Much like several other people on this list, who share her passion and her kind of funds, this A-lister loves to collect properties. She has mansions, swanky L.A. condos, a beach cottage, a plantation house in Georgia, and a beautiful gothic Victorian estate in New Orleans, some of which are rentals. But that’s not all.
Sandra Bullock is most at home in her Texas property — a 5,000-square-foot Lake Austin-area house that she discovered in 1997 while filming “Hope Floats.” The “Speed” actress has several other properties in Austin, plus a compound in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but the lake house is her favorite.
Before asking, “Who is Steve Perry?” think back to “The Sopranos” grand finale when Tony chooses “Don’t Stop Believin’” from the band Journey. Yep, that’s him, the band’s lead singer. Perry used to live in Los Angeles and tour with the band.
But one day in 1998, he bailed out on it all, and quit what he called “the Journey merry-go-round.” He was fed up with playing large venues and touring. The whole lifestyle that comes with being an integral part of a legendary band was becoming too much. He moved south to the beautiful seaside cliffs of Del Mar.
The Doors' leadman was sick of Los Angeles, frustrated with his sexualized image, and looking for an escape. Drinking too much was one way but moving to Paris to live with his girlfriend Pam Courson was another. He grew his hair and beard to grizzly proportions and gained weight. Bandmembers remember his decline.
He sadly died at 27. Morrison, who glorified and romanced the City of Angels with songs like “L.A. Woman,” is forever in France, in the Père-Lachaise cemetery, alongside other famous personalities, in one of the world’s most visited graves. He only lived at the Rue Beautreillis apartment for a year.
Grace Kelly famously left Hollywood behind completely after marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Crowned Princess Grace of Monaco, acting was now beneath her, and Alfred Hitchcock would have to look elsewhere for a muse. It was assumed that her new prince did not allow the former actress to make movies.
Her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier was one of the most illustrious weddings ever. It was elaborate and extravagant. She had apparently tried to get back to acting, but the Monaco palace thwarted those efforts. In any case, Monaco is far from the entertainment capital and Princess Grace wouldn’t return.
Raised in Los Angeles and never imagining he would leave, Celebrity real estate mogul Graham Stephan followed the trend of those who want out because of taxes, homelessness, and increased crime. Stephan said his girlfriend was afraid to walk to the grocery store.
The multimillionaire YouTuber opted to keep his L.A. property, so moving to Vegas had a lot of “cost benefits,” like being only a car drive back to L.A. for work. He was 18 when he got his real estate license but became famous via YouTube. He said the breaking point of going remote freed him from California dependency.