Many celebrities own two or more homes and a surprising number of these big-name stars will rent you their home -- as long as you can afford it. Yes, it may seem strange that a privacy seeking celebrity is willing to rent out his or her home, but it makes financial sense. The income from renting a house helps defray the high cost of a mortgage, property taxes and maintenance.
Jessica Alba's Mansion
In early 2008 Jessica Alba and her husband Cash Warren bought a home overlooking a canyon in star-studded Beverly Hills, California. That left Alba's previous residence, also in Beverly Hills, vacant. She recently floated the 3,000-square-foot multi-level residence on the market as a furnished rental with a monthly price tag of $8,950.
Alba bought the hillside house in 2002 for $1.1 million, according to property records, and the current listing shows there are a total of 3 bedrooms and 3.5 baths including one bedroom that Alba converted into a cozy media room.
The vaguely French-style exterior wraps around a Balinese-inspired interior that include a double height living/dining room with fireplace and city views, a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a double height family room with pool table and a master suite with a custom-built walk-in closet, spa-style bath and private terrace with panoramic view.
Mick Jagger's Rock Star Residence
Scads of stars have Caribbean island getaways including A-listers like Christie Brinkley, Bruce Willis and Oprah Winfrey. Rock and roll legend Mick Jagger of "The Rolling Stones" doesn't have one but two villas on the private island of Mustique. Celebrities of all stripes -- from Amy Winehouse to Prince William and Kate Middleton -- flock to Mustique during the winter months and shack up in luxurious residences such as "Stargroves," Jaggers beachfront villa that he rents at a high season rate of $22,000 per week. Stargroves offers six bedrooms for 10 guests, a private swimming pool and a full time staff of six to cater to every celebrity whim and desire.
Raised walkways meander through lush landscaping and connect seven discreet pavilions that dot the property. The open-air dining pavilion overlooks a private pond and the nearby living room pavilion spills out onto a large sundeck that overlooks L'Anescoy Bay. The six bedrooms, all air-conditioned for summertime comfort, are divvied up among four pavilions: A very private 1 bedroom and 1 bath pavilion; another with 2 bedrooms that share a single bath; a separate children's cottage with living room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths and an ocean side veranda. And lets not forget the master suite, It's a beach side pavilion of its very own with sitting room separated from the bay-view bedroom by rice paper shoji screens (private bathroom and water side deck included). In 2006 Jagger bought 'Pelican Beach,' a 3-bedroom and 3 bathroom villa conveniently located right next door to 'Stargroves' that he also leases but with a much lower but still expensive $7,000 per week during the high season.