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Outrageous Homes of the Rich and Famous

Mark.Miles By
Mark Miles
   | Celebrity, Home Ownership

Ever wonder how the rich and famous live? Let’s take a look at the homes of the folks who will never be affected by a recession. Continue reading at your own risk as the images and videos may not make you want to go home tonight. You’ve been warned.

Let’s kick things off by taking a look at a simple bachelor pad. Well, simple for media mogul Rupert Murdoch that is. After losing his $44 million Fifth Avenue penthouse in his divorce settlement from Wendi Deng, Murdoch did what any newly single guy would do – he threw down $57.25 million to buy the top four floors of One Madison, a slender, 60-story glass tower on E. 23rd St. in New York City according to NY Daily News.

The purchase of the four floors gives Murdoch over 10,000 square feet, which is plenty of room for the single 82 year old businessman to host huge parties with models or just fall asleep by 8 o’ clock at night. The space currently consists of two units, which Murdoch will most likely convert into one space. One is a 5 bedroom, 5.5.bathroom penthouse with wraparound terrace. The second is a 3-bedroom apartment below the penthouse. According to Zillow, both units offer floor-to-ceiling windows with 360 degree views.

Murdoch living room

Murdoch dining room

Celine Dion put her Jupiter Island, Florida home on the market last year for a steal at $72.5 million dollars. The home was originally two homes, which Dion bought for $12.5 million and $7 million in 2004 and 2008, respectively. The singer combined the homes, which sit on almost 6 acres of land and offer more than 400 linear feet of waterfront according to Zillow.

So what will $72.5 million get you? For starters, the main house provides 10,000-square-feet of living space, perfect for belting out tired love songs inspired from really bad cruises. Including in the hefty price tag is a massive eight-bedroom guest house, pool house, tennis center and beach house. The real kicker would have to be the full water park built for Dion on the property.

Twenty-five year old British socialite and heiress Petra Ecclestone purchased legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling’s huge estate for $85 million in cold hard cash in 2011. The mansion, known as “The Manor,” is the largest home in Los Angeles County. The French-style chateau covers 56,000 square feet and sits on more than 6 acres of land. Rumor has it that at least 3 people have gone missing after playing hide and seek in the 80s. With 123 rooms (including 14 bedrooms and 27 bathrooms), Ecclestone really has no excuse for ever kicking a guest out.  The home features 5 kitchens, 3 bars, a bowling alley, arcade room, screening room, four two-car garages, tennis court, 2 heated pools, a parking lot that fits 100 cars and an awards room. Surprisingly, the home has only 3 rooms for wrapping gifts.

Love him or hate him, Chicago’s own Kanye West knows how to live in style. West and wife Kim Kardashian bought an $11 million Bel-Air mansion in a gated community complete with armed guards according to The 9,000 square foot residence has two stories, 5 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, a basketball court, elevator, spa, outdoor pavilion, bowling alley, full hair and makeup salon, and wine cellar. To top it all of, the power couple have installed $750,000 gold-plated toilets according to Examiner.

Kanye West mansion

Kanye West living room

Kanye West kitchen

What we love about celebrity homes is that they show the amazing potential in a home. There are so many ways to make a house (or condo) into a home. So while we can only dream of having gold-plated toilets, we can use these outrageous mansions as an inspiration to always reach higher in our own home.