Believe it or not, basements used to be where families stored all their extra junk and in some instances, a place where parent would send their kids to play when they were getting on their nerves. Fast forward to 2018 and basements are nothing like the moldy, dark rooms they once were. Today, they are epic spaces. They are game rooms, home bars, media rooms, gyms, and so much more. Of course, celebrities are the group that tend to take their basements to an entirely new level of extreme. In fact, some of their basements are so amazing that you’ll want to move in and never leave. Here are 20 that fit the bill.
1. Lebron James
The basketball great’s Bath Township, OH basement is apparently a favorite hangout spot of his teammates and looking at this photo, it’s pretty easy to see why. Essentially, it’s a private sports bar that’s bigger and better than many actual sports bars. The fiery room boasts a full bar, several comfy sitting areas, and of course, a pool table. What you don’t see in this photo is the two-lane bowling alley, online casino, aquarium, and movie theater that are also housed in the 30,000 sq. ft. mansion’s basement.
2. Oprah Winfrey
When Oprah heads to her Telluride home, chances are good that she spends quite a bit of time in her luxury basement. Although it’s not particularly large, it is fully equipped with everything she could possibly need to have fun. On the right, pennant lights highlight the full bar, while several African sculptures sit on the opposite side of the room, near the movie screen that is ideal for watching the latest movies. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Just outside of the room is Oprah’s personal wine mine, complete with a mining car and “sounds effect like you’re moving through a mine shaft and lights that are computerized to flicker like a lantern would in a mine,” according to T.D. Smith, the agent who sold her the home in 2015. The mine holds up to 1,600 bottles at a time.
3. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
Before the couple’s 2015 split, they shared an epic mansion, which included this walkout basement, hidden away in the rolling hills of Brentwood, TN. Judging by the pool table, part of their basement functioned primarily as a game room. (Be sure to get a good look at the fabulous box beam ceilings above the table.) On the other end of the room, a full bar can be seen. By the way, you could walk directly out of the basement to the pool, which definitely makes you question why the room is carpeted (and, for that matter, how it stayed so clean). The home sold in early 2017 for $2.245 million, meaning someone else gets to enjoy the basement now.
4. Hines Ward
Despite spending his entire 14-year career with the Pittsburg Steelers, Hines Ward, still calls Atlanta, the city where he grew up, home. This is where his epic basement, which includes a poker and billiards room, trophy room, high-tech theatre, full bar, workout room, and sauna, is located. Down here, rich shades of red, purple, and yellow and dark chocolate woods are almost exclusively used, resulting in a space that is the epitome of elegance, yet obviously meant to be used for entertainment. By the way, the trophy room, which features his awards, alongside the jerseys of some of the NFL’s greatest players, is painted yellow and black in honor of the Steelers. If you’re interested, the home is currently for sale, with a list price of $5.5 million, but you’ll have to act fast. There is a pending offer.
5. Snoop Dogg
While Snoop Dogg’s basement isn’t technically a basement, it functions exactly like one, which is why we’ve included it on this list. (Instead, it’s a windowless shed in his backyard.) Snoop actually called in experts from the DIY Network to create his “basement man cave.” The result is the perfect space for watching sports and playing video games. Designed to have a retro feel, the trunk of a vintage Cadillac has been repurposed into a comfy couch. Above it, plenty of photos, along with a custom painting of the Dogg himself, are hung. Although not seen in these photos, the room includes 2 50-inch flat screen TVs, a media storage system, and a direct phone line to the local Denny’s, which happens to be his favorite restaurant.
6. Lady Gaga
Referred to as “The Batcave,” the basement in Lady Gaga’s Malibu home is only accessible through a hidden door. Down here, the object is to relax and have fun. That’s probably pretty easy to do, thanks to the vintage basketball arcade games, authentic 1960s 2-lane bowling alley with the original scoreboard, and home theater that is surrounded by plenty of comfortable seating. The Batcave also includes a full bar and an 800-bottle wine cellar.
7. Michael Bay
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that one of Hollywood’s most legendary directors has a state-of-the-art home theater in his Hollywood basement. With enough seating for 35, the basement theater features plush seating upholstered in midnight blue, as well as a spectacular domed ceiling that has been filled with LED lights to resemble the nighttime sky. Apparently, the theater is also equipped with an acoustic sound system that is so exceptional even Steven Spielberg was impressed by it. Just outside of the theater, there is rumored to be a “movie prop museum,” which serves as the home to memorabilia from several of his top films.
8. CC Sabathia
After a long night riding the bench at Yankee Stadium, CC Sabaitha, the Yankees pitcher who is currently on the disabled list, can look forward to going home to his massive Alpine, NJ mansion, which includes an amazing basement recreation room. Definitely a place for his entire family to play, the rec room includes an air hockey table, several video games, and an ultra-modern round sectional sofa. However, what really sets this basement apart from most is the indoor basketball court, which includes an electronic scoreboard.
9. Ryan Seacrest
When Ryan’s long day of hosting TV and radio programs is over, he can always retire to his cozy basement, at least, when he’s in Los Angeles. His basement screening room is equipped with the latest home theater equipment, including two in-wall subwoofers and four in-wall speakers. However, it’s not the high-tech equipment that makes the basement stand out. Instead, it’s the log cabin-esque look that really sets it apart. Although the walls and ceiling are clad in wood paneling, it’s definitely not the pressed fiberboard or plywood that was so popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Instead, it’s rich, authentic wood that is perfectly highlighted by the recessed lighting and the fireplace on the right. A couple of oversized couches provide a comfy space to sit, while what appears to be a bar at the back of the room is sure to have plenty of refreshment options.
10. Khloe Kardashian
When Khloe and her new daughter, True, are ready to return to LA, either with or without Tristan, she can take comfort in knowing that she can hide from the press in her luxury basement screening room. Everything in the room, from the faux fur throws to the velvet chaise lounges and the metallic cylinder that is meant to hold refreshments, is done in a shade of silver, according to the designer, Martyn Bullard. The entire back wall is taken up by a huge couch topped with silky cushions and woven pillows. Above the couch, a blown-up photo of Khloe in the nude hangs. (She is a Kardashian, after all.) To keep the lighting dim and give the room a cozy vibe, a few wall sconces are used to light the room and highlight Khloe’s photo.
11. 50 Cent
Located in the bankrupt rapper’s Connecticut mansion, this basement nightclub and casino is currently on the market for $4.995 million. (Fun fact: 50 bought the home for $4.1 million from Mike Tyson’s ex-wife, Monica Turner, after she was awarded it in their divorce settlement.) Before 50 moved out, he used to post plenty of pics on his Instagram page showing just how much he used the casino. Apparently, he’s a big Blackjack fan and used to invite friends over to play. By the way, the basement is also home to a basketball court and screening room.
12. Dwayne Johnson
Once named one of the “5 best home cinemas from around the world,” Dwayne Johnson’s basement home theater includes a 220-inch screen, built-in speaker system, and a Creston automation system, meaning it’s very easy to use. Just outside of the theater, which boasts comfy leather recliners, The Rock can take advantage of the full lobby and bar complete with over 100 types of liquor or at least, he used to could. Dwayne, who is very real estate savvy, later sold the Hidden Hills property for $4.9 million.
13. Jane Fonda
Who knew the 80-year-old star had such contemporary taste? Her walk-in basement includes this bar, which sports bamboo floors, pendant lights with exposed light bulbs, glass shelves for stocking plenty of alcohol, retro-style chrome bar stools, and an under counter wine fridge. The gold records that line the walls belong to her ex-boyfriend, Richard Perry, who has worked with everyone from Tina Turner and Diana Ross to Fats Domino and Barbara Streisand. Sadly, the couple has since split up. In January 2018, Jane sold the house for $8.535 million.
14. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
The couple’s palatial Malibu home has been featured in Architectural Digest and when you look at how beautiful it is, it’s easy to see why. Their basement screening room is completely different from most of the others on this list. Instead of being a high-tech space, it gives off a spiritual vibe. In the back, a cushioned daybed is suspended from the ceiling, while several upholstered recliners sit in front of it. The custom millwork on the walls took master woodworkers and carpenters weeks to complete, which gave their designer plenty of time to find the gorgeous and elegant Moroccan lanterns hanging from the wall.
15. Gwyneth Paltrow
First, let’s just say that Gwyneth Paltrow’s gorgeous basement playroom probably didn’t look like this for more than a few minutes after this photo was taken. At least, it didn’t if Apple and Moses are like most kids. Now, go back to the incredibly organized room in her Hamptons’ home that features bright white carpeting, plenty of white shelving and cabinets, and a cute couch that is perfect for reading. According to the designers at The Home Edit, the room has been “divided into activities on the left and leisure on the right. From there, different zones were created for art, science, etc. Okay, this may not be the adult basement of your dreams, but don’t deny that you wouldn’t totally live in it, if given the chance.
16. Paris Hilton
Paris has been known to spend quite a bit of time in nightclubs, so it only makes sense that she would build her own in the basement of her $5.9 million Mulholland Estates home. It’s equipped with a DJ booth, high-tech Bose sound system, dance pole, laser lights, and smoke machines. Clad in black and gold, with the occasional flash of pink and multiple photos of Paris herself (check out the lampshade on the right), it’s referred to as Club Paris. In told, she spent $500,000 to get the basement nightclub of her dreams, which also includes a 20 ft. bar stocked with all types of liquor, multiple ornate black chandeliers, and plenty of leather couches and barstools.
17. Slash/ Big Sean
In December 2017, Slash (of Guns N’ Roses fame) sold his Mulholland Estates mansion, which includes this walk-out basement nightclub, for $8.7 million to rapper Big Sean. Big Sean hasn’t said what he plans to do with the nightclub that comes with a fully equipped DJ booth, custom LED lighting, and a chrome stripper pool, but there’s a good chance it will fit into his plans for the house. As for the home theater that sits off to the side of the nightclub, he’ll probably want to make a few changes, such as ripping out the tired plum carpet, getting rid of the gaudy red ceiling, and replacing the old leather recliners. Of course, those are all just suggestions.
It’s not immediately clear which one of Ludacris’s homes this basement rec room can be found in (possibly Atlanta or Beverly Hills), but that shouldn’t stop you from wanting to move in, especially if you’re a fan of the rapper/ actor. Judging by all the photos he has hanging on the neon red walls, Luda is definitely his own fan. Based on the colors of the room and the leather recliner he’s kicked back in, the room also pays homage to his favorite Atlanta Falcons. The room’s black carpet means it perfect place to invite friends to play pool or simply hang out, without worrying about what’ll happen to the floor.
19. Mark Wahlberg
Before Mark and his family sold their Beverly Hills home for an impressive $12.995 million, this basement theater room provided plenty of room for everyone to spread out and watch movies on the projection screen. The fireplace on the far wall gives the room a cozy touch, though if we’re being honest the upholstered chaise lounges do look like they’ve seen better days. Replace them with something new and it’s the perfect basement to stow away in.
20. Barbara Streisand
There are celebrity basements and then there’s Barbara Streisand’s basement in her Malibu estate known as “The Barn.” Here, Barbara has created her own underground mall, complete with a darling cobblestone floor, antique lanterns, a doll shop, antique clothes shop, sweet shop, and more. The basement is so elaborate that it was the subject of an off-Broadway play, Buyer & Cellar. Her reason for creating a basement store is surprisingly smart. She wrote in her book, My Passion for Design, “I have a lot of stuff, and instead of storing it just in a basement, why not make a street of shops that would house these things?” There’s simply too much going on in the basement to describe it in words. Instead, you’ll have to see it for yourself.