Where to Rent Celebrity Homes
Why rent any old villa when you could be staying in Mick Jagger’s?
Staying at a hotel popular with celebrities means you could swim in the same pool as Kate Hudson
once did or sleep in Madonna’s favorite oceanfront suite. But imagine if you could actually
live—at least for a week or two—in Mick Jagger’s six-bedroom
Caribbean retreat in Mustique. You could check out his
personal photos, tool around in his Jeep, even use his can opener.
Sure enough, if the Rolling Stones front man approves your application for the villa,
Stargrove (potential renters must submit a bio, and
the rocker personally vets each one), the Japanese-inspired casa Jagger—which includes a
cook, housekeeper, and gardener—is yours.
And Jagger is hardly the only celebrity handing over the keys to his kingdom to strangers.
Increasingly, A-listers are offering their properties to anyone—or at least, anyone who can
afford the sometimes eye-popping cost. At Stargroves, the tab starts at $15,000 per week; others
cost more than that per night.
Why would a celebrity open his home to strangers? According to the experts, it’s a very
wise fiscal decision, and even heavy-hitters who aren’t necessarily desperate for cash still
want to break even. “As a graduate of the London School of Economics, Mick Jagger is an
astute businessman,” says Richard Klug of Beverly
Hills–based Sotheby’s International Realty, who works
with high-profile clients. “He understands that leasing out the property when he’s not
there helps defray costs for the house.”
Klug also explains that stars, especially those in the music business, have been hard hit over
the past five years due to dramatic changes in payment methods and royalty structures. The result:
many of them are being forced to scale down, which means they’re willing to give up the keys
to their beachfront villas.
Not that movie megastar Bruce Willis is lacking for cash, but he’s nevertheless renting
his Turks and Caicos compound,
the Residence, where he married model Emma Heming. The
oceanfront property has a five-bedroom main residence, two three-bedroom guest villas, a gigantic
pool, and cool white furnishings. And the Willis family does vacation there. In fact, their
volleyball games are pretty competitive. “I still have the scar on my knee from two
Christmases ago,” Heming told W magazine.
You can even rent the abodes of stars who have passed on. Guests staying at Merv Griffin’s
40-acre, 14-bedroom Palm Springs estate are encouraged to chat with the house staff, who worked
with the star and love to share stories. They’re also welcome to take Griffin’s swan
paddleboat for a spin on the property’s lake, visit the racetrack and horses, or check out
the photos of Griffin taken with various presidents.
For stars who like the idea of renting their home but don’t want guests snooping
everywhere, Randy Travis has the ideal solution. At his Santa Fe property, which he rented until
just recently, Travis kept the sacred office/gym—where he wrote seven songs in two
days—off-limits to guests. How? The country singer said he put “police tape around that