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With celebrity life comes fame and fortune, something most A-listers use to splash out on cars, plastic surgery and every fad going. However some of these high flyers take the more extravagant option; spend millions on a home and refurbish it inside and out. Here are some of the most luxurious refurbished homes owned by celebrities.
Oprah Winfrey is American television tycoon who has a personal wealth of $2.7 billion, not too shabby. In 2001, with that gigantic stack of cash, Oprah bought Californian home for $50 million. The property covers 42 acres of land and the mansion alone covers 23,000 square feet. Since buying the house, Oprah has added her own touch of luxury by splashing out on some pricey refurbishment, installing a state-of-the-art home cinema, a man made lake with exotic fish. Oh and the house has 8 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms, bit small really.
50 Cent’s stunningly enormous 51,657 square foot luxury home located in Connecticut has an impressive 19 bedrooms, 37 bathrooms, 6 kitchens, 5 Jacuzzis, 2 snooker rooms (cos one obviously isn’t enough), an indoor swimming pool, a night club, a gym, an indoor racquetball court, a tennis court, a home cinema, indoor shooting range and oh yeah a pond. Bling bling! Fiddy bought the home from boxing legend Mike Tyson and spent an estimated $6 million in refurbishment. Lavishly furnished with personalised rennovation to match – this home is everything a self-styled celebrity could need.
Well, look who’s talking now! Hollywood star John Travolta owns a not so beautiful but very luxurious and impressive style Florida mansion. Its cost: $2.5 million. Parking facilities? Of course, mainly one huge hangar for his Boeing 707 and one for the Gulfstream… and of course several smaller garages for his collection of 15 cars. His mansion just near Ocala, FL is called “Jumbolair”, a pretty inventive and fun name for a home!
Rock star legend Rod Stewart owns a mega mansion painted all in sunshine yellow in Palm Beach area. Its cost was $12.5 million, and a very impressing feature is that it has it own private beach, football pitch and a carting track. He is a big fan of paintings, and he boasts with owning the biggest pre-Raphaelite painting collection in the world. Moreover, he is also a great fan of original Regency furniture and marble statues. Art Nuveau and Art Deco are the driving influences in both the outdoors and indoors decorations of his lavish and tastefully elegant home.
Still the Fresh Prince for many, while for others a very dear character from the “Pursuit of Happiness”, and for others of a certain generation the lyrical mastermind behind the shake your hands from side to side masterpiece “Boom boom shake the room”. Will Smith lives in a refurbished castle in Calabasas, California.
Hugh Hefner has a personal worth of over $40 million all thanks to his Playboy Empire. His Playboy Mansion is both is home and headquarters, the notorious Californian party home covers a total of 6 acres of land and has a staggering 26 bedrooms in the main property that takes 20,000 square feet. The luxurious refurbished home features the infamous Grotto, an underground water area which comes with the sacred rule, ‘what happens in the Grotto, stays in the Grotto’.
Comedy super star Jerry Seinfeld bought this luxury estate from rocker Billy Joel for a reported figure of $32 million and has been refurbishing it ever since.
Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
“Top Gun” star and his wife simply love ludicrously expensive real estates. They own several homes, one of which in London UK, and the other in Telluride Colorado, but none of these two homes exceed $6 million. The real deal is their home in Beverly Hills, which they bought for the exorbitant price of $35 million. Luxury, elegance and opulence are describing this palace both inside and out! The home has 9 bathrooms and 7 master bedrooms, with private pools and a tennis court. The mansion features a fence enclosure, so that the family can enjoy their privacy. The building was originally completed in the 30s, but went through several refurbishments and maintenance works. Today, the establishment occupies 1.4 acres, which gives plenty of private space that is for sure!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
The ultimate celebrity couple own this $40 million estate in Long Island, New York and if you think it looks nice on the outside then you should see the inside. It has a ridiculous 18 refurbished bathrooms, yes 18! The Tudor style property covers an incredible 22,000 square feet and it comes with both a swimming pool and private tennis courts.