Just as there are some locations that are more desirable to live, there are also areas that are magnets for celebrities. There are many factors that contribute to celebrities flocking to certain cities. Some of these include cities that have a lot of film industry activity, desirable or beautiful locations, the availability of large luxurious homes, and whether other celebrities are already living in an area. There is certainly no rule that says celebrities all have to live in the same cities. In fact, some celebrities choose to live in a remote location or in the area in which they grew up. However, there are many cities across the globe that seem to naturally attract celebrities and it is in these locations where you will find large numbers of the rich and famous. Here are the top 20 cities where celebrities live.
20. Cork, Ireland
While it may not seem the obvious spot for celebrity spotting, Cork is actually a popular choice amongst celebrities. This historic city in Ireland is a quieter choice than many other cities that attract the rich and famous and this is possibly one of the attractions of living there. It is a great choice if you want to live out of the limelight and avoid living in a place that has an around-the-clock buzz. However, Cork still has everything you would expect from city life while being surrounded by beautiful greenery. English actor Jeremy Irons has two Irish homes; one in Dublin and Kilcoe Castel in Cork. Angela Lansbury also bought a home in Cork when her Malibu estate was destroyed in a fire in 1970. Cork is also home to famous Riverdance creator and Irish dancer Michael Flatley. His estate in Cork is called Castelhyde House and this is his main residence with his wife and son. Flatley was awarded the Freedom of Cork in 2007. He also has homes in New York, London, Chicago, and France.
19. Melbourne, Australia
Australia has produced some world-class talent. While many Australian celebrities leave Australia to follow their dreams, others stay true to their roots even after they have achieved fame. There are many amazing cities in this country that celebrities could choose to live, including Sydney and the capital Canberra, but many of them are drawn to Melbourne. This is possibly because of the city’s vibe. Some of the celebrities who call Melbourne home include Shane Warne, Barry Humphries, Danni Minogue, and Geoffrey Rush.
18. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto is one of the biggest film hubs in Canada and this encourages many celebrities to buy property there, either as their main residence or as a second home. This amazing city has many other features that are appealing, including the diverse architecture, the cultural heritage, the range of attractions, and the restaurants. Some of the most famous people who have homes in this city include Mark Wahlberg, Emily Haines, Guillermo del Toro, Jay Baruchel, Rachel McAdams, and Elton John. Prior to his death, Prince also owned a home in Toronto.
17. Manchester, England
Although London is often the first choice for celebrities buying a home in the UK, Manchester is also popular amongst famous people. As Manchester has studios, it is the second biggest film and television producing city in the UK. It is also a hive of activity in the music industry. Manchester is a vibrant city with plenty to see and do and London is still within just a few hours commute. Furthermore, some of England’s biggest and most successful sporting teams are located in this city, so many sports stars choose to live in Manchester and the surrounding area. Some of the celebrities who have homes in Manchester include Wayne and Coleen Rooney, Paddy McGuiness, Liam and Noel Gallagher, and Nick Grimshaw.
16. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston is one of the oldest established cities in the United States and is a city with many different features and characteristics. It is the capital city of Massachusetts and lies on the Shawmut Peninsula on the east coast of the United States. Boston is a popular setting on which films are based and is also regularly used as a location for shooting. There are television and radio stations representing every major American network located in this city. It is also home to some of the best performing sports teams in the United States. For these reasons, Boston is the city of choice for celebrities in the fields of sports, television, film, and radio. Some of the best-known celebrities who live in this city include Mark Wahlberg, Steve Tyler, Carly Simon and Matt Damon. Couples who live in this city or the surrounding area include Harrison Ford and his wife Calista Flockhart and Tom Brady and his model girlfriend Gisele Bundchen.
15. Austin, Texas
The thriving music and arts community of Austin has made it become the cultural capital of Texas. It is also the location where the South by South conference takes place each year. This conference takes place in March annually and focuses on music, film, and interactive media. As a result of the interest in arts and culture in this city, it is becoming an increasingly popular choice amongst celebrities who are buying property. Those who have homes in this city include Sandra Bullock, Willie Nelson, Lance Armstrong, and Ethan Hawke.
14. Como, Italy
Lake Como is one of the most stunning natural features of Italy so Como, the city that lies by the lake, is a popular hot spot for the rich and famous. The lakeside homes are particularly spectacular and offer stunning views. Originally, celebrities would buy a second home here so they could relax in their free time. However, many loved the area so much that they decided to buy permanent residences in the area and make it their main home. George Clooney famously once had his main residence there but has since relocated. Other celebrities with homes in Como include Sir Richard Branson, Madonna, and Donatella Versace.
13. Jupiter, Florida
While tourists are generally attracted to Orlando and born and bred Floridians are drawn to Miami, Jupiter has become one of the most desirable locations in Florida for celebrities. Jupiter is located on the east coast of the state and lies just north of Palm Beach. Some famous people who own homes in this city include Celine Dion, Burt Reynolds, Tori Amos, and Bryant Gumbel. Another celebrity who lives there is Michael Jordan. He spent a whopping $12.4 million on an 11-bedroomed property within a gated golf community that features a course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Tiger Woods is also a resident of Jupiter as he has a $50 million estate on Jupiter Island. His home boasts a lap pool, a diving pool, and an oxygen therapy room.
12. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is a city that has expanded significantly since the 1970s. One of the reasons why it is so popular among celebrities is that is the home of Turner Broadcasting. This is the parent company of subsidiaries including Tyler Perry Studios, Cartoon Network, HLN, CNN, Turner Classic Movies, TruTV, and TBS. It is also the hone of many hip-hop studios. Therefore, it is magnet for stars from both the music and television industries. Just a selection of the celebrities with homes in Atlanta include Janet Jackson, T.I., Jeff Foxworthy, Ludacris, and Usher. The properties available in this city range from penthouse apartments to stunning period mansions or vast estate.
11. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee, is particularly appealing to those in the music industry as the music scene is big in this city. It is especially well-known for its links to country music. While many of the people who choose Nashville as their home are in some way connected to the country music industry, there are others who have no links at all with this genre of music and some work in the film industry. This city is not all about the music though as it has a lot more to offer its residents. The weather is good, the city is filled with culture, and events and festivals take place in Nashville throughout the year. Celebrities who have opted to buy property in this city include Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, and Reese Witherspoon. Nashville is also home to couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.
10. Paris, France
Paris is known as both the ‘City of Lights’ and the ‘City of Romance’. This beautiful, historic, and cultural city appeals to celebrities from right across the globe. Other than the interesting landmarks and the outstanding cuisine on offer in this city, its location is one of the biggest draws for living in Paris. It is the ideal spot for people who travel around Europe on a regular basis. As one of the fashion centers of the world, it is particularly popular with famous fashion designers and models. Historically, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison were residents of this wonderful city. In terms of current celebrities, Emma Watson who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series of films has made Paris her home. Others who own homes in Paris include Bryan Adams, Johnny Depp, and Scarlett Johansson.
9. New Orleans, Louisiana
The birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans has been dubbed the ‘Hollywood of the South’. One of the biggest attractions to living here is that this city offers tax breaks to those who work in the entertainment industry. This charming and cultural city has beautiful buildings and exciting events that take place around the year. It is also the home of many production companies. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were amongst the first to make New Orleans home prior to their divorce. Celebrities who currently reside in this amazing city include Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Harry Connick Jr., and Tim Robbins.
8. London, England
After the United States, Britain has the biggest film industry in the world and is also the hub of the British music industry. Therefore, it makes sense that this is a desirable place to live for actors, television personalities, singers and musicians. This location puts them at the centre of the action in these cities, not to mention that it gives them access to everything that London has to offer. The capital city of England has an eclectic vibe and is divided into boroughs and neighborhoods that each has their own style. London is the location of many of the biggest attractions in the UK and many of the best restaurants in the world. Therefore, it is little wonder that this is such as desirable place to live. It is not just British celebrities who live in this city as there are celebrities from all over the world who choose to have either their main abode or a second home there. Just a small selection of celebrities who have a residence in London include Gwen Stefani, Ewan McGregor, Mick Jagger, Jude Law, Elton John, and Colin Firth.
7. Monte Carlo, Monaco
When it comes to luxurious locations that are popular amongst the rich and famous, Monte Carlos is one of the most exclusive in the world. Actress Grace Kelly famously married Prince Ranier in this city to become Princess Grace of Monaco. This stunning Mediterranean location is home to the Monaco Grand Prix race making this city a popular place to live for stars of the track. It is also famous for its casino and is a popular vacation destination for those with yachts. While many simply love to spend their free time in this city, those who have made it their permanent address include Shirley Bassey, James Caan, Ringo Starr, Bono, Mick Hucknall, and Roger Moore.
6. Chicago, Illinois
Another up and coming celebrity abode is Chicago in Illinois. ‘The Windy City’ has been a central hub for film production for over a century and this is one of the reasons why on-screen stars are drawn to this location. In fact, at one time, Essanay studios in Chicago produced the greatest number of American films. It is also a popular location when shooting movies with movies that are set here including ‘Chicago Fire’, ‘Home Alone’, and ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’. Some of the celebrities who currently reside in Chicago include Steve Harvey, R. Kelly, and Joan Cusack.
5. Vancouver, British Columbia
The Canadian film industry has become bigger over the last two decades and a lot of the action takes place in British Columbia. Vancouver is the third largest city in Canada and is known as ‘Hollywood North’ as in terms of television production, it is second only to Los Angeles and ranks third in North America for feature film shooting. Many of the biggest film and television production companies in North America are located in Vancouver, including Omnifilm, ACE Entertainment, Vidcom, and Sepia Films. Some of the many celebrities who live there include Michael Buble, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Renee Zellweger, Robert Patterson, Halle Berry, Pamela Anderson, Michael J. Fox, and Jennifer Garner.
4. Miami, Florida
While the tourists flock to Orlando, the celebrities’ preference is for Miami. This city is home to the top-rated beach in the United States, South Beach, and is a hot spot for water sports. Therefore, it is no wonder that the rich and famous battle to secure themselves a beach side residence. Other than the stunning coastal location of this city, another reason why it is so popular is that it is a popular location for shooting movies and his home to several production companies. Some of those who have chosen this city to settle down include Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Lenny Kravitz. It is also a city that many choose to a second home so they can enjoy vacations here. Some of the celebrities who have chosen to do this include Sammy Sousa, Mickey Rourke, Alex Rodriguez, and Sean Combs.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada,
One of the most fun cities in the United States and a hugely popular tourist destination, Las Vegas is becoming increasingly popular amongst celebrities as a place to buy their main home. It is best-known for its casinos and nightlife although it is also famous for ‘Area 51’, which is a mysterious military base where there have been many sightings of UFOs. One reason celebrities buy a property in Las Vegas is that they have performed there at one time and then fallen in love with the city. Some of the most famous entertainers who live in this vibrant city include Gladys Knight, Nicolas Cage, Barry Manilow, David Copperfield, Tony Curtis, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Smokey Robinson,and Debbie Reynolds.
2. New York City, New York
The second most popular city amongst celebrities in New York City. It is known as both ‘the city that never sleeps’ and the ‘Big Apple’. While the city is a symbol of America, it is also ethnically diverse. It is one of the commercial hubs of the United States and is home to some of the best, entertainment, restaurants, and attractions in America. There is a major studio presence in this city as it is the location where you will find Tribeca Film Center, Silvercup Studios, and Hearst Entertainment. This city has a fantastic vibe so it is a great place to live regardless of whether you are famous or not. Some of the celebrities who have chosen New York City as their home include Madonna, Woody Allen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Yoko Ono.
1. Los Angeles, California
In terms of action in both the music and film industries, everybody knows that Los Angeles is probably the most important city in the world. Many people who are intent on establishing a career in these industries will head to this city in search of work. As the home of Hollywood, it is not difficult to see the attraction of living here for stars. Other than the fact that this city is a central hub for the television, film, and music industries, there are many other reasons why living here is so appealing. It has more than 300 attractions, stunning beaches, a wonderful climate, and diverse entertainment options. Los Angeles has earned itself the nickname ‘tinsel Town’ and is home to celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Beyoncé, and Ben Stiller.