Being famous isn’t easy, and these celebrities can attest to that. Besides having their careers constantly watched by eagle-eyed fans and paparazzi, their private lives are also often being pried open to be consumed. Where do they live? How much have they spent on their not-so-humble abode? We take a peek into their million-dollar luxury homes to give you a glimpse of the lives of the rich and glamorous From seafront apartments to lavish interior furnishings, read on to find out more.
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Jay Chou and wife, Kunling and their children Hathaway and Romeo live in an approximately S$27 million top-floor mansion in Daan District, Taipei, Taiwan. In July 2017, Kunling uploaded photos of their home on Instagram, showing the panoramic view of the Taipei landscape from the 38th floor.
Jay Chou’s house is not only in a prime location, it is also beautifully and lavishly decorated. The decor is designed by famous Italian master Lorenzo Tondelli. The entrance hall alone costs a cool NT$100 million (about S$4.88 million).
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Well-known American host Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia de Rossi have been married since 2008. The popular host of The Ellen Degeneres Show has hosted more than 2,000 episodes in 14 years.Their most recent move was in October 2017, where they had purchased a US$18.6 million-dollar (approximately S$24.4 million) seaside mansion with unrivaled sea views of California.
For the interior decoration and furniture selection, Ellen’s refined taste is well-known in the American entertainment industry. As seen from the photos, she advocates a clean and modern style with furniture colours geared towards bright colors, among which are yellow, white and paired with warm wooden accents.
Carina Lau is not only an award-winning actress, she is also a prolific business woman. Having opened restaurants and nightclubs in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai, she has entered the fashion industry to create her own clothing brand. At the start of the year, Carina showed pictures of her longtime friends; Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Shuping, Guan Jinpeng, Jin Lingyan and others gathering in her Hong Kong residence. The glimpse on social media revealed the rich interior of her home: a festive red sofa, a small staircase, and luxurious décor all around.
Judging from the views from the window, sharp-eyed fans have confirmed that her residence is in Hong Kong. It seems that Carina Lau and Tony Leung both love the red vintage and retro-themed design of their home.
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The dining room is adorned with two pairs of antlers on the wall. Pictured here is a long table elegantly and neatly arranged with cutlery and napkins, while the bar behind is filled with several bottles of wines, hinting of the couple’s love for wines.
At the age of 21, Kylie Jenner has made a name for herself from her beauty brand. According to the latest statistics from Forbes, she has officially become the youngest self-made billionaire in history. In an earlier interview with American furniture magazine “Architectural Digest”, Kylie Jenner showed her fans a peek into her private home. Located in the Hidden Hills, she lives near to her mother, Kris Jenner and her other famous Kardashian sisters.
Her new mansion was designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard according to Kylie’s preferences. “I like pink, so I hope I can use a lot of pink. (Besides the colour) the functionality of the home is also very important for me.” reported Kylie. Above is her luxurious dressing room where the size of each drawer and cabinet was measured in detailed.
The hospitable owner has also given much thought to the entertainment areas for hosting her guests. To make them feel comfortable, she has created a more laid-back space where her friends can move about freely.
The dining room is also painted in romantic pink. Specifically, the pink tones on the table seats are from the shades of her lipstick from her eponymous beauty brand.
The 35-year-old Chinese actress Huang Sheng Yi and the wealthy businessman Yang Zi have been blissfully married for 10 years. In 2017, she revealed the first public photo of her family of four. Recently, she took her eldest son Andy to the third season of the Chinese reality show “Mom is Superman” and generously showed her spacious house located in Xushui District of Hebei Province.
Known as the man of few words, in a turn of events Jam Xiao is now the host of the 29th Golden Melody Awards. At a press conference a few days ago, he revealed that it was the first time that he had revealed his private residences to the media in the filming of a short clip. In it, he first drives an open-top luxury car home before leading the camera man into the home passed the courtyard, swimming pool, a red piano and his large living room. It is reported that the market price of the Bai Ping Mansion is about S$8.5 million dollars.
In March 2017, Jam spent 200 million TWD and stayed in Nan Gang’s luxury house “Day of the Sky”. With 17 hectares of forest behind it, the mansion faces the picturesque Nangang Park where residents can enjoy the lake view all the time. His residence is so big that the living room of the mansion is already over five meters wide.
After the end of her six year relationship with Jin Rong or otherwise known as Vivian Dawson, Jolin Tsai reportedly spent about S$19.86 million to purchase the “Dunnan Apartment” in Daan District, Taipei.
It was also reported that she had purchased two high-rise apartments, a total of 879 square metres. Designed in a low-key luxury style, the apartment has four rooms, two living rooms and four bathrooms. It is designed with a more practical and functional aesthetics rather than the flamboyant.
Local host Vivian Lai moved into a local mansion in the middle of 2018 with a rumored value of 8 million three story semi-detached home with her husband, two daughters and two maids. The house covers an area of 3,500 square feet with a total area of 7,000 square feet. In an exclusive interview with the Lianhe Wanbao, she said, “I have always dreamed of living in a landed home in Taiwan, and I can build my own dream house in my own land.” (Information from Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao)
The house has a unique design. When the main door is open, one can see the living room on the right, while the the kitchen and the porch is on the left closer to the road. Vivian jokes that it was designed in such a way so as to be able to show others when she is in the kitchen fulfilling her role as a good wife and mother. Outside the living room, there is an organic vegetable garden and a swimming pool.
She revealed that she would swim often and would wear a layer of clothes outside her bikini that would cover her more so than if she was heading out. When asked if she was trying to protect herself from the wary eyes of the neighbours, she gamely answers that she is just “Afraid of cold water!” (Information taken from Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao).
The second floor of the house is the combined area of her master room, her study room and her walk-in wardrobe. Besides hosting and acting, she also works with Quan Yifeng and Li Rongda in her production company. Her husband’s walk-in wardrobe and bathroom are also on the same level. On the third floor is her daughter’s bedroom while in the basement, there is a soundproof karaoke room where she had recorded a New Year’s song compilation. Although she mentioned that she was worried that her singing would be so bad that her neighbours would complain, however in front of the camera, she sang and the microphone never left her side. (Information taken from Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao).
Looking at the stylish style of the interiors, Vivian says with a smile: “Friends come to my house and are surprised that it is not like my sweet and feminine style. Because I have matured, my taste has improved.”(Information taken from Lianhe Zaobao and Lianhe Wanbao).
The 53-year-old “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr who has acted as a billionaire living in a high-tech mansion. In real life, he is one of the highest paid male stars in Hollywood, and his residence is certainly not sloppy.
Four years ago, he bought his mansion in Hampton, New York for about $18 million. He recently revealed his home for the first time to the American magazine “Architectural Digest” with pictures of his wife, Susan, and his children.
Built in a rustic style, the 16,528 sqm mansion has an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, library, guest house and other extravagant facilities. The indoor area itself is about 793 square metres., with seven rooms and six bathrooms. It is colourful and completely in line with Robert’s preference for the bold and interesting.
Shu Qi and Feng Delun announced their marriage in 2016 to the surprise of their fans. It is reported that the couple bought a new home in Taipei Neihu for about S$3.15 million dollars. Situated at a location with convenient public transport, their private residence has two bedrooms on the first floor. There is a roof garden, a small golf course and other public facilities near their home. Other celebrities such as Show Luo and Liang Wenyin are also residents in the neighborhood.
According to Hong Kong media reports, Pace Wu, 39, who was the then-fiance of billionaire Ji Xiaobo, invested $400 million (about S$66 million) to buy a two story apartment in the west part of Hong Kong in 2014. The luxury villa with a stunning sea view has a total area of more than 462 square metres.
It is said that she has paid for house in one lump sum and the luxury house was registered in her name. She has become a mother of three; two boys and one girl in a span of four years and is now living in the lap of luxury.
Not only is Zhao Wei good in acting, but also has a good business mind. Over the years, she has invested in real estate, acquired wineries, invested in Alibaba Pictures, and has diversified her wealth in various ways. In recent years, she has purchased high-end villas in Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong and other cities around the world.
It is reported that her luxury mansion in Shanghai is adjacent to a large lakeside. Not only is the scenery beautiful, the interior furnishings are elegant the decoration costs more than 40 million yuan (about S$8 million)
Text: Hayley Zhang / ICON Additional Reporting: Seah Pei Jun
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