Celebrity Realtor Reveals What Stars Are Looking for in a Home
Celebrities have specific things in mind that they look for when purchasing a home.
According to Scott Gorelick, founder and CEO of Concrete Real Estate, bigger is better—especially when it comes to acreage.
"Celebrities are all looking for a big land grab," Gorelick, who has worked with Grammy Award winners, Academy Award winners, executives of Fortune 500 companies and more, told Newsweek.
"As properties continue to increase in price, celebrities like Adam Levine and Chris Pratt and Ashton Kutcher and Ellen DeGeneres are all heading to Carpinteria, just south of Santa Barbara along the coast, for large-scale properties with amazing amenities and tons of off-the-beaten path privacy."
As for what A-listers want inside their home? It's all about luxury.
"Celebrities are also looking for ultra high-end compounds with all the amenities ranging from spas and walk in wardrobes to bowling alleys and elevators, staff quarters and security houses," Gorelick said.
His comments echo similar statements from other celebrity real-estate agents who previously told Newsweek that they're seeing the stars move west of Los Angeles.
"We're noticing a trend of people flocking closer to the beach and the beach lifestyle in areas such as Malibu, Brentwood, Brentwood Park and Pacific Palisades," Aaron Kirman, CEO of AKG | Christie's International Real Estate, told Newsweek.
"People wanted more space, more privacy and more land. And a lot of them are guard-gated, which is appealing to have for security and privacy."
Lisa Optican, luxury estates director at Douglas Elliman—who sold Marilyn Monroe's $7.25 million Brentwood home and producer Megan Ellison's $35.7 million Sunset Strip property—agreed.
"Brentwood is close to the beach; major freeways and incredible schools making it a really great draw," Optican told Newsweek. "I think people are also attracted to being a part of a neighborhood where privacy is really respected."
Santa Barbara, specifically, Carpinteria, is located northwest of Los Angeles. The U.S. Census estimates that, as of July 2021, just over 13,000 people reside in the seaside city. In other words, there is plenty of privacy for celebs wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
Gorelick has two homes that he's developing, worth $60 million and $80 million each.
The Rancho Residence is 22,000 square feet and is described as a "midcentury modern oasis nestled between 100-year-old California oak trees," according to its website.
Meanwhile, the Encino Residence is just over 17,000 square feet and feels like you "transported into a Bougainvillea-draped square of an old Spanish village," its website states.
The home features a "spa wing," as well as a "karaoke stage, video game stations, ball pit, climbing wall and craft room."
When it comes to who will purchase the massive mansions, Gorelick has high hopes.
"We believe these homes will be bought by a couple of the Kardashians or big celebrities like Justin Bieber, The Rock, Kevin Hart, The Weeknd, Ellen DeGeneres, etc.," he said.