Ever fancied living in Liz Taylor’s home? What about spending the night with a Jonas Brother? Well, AirBNB has answered your prayers.
The former homes of many celebrities are listed on the rental site. Some of the stars are long gone, while others still actively bless us with their talents. Some stars still own these homes and others sold them years ago to regular, albeit extremely wealthy, people.
A few of these homes offer rents that are reasonable and manageable, but others rent for prices most of us can only dream of affording. Regardless, the estates are beautiful and envy-provoking and prove that we don’t need Robin Leach to preview the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
Here’s a list of celebrity Airbnb homes that you can rent for your next vacation.
Orson Welles ($795 per night)
The actor’s former home sits at the top of Sunset Boulevard (naturally) and is known for its pools – lagoon, Jacuzzi, and the Pacific Ocean just below. Inside, spacious bedrooms make up the floorplan. Visitors might even hear the faint whisper of “Rosebud” if they listen (or drink) enough. It’s an ideal spot for anyone hoping to glimpse the life of a true Hollywood legend.
Mickey Rooney ($220 per night)
Located in Topanga, this estate is famous for its perfect climate and its close proximity to several action-packed places in Los Angeles. It’s also surrounded by an herb garden, a vegetable garden, and an orchard – perfect for anyone who goes on vacation to kick back, relax, and eat well. While it offers an affordable rate, it’s not the cheapest on this list.
Denzel Washington ($490 per night)
This Malibu home offers the renter two bathrooms and three bedrooms. It also has a guesthouse, a pool, a gym for training days, and both ocean and mountain views. Other celebrities owned this home at one time or another, such as Jimmy Page and Captain and Tennille. While it might not be the biggest house on the list, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in luxury.
Julie Andrews ($350 per night)
The hills are alive with this modern home located in upstate New York. Known as the “Rubber House,” this pad is a fortress for those who want to tap into their creativity. It’s located on seven acres of forest, all but assuring enough peace and quiet to get things done…or procrastinate without interruption. No word on whether Andrews would be willing to sing to you about a few of her favorite things if you get caught in a storm…
Aaron Paul ($400 per night)
Paul’s Boise home features a swimming pool, geothermal hot springs, and a large living room conducive to socializing. It also comes with a nice kitchen, which hopefully is not used to channel his “Breaking Bad” character. Unfortunately, rumor has it that the listing has been pulled from AirBnB since Paul has received some strange requests from people staying there.
Bing Crosby ($675 per night)
The pool area of this estate includes seating for 30 of your closest friends. It also comes with a cantina, a wet bar, a pool table, a forest of citrus trees, and a wood-burning fireplace… just in case there’s ever a White Christmas in Palm Springs. The estate is what you’d expect from Crosby – it’s filled with nods to the good life.
Jim Morrison ($3,180 per month)
Jim Morrison’s two-bedroom apartment is the last place he lived before he moved overseas. Located in West Hollywood, it’s believed Morrison spent a good amount of downtime here writing songs, strumming his guitar, and doing other rock star things. The rent is quite reasonable, particularly for California.
Ronaldinho ($15,000 per night)
His home in Rio has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. It also features a pool, a sauna, a wine cellar, a home theater, a stage, and a Zen room. It’s large, which makes it a great party pad, and it’s primed for people looking to have fun. At $15,000 a night, it’s ridiculously expensive, but not even close to another on this list.
Elizabeth Taylor ($625 per night)
Located in the Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs, this house offers four bedrooms, mountain views, a swimming pool, and a spa. It’s occasionally used as a wedding venue, something Elizabeth Taylor knew quite a lot about. It’s not expansive by any means, but it’s a nice place for anyone who wants seclusion, without feeling marooned.
Merv Griffin ($5,050 per night)
For anyone who doesn’t have their own Wheel of Fortune, this 39-acre, 10-bedroom villa in La Quinta, California might leave you too broke to buy a vowel. Four guest casitas, a racetrack, a pool, a pond with a paddle boat, and two guest houses are a few things worth mentioning. It also has a barn with 20 stables for all of those animals that you travel with.
Ava Gardner ($85 per night)
This is a listing for the master bedroom, rather than the entire house. It features a TV with over 500 channels, a walk-in closet, a desk, and a mini-fridge. It’s located in Rancho Equestrian, an affluent area of Burbank. Its affordability allows us common folk to rent it for Seven Days in May. Or, whenever.
Sonny and Cher ($900 per night)
Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, four guest casitas, a children’s bedroom that sleeps three, and a swimming pool are some amenities offered at the house Sonny and Cher once called home. Several celebrities are rumored to presently live in the surrounding neighborhood, including Barry Manilow and Suzanne Somers of ThighMaster and “Three’s Company” fame!
Harry Houdini ($1,000 per night)
Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, this estate reminds us that Houdini didn’t do anything in moderation: seven gazebos, a waterfall, hiking trails, a koi pond and enough parking for fifty cars. At $1,000 a night ($2,000 on weekends) it’s not exactly cheap, but it might be worth it for anyone enthralled with the idea of stepping into the shadows of one of history’s greatest magicians.
Jimi Hendrix ($145 per night)
If you want to rub your elbows with the ghosts of musicians past, consider this cottage next time you’re in Maui. It was built in the 1930s (but was recently remodeled) and situated on over four acres of land that includes a stream, fruit trees, and a vegetable garden. It’s not a great place for lots of people, but it’s ideal for a couple looking to get away.
Charlie Chaplin ($187 per night)
If you’re looking for convenience, Chaplin’s cottage offers it in spades (and traffic): he built his home near the biggest intersection in central Los Angeles. It’s cozy, with a 1920s design, and, perhaps, a wayward mustache comb or two. Like Hendrix’s former home, it’s not meant for a large group, but rather a sole renter or two.
John Steinbeck ($175 per night)
Steinbeck’s former studio is reasonably priced (but one home coming up certainly isn’t). It’s tiny, only 350 feet, and features short doorways. Tall guests are warned to watch their heads, leaving us to wonder if Steinbeck built this for mice or men. He has nearby cottage that is a bit more expensive to rent, but offers more space to move around.
Frank Sinatra ($2,600 per night)
With a swimming pool to match Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, this estate was built in 1947. It stays true to Sinatra’s roots – it’s filled with memorabilia, art, and includes his original recording studio. It’s bathed in luxury, as you might expect from Frank, and showcases the finer things in life.
Donna Karan ($30,000 per night)
One huge celeb is still coming up, but first this – the nightly stay that rivals the price of a new car. The most expensive on our list, this estate is located on a private island in the Turks and Caicos. It’s not a single house but three, and includes all sorts of perks: a personal chef, a housekeeper and butler services, tennis courts, infinity pools, and a fitness center.
Kevin Jonas ($20,000 per night)
Tweens everywhere were probably asking for a raise in their allowance when this six bedroom, five and a half bathroom home hit the rental market a while back. Other bonuses include a billiard room, a theater, and a saltwater pool. It also has a wine cellar and lots of room to socialize.
Fruit of the Loom Guy ($175 per night)
Okay, so he might not be that big of a celebrity, but come on – we all use underwear. It’s only a rumor that his Los Angeles home is available on AirBnB, but imagine all the possibilities! Namely, the excitement of lying in bed at night wondering if the home you’re in belongs to the apple or the grape.