By virtue of their fame and wealth, celebrities tend to live in mansions the size of small nations. While us non-celebrities live in diminutive homes because it's all we can afford, a few celebrities choose to live in small homes. Some, like actor Vincent Kartheiser, live in houses that are tiny by any standard (850 square feet). Others, like Warren Buffett, live in normally sized suburban homes that are incredibly small relative to their staggering wealth.
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Warren Buffett's Small Suburban Hovel
Omaha, NE-based Warren Buffett has, over the years, been the world's richest person. But sometimes he has dipped to third place, below Bill Gates and Carlos Slim. Poor Warren.
Buffett is famously humble about his wealth, wearing off-the-rack suits, driving a mere Cadillac, and most significantly, pledging to give away 99% of his wealth upon his death.
Buffett's low-key life extends to his Omaha house, which he bought in 1958 for $31,500. This house doesn't exactly qualify for... membership in the Tiny House Movement, as it is a regular suburban home. But relative to Buffett's mind-blowing wealth—$58 billion at last count—it is the size of a postage stamp.
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Vincent Kartheiser's Teeny-Tiny Hollywood Cabin
Mad Men's favorite bad guy Pete Campbell is played by Vincent Kartheiser, who happens to be the patron saint of the celebrities-in-small-houses meme. Kartheiser does have real fame and wealth, as well as an authentically small house.
Under his close supervision, his 850 square foot Hollywood house was remodeled by designer and builder Funn Roberts. Usage of space is carefully determined, no square foot going to waste. The bed even lifts up and out of the way with the assistance of a 300-pound... counterweight.
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Tom Shadyac's Beachside Trailer
Tom Shadyac? The name won't ring a bell for most people, but his creative output will. This film director helmed some of the funniest, best Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy movies of the 1990s and 2000s, like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar, Liar, and The Nutty Professor. He also directed Patch Adams, but we won't mention that. On one movie alone, Bruce Almighty, Shadyac made $30 million.
What this amounts to is that Shadyac's bank account clearly can handle the mortgage on a Beverly... Hills mansion. In fact, Shadyac did live in a 17,000 square foot, 3 building complex for years, until a bicycle accident-induced epiphany in 2007 caused him to re-evaluate his life.
Now, living in a 1,000 square foot trailer in Malibu's Paradise Cove, Shadyac is far happier than ever before. He loves the park's communal, social feel, exulting in the fact that it takes him 20 minutes to take out the trash because he always ends up talking to people along the way.
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Matthew McConaughey's Surfer Shack On Wheels
Like Shadyac, actor Matthew McConaughey once lived in a trailer in Malibu's Paradise Cove trailer park.
The thing about McConaughey is that he's an avid surfer and Paradise Cove is mere steps away from the Pacific Ocean.
McConaughey was so much the relaxed California surf rat, one Paradise Cove resident commented that no one ever saw him with a shirt on—for the entire time he lived there.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Mark Zuckerberg's Palo Alto Hut
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is worth many billions of dollars. For years, he lived in an extremely modest rental bungalow in Palo Alto, CA, even after his net worth had exceeded ten figures.
Then, apparently realizing that he had a few clams in his bank account, he decided to upgrade. Did he purchase a private island? A lair inside of a volcano? An entire city?
No. Instead, he bought another house in Palo Alto, this one in the Crescent Park neighborhood. The $7 million he paid for the... house is mostly driven by the fact this is a high-priced neighborhood. But the house itself is fairly small by billionaire standard—5,000 square feet —and rather dowdy.