, Russell Brand, Kylie Minogue and Melissa McCarthy are all a few of the rich and famous to most recently call or have called this neighborhood home.
From West Hollywood to Brentwood, to Santa Monica and Calabasas, there are almost too many neighborhoods chock full of your favorite starlets to count.
Celebrity Homes Self Drive Options
For those of you who lean more towards the more DIY mantra, there few places where you can find a specific and detailed, reliable celebrity map Los Angeles. Many of the maps you’ll find on the side of the road from street vendors are outdated or even just flat-old bogus. So be careful where you spend your loot and…not to toot our own horn, but we here at Velvet Ropes totally have an app for that!
Hot Star Maps
Linda Welton is a Sunset Boulevard staple. She sets up on Carolwood Drive in Beverly Hills and sells what she claims is “The Original Star Map.” According to Linda, her mom created the idea of a celebrity address map. She a sweetheart, and is very passionate about her map. The paper map isn’t the easiest or most efficient way to tour celebrity homes, but for those of you wanting a souvenir and don’t mind spending $25, go see Linda!
Celebrity Bus Tour Los Angeles
For those of you looking to invest your money in a more regimented celebrity house tour LA, look no further than Starline Tours. They are perhaps one of the most well-known of the handful of celebrity bus tour Los Angeles options. At about $60 per person, it’s a bit pricey given the lack of customization that you get (they take you to the homes they want to, you don’t get to choose) but if you have no transportation of your own, it’s a nice experience! Hollywood Homes tours of celebrities have become a huge industry with many copycat buses poping up. We’ve taken them all and can say without a doubt – if you’re going to spend the money, go with Starline Tours.
So there you have it! All you need to know, whether you plan on tackling it DIY-style or chillaxing on a tour bus and getting your celeb gossip on. Have fun!