The hottest neighborhoods among the Tinseltown elite are Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estates and Hollywood Hills’ Bird Streets, two side-by-side communities perched high in the hills above Sunset Boulevard. “The reason that they are so much in demand right now is the view,” says Sally Forster Jones, an L.A.-based Coldwell Banker Previews International real estate agent who has helped broker deals for the likes of Barbra Streisand, Candy Spelling, Jessica Biel and Arnold Schwarznegger. “Celebrities, particularly, really want a drop-dead view and they will go to any lengths to get it. Price is less material than having the view.”Here are the top 10:
1. Oprah Winfrey
Celebrity 100 Rank: No. 1
Pictured Home: Promised Land, Montecito, Calif.
Sale Price: $50 million in 2001
Current Market Value: $88 million
The media billionaire's 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style manse sits on more than 40 acres, boasting a tea house, more than 600 rose bushes and an upscale outhouse.
Celebrity 100 Rank: No. 5
Pictured Home: French country-Style Estate, Beverly Hills, Calif.
List Price: $22.5 million
Listed With: Sotheby's International Realty
The pop powerhouse put her Beverly Hills compound on the Multiple Listing Services in January after reportedly shopping it quietly as a pocket listing. The property spans 1.25 acres and has a 17,000-square foot home with nine bedrooms, multiple offices, staff quarters, a two-story dining room, a gym and a resort-style pool. She recently sold a duplex co-op apartment in Manhattan's Harperly Hall building for $16 million, a 32% discount off of the initial $23.5 million asking price. She currently resides in a triple-wide Georgian townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side purchased for $32.5 million in 2009.