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Plush in the Palisades: 5 Celebrities Who Purchased Posh Properties in Pacific Palisades

With its sweeping mountain views, proximity to the ocean, and ultra privacy, the trendy Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles is a magnet for celebrities. Here are some of the biggest A-listers to set up shop here in recent months.

Oceanfront homes in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles

Featured image: Pacific Palisades ocean view homes overlooking Santa Monica Bay in Los Angeles, California – via Shutterstock

Given its seclusion and close proximity to Hollywood, Pacific Palisades is a prime location in the Westside region of Los Angeles that many celebrities call home.

Known for its small-town feel, close-knit community, sweeping mountain views and abundance of hiking trails along a large strip of coastline, the Pacific Palisades is the perfect place for a plush property.

With a growing number of A-listers taking up residence in the Palisades, here’s a list of the latest affluent buyers in this luxurious Los Angeles neighborhood.

Kawhi Leonard’s $17 million plush property in the Palisades

NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard recently purchased an 11.815 square foot home in the secluded hills of Pacific Palisades.

With jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Conservancy, the hillside estate is perched on its own promontory.

NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard house in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades
Image credit: property photo – Joe Pompliano/Twitter; Kawhi Leonard – Chensiyuan, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

According to Patch, the custom-built Hampton-style home has an open plan with ultimate privacy and spectacular panoramic views. 

The Pacific Palisades home features 7 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, and a grand foyer that flows seamlessly into the living, dining and entertaining areas. 

The Los Angeles Clippers star, 30, and his family-of-four are surely enjoying many of the other features, including the chef’s kitchen, 10-seat movie theatre, 960 bottle wine cellar, a state-of-the-art gym and the billiard room. 

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s posh pad in Pacific Palisades

Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his wife, supermodel Behati Prinsloo, own a ranch-style home in Pacific Palisades.

Previously owned by fellow A-listers Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, the Sugar hitmaker, 42, and the Victoria’s Secret model, 33, bought the posh pad for a whopping $31.9 million.

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Image credit: Architectural Digest/YouTube

Loving the laid-back vibes and seclusion of the Palisades, Levine and Prinsloo renovated the three-structure 1930s compound with cozy features, statement art pieces, and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the sunny California weather.

Featuring 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and an outdoor pool, the property includes two other structures for their office, art studio, gym, screening room and 2-bedroom guest house. 

Also formerly owned by actor Gregory Peck as well as producer Brian Grazer, the Pacific Palisades home boasts walk-in closets that are a “dream come true,” according to Prinsloo

Bradley Cooper coughed up $4.8 million for a gated property in the Palisades

Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper recently purchased a Pacific Palisades estate to share with his adorable 4-year-old daughter, Lea de Seine.

Bradley Cooper's backyard in his Pacific Palisades home in Los Angeles
Image credit: property – Apartments.com; Bradley Cooper – John Bauld from Toronto, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Spanning 4,400 square feet, the single-story home includes 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The property includes a 2-story guesthouse featuring two 1-bedroom and 1-bathroom apartments, each with a kitchenette. 

According to Dirt, the private Palisades property is hidden by tall Sycamore and Oak trees, and features a koi pond, a variety of fruit trees and a large deck next to the swimming pool and spa. 

This marks the third Los Angeles home for The Hangover hunk, 46, who also purchased a $4.7 million residence in Rustic Canyon in 2009, and a $1.2 million Venice bungalow in 2004.

Anthony Hopkins set up residence (again) in Pacific Palisades

After 25 years in the same Pacific Palisades home, Sir Anthony Hopkins made an upgrade in his favorite West LA neighborhood, according to the New York Post.

Image credit: property photo – Realtor.com; Anthony Hopkins – Elena Torre from Viareggio, Italia (edited by User:Marco Bernardini), CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Academy Award-winning actor, 83, sold his longtime Pacific Palisades home for $2.85 million back in February. He initially purchased the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 1995 for $660,000. 

The Silence of the Lambs star purchased a 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom house just down the street from his previous Palisades pad. Paying $6 million for the new abode in the same ‘hood, the actor also sold his 20-year Malibu home in recent months. 

Originally built in 1940, Hopkins’ new two-story colonial-style Palisades pad spans 3.557 square feet. 

Mystery crypto billionaire purchased ‘the’ priciest pad in Pacific Palisades

In what was the second highest California home sale of 2021, a mystery billionaire shelled out $83 million for a striking hilltop mansion in Pacific Palisades.

According to Dirt, the highest real estate transaction of 2021 was just $4 million more — an $87 million mansion in Malibu — that sold back in February.

Sources within the real estate community reveal that the new owner of the Pacific Palisades property made a fortune in cryptocurrency holdings. For now their name remains a mystery, but that doesn’t mean we can’t marvel at the impressive property.

Image credit: Simon Berlyn Photography

Developer Ardie Tavangarian is the brains behind this spec-built hillside smart home, newly completed in 2020.

Let’s start with the roof. Usually not a top selling feature, the master bedroom boasts a one-of-kind retractable roof that offers spectacular views on a starry night. But when the roof is over their heads, the ceiling doubles as a projection screen to display movies while relaxing in bed. And did we mention the retinal scanner to get into the master bedroom?

Other fabulous features of the 20,000 square foot dream house include six bedrooms and 18 bathrooms, a fully stocked wine cellar, a garage with a car turntable that also doubles as a dance floor and ballroom, and a state-of-the-art security system. 

Outside, you’ll find a $2 million curved wall that rises out of the infinity pool. Amid the breathtaking mountain views, guests can enjoy the party-ready spa with multiple cabanas and outdoor loggias. 

Stars love the privacy of the Palisades

Many movie stars and celebrities have set up residence in Pacific Palisades thanks to its low population, sweeping mountain views and ultra privacy.

Some other A-listers who have or still live in the Palisades include Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Damon (whose Zen-inspired home is still looking for a buyer), Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Quaid, Chris Bosh and Lauren Conrad, to name a few. 

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