21 Celebrity Homes Regular People Can Afford
Celebrities' paychecks might be huge, but that doesn't mean their homes have to be. Some stars forgo the glitz of the Hollywood Hills and lead frugal, modest lives. Others may live large, but many of them come from humble beginnings and prefer to keep it that way. Whether it's a rags-to-riches story, or a billionaire-in-a-modest-house story, check out our list of 20 celebrity homes regular people can afford.
Estimated value: $650,000
Investor Warren Buffett, known as the "Oracle of Omaha," is one of the richest people in the world. So it might be surprising to learn that he lives in a relatively modest five-bedroom house in a quiet suburb of Omaha. Bought for $31,500 in 1958, he considers it the third-best investment of his life.
Sold for $231,000 in 2015
Paul McCartney's legendary music career has earned him a fortune of nearly $1 billion, but he comes from humble roots. From age 4 to 10, McCartney lived in this three-bedroom house in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool.
Asking price: $225,000
Cobain spent much of his youth in this little four-bedroom home in suburban Washington. It was listed originally at $400,000, which is a high price for the area -- comparable nearby homes have recently sold for about $50,000 -- and has dropped in price twice.
Bought for $510,000
Designed by American modernist architect George Nelson, this home was bought sight-unseen in 2017 by musician Jack White. He considers himself a custodian of the home, as he told the New Yorker: "I'm a believer in nobody owns anything … If you could take care of it and pass it along, it's good."
Rochester Hills, MI
Sold for $270,000 in 2001
Madonna splits her time between homes in New York City and London, but grew up in this two-story Colonial home about 30 minutes outside of Detroit. She shared it with her parents and seven siblings.
Sold for $700,000 in 2013
Before relocating to Nashville so Taylor could pursue a career in music, the Swift family lived in this six-bedroom home. The current owners didn't know Swift had lived there until fans started showing up to take pictures outside.
Port Arthur, TX
Asking price: $200,000
The Joplin family moved to this five-bedroom home after a previous home burned down. A historic Texas landmark, the home in a modest section of town is photographed frequently by fans of the singer. Janis' childhood signature is still visible in a cement slab inside the garage.
St. Louis, MO
Asking price: $159,000
The late poet Maya Angelou spent her first three years in this simple two-story home just southwest of downtown St. Louis. The home, recently given landmark status, is "super nice and cute," according to a property listing.
Last known asking price: $550,000
The Garland family moved to California in 1926 so Judy's father could buy a theater. They settled into this home, which has eight bedrooms -- and a back house with another five bedrooms (and at some point since the summer, came off the market). You could say there's no place like it.
Asking price: $199,000
Before becoming a chart-topping country musician, Blake Shelton grew up in this modest ranch-style home in Ada, a small town that's sometimes featured in Shelton's music videos. Its asking price is down about $51,000 since last spring.
Sold for $250,000 in 2014
Harrison once said of his childhood home outside of Liverpool: "Our little house was just two rooms up and two rooms down, but, except for a short period when our father was away at sea, we always knew the comfort and security of a very close-knit home life."
Sold for $230,000 in May
The childhood home of the eight-time-Oscar-winning Marlon Brando was at one point offered for a cool quarter-million. Built in 1900, the home boasts five bedrooms and a third floor that's been converted into a master suite. It still sold for $20,000 under the asking price, though.
Bought for $149,000
Mama June bought this four-bedroom suburban home in 2015 with the intention of keeping it clean -- she reportedly established strict chore rules for her daughters to follow in the new home.
Sold for $510,000 in September
Chef Michael Symon, cohost of ABC's "The Chew," parted with this 1920s Tudor in Cleveland Heights for below the asking price of $549,000. Accessible by footbridge, the rustic-chic home boasts three stories, a wine room, and (of course) an incredible kitchen.
Eden Prairie, MN
Sold for $539,000 in February
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson put his five-bedroom home on the market over the summer and saw it sell -- for $156,000 under the original asking price -- just this month. It was a relatively cheap home for an NFL MVP, but got cheaper.
New Orleans, LA
Sold for $150,000 in 2013
Filmmaker Tyler Perry grew up in this little shotgun home in New Orleans. Two blocks north were mansions; two blocks south were housing projects. Perry once told The New York Times that living between the two "became my metaphor for life."
Asking price: $411,000
Before moving into the White House in 2001, the former first lady lived in this simple three-bedroom ranch. Bush once described the small city of Midland as "a place of ice cream sundaes ... and Saturday morning pony rides."
Asking price: $285,100
After moving to a $1.25 million home in Alexandria, VA, the former White House chief of staff looked to sell his three-bedroom Cape Cod-style home just outside of Milwaukee. Its asking price is down nearly $15,000 since May.
Asking price: $393,875
Oprah Winfrey may have a net worth of $3 billion, but the media mogul put her cozy little home in Chicago's Elmwood Park neighborhood on the market for less than $400,000 last summer. Bought in 2001 for $298,000, it's her last owned property in the Windy City.
Bought for $1 million in 2012
"Lord of the Rings" star Elijah Wood exchanged his Santa Monica, CA, property for this large Victorian mansion in the hip Bouldin Creek neighborhood of Austin. Priced on the high side for most folks and checking in at 3,285 square feet, it's not exactly a hobbit house.
Asking price: $132,500
The songstress' family left this four-bedroom North End home behind in 1958, so it's not too surprising the real estate broker who bought it in May -- for $1,800 -- didn't even know its history. The price didn't leap 7,233 percent because Ross lived there, but because the broker improved it throughout, the Detroit Free Press said.