While some celebrities prefer LA’s sprawling estates and outdoor pools over the Big Apple’s luxury high-rises and fast-pace, many stars choose to own homes in both locales giving them what some say is the best of both worlds. However, just like us common folk, even Hollywood’s A-listers can sometimes find today’s housing market challenging. But most celebrities, like most of us, do have a few priorities when it comes to home hunting.
Privacy is one of the top priorities for most celebs so whether it’s a gated mansion in the Hollywood Hills or a security-tight high rise in Manhattan, privacy tops the list.
Location, location, location. Again, a private location is a big must-have so neighborhoods on both coasts that offer a sense of security and great private schools are popular. Currently hot neighborhoods for famous faces in NYC are West Village, SoHo, Tribeca and Bowery. In LA, gated suburbs such as Hidden Hills and Calabasas offer security while Bel Air and Los Feliz still offer privacy with a closer proximity to downtown.
Of course, after location and privacy, celebrities often want amenities in their LA home or NYC apartment that are star-worthy. Depending on the coast, these can range from an on-site gym and valet to recording studio and bowling alley.
Beyond luxurious amenities and tight-security, a basic necessity in either city is space. Whether it’s an extra bedroom and larger closets in a Manhattan penthouse or a sprawling guest cottage in LA, most celebrities desire space.
Regardless of the time-zone, coveted privacy, uber-luxurious amenities and larger than life floor plans usually create unique and special properties, which often leads to celebrity-to-celebrity sales that make headlines. In any event, whether you are a starlet, leading lady or just a buyer looking for a unique property, finding an experienced attorney and professional real estate experts is the first step to an award-winning transaction. For more information, please contact Felix Nihamin & Associates, P.C. at 212-502-4868.