If you're as obsessed with celebrity lifestyles as we are, you'll recognize these popular neighborhoods where the stars live and play. For more celebrity home stargazing, see our list of Famous Former Lovers' Homes.
Beverly Hills and Malibu have their fair share of celebrity abodes, but good ol' Hollywood is still tops. The Hollywood Hills, most notably the portion above the Sunset Strip, are known to have the highest concentration of celebrities in Los Angeles. Younger stars in particular have flocked there for privacy and unparalleled city views. Among those headed for the hills are Justin Timberlake, Charlize Theron, and Christina Aguilera.
The list of part-time Aspen residents reads like a who's who of Hollywood: Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Mariah Carey, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, David and Victoria Beckham... and the list goes on. One thing's clear: This skiing Mecca is a magnet for celebrities, who are drawn by the spectacular slopes and chic town.
The city of Malibu is comprised of a 21-mile strip of Pacific coastline stretching along the Pacific Coast Highway. Lured by relative privacy and stunning vistas, countless big-name stars have called Malibu home, from Jennifer Aniston to Mel Gibson. But living in paradise has its downsides — the area is famously prone to wildfires and mudslides.
Sun, sand, surf... and stars. That's what you get in the Hamptons, where celebrity A-listers head east from New York City every summer. A playground for the rich and famous, these sandy shores are dotted with celebrities' mansions. Who's been known to summer in the Hamptons? Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, and Russell Simmons.
Made famous by the TV show Miami Vice and the movie Scarface, South Beach is known for its sizzling nightlife and classic Art Deco architecture. It's also a haven for "beautiful people," from Hollywood starlets to top models. In fact, South Beach is one of the world's most popular destinations for fashion shoots. The most likely place to spot a shoot is on Ocean Drive, where you'll also find the late Gianni Versace's former beachfront mansion.
OMG! Everybody who's anybody lives on the Upper East Side. Celebs, business moguls, political figures — they're all here. The TV hit Gossip Girl, which revolves around the lives of young Upper East Side socialites, has made this spendy neighborhood even more popular. Thinking about moving in? You better have cash: The Upper East Side features some of the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
This lower Manhattan neighborhood, once an industrial district, is now studded with luxurious lofts, trendy boutiques, and fine restaurants. Many of Hollywood's elite have called Tribeca home, including Jay-Z, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet. Tribeca's most famous champion, Robert De Niro, created the popular Tribeca Film Festival.
It may not quite live up to L.A. and N.Y.C., but ATL looms large when it comes to stars. Which neighborhood has the biggest star power? That would be Buckhead, where you can dine in restaurants owned by Sean Combs ("P. Diddy") and Atlanta resident Jermaine Dupri ("JD"). And you might even run into part-time resident Elton John. One of Atlanta's most important business and entertainment districts, Buckhead is known as the Southeast's prime shopping spot.
Beverly Hills actually encompasses three ZIP codes, but it'll always be known simply as Beverly Hills, 90210. Beverly Hills' most high-profile landmark is ritzy Rodeo Drive. (Remember the famous Pretty Woman shopping spree?) Some of the most expensive homes in the U.S. are located here, as well as some of the biggest. Ever since the birth of the movie industry in the 1920s, many stars have made their homes in this area.