We’re used to hearing about Hollywood celebrities and their multi-million dollar homes—from adorable bungalows to ranch-style estates to colossal mansions. But when it comes to home values and sale prices, music stars are right up there with A-list movie celebrities. 

Agent Advice researched the biggest mansion transactions involving music stars in 2023. Based on its findings, the most expensive home in California—and the second-most expensive in the country—is owned by one musical power couple. 

Meanwhile, other music stars have bought and sold homes in the high $10 millions. And the average listing price for music star properties in the U.S. is $18.5 million.

Read on to learn more about the 10 biggest real estate transactions involving stars in the music industry. 

The music star mansion study

Beyoncé and Jay Z led by a huge margin with the $190 million May purchase of their Malibu residence on Pacific Coast Highway—a 40,000 square foot concrete compound on eight acres with a private beach, infinity pool, and Zen water features. 

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Designed by renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the Carter family mansion, which took 15 years to build, has the highest sale price of any home sold in California. It’s also the second-most expensive property deal in the U.S. 

The 10 Biggest Music Star Real Estate Transactions of 2023

  1. Beyoncé and Jay Z (Purchased for $190,000,000)
  2. Drake (Selling for $88,000,000)
  3. Rod Stewart (Selling for $80,000,000)
  4. Cher (Selling for $75,000,000)
  5. David Guetta (Purchased for $69,000,000)
  6. Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck (Purchased for $60,850,000)
  7. Kanye West (Selling for $53,000,000)
  8. Rick Ross (Purchased for $35,000,000)
  9. Jennifer Lopez (Sold for $33,950,000)
  10. Celine Dion (Sold for $31,000,000)

Details on other top 10 2023 real estate transactions for music stars

Drake—Grammy award-winning rapper and actor—listed his Beverly Hills Tuscan-style mega-mansion in May 2023:

  • List price: $88 million
  • Details: 24,757 square feet with 10 beds, 22 bathrooms, a wine cellar and game room, as well as captivating ocean backdrop
  • Originally purchased for $75 million from Robbie Williams

Sir Rod Stewart—British rock and pop singer-songwriter—listed his grand county estate in Beverly Park: 

  • List price: initially set at $70 million in June 2023 but increased to $80 million in December
  • Details: 28,000 square feet on three acres, with a speakeasy, gym, and screening room
  • Originally purchased by Stewart for $12 million in 1991

Cher—pop legend and actress—is selling her Italian Renaissance-style home: 

  • List price: after an unsuccessful listing in October, 2022, the property was re-listed at $75 million in March 2023. 
  • Details: Over 13,000 square feet with an infinity pool, a panic room, and a climate-controlled wig room
  • Originally purchased for $2.95 million in 1989

David Guetta—dance music superstar—reached the final stages of purchasing a waterfront mansion in Florida’s Indian Creek: 

  • Valued at $69 million
  • Details: 15,578 square feet in “billionaire’s bunker” (a private, exclusive village with an 18-hole championship golf course and Country Club). 
  • Originally purchased for $23.8 million in 2021, but the existing residence was demolished to make room for Guetta’s new home. 

Other notable home sales/purchases:

  • Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck bought a $60.8 million mega-mansion in Beverly Hills. 
  • Kanye West listed a $53 million waterfront property in Malibu. 
  • Rick Ross bought a $35 million mansion in Miami Beach. 
  • Jennifer Lopez sold her $33.9 million Bel Air estate. 
  • Celine Dion finalized the sale of her exclusive Las Vegas home for $31 million. 

A spokesperson for Agent Advice commented on the findings described above:

“The prominence of high-profile moves, marked by staggering figures and strategic listings, highlights musicians’ significant role in setting new standards for luxury living, such as Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s move into a fully concrete structure.”

While stars in both the music and movie industries are just as likely to be trend-setters—Agent Advice’s study points to 2023 as a “pivotal year in the convergence of entertainment and high-stakes real estate.” 

It’s unclear how purchasing a $190 million concrete compound “sets a new standard for luxury living,” though it could set a new standard for home security. 

A concrete fortress is probably harder to break into than the average home at any price point.

Sources and methodology

Agent Advice studied 80 property transactions involving music stars living in the U.S. from January to December 2023. 

Sources for the study include Redfin, Zillow, Realtor, Mansion Global, and the Robb Report. 

Once notified of a celebrity real estate transaction, the property address, based on collected data, was meticulously tracked using home search engines like Redfin and Zillow to catch the most significant financial details, including purchases, sales, and listings.