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Tour 5 most extravagant celebrity mansions

By Joshua Nichols, Staff writer
Published On: Sep 13 2011 10:53:12 AM CDT
Updated On: May 14 2012 01:00:00 AM CDT
Oprah Winfrey mansion

There's no place like home, as the old saying goes, and that goes doubly for celebrities.

Sure, we might be proud of our white picket fence, two-car garage, mud room and central air, but does your house have it's own 50-seat theater? How about a few holes of golf ... in your backyard? Or jet runway in place of your driveway?

And who among us can boast about having a man-made lake stocked with rare fish just behind the house? Well, Oprah can. The 42 acres she calls home in Santa Barbara, Calif., include just such a lake, along with a 23,000 square foot mansion featuring six bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, 10 fireplaces, a home theater and a quarter-mile long driveway paved with hand-laid sandstone bricks.

And you thought your "honey do" list was long.

But Oprah's mansion doesn't even make our list of the five most lavish celebrity pads. Face it, in some ways celebrities might be just like you or me, but not when it comes to their very sweet home sweet homes.

Up first, what is the deal with this home?!

Jerry Seinfeld mansion

No. 5: Jerry Seinfeld - East Hampton, New York

We all know the housing market has tanked over the last few years, but you have to expect Jerry Seinfeld's house is still worth a pretty penny.

After all, the comedian bought the lavish East Hampton, N.Y., estate from Billy Joel for a then-record $32 million in 2000. And what did the "master of his domain" get for that price tag? Quite a bit actually.

The home, described in previous real estate listings as a "magnificent Tudor-style waterfront manor," sits on 14 acres of rolling lawns. It actually is three separate buildings adding up to a total of 24 rooms, including 13 bathrooms (although only eight of them are full baths).

Then there are the 13 fireplaces, a gym, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis court, bowling alley, guest cottage, music room, yada yada yada, and a wine cellar. Whew! Quite a bit to fit into one home, not that there's anything wrong with that.

Oh, and the annual taxes on the House of Seinfeld? Around $210,000. Get out!

Our next celebrity mansion is one "fresh" house ...

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's mansion

No. 4: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith - Calabasas, California

What kind of home is fit for a box office king like Will Smith? Well, a castle of course.

Known as Calabasas Castle, Will and Jada Smith's sweeping home near California's Santa Monica Mountains has its own lake, basketball court, tennis court and a pair of private par three golf holes in the backyard.

The $20 million estate is so lavish and spectacular that the family, including budding movie stars Willow, 10, and Jaden, 13, star of the 2010 remake of "The Karate Kid," had to wait out the seven years it took to build the mansion before they could move in in 2004.

The wait caused Will Smith to once crack, "The problem is that you build your dream home, but then you're seven years older so it's the house you used to want real bad!" Man, more money more problems indeed.

It had to be especially frightening for the family when they were temporarily forced from the home in 2005 when a brushfire threatened to destroy the property and several other houses in the area. Thankfully, the "Fresh Prince's" house was spared.

Our next mansion is lavish enough for a pop diva, fitting since it's owned by one ...

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Fleur de Lys mansion

No. 3: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon - Beverly Hills, California

You may think your house is pretty cool, but does it have a name? The palatial Beverly Hills property owned by Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon does.

The music stars' home, known as Fleur de Lys ("Lilly Flower" in French), was built by Texas billionaire David Saperstein in the 1990s. Saperstein lost the house, listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most expensive in the United States, to his wife in a 2006 divorce and she promptly put the mega-mansion up for sale at a pricetag of $125 million.

There's no word on whether Carey and Cannon paid that full amount, but whatever they paid, they sure got a lot of bang for their buck.

The 15-bedroom, 41,000-square-foot French limestone mansion features Italian marble walls, gold-embossed leather wall coverings, gold-leaf crown moldings, a ballroom, a library, two kitchens and a 50-seat screening room. Perfect for those at-home viewings of "Glitter."

There's also a three-bedroom manager's house, staff quarters for 10, a nine-car garage and even a private jogging track.

Impressive, but can they fly right up to their front door? Our next celebrity homeowner can ...

John Travolta jet runway house

No. 2: John Travolta and Kelly Preston - Ocala, Florida

We've all been there. You had a rough day at work. Maybe your boss yelled at you, and, to top it all off, traffic was bad on the way home. But then you pull into the driveway at home and everything's all right.

Of course, if you're actor/aviation fanboy John Travolta, that driveway leading up to your home might be a runway and your commuter vehicle a private jet.

Travolta's house in Ocala, Fla., about 50 miles northwest of Orlando, is situated just off a main airstrip in the exclusive fly-in community of Jumbolair. The 6,400 square foot, $2.5 million home resembling a mini air-control tower is designed so the actor's Gulfstream and Boeing 707B can taxi right up to two outbuildings connected to the house.

Convenient if, you know, he gets a hankering for a Royale with Cheese in the middle of the night.

Travolta has called the pilot-friendly neighborhood home since 2003, after his neighbors in another fly-in community in Daytona, Fla., sued him over what they said was excessive noise from his private jets.

Last up, the house that television bought ...

The Manor Candy Spelling's mansion

No. 1: Candy Spelling - Los Angeles, California

When you have as much money as Aaron Spelling, the late producer of shows such as "Charlie's Angels," "Dynasty" and "Beverly Hills, 90210," you need a home that reflects that wealth, right?

Thus, "The Manor," a 56,500 square-foot, 123-room estate built by Spelling in 1988 after knocking down Bing Crosby's old home in the exclusive Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles.

The largest home in Los Angeles County, which given its rich and famous residents is saying something, sports a bowling alley, a single room devoted entirely to gift wrapping, an entire floor devoted to closets and wife Candy Spelling's wardrobe, a screening room, four two-car garages, a tennis court and a pool. The parking lot accommodates 100 vehicles, and there are also 16 carports.

Spelling actually died in the mansion in June 2006. The house, which cost $12 million to build, was put on the market by Candy Spelling in 2009 with an asking price of $150 million. It eventually sold, at a reduced price of $85 million, to Petra Ecclestone, daughter of Formula 1 racing mogul Bernie Ecclestone, in July 2011.