Mansions From Actors of the Golden Age of Hollywood
Fame can come with tons of money, but celebrities need to plan their finances well to avoid having to file for bankruptcy as many have done. Fortunately, these following stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood have managed to invest wisely, and their mansions are covetable and expensive. You won’t believe how much Elizabeth Taylor’s Beverly Hills estate cost. Let’s find out everything!
DOLLY PARTON - NASHVILLE
The singer is 73 years old, and her former amazing mansion in Nashville was worth $1.2 million. Her net worth is around $500 million, and her name is definitely legendary in the history of country music. It’s said that Dolly earns around $19 million a year, and when it comes to managing her finances, the singer has always been a savvy investor.
Her assets, including the theme park Dollywood, bring in a lot of money for the artist, and she also has several other real estate holdings. This mansion was built in the 40s, and Dolly managed to sell it for that impressive amount. Her career has produced amazing songs like ‘9 to 5’ and ‘Jolene’, and Parton also has credits in several films.
OZZY OSBOURNE - HIDDEN HILLS
The rockstar is most famous for being the frontman of the legendary band Black Sabbath, which has been one of the biggest acts in rock and roll in history. Osbourne is 70 years old and has finally retired from his music career, but he will always be remembered in the world of entertainment. Aside from performing every once in a while, he is also known as a reality star.
The show ‘The Osbourne’ was a huge MTV hit from the early 2000s, but he continues appearing on television with ‘Ozzy & Jack’s World Detour’, which aired its third season recently. As most people with money tend to do, the rockstar invested in real estate to build a great portfolio. This mansion located in Hidden Hills, Beverly Hills is worth around $10 million.
PAT SAJAK - SEVERNA PARK
Anyone who was a fan of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ knows how famous this celebrity is. Sajak was part of the most popular game show in the world, and at the age of 72, he is still working with no plans to retire. In fact, his current contract stipulates that he will continue to host the show until 2022. Meanwhile, he receives an annual salary of $12 million.
Therefore, his net worth must be one of the biggest for TV show hosts, and it will only grow more and more as time goes on. Aside from assets his real estate portfolio include this amazing lot in Severna Parks. It has a state-of-the-art security system with beautiful grounds surrounding it. It’s valued at $1.275 million.
MEL BROOKS - HAMPTONS
This comedian is one of the best in the business, and he is still admired by many others in the field after an incredible 5-decade career. His estimated net worth falls around $85 million, and he has invested his money wisely, especially when it comes to his house Water Mill located on the Hamptons near the beach.
It was purchased back in 2010 for $5.3 million. The one-acre property has an amazing private beachfront, and the main house has impressive interior design with hardwood floors as well as cathedral ceilings. Therefore, it has been valued at a whopping $12 million these days. You might remember his many films like ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘Spaceballs’, and others, but Brooks is also a director and screenwriter.
TOM SELLECK - BAY BRIDGE
Millennials might recognize Tom Selleck as Monica’s boyfriend, Richard, from the sitcom ‘Friends’, but he was a huge television star from the 80s already. He started his career in the 60s but reached the top of the heap two decades later with ‘Magnum P.I.’. At the age of 73, his net worth is somewhere around $45 million.
Luckily, he has also invested his money wisely with a diversified portfolio that includes several real estate holdings. However, his most beloved mansion is the one featured on his current television show, ‘Blue Bloods’. It’s a colonial-style home in Bay Ridge with brick exterior and an almost Gingerbread-house feel too. Unfortunately, its value has not been disclosed.
BOB NEWHART - BEL-AIR
One of the legends in comedy is Bob Newhart, who might be recognizable by young kids thanks to his guest role as Professor Proton on the sitcom ‘The Big Bang Theory’. However, his career goes back decades, and Newhart has many film credits to brag about as well as television shows like ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ and ‘Newhart’.
At the age of 89, he is not planning to retire just yet, and although ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is over, he might continue to guest star on the spin-off, ‘Young Sheldon’. Meanwhile, Newhart lived in the area of Bel-Air for several years, and his house was designed by the acclaimed architect Wallace Neff. It’s a French Country-style mansion that expands for 9,000 feet and was sold in 2016 for $14.5 million.
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER - DARIEN
One of the most iconic roles of 89-year-old Plummer’s career was undoubtedly Captain Von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music’. Of course, any fan knows that his career only skyrocketed from them on, and he has earned one Academy Award and been nominated three times, including his most recent nomination for ‘All The Money In The World’.
However, his home in Dariel, Connecticut might remind everyone of the house in the iconic musical about a family escaping from Nazi-invaded Austria. The chalet is on the beach of the Long Island Sound and has several foyers as well as terraces. Furthermore, it includes a 200-feet private beach. The property has been valued at $12.5 million.
ANGELA LANSBURY - CORK
The legendary English actress Angela Lansbury, who voiced the ‘Beauty and The Beast’ character, Mrs. Potts and sang the original song, was born in London. However, she lived in the United States for many years while her career in the acting industry was soaring. Since the actress also has Irish heritage, she has lived there as well. But, in the 70s, Angela wanted a change of pace.
She left Hollywood for Cork to focus on raising her children and caring for her family. Her home is located on a cliff and has the most amazing views of the sea. Lansbury continues to live there to this age, and she is 93 years old. Unfortunately, the priceless property has no estimated value just yet, but it’s a beauty to behold.
RICHARD BRANSON - NECKER ISLAND
Almost everyone in the world knowns this billionaire’s name, and that he is the founder of Virgin Group. However, he is also famous for his adventurous nature as well as his passion for giving back as a philanthropist. However, he also enjoys the benefits of having a lot of money and purchased a house in the British Virgin Islands.
Well, he didn’t just buy a home there. He bought one of the islands called Necker Island. It cost $180,000 back then. But, 68-year-old Branson spent an impressive $10 million to redesign it, and anyone can agree that it was a wise investment because it’s actually open to the public. But, you have to spend $77,500 per night. If you have that money, you might luxuriate in the gorgeous villas and almost virgin beaches that are definitely worth it.
DAVID LETTERMAN - NORTH SALEM
Letterman is often credited as the “man who started it all” in the world of late-night talk shows. He hosted several evening programs for decades until his retirement. But, it looks like being out of work didn’t suit him because he came back with a show called ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’ on Netflix.
At the age of 71, he has an estimated net worth of $400 million, including several real estate holdings that were paid in full. Therefore, he doesn’t have to worry about mortgages and his insurance premiums are all up-to-date. One of his homes is in North Salem, and it’s a colonial-style, 8-bedroom beauty worth around $10 million.
DICK VAN DYKE - ENCINO
Dick Van Dyke is another comedy actor that has been loved by audiences since the late 1940s, and his career has no end in sight, now more than 70 years later. At the age of 93, Van Dyke does not show signs of stopping anytime soon, and he recently appeared in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, the long-awaited sequel to the timeless classic where he acted alongside Julie Andrews in 1964.
Everyone knows that the actor lives in Encino, California, but you might be surprised to learn that his house is worth around $6.512 million. The mansion is almost as famous as Van Dyke himself. It was constructed several decades ago, and other famous people like Harrison Ford and Sergio Mendes have lived there at some point.
TERRY BRADSHAW - THACKERVILLE
Bradshaw is considered one of the best analysts and professional football commentators in the business. He was once the biggest quarterback in the league until he retired in 1983, but his experience earned him an honored place in the league. Furthermore, his success, both as a pro-baller and commentator, have earned a lot of money all these years.
Therefore, he can afford a pretty expensive home in Thackerville, Oklahoma called Circle 12 Ranch. It expands over 700 acres, but Terry recently listed it for $9.95 million because keeping up a horse and cattle ranch was getting difficult for a man in his 70s. However, we are sure that his future home will also be pretty luxurious.
JIMMY CARTER - GEORGIA
The former United States president is the oldest one still alive, and he was famous for being humble and showing no interest in acquiring riches. One proof of his humility is the fact that he still has his former home in Plains, Georgia and decided to spend the rest of his life there. It’s two hours outside of Atlanta, and Carter built it himself in 1961.
At the age of 94, he lives with his wife, 73-year-old Rosalynn, and she knows how to make her own yogurt. His home is not that expensive in comparison to others on this list, but it has one of the best home security systems in the world in the form of the United States Secret Service. The estate itself is worth $167,000.
MARTHA STEWART - EAST HAMPTON
Anyone who is a fan of DIYs and home cooking knows who Martha Stewart is. She had a myriad of shows and books that helped people make things. During the height of her career, she had a net worth of $500 million. However, she landed in hot water after an insider stock trading scandal in 2004 and went to jail. Luckily, she was pardoned by President Donald Trump.
Furthermore, Stewart has actually managed to regain a lot of her original fortune since her release. It’s only natural, then, that she has some incredible real estate holdings to her home such as this luxurious home in East Hampton. It was built in 1878, and it’s right on Lily Pond Land. The value of the property has not been disclosed, but the home expert bought when it was in a horrible state and did her thing, making it magical.
MARION ROSS - LOS ANGELES
You might recognize this actress for her two major parts on television. She played Sophie Berger in the sitcom ‘Brooklyn Bridge’, but her most important role was as Mrs. C, Richie Cunningham mother, on ‘Happy Days’, which was one of the biggest TV series in the world. Meanwhile, her career kept going for many decades.
Therefore, Ross was able to earn a solid net worth and bought herself one acre of land and a house for $285,000 in 1980. She later doubled the area of her property and added a pool. At the age of 90, Marion still lives in the estate, and it’s probably worth over a million, although no official number has been estimated.
JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN - GREENWICH
People know that lawyers tend to make good money, and if they are great at their jobs, they can become rich. However, not many attorneys have managed to reach the same level as Judge Judy Sheindlin, who has a net worth of $45 million. Most people know her as just ‘Judge Judy’ thanks to her show, and she is one of television’s highest-paid stars.
She was always well-off as a successful New York lawyer and then judge, but after the program became a hit, Sheindlin’s hit the stratosphere. Meanwhile, at 76 years old, the judge has several real estate investments such as her Greenwich mansion, which is valued at $13 million. It has nine bedrooms and impressive outdoor parts.
CAROL BURNETT - SAN ANTONIO
With a career that goes back 70 years, there is no bigger female comedy legend than 86-year-old Carol Burnett. She is also an actress, writer, and singer, as well as one of the first women to host her own show titled ‘The Carol Burnett Show’. However, before reaching stardom, Burnett lived in a simple San Antonio house with her grandma.
The comedian even wrote about it in her memoir, explaining that she bathed in the sink and skated on the wooden floor. Their beloved home was sold and torn down to make a parking lot. However, the house itself was cut in 3 parts and moved several blocks away from the parking spot to restore it. Furthermore, it was donated to the organization American Sunrise in 2007.
MIKE DITKA - FLORIDA
This athlete was one of the NFL professionals ever recruited. He was in the game for 11 seasons during the 60s and early 70s, but soon enough, Ditka landed a spot as a coach. Therefore, for 26 years, Ditka got to lead teams like the Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Beas, and the New Orleans Saints. At the age of 79, he is still enjoying his retirement, which happened in 1999.
He has an amazing house in Florida with a value of almost $3 million, and it might be a cliché to live in the Sunshine State when you’re older, but Ditka knows how to do it in style. Aside from that, Ditka was the first tight-end player to be inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame in 1988.
PHIL MCGRAW - BEVERLY HILLS
You might recognize this star as Dr. Phil, as he has been on television for decades while helping others with their issues. Some don’t remember that he started his career in the early days of the ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and then created his own show. Clearly, McGraw’s stardom is huge, and he has enjoyed all the benefits of such success.
He had three mansions in Beverly Hills. One is valued at $12 million, another at $16.5 million, and the smallest one is worth $6.25 million. However, Dr. Phil decided to sell that property where his son lived. It was constructed in 2006, had 6,980 square feet, five bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a gorgeous stairwell, a chef’s kitchen, a spa, and much more. But at the age of 68, McGraw can still enjoy his other homes.
MARILYN MONROE - BRENTWOOD
No one can deny that Monroe is still the icon of female beauty, and people still remember her dearly. Unfortunately, the actress died at the age of 36, which was a huge loss for the world. This expensive house was purchased in 1962 after her divorce from playwright Arthur Miller. It was built in the Spanish Revival style, and Monroe shopped all over Mexico City and Tijuana for furniture and decorations.
The house, which has been renovated since, has 23,200 square feet, four bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, as well as a guesthouse with two bedrooms. It also features a citrus grove, and it placed on sell in 2017 for $6.9 million but ended up selling for $7.25 million. After Monroe’s passing, actress Veronica Hamel bought the house and claimed that there were all kinds of surveillance equipment hidden in the walls and the roof. Some believe that it bugged because of the rumors that Marilyn was dating Robert or Joe Kennedy.
LONI ANDERSON - SHERMAN OAKS
At the age of 72, Anderson is still adored for her incredible acting prowess from the 70s and 80s, which earned her several Golden Globes and Emmys. One of her most popular works was the sitcom ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’. Currently, Loni is retired and completely out of the spotlight.
However, most people know that she is still living in Los Angeles in a property in Sherman Oaks. The mansion has five bedrooms, a spa, and even a saltwater pool. It’s surrounded by oak trees, which is why the actress paid $1.9 million to get it in 2007. She sold it later for $2.299 million, which is a significant profit.
GARY OLDMAN - LOS FELIZ
You might remember that Gary Oldman recently won an Academy Award for his role as Winston Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’, and he continues to be one of the most influential actors in history. There are few actors who can portray roles with such an incredible passion to make them so believable. His movies, such as Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, ‘JFK’, and ‘The Dark Knight’ Trilogy, have always been both critic and fan favorites.
He might be a British actor, but 60-year-old Oldman decided to settle in Los Feliz, California, purchasing a 3,168-square foot Georgian Colonial mansion with four bedrooms and five bathrooms. Unfortunately, some recent reports said that the actor was never looking to live there permanently and has just sold the mansion to Vanessa Hudgens and boyfriend, Austin Butler, for $5 million.
SALLY FIELD - MALIBU
72-year-old Field is another highly-praised actress in Hollywood, as well as the recipient of several awards. Two generations have managed to see Sally on the big screen and enjoy her talent. She used to live in Malibu but ended up listing this amazing 5,964 square foot house that comes with 3 acres of land. It also has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a 4-car garage, swimming pool, tennis court, and a guest house.
Any Hollywood fan looking for an expensive home might want to know that it was previously owned by ‘Grease’ actress and singer Olivia Newton-John. That’s two amazing Hollywood actresses! It also features the gorgeous views of the Tuna Canyon Park and the mountains all around. Furthermore, you can also spot the Promises rehab center, which has admitted many celebrities.
LINDA HUNT - HOLLYWOOD
At the age of 73, Hunt is remembered mostly for her character Hetty Lange in ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, who unfortunately did not appear much in the last season. The reason is due to a car accident she suffered in 2018, which required some time off to fully recover. Luckily, she has a luxurious home that will surely help her relax until Linda is ready to go back to work.
Along with wife, Karen Kline, the actress lived in a 2-bedroom Craftsman-style estate. Although it’s a simple house, both Linda and Karen have managed to make it absolutely beautiful. Sadly, the value has not been appraised and might never be if the couple never lists it on sale.
DONALD TRUMP - NEW YORK
Donald Trump was a huge celebrity and famed billionaire before becoming the 45th President of the United States. He hosted several seasons of his reality show, ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, and is known for many real estate investments. Therefore, it’s not hard to imagine that one of his properties is probably worth a lot of money.
He might be living at the White House for now, but there are many other places where he can stay after his presidency. The president spends a lot of time in Mar-a-Lago, which he purchased back in 1985 when he was married to Ivana Trump. Furthermore, there is the Trump Tower in New York City, which is worth $100 million and has gold trimmings made with 24-karat gold.
BEVERLY CLEARY - NORTHEAST PORTLAND
Cleary is considered one of America’s national treasures, and at the age of 102, she is still doing well. Her children’s books have shaped many generations for decades and are based in her hometown of Northeast Portland’s Grant Park. Beverly was born and grew up there; so, her books became an homage to her childhood.
Earlier this year, the 3-bedroom home where Beverly grew up was placed on sale at $362,000, and it’s located in 3340 NE Hancock Street. It soon became a tourist spot for Cleary fans that visit the town of Northeast Portland every once a while. Due to her advanced age, Beverly lives in California at a senior care center.
DAVID ATTENBOROUGH - WEST LONDON
Attenborough has been a staple in the world of British television for a long time with his nature shows on the BBC. He might be a world-renowned nature historian, but his voice also manages to capture the attention of many viewers, and his clear explanations really detail how much he knows about the subject. At the age of 92, he has lived in the same home in Richmond, West London for some time.
Interestingly, his house has been the subject of some weird discoveries and press coverage. Several years ago, a severed head was discovered in the garden, and it became part of a huge criminal investigation. After years of dead-ends, lawyers were finally able to solve the crime thanks to that head. Furthermore, David bought the pub next to his estate so that no contractors could build there. It cost $1.3 million, and he turned it in a wildlife safe haven.
MAGGIE SMITH - WEST SUSSEX
You might remember Maggie Smith best for her role as Professor Minerva McGonagall in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, but she has been a huge actress for decades in the UK. She was even named a Dame. Her career expands for a whopping 66 years, and her influence on television and cinema has been invaluable.
Smith is known for loving her privacy, and her home in Pulborough, West Sussex is perfect to keep away from intruders. The 15-century red brick house looks like it could be the set of an old-timey television show such as ‘Downton Abbey’. It features five bedrooms, and the grounds include a vineyard, fruit orchard, and a horse stable.
KEITH RICHARDS - MISSISSAUGA
Keith Richards is considered one of the greatest guitarists in history. He is one of the founders of the rock band the Rolling Stone, but he is a legend on his own. At the age of 75, the rockstar has amassed a new wroth of $340 million, and his real estate purchases have been famous as well.
Some reports state that Richards lives in a mansion in Weston, Connecticut, but he has a home in Sussex and an island in the Turks & Caicos. But, his house in Mississauga is the most noteworthy. It was constructed as an octagon, and it’s right near the Credit River. The home also features an interior design style that’s just as quirky as the architecture and worth $6.8 million.
ALEX TREBEK - LOS ANGELES
Trebek might be the biggest name on the world of television game shows, as he has been hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ since 1984, but that’s not his only credit. The hose has managed to appear in other game shows throughout his career and amassed a net worth of $10 million. Therefore, he could definitely buy the $4 million home in Mulholland Drive located in Los Angeles.
It was built right around the time he started hosting ‘Jeopardy!’, and the house has 5,554 square feet. It also features four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and the interior design is pretty quirky. There are zebra-print pillows, red-velvet chairs with a futuristic feel, a fish tank, a black tub, wet bar, pool table, and gym room.
CLORIS LEACHMAN - TOPANGA CANYON
At the age of 82, Cloris Leachman is still a huge part of the television industry as she receives top credits for the series ‘American God’s. However, the height of her career was back in the 70s with ‘The Last Picture Show’, which might be her biggest role ever. In 2012, the actress bought a ranch in Topanga Canyon for $930,000, which might not as expensive as other properties on this list.
However, it’s still a substantial purchase as the main house has 2,700 square feet, a lot, and four bedrooms. The estate is surrounded by oak trees and features a pond with turtles and fish. As if that wasn’t enough, it was incredible ocean views, and it’s probably worth a lot more money these days.
CLINT EASTWOOD - PEBBLE BEACH
Clint Eastwood has been a staple of the cowboy film genre for many generations, and at the age of 88, any fan would say that he has worn a bunch of different hats during his career. One of his biggest roles – and arguably the one that made him famous – was in ‘Dirty Harry’. However, he would later become one of the best moviemakers out there.
He has won the Best Director Academy Award several times for films such as ‘Million Dollar Baby’, ‘Unforgiven’, and ‘Mystic River’. For a time, Eastwood even entered politics as the mayor of a town in California. He lived in Pebble Beach for several years in a house built in the 20s with amazing ocean views. The director recently placed it on sale for $9.75 million.
JACK NICKOLSON - MULHOLLAND DRIVE
David Lynch is credited for making Mulholland Drive famous thanks to his thriller film ‘Mulholland Drive’ from 2001, and many Hollywood bad boys have been known to live there such as Warren Beatty. Therefore, it only makes sense that Jack Nicholson decided to purchase a home in the area. Some people even nicknamed it “Bad Boy Drive”.
Meanwhile, Nicholson estate is hidden from the rest because it’s closer to a private canyon, and he took advantage of that benefit by walking around naked for several months in his home. It was his house since 1975, but he placed it on sale in 2012, due to rumors that the estate cursed. He originally bought it for $49,000 and sold it for $595,000. Additionally, that is the house where director Roman Polanski assaulted a young girl. He was charged but never saw time because he fled the US.
JERRY LEE LEWIS - NESBIT
Jerry Lee Lewis is another rock and roll hero on this list and his career in the 50s, but almost ended when he married his cousin, a 13-year-old girl back then. Of course, the marriage ended, and Jerry had to return to music to avoid going bankrupt. Luckily, his talent was so huge that by the 70s, he was back on top.
It was around this decade that he decided to buy the Lewis Ranch in Nesbit, Mississippi, near the city of Memphis. At the age of 83, the rockstar still lives there with his family at the ranch, but the value of the property has never been revealed. Luckily, you can visit the ranch to see displays of Lewis’ career and life.
AL PACINO - PALISADES
Al Pacino is best known for films like ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Goodfellas’, and he is still one of the most revered actors in Hollywood. He has several real estate holdings in Palisades, New York, but in 2013, he sold two houses, including a guest house that was part of his main home. This guest house expanded for 4,340 square feet and had three bedrooms, four bathrooms, and impressive views of the Hudson River.
It was initially listed for $4.5 million, but Pacino ultimately decided to sell it to Sabell and Curt Frasca, recognized music producers, for $3.3 million. It might be a steep price for a guest house, but if you want to live next to Al Pacino, you have to have to pay the price. Clearly, he made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR - BEVERLY HILLS
Elizabeth Taylor was another icon of female beauty from long ago, famous for her role in ‘Cleopatra’. At the height of her career, her husband, Michael Wilding, needed to run away from Hollywood for a while. Therefore, they bought a mansion at the foothills of Beverly Hills which had 7,761 square feet. It also featured high walls, amazing views, and enough room for many cars at the garage.
The main house has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, huge doors that reach the roof as well as windows, perfectly kept lawns, a pool, and a valley through the grounds. There is also a home office, art studio, four fireplaces, and a fountain in the courtyard. It all sits in 2 acres of lands. Unfortunately, Taylor died at the age of 79 on March 23, 2011.
TIPPI HEDREN - SHERMAN OAKS
Tippi Hedren is the matriarch of several generations of Hollywood actresses and 89 years old. She is the mother of Melanie Griffith, and the grandmother of Dakota Johnson from the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trilogy, and her biggest role was ‘The Birds’ by Alfred Hitchcock. Aside from her fame in Hollywood, Hedren was known for her love of animals.