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Living Near Celebrities- Some Are More Desirable Than Others

Who’s in and who’s out?

Ellen DeGeneresThe Obamas and Ellen DeGeneres are among the most desirable famous celebrities while Octomom and the Gosselins rank as the least desirable (and we can’t imagine why).

It looks like this year’s losers involved people with gigantic families and winners were politicians… I guess politicians have better security and less paparazzi? Zillow’s 2009 poll showed the list of celebrities that people would like to live next door to while others they want to stay away and oddly, Sarah Palin made both lists…

What’s it like living near a celebrity?

I’ve never lived next door or in the same subdivision as anyone uberly famous although Austin is teeming with celebrities to bump into all over the place, but I’ve never had to deal with Britney’s security guards or get free handbags from Jessica Simpson.

We asked a few people what it was like to neighbor celebrities:

Jeff Jackson of OrgSync said, “the amazing spring weather in Tucson, AZ brings professional cycling, golf and baseball players to town annually. This past spring most of the Colorado Rockies stayed in my condo complex where they tried to live under the radar. One of the outfielders happen to live next to me for a month. He was just like a regular neighbor that happen to give me free tickets to spring training games. The best part was I got to say “I live next door to the Colorado Rockies” for a few weeks.”

Austin corporate trainer, Terrill Fisher noted, “I enjoy having him [Lance Armstrong] in the neighborhood. Lots of prestige and something to show my out of town friends to gawk over. Lance has a contemporary palace here in West Austin with lots of great outdoor living spaces.” Lance’s digs on Architectural Digest.

Do you live near someone famous? Do you love it or hate it? What’s it like? Based on your experience, what do you advise buyers when moving in near a celebrity?

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Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Terrill Fischer

    December 30, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Good article on celebrity living styles in our neighborhoods.

  2. Matthew Rathbun

    December 30, 2009 at 7:43 am

    Reasons why not to live near President Obama

    1. We’d all have hope that he’d take care of his house, but we’d never really see it come to reality (The HOA would constantly be called)
    2. He’s constantly giving money to people to fix things that never get fixed (although I would imagine that at his house, money DOES grow on trees)
    3. There would be a lot of Czars appointed to the HOA, who had no experience running a subdivision (although that happens in all HOA’s, doesn’t it?)
    4. Kenya West is a jackass
    5. We’d probably have more free health clinics in the neighborhood, than we would have small business to create jobs, so that we wouldn’t need the health clinics.

    Four reasons why I wouldn’t want to live near Sarah….

    1. Incoherent Conversations with the Press
    2. You can see Russia from your home
    3. Gunfire at all hours of the day
    4. Whenever the trailer parks have Mom and Daughter knocked up around the same time, house prices fall 🙂

    and yeah…I am a Conservative 🙂

    Reasons not to live near Taylor Swift

    1. Block parties would end at 9pm, because that was her bedtime
    2. All the practicing at fake surprise and crying as the Country Music awards try to make her feel better for Kenya West’s outburst
    3. The bad singing the would come from the garage band practices

    Reasons not to live near Tiger Woods… well, that’s just too easy 🙂

  3. Blair - Homes for Sale in Utah

    December 30, 2009 at 10:55 am

    This is a very good article really. Well, I’ve heard there’s a website out there that features something like a map where celebrity homes are located. So if you wanted to live next door to your fave celebrity you will know where to buy a house near them. Im just not sure if living near a celebrity is an advantage or just a nuisance.

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