Money Can’t Buy Taste: The Ugliest Celebrity Homes of All Time

Trista - October 17, 2022
Architectural Digest

Mr. Chow’s Museum-Like Mansion

Mr. Chow is the famed founder of the Mr. Chow chain of Chinese restaurants. The mega mansion is located on Mapleton Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is 30,000 square feet and looks like a museum on the inside. The mansion is like a museum because it was constructed to house Mr. Chow’s art collection and was fashioned after the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, Spain.

The home contains nine bedrooms, ten bathrooms, hand-carved wood doors in the chef’s kiss kitchen, a library with wood slabs lining the walls, 400-year-old Moorish columns, 16th & 17th century Florentine carved ceilings, and a rooftop terrace. The standalone 3-story guest house also has a rooftop terrace, a massive 40-seat screening room, a billiards/ piano room, and an outdoor swimming pool. The outside of the house looks warm and inviting. However, the inside looks cold and sterile, apart from the library pictured above, which does not portray warmth either.

LA Times

Gwen Stefani’s Beverly Hills Mansion

Gwen Stefani is an American singer-songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. Her mansion is just as unique on the inside as she is. Stefani purchased the home in 2006 with her then-husband, Gavin Rossdale. The two-house property sits on two acres of land. The total living space is 15,018 square feet. The driveway is gated and 250 feet long and leads to the main house.

The main house has seven bedrooms, ten bathrooms, and large living spaces, and some rooms are decorated with abnormal patterns of stone and marble. The primary suite has two separate bathrooms and dressing areas. The second structure on the property holds a 1,500 square feet gym, a massage area, and a sauna. Outside is an infinity pool, a lighted tennis court, a bar, a playground, and a chicken coop. The kitchen is pictured above, remodeled in black and white stripes. The black and white stripes also progress into the dining room.

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Tim Burton’s London Home

Tim burton is a famous American filmmaker and artist who made films like Beetlejuice, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Dark Shadows. The house was named Eglon House, located in the gated community of Primrose Hill in London. The property consists of two interconnected buildings that sit opposite one another, separated by a private courtyard, giving 13,154 square feet of living space. The buildings have an elevator, an underground level, and staircases connecting the house’s east and west wings.

The house has five bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows comprised of glass blocks, a movie theater, and a central courtyard. The ceilings throughout the house are very industrial, with exposed conduit, heating and air conditioning ducts, and metal pipes holding light fixtures in place. Originally the house was used as horse stables for people occupying the high-caliber houses surrounding it.

Travel + Leisure

Donald Trump’s New York Penthouse

Donald Trump is an American politician, media personality, and businessman that served as the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s penthouse mansion is in Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York. From looking at the above picture, his decorating style is garish. The Trump’s penthouse occupies the top three floors of the tower.

The apartment is decorated in marble and 24K gold and was designed by Angelo Donghia in the Louis XIV style. The ceilings are painted with scenes from Greek myths. In the breakfast room, cups are gold-rimmed and sit on a gold platter. The sitting room has a fountain and $15,000 coffee table books. The furniture and décor are placed symmetrically in the room. Forbes staff writer Chase Peterson-Whithorn uncovered that the apartment is only 10,996 square feet of living space, not the 33,000 Trump had claimed.

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Paris Hilton’s Doggie Palace

Paris Hilton is the heiress of Conrad Hilton, the founder of the Hilton Hotels chain. She is a world-renown model, entrepreneur, singer, actor, producer, T.V. personality, and socialite. Her house is in the gated Mulholland Estates in Sherman Oaks and sits on a half-acre parcel of land. The house has 7,500 square feet of living space, five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and a pool outdoors. However, her house is not as impressive as the one she had built for her dogs!

The 2-story doggie mansion is 300 square feet, has air conditioning, has heat, and includes designer furniture and a chandelier. It is done in an Italian style that Faye Resnick decorated with a tile roof, wrought iron railings, and an upper balcony. Inside is painted pink with leather couches and day beds, black crown molding, and a human-sized entry door. The cost? Only $325,000!


Christina Aguilera’s Interesting Style

Christina Aguilera is a pop princess getting her start as a Mouseketeer when she was young. She purchased this house from the Osbornes after their reality T.V. series ended. The house is in Beverly Hills, a Mediterranean-style mansion decorated with a mix of Gothic, burlesque, and contemporary styles. It has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, a game room, a movie room, a salon area, massive walk-in closets, and a room dedicated to wrapping gifts.

Outside is the pool, water slide, and grotto. There is a guest house that has a recording studio. In the foyer, there is a lipstick red chandelier, most of the house is in different shades of pink, and black accents are everywhere. Everything in the house is gaudy, ornate bathrooms containing chandeliers and cheetah carpeting in her massive closet/ dressing room. The game room even has a chandelier. The outside hue of the house even resembles pink.


Michael Jordan’s Chicago Mansion

Famous Chicago Bulls Basketball player #23, Michael Jordan, was part of one of the best basketball teams. The house is in Highland Park, Illinois, and sits on seven vast acres to hold 56,000 square feet of living space. There are nine bedrooms and 19 bathrooms. The entrance gates have the #23 attached to them, so you know who owns this house. The house was built to Jordan’s specific tastes.

Outside is a tennis court, an infinity pool with a grass island in the center, a massive patio, and a putting green. He has a set of doors in his house from the original playboy mansion in Chicago that opens into his game room. At the heart of the home is not the kitchen or family room but a full basketball court with Jordan’s name on each end and his logo at the center. He has been trying to sell this house for ten years.

New York Post

Richard Franklin’s House of Sin

The House of Sin is more famous than its owner, Richard Franklin. Franklin is a photographer who photographed over 600 models and many celebrities in his abode. It is on Sunset Plaza Drive in the Hollywood Hills, a short ride to the famous Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. He rented out the house to many celebrities including Fabio, Russell Simmons, and Sean “Diddy” Combs. This 8-story house has four bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 7,500 square feet of living space.

The house is not owned by a famous star but has been host to many stars. The house contains a 2-story nightclub, a game room with casino tables, a media room, a rooftop deck, a grotto with mannequin bodies melded into the wall and ceiling surfaces with the jacuzzi and waterfall, and a home gym. Views from the house are stunning, but it does not rectify the interior space.

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Kim Kardashian Has a Bel Air Mansion Filled With Air

Kim Kardashian is an American social media personality, socialite, and businesswoman, and has her own clothing and beauty lines. This Bel Air Mansion is 9,000 square feet of living space in a 3/4 -acre gated property with a two-story living room, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a library, elevator, massage room, gourmet kitchen, a spa tub, and a pergola. The home’s interior is astonishingly severe, with all-white stone floors, walls, ceiling, trim, and doors.

A chef’s kitchen has an elongated island, all-white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and open shelving like a restaurant. Kim and Kanye were the house’s designers and were involved in all details. They wanted neutral colors and minimal furniture that was also light neutral colors. Minimalist style does not mean being colorless. The term minimalist is a complete contradiction to the size of the house and their lives. They have three small children, and nothing states one child, let alone three children exist there. It is like they live in a museum.

Home Designing

Mark Persson’s Beverly Hills House

Mark Persson is the creator of the popular game Minecraft. The home is in the posh Trousdale Estates neighborhood. The total living space is 23 000 square feet, including eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. A 54-foot curved glass door opens out onto an infinity pool with fountains. There is a separate vodka and tequila bar in the downstairs lounge area.

There is also an elevator display for his luxury car collection, high-end recliners, and H.D. screens that display the view from upstairs, and there is a candy wall with M&M statues looking over it at the bottom of the stairs. A private screening room has tiered seating and a stocked wine cellar. The kitchen is very white and dark, with nothing in between. The master closets are horrid, and the other walk-in closet is a lighter wood finish but is just as awful.


Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia

Mukesh Ambani is the wealthiest man in India and the sixth richest man globally. Antilia is a 27-story, $2 Billion house for six people in downtown South Mumbai. The skyscraper sits on 48,000 square feet of land, is 550 ft tall, and has over 400,000 square feet of living space. All six lower floors are dedicated to parking and can hold 168 cars. Then the lobby is above the parking and has nine high-speed elevators.

The skyscraper has a helipad on its roof with its own air traffic control facility. There are multiple swimming pools, a theater, a spa, a yoga studio, and four floors of hanging gardens for its eco-friendly status. The most disturbing part of this house is that it is in the most poverty-laden area of India, where more than half of its residents live on $2 per day. Antilia looms over an overcrowded slum.