With their fortune, celebrities can afford to live in lavish homes. While many A-listers do reside in towering mansions and multi-million dollar estates, there are some who prefer to live in small, modest homes. Here are 15 celebrities who keep it low key:
1) Sarah Jessica Parker
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker is nothing like her character, Carrie Bradshaw. Despite being worth almost $100 million, she still looks back to her humble beginnings. Growing up in Ohio, Parker and her family of eight lived on welfare. Because of this, she continues to live a surprisingly frugal lifestyle. She lives in a simple three-story home in Greenwich Village in New York City and doesn’t spend her money on private jets and vacations.
2) Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar, best known for her role in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has an estimated worth of $15 million together with her husband actor Freddie Prinze Jr. They are both successful but are rarely photographed at major events and hotspots. The couple prefer to keep it simple in their modest home with their two young children.
3) Zooey Deschanel
When New Girl actress Zooey Deschanel filed for divorce from her husband Ben Gibbard, her monthly expenses was revealed to the public. Surprisingly, she maintains a modest lifestyle spending only $22,500 out of her $95,000 income. Unlike most actresses, she doesn’t see the point of wasting her hard-earned money on designer clothes. She frequents thrift shops and keeps a humble abode in Manhattan Beach.
4) Dave Grohl
Foo Fighters’ lead vocalist Dave Grohl has been successful in the music industry. He has an estimated net worth of $225 million. But when you get to visit his simple yet artistic home along Nicholson Lane, you would see how frugal he is. He has a lot of money to spend but he insists to be careful with what he’s got. Apparently, Grohl was not able to graduate from high school and without any diploma to fall back on, he compensates by making good financial decisions. While his Los Angeles home has a built-in recording studio, his home is relatively smaller and more modest than most celebrity houses.
5) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney’s home in London is so simple you wouldn’t know that the owner is an icon in the music industry and has an estimated worth of $1 billion. According to the music man’s daughter Stella McCartney, her father was a “tight bastard” who practiced responsible spending. In fact, his friends also label him as “cheap.” At one point, he was famous for making his party guests buy their own drink at a birthday celebration for his ex-wife Heather Mills.
6) Warren Buffett
With over $58.5 billion under his name, one would expect Warren Buffett to live in an extravagant estate with a huge mansion and a pool as wide as a lake. However, the second richest person in the United States still lives in the same home in Omaha which he purchased in $31,500 in 1958. Even though he is already a billionaire, his lifestyle hasn’t changed much and still prefers eating hamburgers in McDonald’s with a cold cherry Coke. He is not interested in luxury cars and technology, and because of his wise financial decisions, he is known to be one of the greatest investors in the world.
7) Carrie Underwood
If you are dubbed as the “Queen of Country Music”, people expect you to live in a huge mansion. Sorry to disappoint though, but Carrie Underwood, who is worth $55 million, lives in a simple home in Ottawa. Since 2007, she has won numerous awards including six Grammy awards. Despite this success, Underwood managed to keep it real by retaining her down-to-earth personality and modest lifestyle. She is known to be thrifty and during her American Idols, was known to argue with the wardrobe department for wanting to dress her up in expensive clothes.
8) Pete Wentz
Fall Out Boy bassist and lyricist Peter Lewis Kingston “Pete” Wentz III is one of the most successful artists of his time. Aside from his band involvement, Wentz also owns a record label that has signed acts like Gym Class Heroes and Panic! At the Disco. However, he prefers to live simply and is satisfied with a four-bedroom house in Studio City, California. His abode costs $1.5 million which is a reasonable amount for basic homes in that certain part of California.
9) Lea Michele
Glee star Lea Michele lives in an average home which you wouldn’t suspect belongs to a Hollywood star of her status. The modest property is located in Los Angeles and costs only $1.4 million, a price tag that is way smaller compared to the homes of other celebrities. Her home is a simple 1920s bungalow with 1,805 square feet and only two bedrooms.
10) Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad traded her Beverly Hills home for a modest penthouse unit in Beverly Hills. With her success being a reality television star, fashion designer and author, she could easily purchase a more expensive piece of real estate but she settled for a three-bedroom pad. The unit costs $1.35 million which is a very modest price tag for a property in Beverly Hills.