Celebrities are often known for their extravagant lifestyles but the ultimate example of this is often their homes. You don’t have to be a celebrity to decorate like one. Find inspiration for your home by checking out these extravagant celebrity homes
Neverland Valley Ranch
Michael Jackson bought and renovated a ranch in Santa Barbara, California, renaming it Neverland Valley Ranch in reference to one of his favorite children’s fairy-tale characters Peter Pan. Michael designed the ranch to be a fairy-tale, dream-like destination for disadvantaged children, whom he regularly invited to visit. As well as the main residence where Michael lived, there were a number of guesthouses, games rooms, lounges, a museum and art gallery, a movie theatre, basketball court, amphitheater, and a massage therapy center.
But most famous are the many outdoor attractions on the ranch. These include a train that takes you all around the ranch, complete with the station, various lakes and gardens, a teepee village, a nature reserve, a variety of different fairground rides including a Ferris wheel, carousel, and bumper cars, and a petting zoo including elephants, tigers, and giraffes.
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The Playboy Mansion was owned by Hugh Hefner, owner of Playboy magazine. The mansion was famous for hosting many notorious parties frequented by A-list celebrities and being home to women known as Playboy Bunnies who were paid to live there for short periods of time, and who were or later became famous glamour models. The mansion itself is 20,000 square feet and includes the kind of features you come to expect from celebrity homes, such as games rooms, wine cellars, basketball courts, home cinemas and a multitude of guest rooms. Contact these Home Theatre Installers if you’ve been inspired by these for your own home. But it was the external areas which were the most notorious. The parties were largely held outside and the grounds had been designed specifically for hosting these wild events. There is a huge swimming pool that curves around the outside of the house with a waterfall, an inbuilt patio/barbeque area, a sauna and the famous ‘grotto’ which is a cave-like structure with a small indoor pool and hot tub inside. Other features include an orchard, a forest, and an aviary.
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Xanadu is an estate in Medina, Washington that belongs to Microsoft owner Bill Gates, and it is the largest private residence in the whole of the United States, worth $120 million. Gates built the house from scratch using Douglas Fir Trees, after buying the land in 1988. As you would expect, Xanadu features a range of futurist technologies including wearable devices that allow users to adjust things like lighting and music. Speakers are integrated into the walls invisibly too which, at the time, was revolutionary. There are even monitors that can adjust the environmental conditions surrounding a maple tree that Gates particularly loves. Other features of the house include 6 kitchens, 7 bedrooms, a huge library, and a 60-foot pool with indoor and outdoor sections and an underwater sound system.
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Celebrity homes often take it a step further with their excessive and exuberant features, but they can provide some inspiration if you’re looking to add a little luxury to your home. For more ideas and inspiration for your interior check out this post on making your home a sanctuary.