Life’s too short not to take breakfast by the pool overlooking the Pacific. Or to gaze over your property into a lovely hillside park. Or to take a bath outside in your own backyard. That is, if you’re Johnny Carson, Katy Perry or Ellen Pompeo, who know how to put the “living” in living quarters. Read on for these and other celeb-approved real estate listings.
Johnny Carson (Malibu)
The erstwhile king of late-night television from 1962 to 1992, Johnny Carson moved into this $81.5 million Malibu home that sits on four acres with beach access. There’s an impeccable tennis court, a cliffside pool with Pacific views and a two-story glassed-in living room with a 30-foot ceiling (the better to nourish the indoor arboretum with its full-sized indoor tree). There are four and a half baths but only two bedrooms, so you’d have to curtail your desire for overnight guests—we guess Johnny didn’t want to keep hosting on the weekends.
The arty crooner is a prolific house-flipper and has had this 3/3 Mandeville Canyon Tudor home only since March 2016. The $3.75 million home has been refreshed and restored since then with help from Pam Shamshiri of Commune Design, so there’s lots of woodsy charm including hand-hewn beams, French doors, a fireplace and, on the .91 acre lot, private hiking trails. (Because privacy.)
James Franco (Silverlake)
The guy who plays twins in The Deuce? He’s selling his duplex in Silverlake, which includes a 1/1 downstairs unit and a top-floor 2/2 main residence. This one is in contract, but who knows? As far as we’re concerned, the $949,000 listing isn’t sold until the ink is dry.
Ellen Pompeo (Hollywood Hills)
The good doctor on TV’s Grey’s Anatomy is a known interiors buff—her Los Feliz home makeover was featured on the cover of Architectural Digest—and she owns multiple homes. But Pompeo is letting go of a glorious glassy midcentury modern home in the Hollywood Hills. Just under two million buys you concrete floors, stone walls, three bedrooms and two baths. Oh, and there’s also an outdoor shower and sunken outdoor tub in addition to the pool—all in all, pretty splashy.
Taraji P. Henson (Hollywood Hills)
What’s more baller than your own gaming room? How about your own screening room? The star of Empire and Hidden Figures has both in the four-bedroom, five-bath home she’s listed for $2.675 million. Lots of luxe extras up in here, from the converted bedroom with a salon-style shampoo chair to the wine cellar that holds 600 bottles.
Katy Perry (Runyon Canyon)
Smiling pop queen Katy Perry is selling a Mediterranean-style home in the hills, right next to the popular park beloved by dog walkers. For $9.45 million, you’re getting a four-bedroom property where the master suite takes up the whole second floor and there are to-die-for extras like multiple fireplaces and a swimming pool surrounded by Italian marble. It’s good to be the queen.
Ice-T (Sunset Plaza)
Back in the day, this was the home of rapper Ice-T, who took TV audiences on a tour during an episode of MTV Cribs. While T (and time) has moved on, this four-bedroom, five-bath still has its impressive sweeping view, multiple terraces, a home theater and a pool with a retractable roof. Because no one wants to be overexposed when they’re trying to take a swim.
Reese Witherspoon (Bel Air)
When she was with Ryan Phillippe, Witherspoon lived in a four-bedroom, five-bath Bel Air pad that soared with cathedral ceilings and spanned 8, 772 feet. Alas, the couple still needed more room between them and divorced, and Witherspoon’s gone on to own properties in Brentwood and the Palisades. But this gorgeous estate retains its grandeur, all oak floors, nearly one-acre grassy lawn and sunlight-soaked skylights. And now it can be yours for $15.999 million.
Lindsey Buckingham (Brentwood)
The Fleetwood Mac guitarist and his acclaimed professional decorator wife, Kristen, have taken a spec house on a tree-filled west side lot that was purchased five years ago for $6 million and re-done it with top-quality details such as custom woodwork and bluestone terraces. The six-bedroom home is now for sale for $22.5 million, but hey, there’s a second kitchen and a pool house that doubles as a guest quarters—so if you think about it, it’s almost like a two-for-one.