18 Celebrity Oceanside Homes You’ll Swoon Over
On top of designing a dreamy line of bridesmaids dresses, running one of our fave blogs and basically being an all-around enviable human, Lauren Conrad and fiancé William Tell just showed off their real estate savvy, buying a to-die-for house in her hometown of Laguna Beach. They dropped $8.5 mil on this 2,900 square foot, three-bedroom beaut’ with its own staircase leading down to the beach. Sounds like a perfect home to raise a fam in, don’t you think ;) In honor of LC’s new digs, we rounded up celebs’ most drool-worthy oceanside homes — it may be fall out there, but it’s summer below.
1. Lauren’s New Laguna Mansion: She may be downsizing from the house her parents owned on The Real OC, but we’d say instant ocean access is worth it. This character-filled home is right up the style maven’s alley. (via Parade)
2. Johnny Depp’s Private Island: Forget oceanside, this crib is ocean-surrounded. On top of his own private Caribbean island (how relaxing would that vacay be?!), Depp chills in a gorgeous villa in the south of France. (via Private Island Mag)
3. Celine Dion’s Jupiter Island, Florida Mansion: Celine’s Florida home is basically a mansion inside a waterpark. Not only is it on the ocean, it has pools at the front and back of the house, connected by a lazy river. Say what?! (via Parade)
4. Rosie O’Donnell’s Sarasota, Florida House: Though modest by celeb standards, Rosie’s house is nothing to shake your head at. On top of being oceanside, it has a pool, spa and outdoor kitchen and she’s neighbors with Stephen King. (via Front Door)
5. Katharine Hepburn’s Connecticut Estate: Unlike the other celebs on this list, the Golden Age golden girl inherited this house from her fam, and it was her retreat all her life. She loved swimming in the Sound so much, she’d even take a dip when there was snow on the ground. (via Forbes)
6. Oscar de la Renta’s Tortuga Bay Villa: Oscar has designed some of our all-time favorite gowns, so we’re not surprised his vacation house is just as inspiring. The Dominican villa is decorated in sunny yellows that blend seamlessly into its surroundings while still being super luxurious. (via Architectural Digest)
7. Pharrell’s Miami Penthouse: After that crazy Grammys hat, we expected mad style in Pharrell’s digs, and we weren’t disappointed. His apt is full of sleek design and stunning vistas… and art inspired by Family Guy. (via Forbes)
8. David Bowie’s Balinese-Inspired Villa in the Mustique: It’s Bali, in the Grenadines, inside an ’80s music video. JK on the last part, but David Bowie has created a super serene retreat in his Caribbean home. (via Architectural Digest)
9. Mariah Carey’s Bahamian Getaway: Mariah and Nick Cannon actually sold this house before heading for splitsville, so at least it was one less thing to fight over… and one more gem of an estate for some other billionaire to snap up. (via Private Island News)
10. Goldie Hawn + Kurt Russell’s Malibu House: This is a home worthy of such an iconic Hollywood power couple. The Malibu home and guest house feature an oceanfront patio, outdoor living room and fireplace and a spa in the master suite. (via HuffPo)
11. Taylor Swift’s Rhode Island Mansion: We try not to judge, but buying a mansion super close to your at-the-time BF, Conor Kennedy’s house when you haven’t been dating very long isn’t something we’d do. But we guess if the relationship had to end, at least T Swifty had eight bedrooms and 10.5 baths to cry it out in. (via WKRN)
13. Ellen DeGeneres’s Malibu Home: Forget how gorgeous the house and oceanfront are, Ellen and Portia bought this house from Brad and Angelina. It’s gotta be worth billions just in leftover star power. (via Front Door)
14. Jim Carrey’s Malibu Beach House: Clearly Jim’s a funny man and a real estate genius. We can totally picture ourselves taking a morning run on the beach, then sipping our coffee on that porch. (via Front Door)
15. Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island: What’s the point of owning a private Caribbean island if you can’t make a profit off it? We’re assuming those were Branson’s thoughts when he converted Necker Island into a private resort. (via Necker Island)
16. Lil Wayne’s Miami Beach House: Lil Wayne’s ultra-contemporary digs are any modern design junkie’s dream come true. Glass walls give stunning views of the city and ocean, while its locale on La Gorce Island offers privacy. (via Front Door)
17. Billy Joel’s Hamptons Home: This traditional New England bungalow has a secret up its sleeve: It’s got an inverted floor plan, which means the bedrooms are on the ground floor with the living spaces above. This quirk is meant to maximize the stunning ocean views, and if we had 150 feet of private beach in the Hamptons, we have to admit: We might do the same. (via Curbed + Haute Residence)
18. Khloé + Kourtney Kardashian’s Miami Palace: The Kardashian sisters tend to go big in every aspect of their lives, so the pad Kourt and Khloé crashed at in Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami had to live up to their standards. The 23,000 square foot Palazzo di Mare certainly did. (via Pricey Pads)
What do you think: Drool-worthy digs or straight ridiculous? Would you want to live in one of these super mansions?
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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