Bel Air, Los Angeles
Bel Air is an affluent neighborhood in westside Los Angeles that has been the filming location for several television shows, and the home of a host of movie stars. The median sales price of a Bel Air home is $1.8 million, according to Trulia.com.
Some big-name stars who call Bel Air home include singer Mariah Carey and television personality Nick Cannon, currently selling their remodeled five-bedroom house for $12.9 million; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul, who spent $9.5 million of his $68 million contract on a posh Bel Air home; and TV reality star Kim Kardashian and her fiance rapper Kanye West, who recently purchased a mansion for $11 million.
Star Island, Miami Beach
Star Island is an exclusive neighborhood in the city of Miami Beach, on a man-made island in Biscayne Bay, Florida. At the southern tip of the country, big shots like rock star Lenny Kravitz, rap mogul P.Diddy, and retired basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, all owned homes in this secluded getaway on the water.
Houses on the island are valued between $19.9 million and $40 million, and the average listing price is $27.6 million, according to several real estate companies online.
“In Miami, celebrities buy homes on these islands to be on the water and because they’re close to, but not in, South Beach,” says Nelson Gonzalez, a broker with Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Realty. “They can go have dinner and be crazy if they want to be crazy, and then they can go home and sleep in peace.”