When it comes to real estate, celebrities are not much different than most home buyers and sellers. Most of them want to live somewhere convenient to where they work and play, and they want to live somewhere close to their friends and colleagues, plus have options when it comes to schools, transportation. While some celebrities may feel the need for a certain amount of privacy from paparazzi and adoring fans, they are ultimately making choices around what they can afford, where they spend most of their time, and what kind of house makes sense for their needs.
Los Angeles: As the main industry headquarters for the movie business, television, and the recording industry, many of the big-name celebrities live some where in the greater Los Angeles area. Partly due to L.A.'s notorious traffic jams, this why the Beverly Hills-West Hollywood area is where so many of the big names in the movie industry either buy or rent. Beach communities like Santa Monica and Malibu are also popular.
New York City: Midtown Manhattan is home to many of television's morning, evening and late night programming, and Broadway is obviously the main destination for stage actors. The music industry also has many executives in the Big Apple. This is why many of the suburbs around New York, including Westchester County, or the more tony areas of the city, such as SoHo, Greenwich Village or Brooklyn's Williamsburg, are home to many of the rich and famous. Jay-Z and Beyonce were rumored to have bought a home in Scarsdale, a short drive from Def Jam Records offices.
Miami: Miami and nearby Fort Lauderdale are home to many musicians, fashion models and athletes. Shaquille O'Neal still owns a home on Starr Island, and actors Eva Mendes and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are from the area. The Miami Herald has spawned the careers of Dave Barry, Dan Le Betard and Carl Hiassen. Many former University of Miami Hurricanes, Florida Marlins and Miami Dolphins also live in the area.
Chicago: Home to the "Second City" improv group, Chicago is known for being home to actos and comedians such as Vince Vaughn. Local sports legends like Michael Jordan and Mike Ditka are fairly visible, and obviously the new president doesn't hurt Chicago's celebrity credibility either.
Atlanta: With the rise of Southern rap and hip hop, Atlanta has become a much more prominent city in the music industry. Usher, Akon and Ludacris hail from "Hotlanta," but also country stars such as Trisha Yearwood and Alan Jackson, plus Atlanta's Braves, Falcons, Thrashers and Hawks light up the sport scene.
Nashville: The "Music City" is home to many of country music's brightest stars, who you can occasionally spot catching a Nashville Predators game. Actress Ashley Judd and singer Kenny Chesney both have homes in nearby Franklin, Tenn.
Charlotte: Home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte is also home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers and the NBA's Bobcats. But NASCAR is the main game in town, with drivers Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson and owner Rich Hendrick as notable residents.
Austin: As the state capital of Texas and home to the University of Texas, Austin attracts a broad slice of celebrities, from Dell CEO Michael Dell, to Lance Armstrong and actors Kevin Costner and Matthew McConaughey. It is also the home to a large music scene, with artists such as Shawn Colvin getting their start there.
Other Celebrity Hot Spots: Your Hometown? Depending on your definition of "celebrity" there's always going to be some one who's "kind of a big deal" who lives close to wherever you are, whether it's your local anchorman or the high school football coach. If you haven't already tried it, go on Wikipedia or IMDB and see which C- and D-List celebrities live nearby. Did you know '80s musician Devo was from Akron? You do now!
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