Exploring Celebrity Homes: Bel Air and Beverly Hills
The Platinum Triangle in Los Angeles has been home to the biggest stars of every generation. The triangle is made up of Beverly Hills, Bel Air, and Holmby Hills. Beverly Hills was a popular celebrity hang out before the city of Los Angeles even existed. As Los Angeles developed, stars sought the seclusion of Bel Air and Holmby Hills.
So what keeps celebrities coming back and buying property? It might have something to do with the beautiful, secluded back roads that make you feel like you’re hundreds of miles away from one of the most crowded cities in America. These back roads are prime for biking! We’ve chosen our favorites based on visibility, coolest architecture, and interesting history. Here are a few of the most beautiful estates.
Johnny Weissmuller’s Former Home: You may not realize it, but you know Johnny Weissmuller. He’s the originator of the famous Tarzan yell. Every Tarzan iteration has used Weismuller’s yell. Interestingly enough, his Bel Air home is like a jungle. In addition to his acting pursuits, Weissmuller was an olympic swimmer and eventually designed extravagant pools for a living. His home features a moat-style pool that extends around the entire property. If you take a look through the bushes that cover the fence, you can view this interesting feature from a few different vantage points. You’ll also notice expansive gardens at this Mediterranean Revival home.
Rod Stewart’s Holmby Hills Home: Estimated at only about $15 million, Rod Stewart’s place is actually one of the cheapest properties on Carolwood Drive. This street has been home to many celebrities since the Hollywood’s Golden Age. Stewart’s home is fun because it’s one of the most visible properties on the street. The third story of this 15,000 square foot home is completely dedicated to a complete replica of the Pennsylvania and New York Rail Systems. Stewart is a model train fanatic. Rumor has it that he even gets a separate room for his trains when he travels to conventions.
141 Carolwood Drive: This home has quite a history to it. Originally owned by Joseph Schneck (founder of Fox), this property has seen more celebrities than any other property in the area. Through the years it’s housed the likes of Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, Burt Reynolds, Sonny Bono, and Cher. Cher bought it from Curtis in the ‘70s for herself and Sonny, but the couple divorced soon after. CBS actually threatened to pull their show from the air if either of them moved out, so they would occupy separate wings of the house for a number of years. The original property is apparently largely unchanged and contains 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in its 12000 square feet.
Nicolas Cages’ Foreclosed Mansion: Whether or not you like his acting, Nicolas Cage is one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood. He also has an apparent spending problem. In comparison to his multiple luxury yachts, exotic animal collection, and castle, this home was one of his cheaper purchases at nearly $20 million dollars. It was foreclosed on after he was fined for tax evasion and couldn’t pay. They auctioned off a few of his properties to settle the fines.
Liongate House in Bel Air: Until recently, Kenny Rogers inhabited this mansion. The structure that you can see from the street is an elevator that leads from the main garden to a ballroom, wet bar, and full spa. The property boasts 11 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms all in a huge 24,000 square feet.
Steve Martin’s House: This is a great house to visit because it is right next to Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills Garden Park, and Will Rogers park, so there is no shortage of activity in the area. This modest celebrity mansion measures in at just over 8000 square feet, 5 bedrooms, and 5 bathrooms. Don’t be fooled by the relatively small size though; Martin has owned multiple multimillion dollar properties at various times throughout his career.
Greystone Mansion: While not technically a celebrity home, this property is too interesting to miss. The property was built by oil tycoon Edward Doheny as a wedding gift to his son, Ned. The timing ended up being pretty poor as Ned was killed in a murder-suicide just four months into living on the property. The property was valued at $3.5 million back in the late 20s, about $300 million in today’s terms. It’s also the site of countless film and TV shoots. Leonardo DiCaprio shot the film Aviator here and offered the city $18 million for it and was apparently laughed out of the room.