Property: 9 celebrity homes for superstar budgets

Santa Barbara celebrity estate
Guess which celebrity of Titanic proportions is selling this collossal 102 acre estate in Santa Barbara, California? Photo: Blake Bronstad.

When it comes to bragging rights, nothing beats a home where someone extremely famous once lived. From mansions and apartments owned by showbiz legends to a sporting superstar’s estate, all these impressive properties for sale are liberally sprinkled with celebrity stardust, and although you don’t have to be a big shot to buy one, you will need an A-lister’s bank balance.

1. Manhattan, New York, USA, $2.5m (approx £2.056m)

Photo: The Agency
Matthew Modine's pad in Manhattan, New York. Photo: The Agency

Matthew Modine, best known for his roles as Private Joker in Full Metal Jacket and as Dr Brenner in Stranger Things, bought this West Chelsea duplex in 2008 and lived there for five years before selling it. Spread over the ground and lower ground floors of a converted industrial building with a doorman, gym and roof deck, it’s been beautifully renovated and thanks to 14ft high ceilings and oversized windows, is filled with light. Includes two bedrooms, an open plan kitchen fitted with marble worktops and top-end appliances, a laundry room and outdoor terrace on the lower level. Via The Agency.

2. Twyncyn, Dinas Powys, South Glamorgan, £2.25m

Dinas Powys, South Glamorgan
Charlotte Church's country home in Dinas Powys, South Glamorgan. Photo: Fine & Country

The Spinney is a gorgeous six-bedroom house in a secluded setting on the edge of a friendly village and very convenient for Cardiff. It’s being sold by singer Charlotte Church, who bought it in 2010 and renovated it two years later, creating a sociable, open plan layout with plenty of cosy, relaxing spaces. She fell in love with the property as soon as she set eyes on it, and describes it as very private and safe with wonderful grounds, and perfect for entertaining. Find out more from Fine & Country.

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3. Harpsden Bottom, Harpsden, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, £3.75m

Dusty Springfield's home in Henley-upon-Thames
Dusty Springfield's home in Henley-upon-Thames. Photo: Knight Frank

Dusty Springfield – one of the most successful female singers of the 1960s – spent the last two years of her life in Little Hill, a period house high above Henley. According to the estate agent at the time, she chose it for the views and because, while being close to town, it was secluded enough to keep her out of the public eye. Approached via a tree-lined drive, it has four reception rooms, eight bedrooms, three-bathrooms and a mature garden. Through Knight Frank.

4. Atlanta, Georgia, USA, $4.995m (approx £4.107m)

Elton John Atlanta home

Having recently completed his final tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, Elton John is retiring to his Windsor estate and selling the Atlanta apartment he’s owned for 30 years. He originally bought a 36th floor duplex then subsequently added five more units, creating a magnificent 13,300 square foot home with four bedrooms, a fitness studio, a spa/massage room and a two-storey grand salon where floor to ceiling windows frame the breath-taking views across the city. From Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.

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5. South Kensington, London SW7, £7.25m

Hugh Grant's penthouse in Kensington, London

In 2003, around the time that Love Actually was released, Hugh Grant rented this spacious 7th floor penthouse. It spans over 3,000 square feet and comprises three bedroom suites, a kitchen/dining room, a large reception room and a rooftop terrace with a covered sun deck, a Jacuzzi and panoramic views over London. Contact Berkshire Hathaway Home Services London.

6. Sonning, Berkshire, £7.5m

Uri Geller's country pad in Sonning, Berkshire.
Uri Geller's country pad in Sonning, Berkshire. Photo: Winkworth

A well-stocked cutlery drawer is recommended for the buyer of this Palladian-style Thames-side mansion, as the present owner is Uri Geller, who put a fair few spoons out of action in his time. The 15,000 square foot, nine-bedroom house was apparently modelled on the White House, and comes with four acres of grounds, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a cinema room, a wellness pyramid and moorings. If you run out of milk, George and Amal Clooney live nearby. Through Winkworth and Fine & Country.

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7. Hampstead, London NW3, £7.95m

Richard Burton's house in Hampstead. Photo: Grant Frazer
Richard Burton's house in Hampstead. Photo: Grant Frazer (Grant Frazer)

You won’t be in any doubt about the famous former owner of this Victorian house, as a blue plaque denotes that actor Richard Burton lived here from 1949-1956. He and his first wife Sybil initially purchased a large one-bedroom ground floor flat but bought others as they became available, eventually transforming the property back to a single six/seven bedroom house with a self-contained two bedroom garden flat. Notable guests included Honor Blackman, John Gielgud and James Mason. On the market through Aston Chase and Knight Frank.

8. Miami, Florida, USA, $20.5m (approx. £16.860m)

LeBron James's mansion in Miami.
LeBron James's mansion in Miami. Photo: Jason Zarco

80 feet of open waterfront, a dock big enough for two 60ft yachts, a pool with a swim-up bar, a gym and cinema room are some of the highlights of this six-bedroom, 10-bathroom contemporary mansion overlooking Biscayne Bay. But the biggest pull for basketball fans is that it was previously owned by LeBron James, the sport’s all-time top scorer who played for local team Miami Heat from 2010-2014. Through Zarco Luxury Real Estate via Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

9. Santa Barbara, California, USA, $33m (approx £27.144m)

James Cameron's estate in California
James Cameron's estate in California. Photo: Blake Bronstad

This 102 acre estate, one of the most private and secure along the entire south California coast, is currently owned by filmmaker James Cameron who won the best director Oscar for Titanic. It’s within the uber-exclusive Hollister Ranch community and as well as an 8,000 square foot, five-bedroom timber and glass main house, has a guest house, a pool, spa, tennis court and equestrian facilities plus ocean and mountain views. Get in touch with Village Properties.

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