How To Rent Homes Once Owned By The Stars
Want to relax like Denzel Washington or party like you’re one of the guys on Entourage? Spend your next vacation in one of these luxurious (and surprisingly affordable) rentals celebrities have stayed in, found on popular home rental websites.
Charlie Chaplin’s stage crew actually built the adorable Normandie Towers apartment community. And for just over $100/night, you can stay where the classic silent movie comedian did! And American Horror Story fans may have another reason to stay: Rumor has it that actor Rudolph Valentino once lived here too.
If “Turn down for what” is your vacation motto, the villa where the final scene of the hit HBO show was filmed is just what you need to party like a rock star the next time you have time off. And that’s not this estate’s only claim to fame: The 2011 Victora’s Secret Bombshell Summer event was filmed here too!
Soak up some musical inspiration in the Gingerbread House where Hendrix lived while in Hawaii filming Rainbow Bridge for $165 a night.
How does Hollywood legend Denzel Washington live when he’s not on camera? Find out by staying for a few nights in the beautiful three-bedroom, three-building Malibu property he used to own. Not only was it Washington’s abode of choice, it was once world-famous for the wild Hollywood parties thrown there in the 60s and 70s (not by Washington, but previous owners).
Want to live and cook like Paula Deen, ya’ll ? Even those who no longer love the controversial cook will want to come to this 2,000-square-foot vacation home in Tybee Island, Georgia for its incredible kitchen stocked with all of Deen’s cookbooks (which she signs for guests as souvenirs).
And when you’re not cooking up a storm, you can spend your downtime star seeing. This posh vacation destination is right around the corner from other celebrity homes belonging to John Mellencamp and Sandra Bullock.
If you’re looking to travel off of the beaten Hollywood path, it doesn’t get any quirkier than actor Mickey Rooney. His former home has four dining rooms, two bedrooms and lots of other details that will make you feel like you’re living a famous actor’s life.
The Rubber House in Accord, New York is just as famous for its breathtaking architecture as it is the long list of celebrities who have lived there. From the vaulted glass chef’s kitchen to the glass atrium walkway, Willem Dafoe’s former 2,000-square-foot home has all the perks of a celebrity vacation rental home for just $500 a night.
Literature lovers looking for inspiration are going to want to reserve a night at Charles Dickens’s former workspace. Not only did the author write here, but it was also the space where he founded the British literary magazine All the Year Round in 1859.
Houdini didn’t just practice his famous feats at his Hollywood Hills mansion — he died shortly after he moved in. And his wife, Bess Houdini, performed séances there to communicate with him until the house caught fire in 1959. Since then it’s been beautifully restored, filled with Houdini memorabilia and become famous again for hosting big parties.
Who didn’t love Lucille Ball’s sidekick on I Love Lucy? You can stay in Vance’s beautiful 4,000 square-foot three-bedroom estate that’s managed to gain even more popularity after Vance’s time there. Its current owner has a long list of celebrity friends from Madonna to J.Lo along with photos of them chilling in a pad so spacious and elegant you’ll want to pinch yourself if you can get in the home.
Want to stay in the lap of Old Hollywood luxury the next time you’re in California? Stay in Ava Gardner’s former home in Burbank for a surprisingly affordable $85 a night.
Speaking of Old Hollywood glamor, Bing Crosby’s four-bedroom hacienda in Palm Springs features a heated swimming pool that seats 30, several citrus groves, a wood-burning fireplace and dozens of other A-list amenities.