Hollywood A-listers that don’t live in LA

While many celebrities do live in Hollywood, there are stars who prefer other places. Living in LA certainly has its advantages for those in the entertainment industry; however, some famous faces have decided to live outside of Tinseltown. Here they are.

Daniel Day Lewis







The Lincoln star is famously reclusive, splitting his time between New York and Ireland — where he’s able to successfully avoid Hollywood completely. Despite being arguably one of the most talented actors alive, Daniel accepts few roles, working steadily but not frequently. In fact, Daniel has described himself as “a lifelong study of evasion.” And when he’s not acting, Daniel works as a cobbler and woodworker.

Vera Farmiga







The Departed star Vera Farmiga  and her husband Renn Hawkey are raising their two children in Upstate New York, about two hours outside of New York City. They reside on a farm with four goats. “In another life, I was a shepherdess,” Vera said. “I like being off the grid. I want to be self-sufficient and live off the land. I’ve become a farmer in my spare time. It’s really sort of a great place where I can be centered and have a great perspective on what it is I want and need.”

John Cusack







John Cusack is another A-list actor who prefers to shack up away from Hollywood’s spotlight. He has a lot of pride for his hometown of Chicago. He’s frequently spotted throughout the city, enjoying restaurants and nightlife. According to The Sun Times, Cusack admits that “I have always kept a place in Chicago. And I am always so happy to get back here when I’m not working.”

John Travolta







Travolta’s home in Florida is well-known for its most unique feature: it functions as his own little airport. He lives in Jumbolair, an exclusive fly-in community located north of Ocala, Fla. It’s one of the few places that allows him park his Boeing 707 and Gulfstream on his property. He can apparently walk out of his plane, under a canopied walkway and straight into his home, according to Forbes.

Leonardo DiCaprio







Even though the actor owns properties in Hollywood and NYC he prefers to spend time mostly in Europe. His Tinseltown compound lies in the Hollywood Hills and in New York City, DiCaprio inhabits an apartment in Riverhouse. However, when he’s not promoting his next blockbuster hit, Leo is notoriously private, avoiding public appearances and sticking to Europe, where he’s able to more easily fly under the radar.

Julia Roberts







Julia and her husband Danny Moder raise their kids on a ranch in Taos, New Mexico. “It’s peaceful, and it’s a relief,” Julia said of raising her family away from the spotlight. “I always say you can’t be in a bad mood here. I don’t know if it’s New Mexico or just the mountains, but you can’t be silly in a negative way. You can be silly in a fun, whimsical way, but the petty, trite things that make you go, “Oh, God, it’s not the right size” or “Why is this happening like this?”—that kind of stuff doesn’t exist so much here. Everything is kind of clear.”

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones







Academy Award-winners Catherine Zeta-Jones husband Michael Douglas relocated their family from Bermuda to New York City. Catherine revealed their reasons for the big move. “It was to etiquette the kids and just to come back and enjoy this fantastic city we’re able to live in,” she said.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Actor Maggie Gyllenhaal






Maggie is more than happy to stay away from the spotlight. Jake Gyllenhaal’s big sister has appeared in her share of box office hits and award-show bait, but as of late, she’s been content to quietly raise her daughters with husband Peter Sarsgaard at their home in Brooklyn.

Robin Williams







Williams lives in the beautiful, yet frequently foggy, San Francisco neighborhood of Sea Cliff. He has close ties to the area: in 2011 married Bay Area graphic designer Susan Schneider.

Taylor Swift







The country-pop singer lives in Nashville, where she spends time when she’s not working. In a recent interview with Time, Taylor said: “I decided to move to Nashville when I was about 10 years old. I was obsessed with watching biography TV shows about Faith Hill and Shania Twain, and I noticed that both of them went to Nashville to start their careers. I love L.A. and New York and I spend a lot of time there promoting albums and doing photo shoots. I’ve been lucky enough to find friends who live in New York, L.A., and Nashville, so none of those cities ever feel foreign or lonely. Choosing to have my management company based in Nashville just made sense because my family is there as well as my record label.”

Michael J. Fox

65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals






Michael J. Fox and his wife Tracy Pollan and their children live in a Manhattan apartment, which overlooks Central Park. “We made a decision really early on, before the Parkinson’s diagnosis, that we’d move back East,” Michael said. “We’d just bought a house in Bel Air Los Angeles, but we never moved into it,” Michael added. “We had an awakening one day that we don’t want to raise our kids in an environment that’s largely show business and built on whose father had a bigger opening weekend. It seemed fraught with peril. New York seemed like a better bet. There’s much more variety in the people that they meet and the relationships they have in New York. It’s much more real. They don’t live in a bubble. And I know where my kids are all the time.”

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