Touring the Mansions of the Stars: Cruising for Celebrity Sightings in Los Angeles
What is it about celebrities and their lifestyles that attracts so much interest? We’re not sure, but there certainly are a lot of people who want to know everything about their favorite stars. That’s probably the reason why celebrity home tours are so popular in Los Angeles.
You can look for exceptional celebrity-worthy homes at sites like www.Blundells.com. In Los Angeles, your best bet is to take a guided tour of celebrity mansions. There are dozens of local outfits that will be happy to take you on a tour. Here are descriptions of a few of them:
Legends of Hollywood Tours
Most local celebrity tours take you around town on a crowded bus. That can be lots of fun, to be sure, but you may enjoy a classier celebrity sighting experience on a Legends of Hollywood tour. Explore Los Angeles’ most exquisite neighborhoods in a spacious, gracious Mercedes Benz Sprinter driven by a professional guide who really knows what they’re talking about. The Benz is equipped with a 32-inch flat screen monitor upon which you will see movie clips and satellite views and behind-the-gates images of the celebrity homes you visit. Legends of Hollywood focuses on movie, television and music celebrity sightings.
Begin your tour at the Farmers Market or at the downtown Marriot or Omni hotel. If you’d prefer to be picked up at the airport, Anaheim, Santa Monica or Venice Beach for your private celebrity tour, that can be arranged. Legends of Hollywood Tours operates seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Another Side of Los Angeles Tours
Another Side of Los Angeles Tours offers a range of guided excursions to suit every budget. If you don’t mind doing your own motoring, so to speak, sign up for a Segway tour. Wear comfortable clothing, and be ready to have a hilarious time as you and your tour group admire the architecture and spot celebs along Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
Another Side of Los Angeles Tours also provides custom limousine trips that take visitors to see the private dwellings of notable celebrities. In 2016, the company promises glimpses of the Beverly Hills and Bel Air homes of Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson and other famous Hollywood denizens.
Access Hollywood Tours
On a sunny California day, there’s no more exciting way to go celebrity spotting than in an open-top tour vehicle. Access Hollywood Tours take guests up Mulholland Drive for a ten-minute stop at the world-famous Hollywood sign. After that, you’re off to see some of Hollywood’s most celebrated sights, including Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Chateau Marmont hotel, the Pantages theater, the Hollywood Bowl and the oh-so famous corner of Hollywood and Vine.
The celebrity home portion of the tour takes you by the residences of Johnny Depp, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Lindsay Lohan, Mick Jagger and other L.A. notables. Begin your fully narrated, two-hour Hollywood tour at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard.
DIY Celebrity Home Tour
If you want to see celebrity homes on your own schedule, rent a car, find a recent celebrity homes map and head for the hills. Beverly and Holmby, that is.
Find the famous Playboy mansion on Charing Cross Way in Holmby Hills. According to Homes.com, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres lived in the Brody House next door before selling it a few years ago to the founder of Napster. Other Holmby Hills homes to see are the Neil Diamond residence at 161 South Mapleton Drive and Bing Crosby’s former home a few blocks away on the same street. Motor through Brentwood, and you may spot locals like Dabney Coleman, Jay Leno or Dr. Dre.
Hollywood celebrities are known to be some of the most fascinating people in the world. Touring Hollywood and viewing celebrity homes is a fun and enjoyable way to feel a bit closer to your favorite movie star, rock star, television personality or sports hero. Please remember to be respectful of their space, and wave a friendly hello when you see them.
Beverly Baker works as a Hollywood tour guide in-between her studies. The best days are when her group spots a celeb, and she tries to ensure this happens as often as possible, always keeping an eye on the celeb hot spots. She uses her local knowledge to write celeb related articles which appear on lifestyle and entertainment blogs.