23 Celebs Who Still Live in Their Hometown
When Main Street has more appeal than Mulholland Drive
Most A-listers live in one of three places: L.A., L.A., or L.A. And it makes sense: the City of Angels is, after all, the undisputed epicenter of the entertainment industry. But for some celebs, the siren song of nightly red carpets and Beverly Hills infinity pools doesn't quite do the trick. Instead, something a bit more humble has appeal: Hometown bliss.
Whether they moved back after scoring big, or simply never left in the first place, a select crop of A-listers live right in the locales they grew up in (albeit in way fancier digs). We're talking places like Kentwood, Louisiana; Leiper's Fork, Tennessee; and Yellow Springs, Ohio—all places far removed from the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, places that you or I might live. So read on—you just might find that your favorite celeb lives right next door.
Dave Chappelle; Yellow Springs, Ohio
Dave Chappelle grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., but he often spent summers in the sleepy town of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and went to middle school there, too. His father was a professor at the nearby Antioch University. As an adult, he moved back to town, purchasing a farm there as a refuge from the hectic Hollywood lifestyle. He's soon set to be a landlord there, as well.
Zach Galifianakis; Alleghany County, North Carolina
The actor-comedian grew up in Alleghany County, North Carolina, and more recently purchased a large farm there, where he spends his time. (He's not shy about giving tours to the media, by the way, as you can see in this video.) Eventually, he hopes to turn the estate into a writer's retreat.
LeBron James; Akron, Ohio
Though the basketball star now plays in Los Angeles, he still maintains a home in his childhood town of Akron, Ohio. The 30,000 square foot compound allegedly houses a recording studio, a bowling alley, a casino, and a barbershop, among other ultra-luxe perks and amenities. He also bought a nearby home for his mother, Gloria.
Warren Buffett; Omaha, Nebraska
Despite being one of the wealthiest men on earth, the investment mogul still resides in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. His home, meanwhile, was purchased in 1958 for around $250,000 in today's dollars. It's just one of the reasons Buffett remains one of the most beloved—and relatable—billionaires on earth.
Jeff Daniels; Chelsea, Michigan
The renowned actor resides with his wife and three children in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan. In addition to running errands, he can be seen running the theatre he founded in the small town, the Purple Rose Theatre.
Chance The Rapper; Chicago, Illinois
The Grammy-winning artist moved back to his hometown after a brief stint in Los Angeles that he described as "ungodly." In addition to giving back extensively to local causes, the rapper has also mused about running for mayor. After then-mayor Rahm Emanuel's surprise announcement in 2018 that he would not be seeking re-election, Chance took the opportunity to post on Twitter that he's "thinkin maybe I should," referencing an earlier lyric of his in which he considers his own electoral chances.
Usher; Atlanta, Georgia
At the age of 12, Usher and his family relocated from Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia. Soon afterwards, the singer got his big break, earning a recording contract at the age of 14. Despite earning enough money to live anywhere he pleases, Usher remained in Atlanta, only recently selling his mansion after reports of a stalker surfaced. While his new home has yet to be revealed, odds are it's still in the perimeter.
John Cusack; Chicago, Illinois
John Cusack and his also-famous sister Joan were raised in the outskirts of Chicago. After becoming a movie star, though, the actor decided to remain right where he was, purchasing his own apartment in the city. And his pride runs deep, responding to one Twitter user's comment that he was "one of the few good ones in Hollywood" with "I live in Chicago—always have."
Jamie Lynn Spears; Kentwood, Louisiana
Raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, with her sister Britney, Jamie Lynn returned to her hometown to purchase an estate, naming it "Serenity." She now resides there with her mother and children. Britney has been known to stop in, as well.
Hugh Jackman; Sydney, Australia
The Sydney-born singing-and-dancing sensation recently purchased an almost $6 million dollar estate in his hometown with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. While the pad is certainly swankier than the one he grew up in, the humble actor nonetheless remains close to his roots—literally.
Eminem; Detroit, Michigan
The foul-mouthed rapper has never been shy about his love for his hometown. Not everyone knows, however, that he never really left it. The rapper has maintained two large estates in the outskirts of Detroit for more than two decades, only recently selling one of them due to neglect.
Robert De Niro; New York City, New York
The Italian-American actor is about as New York as you can get. Raised downtown, De Niro did make a slight move, purchasing an 11,000 square foot West Village penthouse. Before that, he lived on Central Park West, but was forced to move due to construction (classic Big Apple living). The penthouse was recently put on the market, but if history tells us anything, he won't go far.
Reese Witherspoon; Nashville, Tennessee
Born in New Orleans, Witherspoon was raised in Nashville, Tennessee by her physician parents. When it came time to spend some of her hard-earned acting money on real estate, she went back to her roots—purchasing three homes in the Nashville area with her husband, Jim Toth. Currently, they split their time between there and another mansion in the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles.
Anne Hathaway; New York City, New York
Anne Hathaway is yet another actor who seems to harbor no intention of leaving New York. Raised in Brooklyn, the beloved actress purchased a home in the Upper West Side with her husband, Adam Shulman. Before that, they lived in another, larger penthouse in Manhattan.
Steve Buscemi; Brooklyn, New York
Raised in Brooklyn, Buscemi took his acting earnings and purchased a home in Brooklyn's most esteemed neighborhood for raising children: Park Slope. The actor's notoriety caused a stir in his hometown in 2011, mostly due to the strange objects the actor would leave on his doorstep, which ultimately resulted in a neighbor running a now-defunct blog, "What's On Steve Buscemi's Stoop?"
John Turturro; Brooklyn, New York
Raised in Queens, Mr. Turturro took a cue from fellow actor Steve Buscemi and purchased a home in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He can apparently often be found riding the B train, absorbed in the day's New York Times.
John O'Hurley; Kittery, Maine
Rafael Nadal; Manacor, Spain
Raised in Manacor, a small town on the island on Mallorca, Nadal used his tennis winnings to purchase a flat there in which he houses his entire extended family. The superstar once told an interviewer, "It is my home. I am happy here and I can't imagine living anywhere else."
Justin Timberlake; Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
After years in Los Angeles, the pop star moved back to his roots, purchasing a home in Tennessee and naming it "Millville" in honor of his childhood suburb of Millington, Tennessee. Despite its humble location, the abode also serves as the creative HQ for the artist's clothing line and artist development company.
Leonardo DiCaprio; Los Angeles, California
There's nothing special about an actor living in Los Angeles, but for DiCaprio, the City of Angels has been his home since birth. While he's certainly upgraded his living situation—and picked up property far and wide—his main residence remains in his not-so-humble hometown.
Pitbull; Miami, Florida
Pitbull, a.k.a. Mr. 305, remains close to his Miami-area roots (and its 305 area code) residing in a mansion in Pinecrest when he's not touring. Sadly, his home has recently fallen into serious disrepair, apparently having gone since 2015 without any upkeep; logic dictates that the artist has put up elsewhere. Nonetheless, if his nom de guerre is any indication, it's not far away.
2 Chainz; College Park, Georgia
The many-necklaced rapper loves his hometown so much that in 2015, he even floated the idea of running for mayor. While the bid never came to fruition, he nonetheless declared that the possibility had "everybody wishing."
Mary Steenburgen; Little Rock, Arkansas
Not only does the actress reside in her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas with her also-famous husband, Ted Danson, but the two are also partners, with chef Matthew Bell, in esteemed restaurant South on Main. Her love for her hometown goes deep, as she explained to the Arkansas Times that "the friends I am the closest to are the friends who have come at some point with me to Arkansas." Next, meet the 30 Celebrities With Amazing Hidden Talents.
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