Once a guitarist for rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, Jake E. Lee grew up in Imperial Beach, in the San Diego area. He played in various bands but his most memorable accomplishment was when he joined Ozzy as a replacement for the tragic loss of Randy Rhodes. His musical career continued after parting ways with the Prince of Darkness in 1987.
But by the late 1990s, he wanted out of the music industry and out of L.A. Lee relocated to Las Vegas in 2003. He’s still playing guitar but he’s also into restoring classic cars and recording with his longtime band Badlands.
This music legend has not had an easy road to stardom. In the 80s, an executive at Tina Turner’s record label threatened to fire her in a demeaning tirade with gender slurs and the “N-word.”
After being treated heinously by her label and her ex, she left Los Angeles, shifting her musical career to an Australian label based out of Europe. Then in 1994, Turner relocated to Zurich and relinquished her American citizenship. She bought a beautiful lake property called Chateau Algonquin. The pop legend learned German and became a citizen of Switzerland in 2013 until her passing in May 2023.
Blake Shelton built a chapel on his 1,400-acre lakeside property to marry “No Doubt” lead singer Gwen Stefani. He also proposed to her at the chapel at his Ten Point Ranch. His home and the sprawling property have a river running through and wooded areas. It's located in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, the country singer’s hometown.
You just can't get that kind of property in Los Angeles, now can you? He spends most of his time there when he is not hosting “The Voice,” where the couple met. It’s close to his restaurant, Ole Red, and his music hall, The Dog House, in Tishomingo.
With over $6 billion in net worth, George Lucas owns a lot of expensive California properties. For the most part, he’s purchased in the southern and northern areas of the state, like the sprawling Skywalker Ranch in Marin County. Although he graduated from U.S.C., he did not stay in SoCal. As a resident, he has a fondness for Carpinteria.
In 2019, he got a 2-acre beachfront property next door to his other Carpinteria villa, both located about 11 miles from Santa Barbara. He first bought in the area in 2010 and is now expanding with the new acquisition of 1.7 acres of sand and shore.
Not in L.A. anymore, Vera Farmiga lives on a farm in the Upper State area of Hudson Valley and fosters quite a unique hobby. She cares for Angora goats. She loves their company and even spins their wool and knits clothing. She says the click of the needles is like therapy. Farmiga could not stand living in Los Angeles.
She said she did not fit in there. She actually grew up in a Ukrainian community in New Jersey. Now she’s famous for her role as a paranormal investigator, then she was immersed in the cultural enclave, only learning English when she was six.