Celebrity Real Estate

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom buy big in Montecito

Singer and actor become latest celebs to put down roots in exclusive area


Katy Perry Macy's Meet and Greet, New York, 8 May 2019
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Sting’s former London townhouse lists for $16.9M

British rocker lived in the 7-story Westminster home for two years


Sting performing in Norway in 1985
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Rob Lowe Sells His Magnificent Montecito Estate for $45.5M

The actor Rob Lowe has sold his luxe Montecito mansion for around $45.5 million. The estate had been on the market for a couple of years before finding a buyer.


Rob Lowe at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight
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A Look at Priscilla Presley's $16M 'Secluded Resort' in Beverly Hills

Priscilla Presley's longtime residence is a European-style villa that includes an 8,550-square-foot main house with seven bedrooms.


Priscilla Presley 2003
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Doris Day's Longtime California Home Embodies Her Sunny Style

The late singer and actress had an extensive estate in Carmel that's full of green spaces and light, airy interiors. The prominent animal-welfare ...


Doris Day 1960

Celebrities who really own an island

Private Islands and celebrities: they seem unable to part from each other. The most famous island owners were probably acting legend Marlon Brando, who relaxed on his beloved atoll Tetiaroa, and the Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. His last wish was to be buried on his island Skorpios. Although—or precisely because—many of the celebrities are spoiled by success, are always paid court to by somebody, and are at home in the metropolises all around the world, they seek on their own or on rented islands a grounded life in and with nature. They enjoy the luxury of exquisite resorts and let themselves be pampered in upscale island spas. But this only works if these establishments are administered in harmony with the environment and if they make it possible to forget the fast and artificial life of the big city for a while. One of “my” island enthusiasts once said: “My island is the pharmacy for my soul.” Most of the celebrities who seek some seclusion on a small or large island and who would like to move freely without being recognized originate from show business or are internationally known heavy hitters of economy.

David Copperfield, Musha Cay, Exumas, Bahamas

When magician David Copperfield has enough of glittering Las Vegas, he swaps it for the turquoise glitter of the Caribbean around Musha Cay. His dreamlike secondary residence in the southern Bahamas spans over 150 acres and is framed by three smaller isles which guarantee absolute privacy—for everyone who wants to rent the island.

Further information on Musha Cay for rent



Johnny Depp, Little Hall’s Pond Cay, Exumas, Bahamas

It was certainly the shoot for “Pirates of the Caribbean” which lead Johnny Depp to search at the same place for a lonely and paradisiac safe haven. He made a find in the Exuma chain of islands in the Bahamas: Little Hall’s Pond Cay enchanted the Hollywood star with lush vegetation, six snow-white beaches, and a lagoon surrounded by palm trees. Only a small landing stage for his yacht connects the island to the outside world. Mobile reception? No chance! In order for Little Hall’s Pond Cay to remain the jewel the actor fell in love with, he already encourages his children to develop a sense for nature preservation.



Jörg Pilawa, Hunt Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

This attractive private island owned by the famous German tv host Jörg Pilawa on the vast Ponhook Lake is available for rent. The lake is very popular among tourists and natives and is characterized by its many islands and very interesting scenic coastal areas. It reaches temperatures of up to 23 °C in summer and is therefore suited for all kinds of water sports. The island is covered by dense mixed forest and one could not imagine a more relaxing place to stay.

Further information on Hunt Island for rent



Sir Richard Branson, Necker Island, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean

Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Records, by now owns virtually anything that can be owned, from his own airline to a private spaceship. He completed his Virgin empire with a very own Caribbean island, which he also rents out: it probably goes without saying that the little paradise belongs to the Virgin Islands.

Further information on Necker Island for rent



Onassis Family, Skorpios, Ionian Sea, Greece

When the Greek shipping magnate and billionaire Aristotle Onassis married Jackie Kennedy on the 20th of October, 1968, the whole world looked at Skorpios. Onassis loved this place and spent a lot of time with his family here. His son Alexander and daughter Christina lie buried next to him between the gentle hills of the island. Skorpios has remained a family property with Athina as heiress.



Dietrich Mateschitz, Laucala, Fiji

Laucala lies with its singular five star resort beyond the northeastern coast of Taveuni. From the interior to the kitchen, the operators adhere to a holistic philosophy in accordance with the exotic nature of the South Pacific. The publisher Malcolm Forbes bought the island in 1972 and was also laid to rest here. Today, Dietrich Mateschitz, founder of Red Bull, owns Laucala.

Further information on Laucala Island for rent



Charles Lindbergh and today the Heidsieck family, Île Illiec, Brittany, France

In 1938, when American pilot Charles Lindbergh, who was the first to complete a transatlantic solo flight, planned on withdrawing from the public, he bought Île Illiec at the fabulous rate of 16,000 dollars, which is about one dollar per square yard. Today, this small Breton jewel is owned by the Heidsieck family.



Peter Munk, Jacklin Island, Ontario, Canada

For more than 20 years, Peter Munk, a Canadian businessman who possesses the world’s largest gold mining company, has owned Jacklin Island in the Georgian Bay, which he affectionately calls a “family member.” It lies in the neighborhood of several 10,000 islands with distinctive rocky bays and limestone cliffs.



Diana Ross, Tiano, Raiatea Atoll, Society Islands, French Polynesia

For many years, Tiano was a second home to Diana Ross. The singer even spent her honeymoon here in the ’80s. A villa in the Polynesian style and a comfortable guesthouse crown this small South Seas paradise.

Brooke Shields, Emerald Island, New York, USA

The rustic estate made out of grey natural stone appears dignified and Old English. Many chimneys and elaborate wood paneling create a comfortable ambience. A small, tree-lined private dam connects the island to the shore, but apart from that you are ll by yourself on the 8.5 acres. Brooke Shields lived on Emerald Island for some years and enjoyed, while surrounded by high trees, the seclusion in the middle of Chazy Lake, which belongs to the gorgeous Adirondacks Park.



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