While Rich Cox was definitely a romantic man during his life, he made sure that his passing would not stop him from letting his wife know how much he loved her. He made certain arrangements to have flowers delivered to his wife Tracey Cox on every Valentine’s Day after that fateful day. And so, this Valentine’s day, Tracey got the flowers for the eight-time since Rich passed away in 2012.
A Valentine’s Day Gesture for Years to Come
Even though the flowers are sometimes delivered a day or two early, Tracey always cries tears of joy, remembering her one-of-a-kind husband. The couple from Kentucky were married for over twenty-five years until Rich lost the three-year battle he was waging with throat cancer. He passed away at the age of 53, leaving his wife and four kids with many good memories.
It Was Love at First Sight
Rich and Tracy married in 1986, some three months after they first met. Looking back, Tracey and her daughter Bethany remember happily that Rich had made many romantic gestures over the years; having father-daughter dates, presenting lots of flowers, and giving celebratory limo rides.
Toward the end of his life, Rich renewed his vows with Tracey and took her on a dream vacation in Hawaii.
Then, he planned his own funeral and made arrangements so Tracey would receive Valentine’s day flowers to remind her of his love, even after death. He died on Flag Day, which was a day filled with meaning to him because he had served in the U.S. Army and was buried with soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Tracey says Rich was a hard worker, running his own painting business to support the family. This allowed her to stay at home and care for their four children. When this year, the flowers came yet again, she remembered what a great husband, best friend, and soul mate Rich was.
Ever watched MTV’s Cribs? Well if you have, you’ve probably seen some of the celebrity houses that we’re going to take a look at in this article. There is no doubt that many Hollywood superstars, pop stars, and big-shots have the cash to splash on some of the most incredible estates in the world. So which celebrity has the best house in Hollywood? Well, the answer isn’t so simple. Join us as we take a look at some of the best and most expensive houses in the celebrity world that will make you wish you could move right in.
Taylor Swift – $17 Million, Rhode Island
One of the things that make the life of a celebrity so alluring is the idea that you can use your newfound wealth to build the house of your dreams.
Though some celebs are happy flying under the radar, many have put massive amounts of money into lavish homes, taking advantage of their fame and fortune. When Taylor needs to get away from the glitz of LA, she has this massive Rhode Island mansion to call home.
Sean Connery – $7 Million, Spain
The man who’s best known for playing James Bond, Sean Connery bought a luxury home called Case Malibu, which was close to Puerto Banus off the coast of Spain. This gave Connery the chance to enjoy his golf.
However, when 1999 came around, the retired actor decided to pack up and sell the estate for a cool $7 million. Then, after the property was converted into apartments, it sold again for a whopping $58 million. As he approaches 90, we’re sure Connery is still enjoying what he made from that business.
Garth Brooks – $3.5 Million, Oklahoma
With a net worth of more than $330 million to his name, delving in real estate from time to time is no big deal for Garth Brooks. A few years ago, the country singer made a promise to wife Trisha Yearwood to move to Nashville.
Brooks ended up putting his $3.5 million Oklahoma home up for sale. Truth be told, they were pretty sad to say goodbye to it, as the house had tons of space, with two kitchens, a huge garage, and even a gym.
Johnny Depp – $3 Million, The Bahamas
Johnny Depp may have been a household name long before he made his debut in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but it became clear just how much island life suited him.
For someone who appreciates privacy as much as Depp, owning an entire island with multiple houses is certainly the best option. Though purchasing a private island isn’t exactly cheap, Depp saves some money by keeping the entire thing wired up with solar energy.
Salma Hayek – $13.5 Million, Bel Air
Salma Hayek is definitely financially stable ever since tying the knot with French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. However, she’d do fine without him, especially after she purchased a Bel Air estate from Kelsey Grammer for a whopping $13.5 million back in 2007.
Amazingly, the actress is planning on doubling the home in size. Currently, her home already has a staggering nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and a pool. The estate is located in one of the most exclusive areas in the whole of Bel-Air.
Angelina Jolie – $25 Million, Los Feliz
Brad who? It seems like Angelina Jolie is truly moving on with her life, having recently starred in the sequel to Maleficent and landing a role in Marvel’s The Eternals. Recently, the star bought a six-bedroom home in Los Feliz for a staggering $25 million.
The estate spans over 2.1 acres and has stunning views of the city and the Pacific. It was built back in 1913 by groundbreaking filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille. Not only does it have six bedrooms – it has ten bathrooms!
Kathie Lee Gifford – $10.5 Million, Florida
When you’re a morning show legend who was once married to a football player, you can certainly have your pick of houses.
Some of the perks of Gifford’s Key Largo mansion include being located steps from the water, plus having the exclusive privilege of being located within a private ocean club. However, Gifford has been trying to get rid of the property for several years, but it seems there aren’t many others who can afford her asking price.
Dennis Rodman – $1.1 Million, Orange County
Dennis Rodman is undoubtedly best known for his close North Korean ties and larger than life appearance. Make no mistake about it though, the retired basketball player struggles to stay in one place.
A couple of years ago, Rodman purchased a property in Orange Country and it seemed like this was going to be a good investment. However, he went on to sell the acre-long estate for $1.1 million and as of 2019, it’s unclear where exactly he is located.
Judge Judy Sheindlin – $9 Million, Rhode Island
This beautiful New England seaside mansion is nothing short of magnificent, and we would expect nothing less from the court queen herself.
Though she still paid a hefty price to take over this property, Judge Judy put her talents to use when deciding that a $3.5 million discount was more than worth it for this little piece of paradise. This massive house is located on a cliff and boasts enough room for the whole family to come and visit.
Mukesh Ambani – $1 Billion, Mumbai
Look, when you’re the richest man in your country, you probably shouldn’t feel bad for showing off your wealth. After all, with his salary, $1 billion on a custom-built 27-story house is just a drop in the bucket.
It might look like an office building to the uninitiated, but this massive structure is a whole lot more. It even has its own underground parking deck, a waterfall, three helicopter pads, and several swimming pools. Of course, Mukesh also needs an army to maintain the place.
Molly Brown – Priceless, Denver
Best known for surviving the sinking of the Titanic, Molly Brown was made famous to a new generation when she was played by Kathy Bates in the critically acclaimed 1998 film.
Though Molly and her husband paid the substantial sum of $30,000 when they purchased this mansion back in the early 20th century, after their deaths, the mansion was abandoned. By the 1970s, however, Historic Denver began a fundraising drive in order to restore the property and then turn it into a museum dedicated to Molly Brown.
Kerry Washington – $2.695 Million, Hollywood Hills
Best known for her role in the show Scandal, Kerry Washington has also made a name for herself in movies such as Django Unchained.
As a result of her Hollywood fame, the actress has managed to acquire a pretty stunning estate with her football player husband Nnamdi Asomugha. The French Country-inspired house is located in the Hollywood Hills and from her balcony, she can see the classic Hollywood Sign. It also includes four bedrooms, a pool, and a basketball court.
A Christmas Story House – Undisclosed, Cleveland
If there was ever a great movie to watch during the Christmas season, then it’s without a doubt, A Christmas Story. Starring the likes of Darren McGavin and Melinda Dillon, this classic festive film took part mainly in a Cleveland, Ohio residence.
With a Victorian design, the house was eventually converted by entrepreneur Brian Jones into a museum. This is because he is a huge fan of the movie. He meticulously made sure that the house looked just like the home from the movie.
Kim Kardashian & Kanye West – $20 Million, California
One of the most famous couples in the world is, without a doubt, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. While they never seem to be out of the limelight, the superstar couple tries to conduct their personal life in their $20 million Hidden Hills mansion.
Now that construction is complete, the incredible house also has three acres of land, as well as eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. “Kimye” even have a pool to swim in with the kids.
Beyonce & Jay Z – $45 million, Los Angeles, California
Another high-profile couple who are living like royals through their estate is Beyonce and Jay Z. The “Crazy in Love” duo secured the mansion for a staggering $45 million.
It is believed that the stunning estate has a remarkable 100 rooms! That’s not all though. It also rumored that the mansion has an M&M’s World, for some strange reason. That’s still just scratching the surface. Beyonce and Jay Z also have a bowling alley, an aquarium, and even their own nightclub.
Tiger Woods – $60 Million, Florida
Despite having a rollercoaster life over the last decade, Tiger Woods still lives in luxury after all this time. His personal life may have been destroyed in an instant, but nevertheless, the iconic golf player still has an incredible mansion located in Florida.
Believed to be valued at $60 million, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the mansion also includes a four-hole golf course. With a comeback in the cards, Tiger still has time to get an even bigger house.
Jeff Franklin – $4 Million, San Francisco, California
When you are the creator of one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, in the form of Full House, you’re entitled to have your very own “Full House.” Jeff Franklin lives well in his $4 million home, located in San Francisco.
In fact, it’s the actual Tanner house that the actors shot scenes in all those years ago. It only seems fitting that the showrunner of Full House would live in the exact same place.
Katy Perry – $4 Million, Los Angeles, California
After the success of her impressive music career, Katy Perry secured a nice little bit of property worth $4 million. Perry is the queen of her castle in her Mediterranean-style mansion, which features gorgeous marble, granite, and other stonework to give it an authentic feel.
And of course, no multimillion-dollar property in L.A. would be complete without a pool. The always fashionable Perry has even converted the property’s garage into a giant closet so she has more storage space for her articles of clothing.
Ryan Lewis – $8 Million, Seattle, Washington
Ryan Lewis, famous as the DJ behind Macklemore, put the money earned by the duo’s hits into his home in Seattle. This magnificent property comes with a view to the ocean.
In addition, Lewis made sure it came with his own personalized touches: a whiskey bar, a library, and its very own music studio where he can record tomorrow’s hits. While some of the rich and powerful live fairly modestly compared to their net worth, Lewis sure knows what to spend his money on.
Michael Phelps – $2.5 Million, Scottsdale, Arizona
Michael Phelps is probably the greatest swimmer who ever lived. His achievements in the Olympics have brought him both fame and fortune, and the latter enabled him to purchase a $2.5 million breathtaking mansion in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The house sprawls over a whopping 6,000 square feet and features five bedrooms, four fireplaces, a separate section for barbecuing, and a pool — naturally. With all the money he made from endorsements following his unparalleled success in the Olympic swimming pools, it’s no surprise he could afford this beautiful home.
Jane Fonda – $13 Million, Beverly Hills, California
The stylish Jane Fonda has been recognized for her fantastic taste since she came under the public’s eye. She applied this to her home as well, which cost her $13 million.
This mansion is truly unique and features a glass elevator, a walk-in closet, and a pool that is heated with solar energy. The environmentalist Hollywood celebrity clearly walks the walk as well as talks the talk. It’s no wonder she can afford all of this, as she followed her father in etching an acting career for herself.
Michael Jordan – $15 Million, Chicago, Illinois
Michael Jordan is one of the most famous athletes in the world, and has raked in the profits that stem from this status. His Chicago home is worth $15 million and has an indoor basketball court, a wine cellar, a wooden luxe man cave, not to mention a tennis court.
This has become a tourist destination for Chicago Bulls fans, as visitors to the city can walk up to the front gate and see his jersey number, the iconic number 23, appear on the bars.
Vanna White – $47.5 Million, Beverly Hills
The former Wheel of Fortune host once occupied this mansion of dreams with her ex-husband George Pietro until their divorce in 2002. Sitting on 22,194 square feet of land, doesn’t it seem worth working on the marriage just to live in this Tuscan style home?
This two-story mansion has eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a wine cellar, and a mini spa. After renting it out for many years, Pietro put it on the market, and the asking price of $47.5 million makes it one of the most expensive houses on this list!
Hayden Panettiere: $2.1 Million, Nashville, Tennessee
Hayden Panettiere is only 29 years old, yet she has accrued enough cash to purchase her own mansion. While it’s a dream for many millennials to one day own a home, Panettiere was able to cough up a ridiculous $2.1 million for her Nashville estate.
It comes with a living room designed like a cabin as well as a music room where she puts all of her guitars. She looks so carefree in her magnificent home, without a care (or a mortgage) in the world.
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka – $5.5 Million, East Hampton
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are known for expanding their real estate empire and together they own a number of different properties. However, the pride of their collection has to be this $5.5 million castle hidden in the secluded Hamptons.
This amazingly tasteful home has features that most of our towns would be lucky to have. The 13.5-acre property has a tea room, swimming pool, cabana, tennis court, and a lily pond! We’re pretty sure their kids will love growing up here.
Blake Shelton – $3 Million, Nashville
The Voice coach, Blake Shelton, must have a very eye-pleasing amount in his bank account. He was able to purchase a $3 million mansion in Nashville where he used to live with his ex-wife Miranda Lambert.
After divorcing, they sold the house and Blake went on the build a Hawaiian themed ranch in Oklahoma. Unsurprisingly, he did not have any loans or mortgages on either of the houses. It is no wonder he would gaze up at the ceiling of angels every night.
Britney Spears – $9 Million, California
There was not one person throughout the late ’90s that did not know the pop singer Britney Spears. With all that popularity came a great fortune and Britney was able to buy her $9 million-worth mansion in California.
Her house features a spa, a golf course, and tennis court, with plenty of other lovely surroundings. You can just imagine how much fun her two children have splashing around in that pool and running wild in the large garden.
Tom Brady And Gisele Bündchen – $20 Million, Tribeca, New York
This super couple both excel in their fields and their apartment certainly proves it. NFL favorite Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen invested in an ultra-luxurious condo called 70 Vestry.
Each apartment in the block comes with its own expansive balcony and the interior is decorated with a contemporary style with a dash of neutral marble colors. Apparently, it is said that Gisele loves cooking and especially loves her advanced kitchen with top-of-the-range appliances.
Justin Bieber – $20 Million, Hollywood Hills
Justin Bieber is a world-renowned name and his house proves it. Taking up pretty much the majority of Hollywood Hills with his $20 million worth glass house, the 24-year-old’s house features more than 6,500 square feet of living space and an infinity pool on its 7,500 square feet of outdoor space.
With the house made up of numerous glass windows and doors, we sure hope he has good insurance and is not too bothered about his privacy.
Drake – $7.7 Million, Hidden Hills
Rappers like Drake are all known to splash the cash and live lavish lifestyles. With record hits after hits, there is no doubt that Drake has the bank account fit for this life.
The Canadian-born artist is the proud owner of a $7.7 million worth mansion in Hidden Hills. While it looks more like a 5-star hotel resort, his “home” comes fitted with huge swimming pools, caves, waterfalls, and secret passageways. Drake is officially living life as a king.
Rob Lowe – $42 Million, Santa Barbara
Neighboring with Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, actor Rob Lowe and his wife invested in this beautiful $42 million 10,000 square-foot estate property that is a designer’s dream.
Featuring in Architectural Digest, this estate holds rooms that belong to an old English style theme, and the house is equipped with resort-like pools, fountains, and a hot tub. Luckily, due to its elevation, Lowe’s estate remained unharmed after the mudslides that hit the area earlier this year and destroyed many houses nearby.
Novak Djokovic – $15 Million, Miami
Novak Djokovic is as serious on the court as he is off the court. The hardworking athlete spends a lot of time working on his body, but it seems as though he pays just as much attention to the type of life he lives as well.
When he dropped $15 million on his five-bedroom home in Miami, we’re pretty sure that he didn’t have to consult his accountant! The home is incredibly stylish and is situated so close to the sea, you can practically jump into if from the balcony.
Minnie Driver – $2.5 Million, Hollywood Hills
Minnie Driver is a British actress who is known in homes all around the world. However, when it came to styling and modeling her own home, she decided to add her own personal touches to the mix.
Her $2.5 million home is both tasteful, wonderfully humble, and brilliantly eccentric! We love celebs who keep it real and Minnie has done just this. Her home feels cozy and warm and doesn’t look so jarringly avant-garde that it feels like you’re living in a music video 24/7.
Tommy Hilfiger – $27.5 Million, Florida
Tommy Hilfiger is a name that we immediately associate with high-end fashion and the glitz of celebrity. It is definitely true that Hilfiger has become somewhat of a household name, but his home is something far beyond your ordinary household!
The $27.5 million mansion in Gold Beach, Florida is styled in a way that seems as though the designer simply unloaded all his childhood fantasies into the design. This gives the whole place a ‘dream castle’ effect that is both kitsch and vogue at the same time!
Bill Gates – $147.5 Million, Washington
Bill Gates is well known as being one of the smartest and richest guys in the room. He is also known for being a generous philanthropist who works tirelessly to help tackle large-scale humanitarian issues and help those in need.
But when it came to buying his own house, the man stopped at no expense. The result is a mansion worth a whopping $147.5 million and is around 66,000 square feet in size. The home has a giant library and every room features some of the latest tech.
Leonardo DiCaprio – $1.75 Million, Belize
Leonardo DiCaprio is known for his amazing acting abilities and it’s taken him a lot of time to work his way to the point that he’s at today. When it comes to property, he’s no shy guy and has been known to spend loads on properties (of which he owns quite a few).
However, this modest yet highly tasteful home literally on the beach in Belize fetches a modest price tag of $1.75 million, proving that you don’t have to spend loads to live in luxury.
Christina Anstead – $4.1 million, Newport Beach
Everything seemed to be going well for Flip or Flop star Christina Anstead, especially after she purchased her home in Newport Beach with Ant Anstead for $4.1 million. This four-bedroom, three-bath, 3-car-garage paradise was the perfect place for the couple.
However, ever since their separation, Christina has become the sole owner of the home, with Ant reportedly filing an “Interspousal transfer grant deed” in court. Apparently, the document states that “this conveyance establishes sole and separate property of the spouse.”