Should I Take a Beverly Hills Celebrity Homes Tour?

This post will focus on celebrity home tours in Beverly Hills, both guided tours as well as one that you can do on your own for free. A celebrity homes tour is one of our picks for top things to do in LA.

 


 


INTRODUCTION

As you may know, several notable stars live in the Beverly Hills area. Unfortunately, celebrities don’t always live right next to each other, so it’s not always easy to find their homes.

As a result, several tour companies have made a name for themselves by providing tours of celebrity houses and residences. 

However, if you have a car (or bike) you are free to see them on your own as well.

Most celebrity homes are spread far enough apart that you will need to use a car to really get to see many of them.

Also, In many cases, the places you visit will no longer be occupied by the famous people who once lived there, but they are still historically significant.

Several notable properties in Hollywood are difficult to see from the street, but it’s important that you do not stop and hold up traffic while driving through these neighborhoods. 

 


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CELEBRITY HOME BUS TOURS

Traveling through Beverly Hills and the surrounding areas simply isn’t reasonable without a vehicle of some sort.

Thankfully, these services not only provide transportation, but they also offer commentary about each of the celebrity homes you will visit. 

If you want to see where the stars live without having to find each spot on your own, consider one of the following options. Each tour is about 2 hours in length and will cost between $40-$50 per person.

 


Starline Tours

If this company sounds familiar, that’s probably because they’ve been providing tours of Hollywood for several decades.

With so much experience in the area, it shouldn’t be a surprise that they know some of the best and most spectacular celebrity homes to visit.

Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll see more than 40 mansions owned by the rich and famous as a live guide tells you the history of each location.

  • Ticket Price: $45 for Adults | $35 for Children
  • Availability: Daily from 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Tour runs via mini-bus
  • Hotel pickup is available
  • Click here for more information.

With a total score of 4.1 out of 5 stars, it’s safe to say that ratings for this tour are very good (read reviews here).

 


Prime Time Hollywood Tours

Much like their competitors, this company also provides a 2-hour bus tour with live guides who will explain the history of each location. Visit the houses of around 40 different stars as you travel through historic Hollywood neighborhoods such as Bel-Air and Beverly Hills.

During this trip, you’ll see the mansions of notable celebs such as Jack Nicholson, Eddie Murphy, and Quentin Tarantino.

Additionally, you’ll also find out about hot spots where the rich and famous have spent their time. 

  • Ticket Prices: $39 for Adults/Teens | $25 for Children
  • Availability: Daily from 10 AM – 3 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Tour runs via mini-bus
  • Click here for more information.

Prime Time Hollywood’s reviews are not quite as good as Starline’s (read reviews here), but they aren’t terrible. 

Guests indicate that their driver/guide was very friendly and personable, providing a lot of information about each of the locations on this tour.

Some customers suggest that this service is better simply because they take you to estates that aren’t hidden away from the street.

 


LA City Tours

In addition to the tour’s main focus, this company also promises a trip along the Sunset Strip and views of the Hollywood sign.

 

 

  • Ticket Prices: $49 for Adults | $39 for Children
  • Availability: Daily from 10:30 AM – 3:45 PM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Tour runs via mini-bus
  • Hotel pickup is available
  • Click here for more information.

Reviews for this company are very positive, and they currently enjoy a 4 out of 5 star rating on TripAdvisor and Viator (read the reviews).

As you might expect, customers typically had a lot of great things to say about their tour guides, referring to them as both helpful and informative.

Many guests also appreciated the opportunity to see the Hollywood sign while on this trip. Visitors were also quite impressed with the fantastic views of Los Angeles while on their outing.

 


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SELF-GUIDED BEVERLY HILLS CELEBRITY HOMES TOUR

If you’ve decided to make your own trip through Beverly Hills, the following information should come in pretty handy.

Considering the location of each home, we recommend starting just west of the Sunset Strip on Sunset Boulevard and ending your trip near the Bel-Air Country Club.

Use a smartphone to find your way to each address and discover the houses of celebrities both past and present.

Considering that many of these estates are located near busy streets, it won’t be reasonable to just stop and take a closer look.

Set aside at least 2-3 hours to see all of the homes on this list.


Madonna (9425 Sunset Blvd)

Musician and Actress Madonna. Image Source: Wikimedia user David Shankbone. Photo taken at the premiere of I Am Because We Are at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.

After purchasing this house for $12 million dollars in 2003, Madonna had it remodeled to include a reported 9 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms.

The property also includes a tennis court, a pool, and a full size theatre.

In 2013, she sold this residence for $19.5 million dollars.

Our next stop is right down the street.


Phil Collins (9401 Sunset Blvd)

Musician Phil Collins at a concert in 2007. Image Source: Wikimedia user Dicknroll on May 1st, 2007.

Originally known as Waverly Mansion, this historic Beverly Hills landmark has been owned by musician Phil Collins for several years.

Collins and his family have hosted the Los Angeles Conservancy at this location, spreading awareness about some of the older and more notable houses in the city.

From here, you’ll want to turn left on North Maple Drive.


Dean Martin (511 N. Maple Drive)

A publicity photo of Dean Martin to promote Bells Are Ringing (1960). Image Source: Wikimedia user Studio in 1960.

The beloved musician Dean Martin spent his last days in this wonderful house. Martin was well known as a singer, but he also starred in several films such as Ada and Rio Bravo.

In addition to acting and performing, he also enjoyed success as host of The Dean Martin Show. Dino did it all, and he clearly had good taste in real estate!

After visiting this location, head south on Santa Monica Boulevard until you reach Foothill Road.


Frank Sinatra (915 Foothill Road)

Actor and Musician Frank Sinatra at Girl's Town Ball in 1960. Image Source: Wikimedia via National Archives on March 12, 1960.

Just down the road from his buddy Dean’s house, you’ll find the former property of yet another Rat Pack member. Like his friend, Frank Sinatra was well known for both acting and singing.

Sinatra secured notable roles in movies like Ocean’s 11 and The Manchurian Candidate. He lived at this house from 1982-1998.

The next stop is just a few blocks south on Rexford Drive.


Boris Karloff (629 Rexford Drive)

Actor Boris Karloff. Image Source: Wikimedia user Wikiwatcher1 on September 1st, 2010.

Here you will find the former residence of none other than Frankenstein’s monster!

In the 1930’s, Boris Karloff made a name for himself with title roles in early Universal horror movies like Frankenstein and The Mummy.

Although he was a prolific actor, he became known primarily for his work in genre films.

After visiting this property, head up North Beverly Drive and turn onto Coldwater Canyon Drive.


Carrie Fisher (1700 Coldwater Canyon Drive)

Actress Carrie Fisher. Image Source: Wikimedia user Riccardo Ghilardi on September 3rd, 2013.

Although this property was originally built for Robert Armstrong (King Kong) and later owned by Bette Davis, it would eventually be sold to none other than Carrie Fisher.

Known for notable roles in Star Wars and The Blues Brothers, Fisher lived in this house until her unfortunate death in 2016.

Keep driving north on Coldwater Canyon Drive to see the next location.


Charlton Heston (2859 Coldwater Canyon Drive)

Actor Charlton Heston at a 1961 hearing regarding overseas production of American movies. Image Source: Wikimedia user AP Wirephoto, 1961.

Known for leading roles in Ben-Hur and Planet of the Apes, Heston lived in this house for quite some time before his passing. The property includes a pool, a tennis court and fantastic views.

In the documentary Bowling for Columbine, filmmaker Michael Moore visited this residence to speak with Mr. Heston regarding his very strong views about gun control in the United States.

From here, keep driving north and turn left on Mulholland Drive.


Jack Nicholson (12850 Mulholland Drive)

Actor Jack Nicholson. Image Source: Wikimedia user Georges Biard, 2002.

This is probably one of the most disturbing locations you’ll visit on your trip through Beverly Hills.

Not only is Jack Nicholson’s estate tied to criminal investigations, but the house that once existed here has since burned down, prompting some to describe the land as “cursed.” However you choose to see it, this is certainly one of the most notable sites in Hollywood history.

The next location is literally right next door.


Marlon Brando (12900 Mulholland Drive)

Actor Marlon Brando. Image Source: Screenshot from On the Waterfront trailer via IMDb.

Not only did Brando live right next to Jack Nicholson, but he also lived with his neighbor for a short time. The two were reportedly pretty good friends, likely as a result of living so close together.

Although he had a long and illustrious career, most people remember this actor for his titular role in the beloved film The Godfather.

From here, drive west on Mulholland Drive until you reach Benedict Canyon Drive and turn left.


Elton John (1400 Tower Grove Drive)

Musician Elton John. Image Source: Wikimedia user Richard Mushet on July 12th, 2008.

The history of this property is as old as Hollywood itself. Originally owned by silent film actor John Gilbert, the house would eventually change hands several times.

Eventually, the home would be sold to Elton John in 1977, and he would live there until 1981. Unfortunately, the original mansion that once existed here has since been demolished due to structural problems.

After taking a look at this estate, keep going south on Benedict Canyon Drive.


Bruce Springsteen (1244 Benedict Canyon Drive)

Musician Bruce Springsteen at a music festival. Image Source: Wikimedia user Bill Ebbesen on July 7th, 2012.

Although this estate looks deceptively small from the road, the reality is that it sprawls back quite a bit.

Springsteen has reportedly lived here for quite some time, and there are indications that the property is much larger than it might appear.

With a musical career that spans over 50 years, Springsteen has won several Grammy Awards between the years of 1985-2013.

Turn left on Tower Road to find our next stop.


Jay Leno (1151 Tower Road)

Comedian Jay Leno. Image Source: Wikimedia user Lee Stranahan on July 18th, 2008.

As host of The Tonight Show for almost two decades, Jay Leno became one of the most notable faces of late night television in America.

According to several records, he has lived on this property since 1987.

The house is equipped with plenty of space for his various automobile projects. As an avid fan of cars, Leno has been a host of his own show entitled Jay Leno’s Garage since 2015.

To find our next location, drive south on Benedict Canyon Drive until you reach Sunset Boulevard. Turn right here and prepare to turn left onto Roxbury Drive.


Mia Farrow (809 Roxbury Drive)

Actress Mia Farrow. Image Source: Wikimedia via 20th Century Fox, March 16th, 1970.

This was the childhood home of Mia Farrow. She lived here with her mother Maureen O’Sullivan, a famous actress who played the role of Jane in several early Tarzan movies.

Mia was the daughter of Maureen and John Farrow, both of whom lived at this estate.

Mia Farrow would go on to make a name for herself with starring roles in films such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Purple Rose of Cairo.


Lucille Ball (1000 Roxbury Drive)

Actress Lucille Ball. Image Source: Wikimedia via the Lever Brothers on August 31st, 1951.

Most people know Lucille for her unforgettable role in the classic sitcom I Love Lucy. While alive, she made her home in this beautiful modern colonial house.

If you can believe it, Jack Benny lived right next door at the time, and he would sometimes visit them on a whim.

According to some anecdotes, Lucy would personally hand out candy at the front door every Halloween.

You’ll find the next destination just down the street.


Diane Keaton (1015 Roxbury Drive)

Actress and Filmmaker Diane Keaton. Image Source: Wikimedia user Firooz Zahedi, 2011.This Spanish-style home was originally owned by Betty Grable, but it would eventually be sold to Diane Keaton. Being something of a preservationist, Keaton renovated the house to keep it in good condition.

Eventually, even Madonna would own this building at one time. The house has 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and a full-size swimming pool in the backyard.

To reach our next stop, head back to Sunset Boulevard and drive south until you reach Copley Drive.


Gene Hackman (9901 Copley Drive)

Actor Gene Hackman. Image Source: Wikimedia user Christopher Michael Little on June 23rd, 2008.

You’ll find this house located right next to the Los Angeles Country Club.

Gene Hackman is well known for roles in films such as The Poseidon Adventure and The French Connection, but most will probably remember him best as the original Lex Luthor in Superman.

From here, get back on Sunset Boulevard and travel north until you reach Ladera Drive. Turn here and continue north until you spot Monovale Drive.


Elvis Presley (144 Monovale Drive)

Musician and Actor Elvis Presley. Image Source: Wikimedia via Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1957.

This was the last Beverly Hills property owned by The King. This was the home of Lisa Marie Presley when she was born in 1968, and Elvis lived here with his family until 1973.

This house features a lot of windows which provide excellent views of Beverly Hills. In addition to the open floor plan, there is also a nice pool and spa in the backyard.

From here, simply drive north on Monovale Drive until it turns into Carolwood Drive.


Rod Stewart (91 Carolwood Drive)

Musician Rod Stewart. Image Source: Wikimedia user Rodstewartonair on July 10th, 1986.

Just north of the country club, you’ll find this house on Carolwood Drive. This is the former residence of famous musician Rod Stewart, who has won multiple awards for his work.

Stewart recorded his Great American Songbook albums at this residence, and he once stated that the song Stardust was the perfect theme for this house.

Keep driving north on Carolwood Drive to find our next destination.


Michael Jackson (100 Carolwood Drive)

Musician Michael Jackson. Image Source: Wikimedia user Casta03, 1992.

This is actually the last residence of Michael Jackson before his untimely death. Jackson was known as The King of Pop, producing several hit records and winning a lot of awards throughout his career.

The house would eventually be sold for $18.1 million in 2012.

Our next location is even further north on Carolwood Drive.


Walt Disney (355 Carolwood Drive)

Animator and Filmmaker Walt Disney. Image Source: Wikimedia via New York World-Telegram and the Sun staff photographer: Fisher, Alan. 1938.

Further north on Carolwood Drive, you’ll find one of the former residences of Walt Disney. Although the original house no longer stands, there are signs of his influence all over the place, including a small train that became known as the Carolwood Pacific Railroad.

Originally purchased in 1949, the property would eventually be sold for $74 million in 2014 and transformed into the Kilgour Building.

Once you’re done here, make your way back down to Sunset Boulevard. From there, turn onto Charing Cross Road.


Hugh Hefner (10236 Charing Cross Rd)

Hugh Hefner at Glamourcon 2010. Image Source: Wikimedia user Toglenn on November 13th, 2010.

You’ll find the fabled Playboy Mansion located on the west side of the Los Angeles Country Club. When Hefner originally purchased the mansion in 1971, he got a pretty good deal for $1.05 million.

This historic building has since been sold to another party after being listed at $200 million. Indicative of the legend behind this particular location, the rare zoo permit given exclusively to this property transferred hands to its new owner when it was sold.

Once finished here, make your way back to Sunset Boulevard. Drive west until you find North Beverly Glen Boulevard and go north.


Steve Martin (1005 Beverly Glen Blvd)

Actor and Musician Steve Martin. Image Source: Wikimedia via David Shankbone on April 23rd, 2008.

This is just one of the houses owned by Steve Martin. Although he began his career as a notable comedian in films such as The Jerk and Planes, Trains and Automobiles, he has since spent most of his time playing banjo.

As a musician, Martin has won a Grammy and even created his own award – The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass.

After visiting this location, head south again and make your way back to Sunset Boulevard. Once there, look for Bel-Air Road and drive north until you reach Copa de Oro Road.


Nicolas Cage (363 Copa de Oro Road)

Actor Nicolas Cage. Image Source: Wikimedia user nicolas genin on September 4th, 2009.

Although Cage was the most recent owner of this estate, it was also previously owned by musicians and artists such as Tom Jones and Dean Martin. The red-brick property has six bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

The interior includes polished wood paneling, contributing to the 18th century country house style that was originally intended by the architect. Cage recently put this home up for sale with an asking price of $12 million.

Our next stop is right down the road.


Cary Grant (10615 Bellagio Road)

Actor Cary Grant. Image Source: Wikimedia user Crisco 1492 on March 5th, 2012.

Here you will find the former residence of Cary Grant, one of Hollywood’s most famous stars of yesteryear.

Among other notable roles, Grant is perhaps best known as the leading man in films such as An Affair to Remember and North By Northwest.

Although it’s not a particularly large or glitzy house, its proximity to the Bel-Air Country Club makes this a very desirable property.

Keep driving down Bellagio Road until you reach Carcassonne Road. Turn right and keep driving north until you get to Chalon Road. Turn left and drive west to Sarbonne Road.

Turn right here and drive north very shortly until you find Stradella Road on the left.


Clint Eastwood (846 Stradella Road)

Actor and Director Clint Eastwood. Image Source: Wikimedia user Georges Biard, 1993.

This property is owned by none other than Clint Eastwood.

Although he got his start in notable westerns such as The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Eastwood has gone on to become one of the most respected directors in Hollywood.

His recent work includes directorial work on films such as Sully and American Sniper. Clint owns both this estate and the one next door, giving him plenty of space to work with.

From here, it is recommended to stay on Stradella Road until you reach Roscomare Road. Turn left and drive south until you see Chalon Road once again. Keep driving south and turn onto Bellagio Road.


Alfred Hitchcock (10957 Bellagio Road)

Director Alfred Hitchcock. Image Source: Wikimedia user Dr. Macro on March 29th, 2011.

On the other side of the Bel-Air Country Club, you’ll find the former house of beloved director Alfred Hitchcock.

In addition to directing scary films like Psycho and The Birds, Hitchcock was also well known for suspenseful projects like Vertigo and Rear Window.

The auteur lived at this residence from 1942 until his death in 1980.

 


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