Our culture is obsessed with celebrities. We follow them on social media, we try to spot them out in public, and we are fascinated with behind-the-scenes details of their lives, such as where they live. There are tours dedicated to showing off the homes of stars, and there are places that have been preserved, as a way for fans to enter into these buildings, walk where celebs walked and learn more about these people.
Be sure to check out these 10 spots where the rich and famous lived and which can even be enjoyed by us today!
10 Prince’s Paisley Park
Prince grew up in Minneapolis, and his home can be found in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which is about 30 minutes from the downtown area. This expansive spot, called Paisley Park, was turned into a museum after he passed away. A tour shows off luxurious features such as balconies, skylights, recording studios, a sound stage, a nightclub and a vault for special musical pieces.
Minneapolis was always special to this singer, and his legend lives on in many ways. For one thing, the atrium on the first floor of this house even holds the urn with his remains in it.
9 Elvis’ Graceland
Perhaps the most well-known space that has belonged to a star is Graceland (In fact, the only other house with more visitors each year is the White House!). This is where Elvis Presley lived, but it is also a museum and an entertainment and exhibit complex.
A stop to this tourist attraction in Memphis shows off rooms in the mansion (like the pool room, famous Jungle Room, Racquetball Building and Meditation Garden), items belonging to this singer (such as clothes and automobiles) and themed discovery spaces (which offer up even more details on the King.
8 Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch
Another famous abode is Neverland Ranch, which belonged to Michael Jackson. Located in California, this house and private amusement park was Jackson’s from 1987 to 2006, but it now belongs to Colony Capital; in 2015, it was for sale for $100 million.
The asking price went down to $31 million, and the owners hope to sell to someone who will not turn Neverland into a museum. So, if anyone has some extra money lying around, feel free to think about acquiring a six-bedroom mansion that comes with a lake, three guest houses, a tennis court, a movie theater and a train station with tracks!
7 John and Mable Ringling’s Ca' d'Zan
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (which is part of Florida State University and considered to be the official state art museum in the state) can be found in Sarasota, Florida, along with a mansion called Ca' d'Zan. John Ringling is the most well-known Ringling brother (there were seven!), and he and his wife, Mable, lived here and are buried here.
At this estate, visitors can see The Ringling Art Library, John’s railroad passenger car and the Secret Garden, where this couple and John’s sister, Ida Ringling North, rest in peace.
6 The Johnny Cash Museum
The House of Cash used to stand in Hendersonville, Tennessee, close to where Johnny Cash and his wife lived from 1968 until 2003, when he passed away. Around that time, this museum (which was seen in his music video for the song "Hurt") started to deteriorate, and Cash's home was sold, too; while being renovated, a fire accidentally took over the house in 2007. Now, the Johnny Cash Museum exists in Nashville, Tennessee.
It includes the planet’s biggest collection of memorabilia that’s focused on this singer and a wall from Cash’s home in Hendersonville, which is as close as fans will get to seeing this house of his!
5 Salvador Dali’s Portlligat Museum-House
The Portlligat Museum-House, which can be found in Spain, is where Salvador Dalí lived and worked until 1982. This place has rooms that are full of items connected to his art, courtyards and a circular room that he used as an extra studio space. The skylights brighten up the area, and clay formations that he built, with holes, create a whistle effect when the wind blows.
As one might expect, there are also plenty of whimsical touches in this house and museum, as well, such as taxidermy animals, a geodesic cupola, lots of larger-than-life sculptures and, of course, his artwork.
4 C.S. Lewis’ The Kilns
In 1984, C.S. Lewis’ house was purchased by The Kilns Association. This was done not to turn the place into a museum but in order to preserve the memory of this author, who wrote his Narnia stories here. The Kilns is a place where studying, fellowship and scholarly work takes place, and, just like when Lewis lived there, it is mainly used as a residence.
Nevertheless, the C.S. Lewis Foundation allows tours through The Kilns, puts on summer seminars and offers scholars-in-residence positions here, too. Located in Oxford, England, this man’s home is one to keep in mind when traveling.
3 Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum
Amelia Earhart is the most well-known female aviator, and she was born in this cottage, located in Atchison, Kansas, in 1897. The home’s design style is Gothic Revival, and it sits in a spot that looks over the Missouri River. The Ninety-Nines, a group of female pilots, helped to purchase and maintain this place, which has become a popular attraction.
Furthermore, Earhart was a member of this organization and even served as the inaugural president! Those who visit her birthplace and museum, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will get to see memorabilia and pieces from her life.
2 The Pabst Mansion
While this next famous couple may not be as popular as some of the others, their family business pretty special… Captain Frederick and Maria Pabst, of the Pabst Brewing Company, started building a mansion in 1890. After its completion a couple of years later, the home was filled with art and parties, as well as the couple’s funeral.
Remaining family members sold the place in 1908, when it went on to be the center of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee for over 60 years. Later on, after another sale, it was almost replaced by a parking lot, but people fought to preserve it, and since 1978, it has functioned as a museum.
1 William Randolph Hearst’s Castle
Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst started building the Hearst Castle in 1919. This house is also known as La Cuesta Encantada (which translates to The Enchanted Hill), San Simeon and the Ranch, and during its heyday, its social functions attraction movie stars, authors, politicians and others who enjoyed the theater, pool, drinks and other luxuries.
Hearst also collected art and antiques, and he wanted his home to become a museum, to show off his treasures. That being said, people can visit the castle, which operates as the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.